On the road again!

Yowza!  We had a wild and wonderful week of touring last month, and are gearing up to head west in just a couple of weeks.   We've been having a blast bringing girl-on-girl harmony to new friends and fans!

We began our summer tour in Ottawa, where we played the MainStage at the Ottawa Jazz Festival.  The day was bright and sunny, the crowd was huge, and our adrenaline was running high.  We were backed by Michael Cabe on piano and Toronto all-stars Dan Fortin and Ernesto Cervini on bass and drums, respectively.  The festival's programming director, Petr Cancura, happens to be a great saxophonist, so we were delighted when he joined us for a few tunes.  

And the kicker?  The Roots headlined the MainStage, and after our show, we kicked up our heels, had a couple of beers, and danced like crazy.

Scenes from the Ottawa Jazz Festival.  Clockwise from top left: the huge crowd; DUCHESS with Ottawa Jazz Festival Programming director and swinging sax player Petr Cancura; a selfie with the full band plus our producer/arranger, Oded Lev-Ari; photo evidence that DUCHESS opened for the Roots (!!!); a backstage beer, post-show.

Scenes from the Ottawa Jazz Festival.  Clockwise from top left: the huge crowd; DUCHESS with Ottawa Jazz Festival Programming director and swinging sax player Petr Cancura; a selfie with the full band plus our producer/arranger, Oded Lev-Ari; photo evidence that DUCHESS opened for the Roots (!!!); a backstage beer, post-show.

From Ottawa, we headed to Boston's Regattabar for a very fun evening.  This time, Paul Sikivie (bass) and Jared Schonig (drums) teamed up with Michael for a very swinging set of music.  Afterward, we bid Paul and Jared a fond adieu and began the long trek to Toronto.

The Toronto Jazz Festival was in full swing when we pulled into town, and we went straight from the car to an interview for Jazz FM 91.  We caught John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey's set at the beautiful Koerner Hall, and then hit the hay relatively early.  You see, we had a 5:00 am wakeup call the next morning.  At that ungodly hour, we schlepped to the Canada AM studios and met up once again with Dan and Ernesto for an early-morning performance of "A Little Jive Is Good for You."  The Canada AM "bump" put us at #7 on the  iTunes Canada jazz charts!  Later that evening (after a nice long nap, of course), we took the stage at the Jazz Bistro and were thrilled to see the great Freddy Cole in the audience.

Toronto Jazz Festival moments.  Top: a post-performance shot from the Canada AM studio; Bottom left: pianist Michael Cabe caffeinating at Canada Am; Bottom right: being interviewed for Jazz.FM 91.

Toronto Jazz Festival moments.  Top: a post-performance shot from the Canada AM studio; Bottom left: pianist Michael Cabe caffeinating at Canada Am; Bottom right: being interviewed for Jazz.FM 91.

The Rochester and Saratoga Jazz Festivals were next on our itinerary, and in both locales we were greeted with great audiences and a pair of pretty amazing photobombs, courtesy of Jared Schonig and Michael Cabe.

Left: drummer Jared Schonig giving us a gun show in Rochester.  Right: pianist Michael Cabe making a surprise appearance in our pre-gig photo at the Saratoga Jazz Festival.

Left: drummer Jared Schonig giving us a gun show in Rochester.  Right: pianist Michael Cabe making a surprise appearance in our pre-gig photo at the Saratoga Jazz Festival.

July will find us on the west coast: we'll be performing at Tula's Jazz Club in Seattle on July 15 and Pacific Lutheran University's Jazz Under the Stars on July 16th.  We'll be making our Jazz at Lincoln Center debut on July 22 when we take the stage at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, joined by surprise special guests, and we'll also be doing a show in scenic Tarrytown on July 23.  September will find us in California, performing in Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Francisco before making our way to the Monterey Jazz Festival.  

It's a busy, happy time for the gals of DUCHESS, and we hope that your summer is also filled with laughs, music, and fun road trips.  In the meantime, here a few more photos of our June touring adventures.  We hope to see you at a show sometime soon!

Scenes from the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival: the line to get into our show was around the block and we were thrilled to get a standing ovation.

Scenes from the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival: the line to get into our show was around the block and we were thrilled to get a standing ovation.

At the Saratoga Jazz Festival.  The rain stayed away for our performance at the Gazebo Stage, and we were so excited to see our dear friends (and a couple of our biggest fans), Nancy and Jerry, at our performance.  Look at Nancy's shirt!  Pretty amazing.

At the Saratoga Jazz Festival.  The rain stayed away for our performance at the Gazebo Stage, and we were so excited to see our dear friends (and a couple of our biggest fans), Nancy and Jerry, at our performance.  Look at Nancy's shirt!  Pretty amazing.