Born in the summer of 2002, in Northern California's Santa Cruz Mountains, and raised in the culturally and geographically diverse coastlands of The Monterey and San Francisco Bay Areas, this unique jazz/ funk quintet captures much of the eclectic nature of its colorful home.
Guitarist/writer Joe Menichetti, drummer Sid Thompson, bassist Scott McKenna, saxophonist Doug Rowan and pianist Jay Jackson have beautifully incorporated elements of jazz, blues, funk, fusion, rock, latin, celtic and more into this spirited project that features all original compositions. All highly regarded and seasoned Bay Area musicians, the members of Catwalk present a well rounded blend of fine skills, strong tunes and arrangements, as well as a good sense of humor. Plus, they all enjoy cantaloupe.
Last September, a last minute cancellation at the Monterey Jazz Festival
gave local jazz-funk quintet
Catwalk the opportunity of a lifetime. “It was an honor,” writer/guitarist Joe
Menichetti says of the
band’s festival debut. “We were there playing one stage and at the same
time in the arena, Dave
Brubeck was playing … We felt really fortunate. There are so many great jazz
bands that would die to
play there.” But humble though Menichetti may be, the band’s lucky break
was most likely less kismet
and more merit-based. In lieu of the common clutch of careworn jazz
standards, Catwalk offers all
original compositions, fundamentally written by Menichetti and evolved in
rehearsal by the musical
prowess of the band’s other members; Scott McKenna (bass), Doug Rowan
(sax), Sid Thompson (drums)
and Jay Jackson (piano)
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