Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Returns to Rochester for "Wild & Swingin' Holiday Party" Show

October 11, 2016

The Eastman School of Music and Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival are proud to present the acclaimed swing revival band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, for a one-night-only special show at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's holiday show go on sale to the public Friday, October 14, 2016 at 10 a.m. and will be available via and Tickets range from $20-$65 + service charge.

Known for its high-energy shows, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy blends a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and Dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. The band has performed sold-out shows all over the world, including the 1999 Super Bowl Halftime Show with Stevie Wonder and Gloria Estefan. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy last performed in Rochester in 2013 to tens of thousands of fans at the 12th Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

"We are excited to continue our longtime partnership with the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival to bring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to Rochester," said Keith C. Elder, Director of Concert Activities at the Eastman School of Music. "Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's performance on December 7 will be a great way to get in the holiday spirit-this show is not to be missed."

"I've had the pleasure of presenting Big Bad Voodoo several times in the USA and Scandinavia, said John Nugent, Producer and Artistic Director of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. "Their shows are beloved by their legions of fans around the world and they always deliver an amazing high level of musicianship. This evening will be a fabulous way to shift the spirit of the season into high gear."

About Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Fans in search of toe-tapping, brass-honking, high-energy swing revival need look no further than Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The slick, stylish group have always been as tight as a drum on record, but their live performances are even more impressive, inciting furious dancing among veteran and novice swing dancers alike. Dressed to the nines in their trademark zoot suits and brandishing upbeat favorites like "Go Daddy-O" and "Mr. Pinstripe Suit," Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will take the stage with more energy than ever on their upcoming tour.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was formed in Southern California in 1989 by frontman Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren. After self-releasing their eponymous debut album in 1994, the band got their big break when their songs "Go-Daddy-O," "Mr. Pinstripe Suit," and "You & Me & The Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)" were featured in the 1996 cult film classic Swingers. The popularity boost that followed landed them a deal with Capitol Records, resulting in a string of swinging albums that included Americana Deluxe (1998) and Save My Soul (2003). In addition to performing in the 1999 Super Bowl half-time show, the band has shared the stage with some of the world's leading symphony orchestras, including the LA Phil and the San Francisco Symphony. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy fans have plenty to look forward to as the boys hit the road for another electric round of shows.

Fans Who Bought Tickets Say

"These guys are one of the slickest units touring today. They deliver to goods every night and watching the interaction on stage is really the cherry on top. Everything a professional touring band should be."

"...if you like big band music you will never see better players and/or performers! Truly amazing players and Scott the lead singer was spot on as always!"

"As good as the recordings are, they are even better live! The lead singer, Scotty, has a unique voice, great style, and a charming attitude. The band was masterful and tight."



About the Eastman School of Music

The Eastman School of Music was founded in 1921 by industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman (1854-1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company. It was the first professional school of the University of Rochester.

The Eastman School of Music is considered by educators, professionals, and students to be among the finest schools of music in the world. More than 900 students are enrolled in Eastman's Collegiate Division - roughly 500 undergraduate and 400 graduate students. Students come from almost every state, and approximately 20 percent are from other countries. They are guided by more than 95 full-time faculty members. Seven Pulitzer Prize winners have taught at Eastman, as have several Grammy Award winners. Over 90 percent of the more than 10,000 Eastman School alumni are prominent in various fields of the arts, including opera singer Renée Fleming; jazz musicians Ron Carter, Steve Gadd, and Maria Schneider; composers Kevin Puts, Dominick Argento, Michael Torke, Charles Strouse, and Jeff Beal; Mark Volpe, Managing Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; and first-chair musicians in many major American orchestras.