THE BAD CATS

BAND BIOS

Listed in alphabetical order by first name

CHUCK BATTON – Drums

Chuck Batton_drumsYes, he’s a New Yorker, well by way of Pittsburgh anyway. Chuck started playing at age 4 and displays an energetic versatility born of his seasoned experience. His gospel background is extensive and most definitely contributes to his unrelentingly steady foot.

He’s performed at venues throughout the New York City area including B.B. Kings, The Lion’s Den, Joe’s Pub, The Bitter End, Knitting Factory, Downtime, and Westchester’s top-rated 12 Grapes. Some highlights from his career include working with the Off-Broadway company of Theater for the New City and an international residence in Istanbul, Turkey with singer Charlotte.

Affectionately known as “The Hitmasta”, he has the unique ability to flow in and out of ones consciousness without ever once missing a beat or overstepping volume boundaries! He is truly a man in possession of a great deal of soul!

DAVE McDOWELL  – Tenor/Soprano Sax, Flute

David McDowell on saxDave began playing sax and flute in the early 60’s while in high school.  His love was for jazz but as time went on he found himself playing more “pop” music. This led to playing and touring throughout the US with several different “Top 40/Show” bands for some 20 years (including two years in the 7th Army Band while stationed in Germany in the mid-60s).

In 1983 he got married, got a corporate job, started a family and left music behind. Although he continued to practice diligently in the basement, he did not play publicly again until 2007 when he joined a couple of Blues/R&B bands.  In 2009 he met Rhonda Denet and began to play with her band.

“Rhonda has given me the opportunity to freely play music as I envision it: equal parts jazz, pop, soul, R&B all in a tasty mix.  Rhonda’s blend of happy, upbeat and inspirational music could not be any nicer.  There is nothing better than to play what you feel and have a good time while you do it.”

DEREK BUCHANAN – Bass

Derek S. Buchanan on bass

Mr. Buchanan is a Christian musician from Queens, NY. He has been a learned musician from the age of 11.  His musical interest are Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Funk and Gospel, primarily playing 4, 5 and 6 string electric basses as well as the acoustic double bass. Mr. Buchanan also plays the guitar and uses the piano to compose most of his original material.  He is currently working with the Rhonda Denet and the Bad Cats, as well as working on several solo Jazz/Christian music CDs.

He has served musical apprenticeships with the likes of (bassists) Michael Fleming, Rael Wesley Grant, (guitarists) Mario Capperelli and John Keith Davis,  (Pianists and other instrumentalists) Dr. Eugene Armour and Gail Hightower, receiving both robust and varied training in musicianship, theory and composition as well as experience in arranging and song writing.  Mr. Buchanan has a strong anointing with music as a vehicle for spreading the gospel of Christ.

Concurrent with performing/recording with Rhonda, Mr. Buchanan studies the double bass, electric bass guitar and jazz theory with NY Musician/Bassist Charley Sabatino and is a member of the Cadenza Music Jazz Workshop.  He has recorded with several musical groups including The Called and Chosen, Fat Joe, The Beat Nuts and of course, Rhonda Denet and the Bad Cats.

Mr. Buchanan has composed and produced 2 CDs of original works under the D. Scott Buchanan Project title: “Follow” (2013) and “Love and Peace (2012) both available through digital outlets such as iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, etc.  Previews of Mr. Buchanan’s work can be accessed at www.reverbnation.com/dscott26

Presently he is working on a 3rd Jazz/R&B CD tentatively titled “Songs From the Music Room.”

MICHAEL BARDASH – Keys/Piano

Photo of Michael Bardash
© Monica Simoes

Mike Bardash started playing the piano at the age of 5 and he hasn’t stop since.  He’s 54 now, so you can see he’s been playing a long time (you do the math!). He has heavy influence from his classical training, though he was influenced quite early on by a wide range of jazz and pop artists.  He came to New York in 1987 and has been performing there both with his own ensembles and as a supporting member of other musicians’ bands.

His primary genre is often described as jazz, though he plays a wide variety of music ranging from rhythm and blues to baroque.  He is currently playing with several contemporary jazz and R&B groups, while working on his own new project.  He has been collaborating with Rhonda Denet for about 4 years, as a member of her “Bad Cats.”