The Yalloppin Hounds
Saturday December 1, 2012
In 1998, several members of the Illinois Jacquet band, past and present, began jamming on their own to create a smaller group. Tapes were sent out, and the Yalloppin' Hounds were born.............The Yalloppin Hounds have since possessed the distinction of being the first band in the world to combine the elements of traditional Swing with Hip-Hop stylings, creating a unique and excitingly fresh hybrid.....
Considered by many to be the finest and busiest band to arrive on the New York Swing scene, The Yalloppin' Hounds derive their name from a running gag among the musicians of the Illinois Jacquet Big Band. One day at a French concert, Jacquet poked fun at another well-known Swing band from New York by referring to them as a bunch of "yallopping hounds", so when the founding members, all Jacquet alumnus, got together to think up a name for their new swing band, the choice was obvious. "We knew enough about each other already to hear a sound in our heads...and the sound was that of a bunch of barking dogs...." explains bandleader and saxophonist Joey "G-Clef" Cavaseno.
About Great Recession:
With this new album, The Great Recession, bandleader/songwriter/arranger G-Clef da Mad Komposa decided it was time to unleash a brand new classic for the times, entitled, "The Great Recession". "I wanted to invoke the mood of the Great Depression days but update it to what people around the world are feeling now, re-examining the deeply rooted connection between Swing Music and Hip-Hop," explains G-Clef. Featured on this excursion again are G-Clef (Wu-Tang), Lord Sledge (The Toasters) and Peter Hartmann, as well as new female vocalist/discovery Leigh Vaiano, who will make listeners swear they are listening to a living Ella Fitzgerald once again. Easily the most fully produced Hounds album yet, "Great Recession" will disintegrate all previously existant boundaries between listener, dancer, and the music itself.