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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.

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”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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