JIM PASSARD — Bandleader, Featured Singer, Rhythm Guitar
Jim's tasteful and versatile guitar playing fronts The Lost Cats, while his smooth voice captures your ear and refuses to let it go!
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jim’s music tours have taken him from Alaska through the Pacific Northwest and back home to California. His inviting style has endeared him to club owners and patrons for many years. Audiences appreciate his wide range of material and the quality of his performance. His eclectic repertoire, performed with masterful fluidity, includes songs with the jazzy elegance of Michael Franks, the Latin classics of Antonio Carlos Jobim, and the great American standards of Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer.

DAVE BELL — Guitar and Vocals
Guitarist Dave Bell, originally from the San Francisco Bay area, is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston. He studied with many jazz greats, finding inspiration in the teachings of Gary Burton. He returned to the East Bay where his search for a place to make noise (bass and drums!) finally resulted in building his own recording studio in Richmond, California. While living and working in Richmond, Dave began recording his own material and soon had requests from his fellow musicians to record their demos and CDs. When his day jobs dried up in the mid-90s, recording became his full-time job, and Bellboy Recording was born. Since then it's been Pro Tools, a drum room addition, and, thankfully, good word of mouth for Bellboy. Performance wise, Dave has found outlets for all his musical loves over the years: Bossa Nova with Via Rio, jazz with the New Moldy Figs and Leann Petersen, and blues/reggae/soul with powerhouse singer/songwriter Johnny Smith. in 2009 he brought out a solo guitar Christmas CD, and 2010 completed a ten-year stint with Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks. The future looks bright, with CD's, gigs, and tours in the offing.

Andrew is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. He has taught hundreds of aspiring drummers at his own East Bay Drummers’ Studio and has taught master classes at the Jazz School in Berkeley and for the California Percussive Arts Society.
Andrew has perfromed/recorded with: CAKE, Camper Van Beethoven, Luce, Vince Welnick(Grateful Dead, Tubes, Todd Rundgren), Kenny Margolis (Cracker), Jonathan Richman, Steve Yerkey, Webb Wilder, Actual Wolf, Ramblin Jack Elliot, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Shana Morrison, Satya, Chris Stills, Brad Brooks (MC5), Jesse DeNatale, David Immergluck (Counting Crows), Rob Hodgkiss & Charlie Colleen (Train), Roger Rocha (4 Non Blondes), Nate Query (the Decemberists), Eric Holden (Josh Groban, the Bodeans), Vicki Randall (Mayvis Staples),Chris Xefos (King Missile), Duane Jarvis (Lucinda Williams), Jimmy Prescott (G Love and Special Sauce), Steve Fisk (producer Nirvana, Soundgarden, the Posies, Soul Coughing), Carol Pope (Rough Trade), Jeff Bhasker (Grammy winning producer Fun, Kanye West, Rolling Stones). In addition to drumming, Andrew is also a singer/songwriter and producer. He currently fronts Oakland-based Indie rock group Felsen who have just released their fifth album.

Alex Baum, The San Francisco Bay Area Bassist/composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist, is originally from Allentown PA and was a student at Berklee College of Music, Boston. He has performed all over the world from Osaka to Orvieto and many places in between. Playing both acoustic stand-up style or electric bass, he's helped produce and record three Blue Bucket discs Blues Volume and Good To The Damn Bone. He has performed with Blue Bucket at the Umbria Jazz and the Monterey Jazz festivals. He has played bass for the Johnny Nocturne Band and has toured extensively as a charter member of Dan Hicks and the Acoustic Warriors and with the ground-breaking world fusion band Murasaki Ensamble for their releases Magenta and Birds & Drums. Working in many styles, he has performed or recorded with Dan Hicks, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis,“Sweets” Edison, the Johnny Nocturne Band, the Murasaki Ensamble, Duke Roballard, Pinetop Perkins, Earl King, Hubert Sumlin, Mitch Woods' Rocket 88's, Zero, Bob Weir, Clarence Clemmons, Steve Kimock, Johnny Adams, Jessica Williams, Riche Cole, “Big” Jay McNealy, Liza Silva & Vox de Brasil, and many others.

*THE BAND — Contact The Lost Cats
The Lost Cats can perform as an intimate duo or as a combination that may include jazz guitar, bass, percussion, brass and woodwinds, to create the right sized ensemble for any occasion. The band's regular venues include The New Zealander (Alameda), Shelby’s (Orinda), Joe’s (Lafayette) and Rafters (San Rafael). The band's diverse other venues include The San Francisco Orchid Society Evening Gala, Deloche Vinyards (Napa), Two-day Town Music Festival (Livermore) Union Street Fair (San Francisco), Armando's (Martinez).
The Lost Cats play jazz, both Latin and vintage, and rhythm and blues. Get up and dance or just relax and listen. Jim says, “I play this kind of music because I like the rhythm, it moves and I play with great people. I enjoy when folks are tapping their feet, getting up and dancing, swaying to the beat. I get to play some of my favorite songs—those which have meant a lot to me in life and it's a thrill to present them with my band.”

Please contact Jim Passard to book the band:
Phone: 415·550·0490
Click to eMail Jim Passard: jpassard@comcast.net

Click to download The Lost Cats Press packet.
The press packet is a PDF for viewing or printing. It includes photographs and information about some of the great musicians who play with the band.

Click to download The Lost Cats poster for your show.
The poster is a legal-size Microsoft Word document with type-in entries for the location, date and time of your event.


Many fine musicians play with The Lost Cats. At various times the band features the following great players. Click to contact them:



Mark Babin

Bob Brumbeloe

Mimi Fox

Ron Galen

Chris Grampp

Rob Lyons

Jeff Massanari

Jeff McNish

Gary Zellerbach

Dave Bell


Jim Broadstreet / Trumpet

Doug Cross / Tenor sax

Steve Deutsch / Flute, tenor and soprano sax

Michael Moss / Tenor and soprano sax

Aaron Phillips / Flute, tenor sax

Bill Sharp / Trumpet

Tom Williamson / Trumpet

Bob Kenmotsu, horns


Pierre Archain

Adam Gay

Karen Horner

Jeff McNish

Steven Strauss

John Zalabak

Sam Bevan

Oscar Westesson

Gary Rosen

Reid Whatley

Ted Burik


Omar Aran
Phone: 415-760-7415

Bill Belasco

Ted Connell

Ken Owen

Joe Paulino

Denis Schmidt

Reid Whatley