The Band

The Band

One of LA’s Hottest Multi-faceted Bands Since 1992

Flattop Tom & His Jump Cats is a versatile and dynamic band that plays classic Big Band Swing, Blues, Jump Blues, 40s and 50s Classics, Boogie Woogie, Western Swing, Rockabilly, Oldies, Surf tunes and originals. The band has been in existence since 1992 and has released four critically acclaimed CDs.

Flattop Tom & His Jump Cats are a group of talented and energetic musicians dedicated to keeping traditional roots music alive. Lead singer, Flattop Tom, is also a professional swing dancer. He prides himself with keeping tempos right for dancers. Where DVD players are available, Flattop’s extensive collection of vintage swing dance videos provides additional visual stimuli, excitement, and dance inspiration for its audiences.

Critically Acclaimed

The band’s first album release, “Jumping Blues For Your Dancing Shoes,” received critical acclaim and airplay on local radio stations. Their second release, “Rockin’ and Jumpin’ The Blues,” propelled the band to national airplay and worldwide travel. Their third release, “Swing Dance Party,” had national and European distribution and airplay, and received praise from critics. “Don’t Cheat The Feet,” their fourth and most current release has had national and European distribution, received international airplay and was rated #19 on the Living Blues Radio Charts.

In addition to headlining their own shows, Flattop Tom & His Jump Cats have performed with other top music artists including The Beach Boys, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy, Royal Crown Revue, William Clarke, Charlie Musselwhite, Rod Piazza, Big Sandy, Big Jay McNeely, Jan & Dean and others. For a complete list, click here. In addition, the band has appeared at many popular swing and blues venues in California and across the nation. For a complete list, click here.

Danceable, Energetic Music That Generates Enthusiastic Audiences

With this new functional website, the band has a steady core of returning fans supported with regular e-mailings and promotional materials sent to a growing mailing list that numbers over 2000.  Press releases, PSAs and paid advertising regarding performances are sent regularly to the media.  In addition, Flattop Tom & His Jump Cats bring the following to each performance:

  • A wide range of danceable, energetic music that generates enthusiastic audience response in a mixed crowd environment.
  • A multi-dimensional performance featuring the charismatic Flattop Tom singing, playing harp and dancing with members of his audience.
  • Flattop can serve as Emcee for your special event and/or provide professional swing dancers, complete with crowd-pleasing aerials for your special event.
  • A large collection of vintage swing dance videos available to be played in DVD format.

We Regularly Appear for Swing Dance Societies, Blues Festivals, Classic Car Shows and Corporate Events

The band also appears regularly for swing dance societies such as Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association, Jonathan and Sylvia in Santa Barbara, UCSB Swing Dance Club, and others, such as Blues Festivals, Classic Car Shows and corporate parties.  For a complete list, click here.