The Navy Band Northwest Jazz Combo, ‘The Cascades’ — A Pretty Sweet Gig
All the members of this U.S. Navy Sextet agree that serving their country by playing jazz is a pretty sweet gig.
Heck, yes! Unlike most young jazz musicians, they have steady work, decent pay, job security and great benefits. And do they ever have fun.
Other military jazz bands that we’ve hosted seem to gravitate to music from the golden age of jazz—the ‘modern jazz’ of the late 50s through mid-60s—guided by the greats: artists like Miles, Coltrane and Bill Evans.
The Cascades, though, draw their inspiration from an even earlier time—the good-time swing of the 30s and 40s along with an always welcome (and welcoming) dose of good ol’ New Orleans Second Line.
So...you wanna have some fun? Listen to this.
Robbie Taylor: trumpet/vocal
James Choate: trombone
Jared Brannon: saxes
Matt Jones: piano
Pete Mattice: bass
Bruce Fisher: drums