The Jazz Medics Big Band started out in 1965 as a band founded by Dr. Denton A. Cooley and Dr. Grady L. Hallman, both of the Texas Heart Institute in Houston. The band was originally made up primarily of doctors at the Texas Heart Institute. Because most of the doctors worked in cardiology and stringed instruments (Dr. Cooley played the upright bass) dominated the original lineup, the band was first called The Heartstrings. The band quickly grew into a swing band featuring saxophones, trumpets and trombones, thus prompting the changing of the band’s name to The Heartbeats.
Originally, the Heartbeats performed at parties for their medical colleagues. As the band became known around Houston, they were asked to perform at larger social events that were fundraisers for the Texas Heart Institute and other medical institutions in Houston, as well as for organizations that support the arts, such as the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston. The band most commonly performed a short set (about 30 minutes) during events. Working as such, the Heartbeats shared the bandstand with some of Houston’s top dance bands.
The Heartbeats recorded an album of popular music in 1968 titled “Presenting, The Heartbeats.” Among the tunes covered were Tijuana Taxi, Java, Yesterday, and When the Saints Go Marching In. Proceeds from the sale of the album went to the Texas Heart Institute for the construction of additional facilities at the St. Luke’s and Texas Children’s Hospitals and for research and teaching in the field of heart disease.
The make-up of the band evolved over the years as some of the original members left the Houston area and new members joined. By the mid-1970s, the band had migrated away from the Texas Heart Institute and was then made up of doctors with a wide range of specialties. The name of the band was changed to the Jazz Medics in 1974 in reflection of this increasing professional diversity.
Today, the Jazz Medics is an active swing band, primarily performing for groups at retirement homes, large functions, public gatherings, and the like in the Houston area.
Steve Bing & The Bayou Hot Shots play the best of the best music that defines the spicy gumbo sounds of Louisiana with authentic traditional Cajun music from the bayous and prairies of south Louisiana. And we play the traditional dance hall music of Texas with Western Swing music like Bob Wills and Milton Brown. This is great "DANCE" music for the dancers and great "LISTENING" music for those who don't dance!!! The Bayou Hot Shots are based out of Houston, Texas, nicknamed the "Bayou City". We play music that will have you movin' around the dance floor and we guarantee you'll tap your foot. If you want a great band for your event, we're the ones to call! Although we play a lot of our gigs in Texas and Louisiana we have taken our music to Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, Wisconsin, Minnesota, West Virginia, Ohio! We've played dances for the Cajun French Music Association, Cajun dance halls, Texas dance halls, festivals, club dances, restaurants, BBQs, crawfish boils, conventions and corporate events, weddings, restaurants, taverns, and private parties. And, we're ready to play for you! Our traditional Cajun music CD was nominated by the Cajun French Music Association for the 2009 Music Awards in the category for "Best First CD". Also if you're looking for music lessons, Steve teaches fiddle/violin, Cajun accordion, guitar, mandolin, and bass.