Soul Jazz / Funk / Boogaloo
Keith Stebler (not pictured) – Hammond organ
Steve Kraus – saxophones
Wayne Smith – guitar
Jim Powell – drums
Dave Zwastetzky – bass
In music, the word “groove” can be defined as an intuitive sense of a cycle in motion that emerges from carefully aligned rhythmic patterns. This rhythmic experience often sets in motion dancing or foot-tapping on the part of listeners. Groove became the fundamental element in the music of jazz legends like Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, Richard “Groove” Holmes, and Lou Donaldson in the 1960’s when they incorporated the funk and R&B of James Brown and Sly Stone creating something that came to be known as Soul Jazz.
Pittsburgh’s premier groove collective, Cadillac Club takes you back to this era by celebrating this instrumental dance-floor jazz, funk and soul. Guitarist Wayne Smith channels the energy of jazz greats like Grant Green and Pittsburgh’s own George Benson, while Pittsburgh jazz great, Keith Stebler provides the trademark soulful sound of the Hammond B3 organ. Steve Kraus delivers intricate and robust solos on tenor and soprano saxophones while the rhythm section of Dave Zwastetzky and Jim Powell, on bass and drums respectively, lay down an undeniably deep groove creating a groundwork for rich melodies, improvisation, and climactic solos.
Cadillac Club plays music enjoyed by people of all ages, backgrounds and musical tastes. Whether you recall this sound from the heyday of funky jazz and soul, or from samples used by hip-hop artists like A Tribe Called Quest and Pete Rock & CL Smooth, the music of Cadillac Club will surely put a smile on your face and some bounce in your step!
We are available for any occasion including weddings, parties, and gala events and offer several configurations (quintet, quartet, trio, duo) to suit your specific event. In addition to a live ensemble, we also offer DJ services. Feel free to contact us with any of your musical needs!