Scrambled Ape plays Ottoman Cartoon Jazz – music by the late composer Raymond Scott, modern jazz standards, New Orleans brass band music, Eastern European music, early 20th Century hokum shouters, German cabaret music, and original compositions.
Scrambled Ape is Michael Roderick on coronet and euphonium, Kee Zublin on tenor sax, Kelly Leguizamon on baritone sax, Richard Johnson on clarinet and alto sax, Bud Chase on Tuba, and James West on drums. All are accomplished musicians who embrace the weirdness of Ottoman Cartoon Jazz and its power to transport, amuse, and edify without the baggage and pretensions of three dimensional occidental jazz.
Scrambled Ape has shared bills with Sex Mob, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Rebirth Brass Band, and the Living Daylights, The Billy Tipton Memorial Sax Quartet, and the Eugene Emeralds baseball team. They play at Eugene’s Sam Bond’s Tavern on the third Monday of every month. Scrambled Ape also performs original scores for Buster Keaton films and select Betty Boop cartoons.