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Cat's A Bear charts:

Bearskin Rug

Bill's B.S.

Blue Tito

Ceiling Street

Change
edited version stream

Current Sea

Double Felix

Eye of the Pyramid
live version 1 stream

Frank's Lament

HSA

In-cog-TITO

Knick's Knack

Legbones

Prime Dub

Theme For Eric and Eric

Hear some old
Cat's A Bear covers:

4x5
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Binky's Beam
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Great Gorge
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Somewhere Over The Rainbow
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Spain
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CAT'S A BEAR

Cat's A Bear was founded by Frank Singer (guitar) and Joe Dorris (drums) in 1982 as a creative outlet for musical exploration. The group has existed in many forms, beginning as a quartet with Geri DiMarco on piano and Irv Ziskind on bass. This incarnation of Cat's A Bear played jazz covers of McCoy Tyner, Joanne Brackeen and others, which were incorporated into sets with original music by Frank, Irv and Geri. Although the group did few recordings, it established the reputation of Cat's A Bear as a dynamic musical force.

Russ Hoffman on keyboards and Bob Dorris on bass joined Frank and Joe in 1984, and recorded original jazz and cover material. In addition to playing Weather Report tunes American Tango, Cucumber Slumber and N.Y.C., and Joe Farrell's Great Gorge, original music including Naked Kitty Rumba and What Color Is Your Underwear? entered the set list. In 1986 Frank, Joe and Bob became the first trio and recorded more originals, including La Lagartija, written by guest soloist Dave Lindsey. These recordings also featured guest keyboardist Jim Merkin on Can't Seem To Agree.

Cat's A Bear performed as a Trio until 1988, when the electronic duo began. Looking at the technology of the times with unique perspective, the computer and sequencing aspects of the group assumed the role of the bass, setting the form and foundation for the improvisation. Eye Of The Pyramid introduced this new sound, and the follow-up 2liveCATS showcased live drums with covers of Spain and Birdland, and originals Theme for Mary's Birthday, Lost In Allston, and Kikit, a tune dating back to the '86 trio repertoire. 

Tony Stefanelli joined up with Frank and Joe in 1991, and re-established the live sound. When the mysterious and mythical Tito began to appear, the group recorded Tito: In Search of a Revolution, with eight originals, adding saxophonist Phil Papotnik for the closing track Positive Energy. Phil remained with the group for the follow-up CD Tito In Wonderland, showcasing the vocals of Joe Dorris on the first four jazz standards Cat's A Bear has recorded. The two Singer originals Change and Prime Dub round out the set.

In 2011, Joe Frisina became Cat's A Bear's bass player, allowing Tony to put more time into his family and Romolo Chocolates. The band developed material and performed in this Quintet form until 2017, when Phil also moved on to other musical and business frontiers. Cat's A Bear now performs as a Quartet, with Joe Frisina on Bass, Joe Dorris on Drums and Vocals, Nick "Tito" Ronzitti on Congas and Percussion, and Frank Singer on Guitar.   [ more on Tito ]    [ top ]


Cat's A Bear Music Online:

  • ALBUMS:

  • Tito: In Search of a Revolution - 8 All Original Tracks from a CAB Trio of Frank Singer, Joe Dorris and Tony Stefanelli. Original Album Artwork by Hal Singer.

  • Tito in Wonderland - 6 Tracks from a CAB Quartet of Frank Singer, Joe Dorris, Tony Stefanelli and Phil Papotnik. Features Joe Dorris Vocals on Jazz Standards: Blues For Alice, Sugar, Round Midnight and Honeysuckle Rose, and Singer Originals: Change and Prime Dub. Original Album Artwork by Hal Singer.

  • Eye of the Pyramid - 8 Original Tracks from the CAB Duo of Frank Singer and Joe Dorris. The first CD, recorded on a 4-track, and THE Electronic Cat's A Bear Album. Album Design by Frank Singer.

  • SHOWS:

  • 2020/01/10 Cat's A Bear Live at Voodoo BrewPub - 15 Live Cuts from the CAB Quartet of Frank Singer, Joe Dorris, Joseph Frisina and Nick Ronzitti. Recorded at the Event on January 10, 2020 at Voodoo BrewPub in Meadville, Pennsylvania. All original music written by Frank Singer.

  • 2019/11/27 Cat's A Bear Live at Artlore Studio - 8 Live Cuts from the CAB Quartet of Frank Singer, Joe Dorris, Joseph Frisina and Nick "Tito" Ronzitti. Recorded at the Event on November 27, 2019 at Artlore Studio in Erie, Pennsylvania. All original music written by Frank Singer.

  • 2019/08/19 Cat's A Bear Live at Celebrate Erie, August 17 2019 - 5 Live Cuts from the CAB Trio of Frank Singer, Joe Dorris and Joseph Frisina Recorded at the Event on August 17, 2019 at Perry Square in Erie, Pennsylvania. All original music written by Frank Singer.

  • 2018/11/21 Cat's A Bear Live at Artlore Studio - 7 Live Cuts from the CAB Quartet of Frank Singer, Joe Dorris, Joseph Frisina and Nick "Tito" Ronzitti. Recorded at the Event on November 21, 2018 at Artlore Studio in Erie, Pennsylvania. All original music written by Frank Singer.

  • 2018/08/10 Dirty Dog Live TV Presents Cat's A Bear Live at Walt's Tavern - 6 Live Cuts from the CAB Quartet of Frank Singer, Joe Dorris, Joseph Frisina and Nick "Tito" Ronzitti. Recorded at Walt's Tavern in Conneaut Lake, PA by Dirty Dog Live TV on August 10, 2018. All original music written by Frank Singer.

  • 2017/11/22 Cat's A Bear Live at Artlore Studio - 6 Live Cuts from the CAB Quintet of Frank Singer, Joe Dorris, Joseph Frisina, Phil Papotnik and Nick "TIto" Ronzitti. Recorded at the Event on November 22, 2017 at Artlore Studio in Erie, Pennsylvania. All original music written by Frank Singer.

  • 1987/03/31 Cats on the Radio - 9 Live Cuts from the CAB Trio of Frank Singer, Joe Dorris and Bob Dorris. Recorded Live and broadcast on March 31, 1987 at Emerson College Radio Station WERS in Boston MA. Features Joe Henderson's Great Gorge and La Lagartija by David Lindsey. All other cuts by Frank Singer.

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Read the long story of Frank's foray into music and Cat's A Bear in LONG TALES OF A CAT.

Click here for a stream of an edited version of CHANGE.
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Erie Times News Advance - Scotty's - October 7, 2005





The Mysterious TITO...who knows where or when he will appear? Only TITO has a clue.

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Tito: In Search of a Revolution

Eye of the Pyramid

Phil Papotnik / Joe Dorris / Frank Singer / Tony Stefanelli
Phil   Joe   Frank   Tony


Phil has a sound and lighting company. More at: 
www.ravensound.com

Tony makes great chocolate. More at:
www.romolochocolates.com


Read a review of a Papermoon performance featuring the members of the band

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Trebor - the original Naked Kitty / Trebor had many mates. Kianne was his first, a sleek black fighter who was also a love - when he wanted to be! Bernie was the one who was too smart for our own good....

 


A fan speaks:


(Re: JazzWalk at the Paper Moon, 7-13-02)
"You guys played great last night.  It all came together...the compositions,
the playing and the mix.  Tony played really well and his bass sound was
excellent.  The room sounded good too even with the glass wall behind you.

Nice gig
David"

 


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