Gatsby parties, swing dances, brass bands and Mardis Gras parties...1920's jazz is experiencing a rennassiance. The reasons are obvious, this music is fun! It inspires faces to smile and feet to move, and such fun is infectious. Barrelhouse Gang (formerly The Barrelhouse Jive Cats) started as a Seattle street jam in the summer of 2015. Young migratory jazz players on the circuit from New Orleans to Vancouver were congregating at Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Seattle Center, etc playing just for kicks and whatever change people threw in their cases. Saxophonist James Walls was right in the thick of it, and noticed this happy music from the dawn of the jazz age was drawing very respectable crowds of all ages, cultures and styles, and that crowd nearly always smiled, danced and had a great time. He was thereby inspired to get this act off the streets and into the live music market. A year later with the better part of a hundred gigs under their belt, Barrelhouse Gang is planning their first album release this spring and a full gigging schedule this summer. Come on out and enjoy the music!
The rest of the band is made up of some of Seattle's best trad jazz players. Frequent players with the group include, Eric Likkel - clarinet and sax, Dennis Staskowski - Bass, Dave Brown - Banjo, Kevin Johnston - Banjo, Roy Brown - Trombone, Bert Barr - Cornet, Rosemarie Barr - Piano.