Dead Cat Bounce

The term Dead Cat Bounce, which is a short-term recovery in stock prices, was omitted from the headlines. Dead Cat Bounce is a symbol of artists’ dedication to creative renewal and rebirth, even when traditions and masters change. Dead Cat Bounce, founded by Matt Steckler in 1997, features four saxophones from all ranges and upright bass as well as drums. It is the unique artistic vision that Matt Steckler has had. DCB’s performance abilities have been recognized by American Composers Forum and American Music Center. They have also received distinctions from Meet the Composer and Chamber Music America. Dead Cat Bounce is a tribute to Charles Mingus, The World Saxophone Quartet, and their “tightly organized, swirling contrapuntal rhythms and multi-part blues n roots-infused tricky pieces” (Jon Garelick from the Boston Phoenix). Their rhythmic approach is influenced by traditional rhythms from the Caribbean, Brazil, West Africa and Eastern Europe. Dead Cat Bounce’s dynamic improvisations, both solo and collective, complement its ever-expanding musical repertoire. Dave Liebman says Dead Cat Bounce is “a great band that does it all.” He says Dead Cat Bounce has excellent writing and a subtle bass-drum rhythm section. There is also a clear sense of communication among the members, which I’m sure everyone will notice. These musicians are more than just playing music, they listen and communicate together. Dead Cat Bounces musicians are at the forefront of jazz, rock, and world music today and have performed or recorded with: Ray Charles, Lonnie Plixico, Matt Wilson and Anthony Braxton. DCBs roster is made up of outstanding bandleaders, providing a unique mix of musicians who have been mentored by such artists as George Garzone, Danilo Perez and Jim McNeely. Dead Cat Bounce toured in 2011-12 to promote its fourth album Chance Episodes (Best Album Lists: Jazz Times and Downbeat), and also performed the commissioned electroacoustic circle Eco-Beat Heresy. Add to their record the seminal and globally merchandized recordings Home Speaks To the Wandering (Innova), Lucky By Association, and Legends of the Nar to make Dead Cat Bounce the greatest and most soul-searching Little Big Band That Could. Visit

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