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The Catz In The Hatz

Jazz Band from Big Bear Lake, CA - Will travel up to 500 miles
MEMBER SINCE 2007
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$1000 - $2000 per event
Jazz male vocal backed with astute criticly aclaimed musicians.
Jazz/Swing/Blues and even classic rock and country make the Catz a well rounded band without emptying your bank account. The Catz provide all equipment for most events and venues.


"YOU WOULD SWEAR THEY WERE PRODUCED IN VEGAS" THIS IS WHAT JAZZ REVIEWERS SAY ABOUT THE CATZ IN THE HATZ LIVE SHOW. (source billboard
We have been seen on VH1,KTLA,AND KHJ TV.

WE HAVE OPENED/PREFORMED WITH AMERICA,3 DOG NIGHT AND THE POINTER SISTERS. WE HAVE OVER 2000 HRS STAGE TIME. WE HAVE 2 ALBUMS WITH INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION. OUR MUSIC IS PLAYED ON OVER 500 COMMERCIAL,COLLEGE,INTERNET AND PODCAST STATIONS. We can also work into the show classic rock and line dancing. PLEASE DONT ASSUME THAT WE ARE SOME BORING/SNOBBY JAZZ BAND....WE ARE CERTAINLY NOT THAT....WE ARE FUN, ENEGETIC AND PERSONABLE AND DYNAMIC WITH MANY DANCIBLE SONGS TO ROUND OUT THIS VEGAS STYLE SHOW..
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BY GRADY MUSIC REVIEWER.
RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
ALBUM : RESILIENCE.

THE CATZ IN THE HATZ is a difficult band to classify: it is part nostalgia, part hilarious humor, part terrific scat singing, a lot of really warm crooning, and a showcase for some amazing talent! The only thing that feels missing from this experience is the visual - that is, watching these five gifted men strut their inimitable stuff on a stage. But given a CD format, the other flavors are all here.

The amazing vocal lead of this jazz group is Steve Johnson, a man with talent to burn and a vocal range to compete with any baritone around. He sings with the old style of MEANING all the lyrics and playing with the familiar melodies making them all his own. This is a voice so mellow and so pitch-true that everything else about Johnson's renditions seems like gravy. He traverses the oldies but goodies such as 'My Funny Valentine', 'Lucky So and So', 'One for my Baby', 'Angel Eyes' and an incredible 'It Was a Very Good Year'.

But Steve Johnson is only one fifth of this fine ensemble. Each of the other troupers here is masterful in his own right: Mike Cross (just catch his take on Beethoven's 'Fur Elise' - a real parody and the essence of jazz1), Mike Wiens, Guitar, Steve Boggio, Drums, and Terry Copley, Bass (and the 'strings' are on finely wrought synthesizers).

Sit back and play this fine album repeatedly and re-visit the days of fine music in a respectful, warm jazz beat! It is a must have! Grady Harp, March 07

It's like watching an energic/funny Frank Sinatra being backed by the zany Blues Brothers. This is what critics/reviewers are saying about the "live shows" of the debut CD, "Resilience" on Rhombus Records by CATZ IN THE HATZ! These Catz are so seasoned and professionally astute, along with interjecting such inhibited showmanship to their audiences, one might think that their exceptional talent, entertaining humor, and audience-grabbing antics were designed by producers of a number one show rehearsing for arenas.

Fronted by baritone singer, Steve Johnson, The Catz deliver songs as bold as "It Was a Very Good Year" and then whirling instantly into their original song "Slow Down Jimmy" — where you'd think Louie Primi had suddenly taken over their bodies in spirit. A masterful cut of "Quarter to Three" shows a baritone range that not too many singers can claim today. But that's not all. WE CAN ALSO MIX IN CLASSIC ROCK OR LINE DANCING ON REQUEST.

