It's Spring (Hey)!
Spring is springing all throughout New York City...the tulips and lilacs are in full flower and the trees are almost completely leafed out. As it turns out, we've got a project about to burst into bloom, too: our second CD! We launched a KickStarter campaign in mid-March, and 120 Duchess Honey Buns banded together to bring our project to life! We had a ton of fun making special videos and KickStarter-specific artwork (below) throughout our campaign; you can check it out here.
Raising the funds is a hugely important part of making a new recording, but even more important? The music, of course! Oded Lev-Ari, the "Charlie" to our "Angels," has been arranging like mad, and we're trying to learn the new songs as quickly as he's arranging them! If you were in the audience during our 55 bar residency in March and April, you heard us trying out a few new tunes destined for immortality on our upcoming album: Stars Fell on Alabama, Swing, Brother, Swing, and Laughing at Life (you can check out a little snippet, below, from a quick rehearsal we did while on tour in Montana last weekend).
Oh, yeah! We went to Montana last weekend, where we performed two sold-out concerts surrounded by mountains and verdant forests. We loved the fresh air and beautiful scenery, and our digs at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake were rustic-chic and cozy.
Our promoters, Miriam Singer and John Simpson, reunited us with our friend, Seattle-based pianist Bill Anschell, along with Seattle bassist Michael Barnett. We had a fabulous time hanging out and playing music with Bill and Mike, sharing an abundance of swinging music, laughter, and (obviously) beer.
A huge highlight of our trip was meeting Ann Clark Terry, a member of the Clark Sisters, a.k.a. the Sentimentalists, who sang with Tommy Dorsey in the 1940s. Ann just celebrated her 94th birthday, and she was so kind and effusive after the show. We were thrilled to meet her.
The weeks ahead will find us rehearsing, as we prepare for our May 18 return to the Jazz Standard, followed by two days of recording at our beloved Sear Sound. Our spring is off to a pretty swinging start...you could say that we're enjoying life on the Sunny Side of the Street. And speaking of The Sunny Side of the Street, we're going to tip our hats to the lovely Ann Clark Terry and the Clark Sisters/Sentimentalists by closing this post with their recording of that very tune. Happy spring!