The band consisted of approximately 15 members (mostly male instrumentalists and female singer-dancers, with Jay Peterson on drums) who performed full band renditions of Motown, soul, R&B and other classic pop songs along with a few original compositions. A mid-1980s New Year's Eve show broadcast by San Francisco PBS station KQED-TV is sometimes shown on public TV in the United States.
The Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra won a Bammy Award for Best Independent Album of 1985
On June 23, 2008, the semi-original Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra lineup reformed for the first time in nearly 23 years for a one- off concert at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco to benefit original Zasu Pitts/Big Bang Beat saxophonist Morey Goldstein who had recently been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Booker T. of Booker T. & the M.G.'s made a guest appearance at this show. Goldstein died on July 5, 2008.