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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Swings into Columbia

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One of the forerunners of the modern swing movement, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy visited Columbia and played some jazzy numbers as part of the University Concert Series for Jesse Auditorium Wednesday night.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, started by the stylistic singer and guitarist Scotty Morris nearly 17 years ago, became especially popular after playing two of their hit songs – “You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)” and “Go Daddy-O” – in the cult classic film Swingers in 1996.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, led by band-creator Scotty Morris, have been swinging for crowds for 16 years. Thanks to musicians like these men, swing jazz and mini-big bands are going nowhere soon.

Playing and reconfiguring holiday songs like “Mr. Heatmiser” from the Rankin-Bass claymation film The Year Without a Santa Claus and Elvis Presley‘s “Blue Christmas”, Morris explained to the crowd that the key to making a “Christmas classic” is simply in the use of the jingle bells (Directly after announcing this discovery, Morris did, of course, pull out the jingle bells).

Besides holiday songs, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy played some of their biggest hits, Cab Calloway covers (which make up their recent album, How Big Can You Get?) and even a cover of the Walt Disney Jungle Book‘s “I Wanna Be Like You”, which was originally sung by Louis Armstrong.

Overall, the crowd dove into the mini-big band performance. Concertgoers were clapping, singing and later rising out of their seats to usher in an encore from these men. And Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was happy to comply, taking stage and wowing the crowd one more time before swinging out.

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