2015...DUCHESS' Year in Review
Well, here we are: at the close of 2015 and on the cusp of a new year. As we reflect on the past twelve months, we are overwhelmed with gratitude for so many opportunities to bring #girlongirlharmony to our friends and fans around the world.
From intimate jazz clubs to major festival stages, we've had a jam-packed year of touring. 2015 took us across the United States a couple of times, with tours in the Pacific Northwest and California, as well as gigs on the East Coast. We also did a couple of tours in Canada, and even performed at the first-ever Jerusalem Jazz Festival in Israel, just a few weeks ago (a full post on our Israel adventure is coming soon!).
But, as we say in our rendition of (We) Love Being Here with You, "...home for us is NYC; there's no place we would rather be!" This year, we've had some amazing shows right here in our own backyard: a sold-out CD release at the Jazz Standard, sold-out sets at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (Jazz at Lincoln Center), a great night at the Rubin Museum of Art, and a very special show at 55 bar in Greenwich Village, where we celebrated our two-year "girliversary" with a packed house of our closest friends and supporters, our "Duchess HoneyBuns."
We were delighted to learn that our debut CD made a few "Best of 2015" lists: Straight No Chaser included our album in his "A Few of My Favorite Things" podcast. JazzColumbus.com named DUCHESS one of the top 10 records of the year, Thomas Cunniffe at jazzhistoryonline.com included our album in his 2015 faves, and North Country Public Radio's Joel Hurd also named DUCHESS as one of his favorite albums of the year. Here at home, we topped the NYC Jazz Record's list of 2015's Best Vocal Releases (below).
Yes, it's been quite a year in the world of DUCHESS, and we are very excited for what 2016 will bring! (Hint: we're working on new songs and new arrangements...could a new CD be far behind?) Thank you for being a part of a fantastic 2015. We wish you safe and happy New Year's celebrations, and we'll see you in 2016!