BU to host acclaimed jazz band

For immediate release: Feb. 6, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s 2007-08 Celebrity Artist Series continues with a performance by the jazz band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy kicked off the swing revival in the mid-1990s with their appearance in the film, “Swingers.” Performing original creations that combine the influence of early swing, jazz, Latin and other American music, the band draws inspiration from performers such as Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and Gene Krupa. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, which consists of seven band members, has played at the Super Bowl, Orange Bowl, White House and Billboard Music Awards and on TV shows, including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under.

The band was named by guitarist Scotty Morris after meeting blues guitar legend Albert Collins at one of his concerts. “He signed my poster, ‘To Scotty, the big bad voodoo daddy’, ” Morris said. "I thought it was the coolest name I ever heard on one of the coolest musical nights I ever had. So when it came time to name this band, I didn’t really have a choice. I felt like it was handed down to me.

Other programs in the Celebrity Artist Series’ 22nd season are listed below. All will be presented in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

  • Paul Taylor Dance Company, Saturday, April 5, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults.
  • “Evita,” Sunday, April 13, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults.
  • BU Jazz Festival, featuring Bobby Zankel & The Warriors of Wonderful Sound, Friday, April 25, at noon. Tickets are $5 for adults.

Also available to Celebrity Artist Series patrons is membership in the Celebrity Circle. For $35 per person or $50 per couple, Celebrity Circle members receive advance notice of all shows, a non-transferable reserved parking pass, invitations to special events and first choice of seats. Ticket handling fees are waived for members.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.