What does long-time swing jazz band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy have in common with Star Wars actor Mark Hamill and actors Gary Coleman and David Cross?
All of these showmen starred in the same animated episode of Scooby Doo in 2001 where Big Bad Voodoo Daddy played a song in a haunted mansion. Songs “Go Daddy-O” and “You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three Tonight (Baby)” made it onto the soundtrack for Swingers.
Over the years, the popular swing kings have also performed on a variety of television shows and even during a halftime Super Bowl show where they backed Stevie Wonder on “Sir Duke.”
“It was wild playing that song, because it was one of my favorite songs as a kid,” says trumpet player Glen “The Kid” Marhevka. “I always wanted to learn it.”
Marhevka, now 39, has been playing trumpet since he was in the fifth grade, but got the nickname when he joined the band in his early 20s: When Big Bad Voodooo Daddy was on tour the group went to eat at a nice restaurant and Marhevka ordered a hotdog and fries. The band’s lead singer and guitarist Scotty Morris told him, “You’ve got a lot to learn, kid.” It didn’t help that Marhevka also looked much younger than his age, even at 20.
Even though it is his job, Marhevka says playing the trumpet has always been a lifelong passion. His dad, who played the saxophone, introduced him to classic jazz records as a young kid.
“Anything that had a horn in it immediately grabbed my attention,” he says. “I was enthralled by horns from an early age.”
He says that passion is still with him and the band, and keeps them going.
“I’m just trying to give it my all every night,” he says. “One of the things we do well is attack the stage with a heavy intensity every night. Nobody in our band goes on autopilot.”