"Steve Johnson is a natural crooner like his idols Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. It's the tone!" - Edward James Olmos, Academy Award nominated actor and director, Golden Globe winner

WE ARE CURRENTLY ON RADIO IN 17 STATES AND 4 COUNTRIES WITH TOP 10 AND TOP 20 HITS AT MULTI STATION...THIS IS AS OF 02/01/07 AND OVER 2500 HRS ON STAGE TIME AS THE CATZ W/ A COMBINED MUSICAL CAREER OF OVER 200 YRS EXPERIENCE.
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Ross King KTLA

Hi Guys,

Loved the gig at Big Bear. What a great band !

You guys rock...well swing actually !

All the best,
Ross

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WAER


Hey Terry,

Just wanted to let you know what a blast it was hearing your band for
the first time when we got the record here at WAER.

I know Neal Sapper is promoting it and I hope other stations are jumping
on it like we did.

Can you get us one more copy if possible? Here is the address:

Eric Cohen - MD
WAER Radio
795 Ostrom Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244

Thanks so much!

Eric Cohen
WAER - Syracuse
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JIM PIKE ( formerly of the letterman)

just wanted to let you guys know that your fantastic. my brother ( also formerly of the letterman) and our wives saw you 3 weeks ago and you realy put on a show. i love the arrangments of the songs and the chord changes. best of luck and we will see you again soon .
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Ariel Kaplan


Needless to say myself and my immediate family have all been consistently blown away by the group...take it from a rock fanatic that you guys play better than the VAST majority of mega-acts (Terry is easily one of my top influences as a bassist, one of the people who inspired me to start playing, for what that's worth), and deserve the greener pastures that, as I've noticed, have been opening up. Best of luck...
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SHIRLEY JONES...OSCAR WINNING ACTRESS/SINGER


" you guys are really terrific, full of talent and very entertaining to watch"
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gary pike ( formerly of the lettermen)


YOU GUYS ARE GREAT TO LISTEN TOO...WE ARE NOW YOUR FANS!!
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POP 70'S GROUP....AMERICA


the catz in the hatz opened for AMERICA july 30th 2005. POP 70'S GROUP ( triple gold and grammy winners) call the catz in the hatz " OUR NEW FREINDS" and invited the band onstage to preform their encore preformance of HORSE WITH NO NAME...AMERICA endorsed the catz in front of the catz hometown crowd of 1500 people....thank guys !
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bud davis

we normally dont take in too many jazz clubs but we were really suprised at not only what we heard, but what we saw. its amazing that your not in L.A. or vegas...but thats a matter of time. thanks and once again, we were not prepared and we really suprised at how good you all are.
bud davis
drummer/ the charlie daniels band.
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Judith P. Daniel Attorney at Law

Hats off to the Catz in the Hatz- I must express my absolute joy in discovering this wonderful group who delight me and my friends every weekend at the Mandoline Bistro with their exciting sound and showmanship. From Steve "Rusty" Johnson's sexy, smoky voice to bass player extraordinaire Terry Copley, keyboard virtuoso Mike Cross and Mike "Fingers" Wiens electrifying performance on guitar to Steve Boggio's thundering drum solos, these guys are real professionals bringing joy to everybody lucky enough to be in their presence! Thank you guys for making my stay in Big Bear a real pleasure!!!!
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Dawn Wells

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Hi guys. i was very much enjoying you show a few weeks back in big bear lake and had to look you up on the net to say how much i enjoyed the show.I really miss that era of music that you play. It brings back fun memories for all of us in these trying and difficult times. thanks for bringing a smile to all of our faces that night.If i were still on the island, i would want you guys as the entertainment! LOL !
I hope to be back in big bear again soon and this time i will make it a point to say hi and thank you all in person.
Wishing you love and luck,
Dawn Wells, GILLIGANS ISLAND/MARYANNE
stage/tv actress.
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Please note The Catz In The Hatz will also travel to Fawnskin, Sugarloaf, Angelus Oaks, Big Bear City, Green Valley Lake, Forest Falls, Running Springs, Cedar Glen, Lucerne Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Skyforest, Crest Park, Mentone, Patton, Blue Jay, Rimforest, Yucaipa, Calimesa, Highland, Twin Peaks.
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