Women Take The Lead

We’re back in the States this month looking at five traditional jazz and swing bands led by women. When I noticed an “X and her” pattern while finding picks I decided to round it out. In some future month I’ll do a “Seven Guys in Bolo Ties” column for balance. Cait and the Critters: Cat’n Around Cat'n Around by Cait and the Critters View and Share this review as its own post  After agreeing to bring her band to a gig, Cait Jones suddenly found herself needing a band. A few calls to friends, and a successful show later and Cait and the Critters were born. More than three years later the band can be regularly heard at New York’s classiest venues for live music and dining, including The Flatiron Room and Radegast Hall Biergarten, as well as unique Swing and vintage events around the Northeast. They’ve also paused to record two EPs. Their first self-titled studio album, Cait and the Critters, captures them in a small band-big vocals late ’40s vein sure to please at those restaurant gigs. Space is given for the band. Tyler Kaneshiro on trumpet stands out for his contributions accenting Cait’s vocal line. “You and the Night and the Music” is played with appropriately romantic backing on guitar and drums. It is the highlight of the disc. Other tracks include, “The Dummy Song,” “Sentimental Journey,” and “Honeysuckle Rose.” Cat’n A
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