Local music legends Turtle VanDemarr (Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, Jim Kweskin Jug Band), David Reisch (Holy Modal Rounders, Michael Hurley) along with Jeff Hudis (Rockin’ Razorbacks) and Dan Haley (Ed & The Boats), are joined by newcomer to the Portland music scene, Jazzy Lee VanDemarr.
Turtle (lead guitar-vocals) and David (bass-vocals) have played music together in different configurations in Portland for over 45 years. For the past 15 years these two respected and sought after Portland music veterans have been band mates with the wildly popular local band, The Freak Mountain Ramblers, and Richard Cranium & The Phoreheads. Dan Haley has been a fixture of the Portland East Side Sound since the ‘80s. His mandolin playing, quirky personality and singing style are mesmerizing. Jeff “Wildcat” Hudis is known as one of the best drummers in the Portland music scene. The “Rockin’ Razorbacks”, back in the ‘80s, was one of the many popular local bands that Hudis was a part of. Watching him drum puts a smile on your face. “Wildcat” is definitely pushing the RattleSnakes into a frenzy.
Jazzy has studied and been involved in musical theater, performing on stage for the past 20 years. She has also received vocal instructions through the years from two of Portland’s favorite chanteuses, Mary Kadderly and Becky Kilgore. Jazzy’s singing style is a little bit sassy with a lot of strong jazz/blues influence.
This band is “too much fun," covering everything from Johnny and June to Ella and Louis, Doris Day, Louis Prima and Keeley Smith, Dan Hicks, etc. —with added hilarious stage banter. They are the foremost proponents of a new music genre they call, “JassaBilly.”