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About The Cats

“Exciting, intelligent, and fun, the Cats could swing any nightclub in the Golden Age of Jazz — yet they deliver a show that audiences connect with today.”

The Past:
Swing clarinetist & saxman Jack Malmstrom and his Cats recently stepped out of the late 1940s and arrived in present day Los Angeles to the delight and occasional bewilderment of vintage jazz fans and swing dancers. The Cats are grateful to maintain a very active schedule holding forth with their unique brand of “Pre-Bop” swing. For an abbreviated summary of some of their past adventures see Our Scrapbook.

The Present:
Audiences are amused to discover the Cats’ play list overflows with one half hand-picked standards, one half forgotten gems… and a third-half, Jack’s Cats originals done in a period style. Dancing — as well as listening — is encouraged.

The Future:
Following a three-nite-a-week residency at Los Angeles’ world famous Cicada Club in downtown Los Angeles, the Cats are preparing for release of their second album. Find out more about this new collection of all original songs, “Jack’s Cats: The State of Swing” due out in early summer. Follow them on facebook or via e-newsletter.

Who Are The Cats?
Jack’s Cats can deliver their hybrid new-old sound with as few as three performers, although the group is at full strength as a septet. The most frequent roster is:

Jack Malmstrom Bandleader, Reeds
Somebody’s gotta herd these Cats.

Gretje (Kitten) Angell Vocals
Q: What do you get when a famous jazz drummer raises a daughter who loves Anita O’Day, Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, and Carmen McRae, and has a voice so well-trained she can sing opera on the side? A: Gretje Angell! Find out what she does on her nights off from Jack’s Cats here.

Blake Handler Vibraphone
A recent addition to the Cats, Blake enthusiastically sends the crowds with the essential and unmistakably vintage sound of vibes.

Mark San Filippo Drums
A founding and active member of so many admired Los Angeles bands it’s hard to keep count. Mark (AKA Los Angeles’ Mayor of Jazz) is busy most nights of the week for good reason: he’s great!

Phil Small Piano
You’ll hear Phil’s good-humored, easy personality, intelligence, and keen artistic sense come across musically when he sits down at an 88.

Bryan Dedlow Guitar
Bryan’s equally at home delivering rhythm (a la Freddie Green, Gypsy Jazz, acoustic, or electric) or energetic, memorable solos. When not strummin’ for the Cats, he’s in demand across L.A.

Marcus Buser Bass
The man can pluck, bow, and sing while sending the crowd with a mischievous grin. Not bad when you’ve only got 4 strings! Check out Marcus other current project: Bird Concerns.

The band often includes guest artists who inject their own excitement, skill, and personality. Here are some of our favorite, frequent friends:

Hannah Dexter, Evan Vine, Geoff Rakness Bass
Randy Woltz, Piano
Luca Pino, Marcus Watkins  Guitar
Scott Steen Trumpet
Craig Fundyga, Vibes
Paul Kribich, Tsugumi Shikano, Jon Stuart,  Drums

“Those who know jazz know they’re good.
Those that don’t,  just know they’re fun.”