Garrett Harris 9:30 a.m., March 16
The Gypsy Swing Cats
Inception: San Diego, 2008
Influences: B.B. King, Charlie Daniels, Lou Rawls, Barney Kessel, Billy Cobham, Larry Coryell, Sonny Rollins, Pancho Sanchez, Pete Barbotti, Lillas White, Mel Carter
The trio known as the Gypsy Swing Cats perform an energetic and highly rhythmic blend of swing, jazz, and blues. “This is music which combines gypsy melodies and rhythms with the influences of American jazz steeped in the aura of 1930s Paris,” says guitarist Steve Nichols. “Charming, cool, and classy. The music is thoroughly modern, infused by the wild, free, exciting sound of American jazz that transformed the old into the new. Swing supercharging the music of gypsy fire and melancholia.”
Nichols has performed or shared the stage with B.B. King, Charlie Daniels, Lou Rawls, Barney Kessel, Billy Cobham, John Anderson, and Patty Lovelace.
Guitarist Guy Gonzales has shared billing with Larry Coryell, Sonny Rollins, and Pancho Sanchez, as well as performing for both President Ford and President Clinton.
Bassist Rick Steffens has played with small intimate combos on up to full symphony orchestras, as well as performing with artists like Ernestine Anderson, Richie Cole, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Danny
Thomas, Joan Rivers, Smothers Brothers, Pete Barbotti, Lillas White, Mel Carter, and Joe Piscopo.