The Harlem Meer Cats
Formed in 2015, the Meer Cats is made up of 6 of the finest early jazz specialists in London, playing the music of Duke Ellington's bands of the late ‘20s & early ‘30s to a knock-out standard. Much of what they play is in the famous "JUNGLE STYLE", with growling trumpet and trombone, haunting clarinet, swooping sax and African drum rhythms. You can expect the sounds of the Cotton Club in New York!
Amongst the list of what they play are:- It Don't Mean A Thing, Jungle Nights in Harlem, Digga Digga Do, Echoes of the Jungle, Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, Old Man Blues, Jubilee Stomp, Jungle Jamboree, Eerie Moan, Caravan, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady, Six or Seven Times, The Mystery Song, Flaming Youth, East St Louis Toodle-oo, and many, many more.
All their music has been arranged for a 6-piece line up by Ned Bennett. With each piece, he transcribes the essence of the original recording, and distills it down to fit the streamlined 6-piece line up. All the melodies, harmonies and rhythms are carefully replicated; it's just that the musicians have to do the job of two in the Duke Ellington band.
Although the Harlem Meer Cats play with authenticity, they treat every performance as a JAZZ gig. This means the priorities are high energy playing, great improvised solos, and a swing feel to rank with the very best.