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

Left: DUCHESS, flanked by the dapper and swinging vocalist & lindy hopper John Dokes and bandleader George Gee. Top right: Hilary and George strike a pose.  Bottom right: DUCHESS swinging their version of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."

Left: DUCHESS, flanked by the dapper and swinging vocalist & lindy hopper John Dokes and bandleader George Gee. Top right: Hilary and George strike a pose.  Bottom right: DUCHESS swinging their version of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."

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!

A sold-out crowd at Tula's Jazz Club in Seattle's hip Belltown neighborhood.  We are very thankful to Paul de Barros at the Seattle Times, who gave our performance a great write-up.  Photos by Jim Levitt.

A sold-out crowd at Tula's Jazz Club in Seattle's hip Belltown neighborhood.  We are very thankful to Paul de Barros at the Seattle Times, who gave our performance a great write-up.  Photos by Jim Levitt.

Some moments from our gig at PLU's "Jazz Under the Stars."  Top left: the traditional DUCHESS pre-gig selfie.  Top right: DUCHESS with our dear friend, Mira Frohnmayer, whose generosity made the tour possible.  Bottom: Mid-song in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater.

Some moments from our gig at PLU's "Jazz Under the Stars."  Top left: the traditional DUCHESS pre-gig selfie.  Top right: DUCHESS with our dear friend, Mira Frohnmayer, whose generosity made the tour possible.  Bottom: Mid-song in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater.

Post-gig at PLU, we made a run for some brewskis and nibbles with our singer-friend Wendy Gilles, herself a New Yorker and PLU alumna.  Then we headed back to the Nelson's place for a rocking dance party (Melissa and Tiana can be seen cutting a rug, above).  What a night!

Post-gig at PLU, we made a run for some brewskis and nibbles with our singer-friend Wendy Gilles, herself a New Yorker and PLU alumna.  Then we headed back to the Nelson's place for a rocking dance party (Melissa and Tiana can be seen cutting a rug, above).  What a night!

Scenes from a day off in beautiful Seattle!  We enjoyed a waterside beer and crystal-clear blue skies.  The breeze was cool, the sun was warm, and we had a perfect day.  The cherubs you see in the bottom-right photo are Eva and Maia, our wonderful hosts and dear buddies.  As you can tell from the photo, the girls are an absolute delight in every way.

Scenes from a day off in beautiful Seattle!  We enjoyed a waterside beer and crystal-clear blue skies.  The breeze was cool, the sun was warm, and we had a perfect day.  The cherubs you see in the bottom-right photo are Eva and Maia, our wonderful hosts and dear buddies.  As you can tell from the photo, the girls are an absolute delight in every way.

A few scenes from our last gig in beautiful Seattle: a private party at the elegant Station 7 on Capitol Hill, coordinated by our dear friend and fan, Lauralee Hagen.  We put on our finest pink-and-black frocks and had a lovely time!  DUCHESS loved making music with our Seattle pianist/bandleader and friend, Bill Anschell, seen in the top left-hand photo.

A few scenes from our last gig in beautiful Seattle: a private party at the elegant Station 7 on Capitol Hill, coordinated by our dear friend and fan, Lauralee Hagen.  We put on our finest pink-and-black frocks and had a lovely time!  DUCHESS loved making music with our Seattle pianist/bandleader and friend, Bill Anschell, seen in the top left-hand photo.

We were VERY spoiled on our Seattle tour...our first night in town, we were met with delicious fish tacos served in a serene backyard.  Before our Tula's gig, we ate at Le Pichet, where Hilary scarfed all the paté and everybody enjoyed some rosé.   Our last day in town, the Nelsons made us the most incredible, delicious brunch that any band has ever enjoyed on the road.  Tiana (shown in the bottom left photo) made this trip such a joyful and easy experience...we love you, Nelsons!  To cap things off perfectly, Mt. Rainier came out to bid us farewell.  What a tour!

We were VERY spoiled on our Seattle tour...our first night in town, we were met with delicious fish tacos served in a serene backyard.  Before our Tula's gig, we ate at Le Pichet, where Hilary scarfed all the paté and everybody enjoyed some rosé.   Our last day in town, the Nelsons made us the most incredible, delicious brunch that any band has ever enjoyed on the road.  Tiana (shown in the bottom left photo) made this trip such a joyful and easy experience...we love you, Nelsons!  To cap things off perfectly, Mt. Rainier came out to bid us farewell.  What a tour!

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.  

Jazz at Lincoln Center debut!  Top left: Hilary gets glammed up.  Top center: the stage door to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.  Top right: a kooky band selfie, pre-gig.  Bottom: the NY Times listing for our show.

Jazz at Lincoln Center debut!  Top left: Hilary gets glammed up.  Top center: the stage door to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.  Top right: a kooky band selfie, pre-gig.  Bottom: the NY Times listing for our show.

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."  

Photos taken by our fans from the Jazz at Lyndhurst concert...a sunny, mild evening in a beautiful outdoor setting.  What a great way to close out our summer!

Photos taken by our fans from the Jazz at Lyndhurst concert...a sunny, mild evening in a beautiful outdoor setting.  What a great way to close out our summer!

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!