So long, summer...a look back in pictures!
Here we are, already over a week into September, and the gals of DUCHESS are preparing to head west! We can't wait to be reunited with the wonderful Bruce Forman and Cow Bop in L.A. next week, and we're also excited to make a cameo with Jeff Goldblum's Mildred Snitzer Orchestra while we're in town.
Then, we'll hop a flight up to the Bay Area for a swinging gig at the Sound Room in Oakland and a vocal workshop at the Jazzschool in Berkeley, followed by our debut at (drum roll, please!) the Monterey Jazz Festival! Check out our calendar for all the details on our upcoming tour.
Yes, we're ready to jump back into the busy-ness that autumn brings (we had a wonderfully relaxing August), but it's always a little bittersweet to see summer end. Here, then, is a photographic look back at July, which was jam-packed with travel, laughs, and, of course, lots of #girlongirlharmony.
We celebrated the 4th of July out at Kingsborough Community College's Hot Summer Nights concert series in Brooklyn, where we took to the stage for some classic Andrews Sisters classics with the George Gee Swing Orchestra.
Mid-July, we hopped a flight out to sunny Seattle, where we were met with some of the warmest hospitality any band has ever received! The trip was made possible through the generosity and support of honorary Duchess Mira Frohnmayer, and our dear friends the Nelsons housed us, fed us, and even held a dance party in their home!
We had an absolutely incredible time singing at Tula's Jazz Club in downtown Seattle (thanks to Paul deBarros' amazing write-up in the Seattle Times, we had a sold-out house!) , followed by a magical evening in Tacoma at Pacific Lutheran University's "Jazz Under the Stars" series. We closed out our trip with an elegant private party at Station 7 in Seattle. Our band of Seattle all-stars was helmed by the wonderful pianist Bill Anschell, a longtime friend and associate of Hilary's. We hope we get to play with him again soon!
Upon our return to the East Coast, we immediately began preparing for our Jazz at Lincoln Center debut. The New York Times gave us some love, including our show at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in their weekly gig listings, so we were thrilled to have a full house for both sets.
We wound down a very, very busy couple of months with a relaxed outdoor gig in scenic Tarrytown, NY for the "Jazz at Lyndhurst" series. Our friend Mark Morganelli helms this series, and he even joined us onstage with his flugelhorn for a lovely version of "Que Sera, Sera."
Yes, from start to finish, DUCHESS has had an amazing summer! We can't wait for our upcoming California tour, and there are some more exciting gigs and travel plans on tap for the fall and 2016, too! Thanks for keeping up with all our adventures and we'll see you soon!