Toledo, Ohio



    On July 3, 1968, Toledo’s Cakewalkin’ Jass Band began performing at Tony Packo's Café, and continued to entertain crowds there for nearly  33 years (except for a short time in 1980 and 1981, when the band was featured at Lulu's Storyville Saloon in the Old Towne section of the former Southwyck Shopping Center).  They later played weekly gigs at Ragtime Rick’s First Draught, Murphy’s Place, and Ragtime Rick’s Second Edition.


    Ray Heitger – leader and clarinet player – is the only original member of the band, although most of the current group has been together more than 20 years.  The Cakewalkin’ Jass Band has performed at numerous Jazz Festivals from coast to coast, including an unprecedented 17 years at the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival in Davenport, Iowa.  They have also played concerts for over a dozen Jazz Clubs.


    For booking information, call Ray Heitger at 419 539-4156, or check out their Website at:

 Ray Heitger, clarinet, leader

 Dave Kosmyna, cornet

 Russ Damschroder, trombone

 “Ragtime Rick” Grafing, piano    



Betsy Grafing, banjo

Buddy Lopez, drums

Bob Miller, string bass

Nicole Heitger, vocals