Bill Averbach & Bam Jazz is the best New Orleans style swing band around.
In 1997 while working on a casino ship in the Gulf of Mexico, Bill came across a number of ex-Las Vegas musicians with a penchant for swing. They suggested that he form a band that focused on the music of Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and the king of Vegas Swing, Louis Prima; they said he had the “the voice”. As a result, Bill formed the BAM-JAZZ Quartet which has expanded as more musicians discovered the band. The band’s main goal was “fun music” that swung. Although the band is not tied to just a select few artists, their main thrust is Swing and the Jumpin’ Jive of the 20’s and 30’s. With songs like Minnie the Moocher, I Like ’em Fat Like That, Caledonia, and Jump Jive and Wail the audience can’t help movin’ and groovin’. Donning their zoot suits and retro clothing the band exacts an image of what the great fun was (and still is) all about.