DUCHESS takes NOLA

DUCHESS is in love with New Orleans!  We were invited to take part in a Boswell Sisters Revue and decided to make the most of it and spend a few days in this city that we had never been to, but heard so much about. The day we left was Amy's birthday so we, of course, had some cake on the plane at 6:30AM and watched the sunrise, or slept.

We stayed at a completely charming house in the Bywater. Far enough away from the hustle and bustle to relax but close enough to feel like we were in the middle of things. The house had old appliances and beautiful antiques. It really felt like stepping into another time. We highly recommend this AirBnb to anyone who is traveling to NOLA. 

 

If you know the girls of DUCHESS, you know that we enjoy food. A lot. Priority number one for us when we arrived was to get some lunch. Oh boy. Just around the corner from our house was some of the finest barbecue in New Orleans at a place called The Joint. We ate, and ate, and ate and then had dessert. It was Amy's birthday, she made us. 

 

That first night, we had our very own show at the best jazz club in New Orleans, Snug Harbor.  The place was packed and we were honored to play with some of the best musicians in the city: Brian Seeger on guitar, Peter Harris on bass, Geoff Clapp on drums and our very special guest, Evan Christopher on saxophone and clarinet.  The folks at the club were really lovely and the audience…we can't say enough about how great the reception was. 

 

 

The band was so great that they even got into our famous "El Tigre" after show shot. You should check out their solo projects. We were blown away by their musicianship.

 

 

 

On Friday night, we took part in a wonderful event with groups from around the world paying tribute to The Boswell Sisters. Each group played 3 tunes and many new friendships were made.  We are so grateful to Kyla Titus for putting it all together and for inviting us to come down for this celebration.  Thanks also to our arranger/producer Oded Lev-Ari who stepped in last minute (at the sound check) to play piano for us.  Well done!   Read a bit about it in the WSJ and stream the entire show here. We come on at about the 2 hour mark but the rest of the groups are great, so check out the whole thing if you have time!

We had such a great time in New Orleans and can't wait to be back there again.  There are some more photos below for you to take a peek at.  Please follow us on Instagram for photos as they happen!  Thank you NOLA!!!!

Chocolate and pear panettone (excuse the bite, the birthday girl was hungry), and sunrise from the plane.

Chocolate and pear panettone (excuse the bite, the birthday girl was hungry), and sunrise from the plane.

The charming interior of our house on Dauhpine Street

The charming interior of our house on Dauhpine Street

I mean, come on.  So delicious.  

I mean, come on.  So delicious.  

Hilary warming up her Uke, a soundcheck shot, our poster outside the club and a shot from the gig.

Hilary warming up her Uke, a soundcheck shot, our poster outside the club and a shot from the gig.

Our "normal" and crazy photos.

Our "normal" and crazy photos.

Pre-show selfie, looking over charts with pianist/producer/arranger extraordinaire, Oded Lev-Ari, Amy and Oded at the after party and our new friends, The Hazelnuts from Israel.

Pre-show selfie, looking over charts with pianist/producer/arranger extraordinaire, Oded Lev-Ari, Amy and Oded at the after party and our new friends, The Hazelnuts from Israel.

DUCHESS and FRIENDS! (from left to right) With journalist, Will Friedwald; with our new friend, ; with Jason Patterson, owner of Snug Harbor; with our fan of the day, Mark Kirby who came all the way from NYC to hang with us; and with Kyla Titus, daughter of Vet Boswell.

DUCHESS and FRIENDS! (from left to right)
With journalist, Will Friedwald; with our new friend, ; with Jason Patterson, owner of Snug Harbor; with our fan of the day, Mark Kirby who came all the way from NYC to hang with us; and with Kyla Titus, daughter of Vet Boswell.

Random NOLA sights

Random NOLA sights

Some cool musical NOLA shots

Some cool musical NOLA shots

Impromptu photo shoot on the couch

Impromptu photo shoot on the couch

Good bye sweet house….see you next time.

Good bye sweet house….see you next time.