Rooted firmly in traditional American roots music with the chops to nail it and the grit to deliver it, Izzy and his boys are on a lifelong mission to heal the world's disenfranchised ears by exposing audiences to the glory of their own cultural lineage. Spiritually bound to professional principles yet prone to avant-garde interludes and playfully vulgar stage banter, the band is rapidly building a subculture from every facet of society. Izzy's shows are as likely to be filled with excitable counter-culture kids as with sentimental old drunks. If there is a common thread connecting everyone who cares for live music, Izzy and the Catastrophics are it.
The band has toured constantly since 2008, playing over 250 shows per year in America and Europe. They have shared the stage with everyone from Snoop Dogg and Reverend Horton Heat in Orlando to the unmentionable punk bands of Anaheim. Their most recent album, Lucky Dragon Swing Buffet: Dinner Price,was largely recorded during a month long stint in New Orleans, with guest appearances by some of the hottest young players on the emergent Trad Jazz scene. During the filming of their debut music video for Mambo on Your Grave, the group rode a full-sized Mardi-Gras float illegally through the mausoleum-laden cemeteries of New Orleans.
Amassing talented players from all over the world, the band has had many lineup changes. With each passing member, the band and the players have expanded and deepened their passion for playing music.
The one constant has always been Izzy Zaidman, veteran guitarist of Wayne "The Train" Hancock's band. Fronting the group with swagger and zest, his masterful guitar playing is surpassed only by his witty songwriting and razor-sharp stage banter.
Saxophonist Emiliano Vernizzi hails from Parma, Italy... where Parmisan cheese comes from. Emi has mastered the nuances of American saxophone playing from Sammy Butera to Charlie Parker. He has performed at dozens of festivals in Europe with some of the biggest names in Jazz including legendary drummer Max Roach and saxophonist Steve Grossman. His attention to stylistic detail and perfectly executed growls earned him a most cherished position in the Catastrophics lineup.
With a full domestic tour schedule, currently on a a high-profile European tour until December 2012 and the release of their next album Lucky Dragon Swing Buffet: Lunch Price in the works, Izzy and the Catastrophics are heading into 2012 with vigor. Come all ye faithful to your nearest watering hole and see the boys live.