PAUL SCAVARDA (“Bakey”)
A native of Los Angeles, Paul began his carer on KFI Radio Theater’s The Last Great Radio Show in 1975 accompanying himself on ukulele. The next few years he kept busy playing bass and banjo in various bands in and around the L.A. area including Shakey’s Pizza Parlors and Six Flags Magic Mountain. He migrated to Florida at the age of 19 as a result of an offer of employment from the Walt Disney Company. While in the Orlando area, Paul performed at the famous jazz saloon, Rosie O’Grady’s and played mandolin with the Florida Orchestra for the New York based Joffrey Ballet.
A call from famed vocalist and personality, John Davidson, led to his moving to Branson, MO for a season where he was featured in the show’s opening number and joined Davidson in a banjo duet. He also held down the guitar chair in the orchestra. From there he traveled to the East Coast where he worked in the Tri-State area and performed in two Off-Broadway productions under the direction of Mr. Tom O’Horgan. He met and teamed up with his wife, Theresa, during an extended engagement in Atlantic City. Together they lived and performed in Tokyo, Japan where they were held over for more than three years.
Paul’s abilities as an eclectic multi-instrumentalist have resulted in numerous performances and recordings throughout the United States and abroad.
THERESA SCAVARDA (“Betty”)
A native of Indianapolis, Theresa made her stage debut at the age of two in the arms of Yul Brenner in the touring company of The King and I. Her formative years were spent performing in numerous stage productions, cabarets and recording sessions as a background vocalist and jingle singer.
While performing in Branson, MO, she was offered a six week contract at the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City, fronting her own trad jazz show band. The six week contract lasted 7 years. It was there that she met and teamed up with her husband, Paul. After the casino lights dimmed, an offer from the Walt Disney Company took the couple to perform in Tokyo, Japan.
Theresa has been a featured vocalist at the Sancy Snow Jazz Festival in France as well as The Arizona Classic Jazz Festival, Seaside, Oregon and on the “high seas” for Jazzdagen Tours.
Theresa is also a highly sought after vocal coach and musical theatre instructor in the Orlando area.