Let the party begin! Bam-Jazz has some of the finest Jazz, Blues, Cajun, and Worldbeat music with the flavor of New Orleans and the Texas Gulf Coast. Their extensive song list includes Jumpin' Jive, Jazz from the 20's through the present, Blues, Reggae/Ska, Cajun, and much more...


Bam-Jazz has some of the finest players in the area and trumpeter/vocalist Bill Averbach brings it home with vintage Swing, Jazz and Jive from the 20’s and beyond. When called, the flavor of New Orleans’ spicy Cajun influenced Blues and Mambo takes center stage surrounded by Brazilian Sambas, and the sounds of Reggae and Caribbean Ska and Calypso.

With sizzling horn and vocal selections and a finger-poppin’ rhythm machine driving the band you cannot sit still to their New Orleans and Texas Gulf Coast flavor. Their seething and sophisticated ballads of Strayhorn, Ellington and Gershwin beckon you to glide across the dance floor with your baby in your arms.

Influenced heavily by artists such as Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan, Clifton Chenier, Dr. John, and Louis Prima this very versatile group plays that jumpin’ jive so reminiscent of zoot suits and two-tone shoes. In addition you can get that Cajun gumbo, Ballads, Latin and Caribbean, Motown and Beach, to the most contemporary Jazz and Blues sounds.

As part of a grant project from the Arts & Science Council, Bam-Jazz recently released their first CD, Carolina Moonshine, which is available throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. The recording features several original pieces and some Jazz and Blues standards performed live in the unique style of the band. The recording has received reviews praising the band’s “...innovative and modern approach to the ‘traditional’ music while preserving the essential elements of the style


Carolina Moonshine CD - May 2008

Set List

Set is determined by need
New Orleans and Dixieland
Minnie the Moocher - Cab Calloway
When the Saints Go Marching In - Dixieland
If Teardrops Were Diamonds – Clifton Chenier
Struttin' That BBQ
Mack the Knife
Midnight in Moscow
Saint James Infirmary
Saint Louis Blues
A Kiss to Build a Dream On
She Caught The Katy

Blues and R&B
Stormy Monday Blues
Chains of Love
Corrina, Corrina
Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay
Mustang Sally
My Girl
Under the Boardwalk
Flounder Blues
Jump Jive and Wail
Everyday I Have the Blues
Things Ain’t What They Use To Be
Sunny Moon for Two
Let’s Take it Nice and Slow
I’ve Got Blood in My Eyes
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Since I Fell For You

Swing and Jazz Standards
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
I Don't Know Enough About You
Take the A Train
Pennies From Heaven
Sunny Side of the Street
Blue Skies
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Makin’ Whoopee
All of Me
Lady Luck
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
A Foggy