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Swing with Cats & Jammers

News Flash! Cats & Jammers will be doing some songs as part of a birthday concert for Tony Marcus at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA, on Saturday, April 2. This will be our first concert appearance in about 6 years. Also appearing will be Leftover Dreams, Bobby Black and Paul Anastasio and members of the Cheap Suit Serenaders.

The trio known as Cats & Jammers had a sixteen year run playing an array of acoustic music from hot swing to low down blues with style and panache. The band ceased regular performing in 2002, when Piper Heisig moved away from the San Francisco area. They played a reunion concert in Seattle in November 2005, however.

Accompanying themselves on a variety of instruments including string bass, guitar, violin and saxophone, The "Cats" bring to mind such groups as the Mills Brothers, the Boswell Sisters and the Delta Rhythm Boys.

Their soaring harmonies and intricate arrangements combined with their irreverent wit make for a show that delights not only those who grew up with this music, but also those discovering it for the first time. From their 1940 Buick to their closets full of period clothing, the "Cats" bring to life the swing era and the elegance of a bygone day.

Together, Piper Heisig on bass and vocals, Sylvia Herold on guitar and vocals and Tony Marcus on violin, guitar, saxophone and vocals create a fresh style of music that is both fun and immediately recognizable. They have performed before wildly enthusiastic audiences at many major festivals around the country including the Strawberry Music Festivals in California, the Centrum Hot Jazœz Festival in Washington, the Black Mountain Festival in North Carolina and the San Francisco Jazz Festival.

The band has four albums out on the Tuxedo label, and has been featured on the television program "Goodtime Cafe" seen nationally on the Arts and Entertainment network.