Sunday, June 9, 2013
Lady Chazz & The Tramps
When you see Lady Chazz perform, you are in for a night you won’t soon forget!
Soul, Soul, Soul! The East Texas band, Lady Chazz and the Tramps, bring a soulful old-world jazz and rhythm & blues feel to the stage. Their unique one-of-a kind and upbeat sound is a rare commodity in the East Texas music scene and guaranteed to please your musical taste buds – from old school, feel good songs to contemporary music.
Lady Chazz and the Tramps are composed of five musicians who are well-known throughout the Ark-La-Tex music circuit. Charlotte Lee (Lady Chazz), Daddy Rich (Richard Lee), Kenneth Brackeen, Jimmy Piatt, and Bill Lee have been involved for many years, each bringing their unique style to the forefront while providing a solid foundation so that Lady Chazz and Daddy Rich can shine.
Lady Chazz, singer/keyboard, began her musical career in San Diego singing backup with her father as a child and later as an Otisette with the Johnny Otis Revue, which toured the globe performing with Big Joe Turner, Chubby Checker, Little Richard and many more. She also has the distinction of having worked with Tina Turner for a time. In the early 80s, she formed her own group, the Chaztity Girls, which was the opening act for many recording artists, including the Bobby “Blue” Bland, War, Midnight Star and Big Daddy Kane. When you see Lady Chazz perform, you are in for a night you won’t soon forget!
Daddy Rich, singer/keyboard, started his musical journey in Daingerfield as a teenager with a duet called Night and Day. In the early 70s, he joined the Navy, and during his naval career, was a pivotal member in a musical quartet called The 2+2. This group performed with the Navy’s 7th Fleet band touring the West Coast, the Far East, Australia and the Western Pacific. His voice sounds like a hybrid of Ray Charles and Otis Redding.
Kenneth Brackeen, drummer, has been involved in music since a young age; both of his parents were musicians. He started playing the guitar, then moved on to the cello and later to the drums. His mother was a pianist, while his father played guitar. He has played in numerous bands throughout East Texas, and in 1990, he moved to Austin and created the band Down-n-Dirty with some friends from Kilgore. Kenneth joined Lady Chazz and the Tramps in November of 2001, creating the band’s up-beat rhythms.
Jimmy Piatt, guitarist & vocalist, was born in Alexandria, Louisana, and grew up in Oklahoma City. He moved to the Longview area in 1984 and began playing guitar at age 14 after seeing Kiss on the Paul Lynde Halloween Special. He joined forces with Lady Chazz around 2001, took a few years off, and then joined back with the band in 2008. Jimmy’s passion is music, and his love for the guitar brings heart and a pure sense of enjoyment to the stage.
Bill Lee, bass player, has played bass for “one hundred and twenty-five years,” starting with Jesse James and the Train Robbers way back in 1888. Truthfully, he’s kept the low end for thirty-four years, with bands in Texas, Idaho and Oregon. Bill recently moved to the Tyler area, living in Lindale where his “day job” is as a voice actor, doing voicing projects all across America. You might hear him on the air locally, where he works weekends and does voice work for 96X. In his spare time, Lee looks for Sasquatch… seriously. Although his luck at finding Sasquatch hasn’t been that great, Lee is proud to perform with Lady Chazz and the Tramps.
Lady Chazz and The Tramps can be seen regularly at Sam’s Town Casino in Shreveport and many other venues throughout the Ark-La-Tex region. Every year in October, they participate in the Boo Benefit for burn victims in Jefferson, which is always a monumental event.
Lady Chazz and the Tramps have a timeless sound, and each member is unique. Combined, they produce an energizing blend that will stir memories of past years with classic music from days gone by, along with the today’s music. Bottom line, Lady Chazz and the Tramps are just plain fun for everyone.
For more information, go to their Facebook page or contact Daddy Rich at 903-241-5478 or Lady Chazz at 903-241-KISS (5477), email: firstname.lastname@example.org