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Syncopated Times reviews Jack’s Cats “The State of Swing”

by on Oct.18, 2019, under Uncategorized

We are enormously thrilled and grateful for this swell review from the journal of record for vintage jazz, the Syncopated times!

Read it for yourself here!

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Jack’s Cats videos at last!

by on Oct.17, 2019, under Live videos

On a recent, warm, September night we let the cameras roll at Los Angeles’ Cicada Club, Jack’s Cats’ “Home Base.” Our goal was to capture enough good material for a 60-second highlight reel, but the results are so fun we’ll share complete clips of much of the evening’s goings on.

Our first installment, When You’re Bad (That’s Good), is an original tune from our new album “The State of Swing.”

We’re in love with Matthew Ross’ superb camera work, and grateful for the support of the whole Cicada Club team, including, of course, the ever-avuncular Mr. Maxwell DeMille.

So sit back and enjoy — we’ll post a new video every Thursday for weeks to come!

You can see all the clips thus far here: JacksCats.com/TV


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Look Who The Cats Dragged In: Clifford Bailey!

by on Sep.03, 2019, under Look Who The Cats Dragged In

Working as we do in glittering Hollywood (entertainment capital of the world), we’re always thrilled (but not surprised) by who shows up in our audience.

At a recent night out at our home base, The Cicada Club, I was introduced to a friendly fellow who’d arrived equipped with pen and sketchpad. Turns out it was Clifford Bailey, an artist who’s work I’d admired for years. Clifford specializes in fun and unique caricature portraits of jazz bands. You can check out his beautiful work here.

We’re honored that Clifford added a few quick renditions of some of our band members to his book. Here they are!


Gretje “Kitten” Angell by C. Bailey

Jack by C. Bailey

Marcus Watkins by C. Bailey

Johnny Hatton by C. Bailey



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