|Who is it?||Soundtrack, Actor, Composer|
|Birth Day||April 10, 1959|
|Birth Place||New York City, New York, United States|
|Age||61 YEARS OLD|
|Birth name||Brian Robert Setzer|
|Genres||Rockabilly, rock and roll, swing revival, jump blues|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, record producer|
|Labels||Arista, EMI, Razor & Tie, Interscope, Surfdog|
|Associated acts||The Bloodless Pharoahs, The Tomcats, Stray Cats, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Drake Bell|
Setzer returned to his love of music from the 1950s, this time the jump blues of Louis Prima. In the 1980s, he resurrected rockabilly, and in the 1990s, swing. He assembled the Brian Setzer Orchestra, a seventeen piece big band that got the public's attention with a cover version of Prima's "Jump, Jive an' Wail" from the album The Dirty Boogie (Interscope, 1998). The song won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, while "Sleep Walk" from the same album won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
Setzer was born April 1959 in Massapequa, New York. He started on the euphonium and played in jazz bands when he was in school. He found a way to hear jazz at the Village Vanguard, though as he got older he got interested in rock, punk, and rockabilly. He was a member of the Bloodless Pharaohs and the Tomcats, which he began with his brother, Gary. The Tomcats became the Stray Cats when double Bassist Lee Rocker and Drummer Slim Jim Phantom joined. In 1980, thinking they might have more success in England than in America, they sold their instruments to pay for airplane tickets and flew to London.
After the Stray Cats disbanded in 1984, Setzer began a solo career that included working as a sideman for other acts, such as the Honeydrippers led by Robert Plant. On his first solo album, The Knife Feels Like Justice (EMI, 1986), he turned away from rockabilly and moved toward rhythm and blues (R&B) and the heartland rock of John Mellencamp. The album was produced by Don Gehman and featured Kenny Aronoff on drums. Both men had worked on albums by Mellencamp.
A series of live recordings were issued in 1997 by Collectables Records, and removed from sale within a year under threat of legal action.
Setzer has been married three times, most recently in 2005 to Julie Reiten, a former singer with the Dustbunnies.
The album Wolfgang's Big Night Out (2007) featured Setzer's interpretation of classical pieces, such as Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5" and "Für Elise". Wolfgang earned Setzer his eighth Grammy nomination, this time for Best Classical Crossover Album.
He executive produced the album Ready Steady Go! (Surfdog, 2014) by Drake Bell and played guitar on two songs.