Billy Brandt w/ the Thing & the Stuff Band’s music has working class appeal that radiates masculine charm and chutzpah. A voice like dark roasted coffee with a hint of cream and a band as sweet as the cube of sugar. His original music speaks to everyman themes of love, loss and possibility, reflecting a depth of influences from Ray Charles and Lou Rawls to Frank Sinatra and Mose Allison. Armed with persuasion, stage presence and his rockin’ group The Thing & the Stuff Band, Billy charms audiences with a confection of jazz, rock, blues and soul.
Placing a high value on collaboration, Billy is inspired by the wealth of talent in the Seattle arts community. For the past six years, he has produced the highly successful variety shows The Big Gig and The Big Giggle, which feature the talents of Northwest artists from a mix of disciplines.
Billy and his band have performed at nightspots across Seattle, including the Triple Door, the Musicquarium, the Columbia City Theater, Tula’s, 13 Coins and Egan’s Ballard Jam House. In addition, Billy hosts a jam session the first Tuesday of each month at the Paragon Bar on Queen Anne Hill.
“[A] crooner/songwriter with a love of wordplay & a hot band takes a page from the great Jacqui Naylor & does some acoustic smashing of his own, first of gospel w/ old jazz, then of ‘Route 66 w/ Day Tripper’ over vintage Miles–wordplay indeed” –KUNM Albuquerque
“Very very very nice sound and vocals… Michael Bublé eat your heart out!” –Joost van Steen from Jazz Blues Tour Netherlands