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The White Stripes and Black Keys rock the blues with a guitar attack. Like the Bad Plus, the Claudettes brandish a piano instead. But the Claudettes have created their own fanatical fusion of blues and soul-jazz—like Ray Charles on a punk kick.
Imagine an amped-up piano hybrid of Otis Spann, Vince Guaraldi, Ray Charles and Mose Allison, joined by a jolly madman of a drummer and conducted in gonzo fashion by Raymond Scott. File under: post-burlesque? Neo-vaudeville? Cosmic cartoon music? You've never seen a piano-drums duo like this.
In addition to touring internationally and recording six albums with his cult-favorite rock band oh my god, pianist Johnny Iguana has played live or recorded with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Koko Taylor, James Cotton, Lil’ Ed, Carey Bell, Billy Boy Arnold, Lurrie Bell, John Primer, Billy Branch, Carlos Johnson, Sugar Blue, Dave Myers, Eddie Shaw and more. He has played on Grammy-nominated albums with Junior Wells and Chicago Blues: A Living History, has performed everywhere from Beirut to Buenos Aires to the Montreux Jazz Festival and has had strange musical encounters with Van Morrison and Jeff Healey that he'd love to tell you about.
Drummer Michael Caskey (a.k.a. Bunny Patootie) graduated magna cum laude from Western Michigan University's school of music. He has played with everyone from Koko Taylor to Chuck Mangione to Marvin Hamlisch to John Sinclair. A Downbeat magazine award winner and five-time Detroit Music Awards recipient, he currently plays with Balkan fusion band Eastern Blok and teaches Music and Rhythm in Dance at Columbia College in Chicago. Michael has performed all across the U.S. and in France, Poland, Germany, Denmark and other countries.
Nigerian-American singer/dancer Yana now accompanies the band on tour, managing their stage, reading Claudette's announcements and entertaining their crowds along with the musicians.