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Outdoor Cats 2021: Quartet
Outdoor Cats 2019: Trio
Outdoor Cats 2013 Plus: Quintet
Cat's A Bear / 21st Century Cats
Outdoor Cats 2007: Quintet
Takes From The Lab EP
Live At Forward Hall 2004
Live At The Rex EP
Basil By The Bay
Cat's A Bear / Tito in Wonderland
Cat's A Bear / The Cycling Troll Sessions
Cat's A Bear / The Cycling Troll Sessions 2: Lost And Found
Cat's A Bear / Tito: In Search of a Revolution
Cat's A Bear / Live at the Annex
Cat's A Bear / A Day In The Life Of A Cat
Cat's A Bear / 90s Lives of the Cats
Cat's A Bear / The Tito Experience
Cat's A Bear / 95 And Still Alive - The Gig
The BirdlandYears
Cat's A Bear / 2 Live Cats - 95 And Still Alive Dub
Cat's A Bear / Eye of the Pyramid
Cat's A Bear / Cats On The Radio 2 - 4 Song EP
Cat's A Bear / Cats On The Radio
Cat's A Bear / Cat Tracks EP
Cat's A Bear / Live in 85
Cat's A Bear / The Euphoria Sessions
Cat's A Bear / Cat Lines

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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





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 2 Live Cats 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:

  • 2021 JAZZ QUARTET: Outdoor Cats 2021: 814 Day EP
  • 2019 JAZZ TRIO: Outdoor Cats 2019
  • 2013-2014 JAZZ QUINTET: Outdoor Cats 2013 +
  • 1992-2007-2009-2013 JAZZ QUARTET/QUINTET: 21st Century Cats
  • 2007 JAZZ QUINTET: Outdoor Cats 2007
  • 2002-2005 JAZZ QUINTET: Takes From The Lab EP
  • 2004 JAZZ QUARTET: Live At Forward Hall
  • 2003 JAZZ QUARTET: Live At The Rex EP
  • 2000-2002 JAZZ SEXTET: Basil By The Bay
  • 1993-1996 JAZZ TRIO/QUARTET: The Cycling Troll Sessions
  • 1993 JAZZ TRIO/QUARTET: In Search Of A Revolution 2: Lost And Found
  • 1993 JAZZ TRIO/QUARTET: In Search Of A Revolution
    This Album is part of The Cycling Troll Sessions
  • 1993 JAZZ QUARTET: Live At The Annex
  • 1992 JAZZ QUARTET: A Day In The Life Of A Cat
  • 1992-1995 JAZZ TRIO/QUARTET/QUINTET: 90s Lives of the Cats
  • 1991 JAZZ SEXTET: The Tito Experience
  • 1995 ELECTRONIC DUO: '95 And Still Alive - The Gig
  • 1995 ELECTRONIC DUO: The Birdland Years
  • 1991-1995 ELECTRONIC DUO: 2 Live Cats | '95 And Still Alive Dub
  • 1989 ELECTRONIC DUO: Eye Of The Pyramid
  • 1987 JAZZ TRIO: Cats On The Radio 2 - 4 Song EP
  • 1987 JAZZ TRIO: Cats On The Radio
  • 1985-1986 (1990) JAZZ QUARTET/TRIO(/DUO): Cat Tracks EP
  • 1985 JAZZ QUARTET: Live in '85
  • 1984-1986 JAZZ TRIO w Guests: The Euphoria Sessions
  • 1981-2005 COMPOSER: Cat Lines
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MEDIA:

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Eye of the Pyramid

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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.

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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.

Visit the Cat's A Bear website
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Joe Frisina / 
                	Frank Singer / Joe Dorris / Tito
Joe F.  Joe D.  Frank  Tito
Phil Papotnik / 
                Joe Dorris / Frank Singer / Tony Stefanelli
Phil Joe  Frank Tony


Phil has a sound and lighting company. More at: 
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Tony makes great chocolate. More at:
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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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