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1/14/2013 1:28:00 PM
Sound Bites Grill hosts traditional New Orleans and Chicago-style jazz as Original Wildcat Jass Band performs in Sedona on Sunday

The Original Wildcat Jass Band is comprised of six of the finest musicians in Arizona! When people see the name of this band they assume it is spelled wrong, but this is how Jazz used to be spelled "Jass" originally and they stuck with it. The Wild Cat Jass Band offers traditional New Orleans and Chicago jazz, performed in a spirit and style that is true to its musical roots and wildly popular with audiences around the southwest United States. Their energetic performances are sizzling with musical energy and steeped in good humor. These "doctors of jazz" have found the cure for the common blues - it' red-hot jazz, and it's contagious! 

The Original Wildcat Jass Band will be performing for Sound Bites Grill's January Supper Club Show on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. The evening will be comprised of a 4 course dinner proceeding an hour and half show full of surprises, personality and joyful playing. The entertainment series at Sound Bites has had an amazing response with an experience of the old Supper Club era.

Many of their songs that they perform date from the 1920s and '30s, but there is nothing predictable about their renditions, or even the group's style. From tune-to-tune, the Wildcats' approach and ensemble sound keeps on changing, ranging from Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers to Lu Watters, to swing.

Best known among the musicians is Ray Templin, who triples on drums, piano and occasional vocals, but all of the players deserve to be mentioned: trumpeter Jason Carder, trombonist Rob Boone, Kelland Thomas on alto and soprano saxes, banjoist-singer Rob Wright and Kelly Thomas on tuba. The musicianship is high (at no time is the group out of tune), Thomas' tuba playing is particularly fluent, every blast from trumpeter Carder is a delight, and there are many bright moments.

The Original Wildcat Jass Band is beginning to emerge on the jazz festival circuit. This is definitely a group worth seeing and you will agree that there is still plenty of life to be found in classic jazz. Tickets for this event may be purchased at Search for Sound Bites Grill Wildcat Jass Band. Tickets are $59.99 per person for onstage seating and $49.99 for off stage seating. For more info you may call 928-282-2713. Sound Bites Grill is located at the Hyatt Pinon Pointe. More info at For more info on the band go to

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