Ken Mosher is a founding member of the North Carolina based Jazz band, Squirrel Nut Zippers.
Squirrel Nut Zippers applied punk’s DIY aesthetic to early 20th century American popular music. The band’s name comes from the Squirrel Brand’s Nut Zippers, a peanut and caramel candy for sale since the mid-20s.
The band was initially lumped into the “lounge” movement, along with Combustible Edisons, and then later credited as part of the brief swing music revival of the 1990s. Unlike such bands as Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, who mostly synthesized jump blues and a Gene Krupa backbeat, the Zippers defied description, incorporating everything from Harlem Hot Music, Cab Calloway, Johnny Ace, Delta Blues, Raymond Scott, Fats Waller, Django Reinhardt, Tom Waits, and Klezmer.