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.

Clockwise from top left: Melissa and Hilary arriving in Montana; the vista from our lakeside lunch; our poster at the hotel's concierge desk; a fabulous painting of Las Tres Duquesas (we have no idea what the actual name of the painting is, but we could see ourselves in those outfits on horseback, for sure!).

Clockwise from top left: Melissa and Hilary arriving in Montana; the vista from our lakeside lunch; our poster at the hotel's concierge desk; a fabulous painting of Las Tres Duquesas (we have no idea what the actual name of the painting is, but we could see ourselves in those outfits on horseback, for sure!).

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.

Clockwise from top left: Bugles (the official snack of DUCHESS...now, can we get a sponsorship deal, please!?), the gals enjoying the clear mountain air; teatime by the fireside at the hotel; Melissa running a rehearsal with Bill and Mike.

Clockwise from top left: Bugles (the official snack of DUCHESS...now, can we get a sponsorship deal, please!?), the gals enjoying the clear mountain air; teatime by the fireside at the hotel; Melissa running a rehearsal with Bill and Mike.

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.

Top: DUCHESS with John Simpson & Miriam Singer, who brought us out to Montana.  Bottom left: DUCHESS with Ann Clark Terry, of the Clark Sisters, a.k.a. the Sentimentalists.  Bottom right: Our ursine friend in the hotel lobby bidding us adieu.

Top: DUCHESS with John Simpson & Miriam Singer, who brought us out to Montana.  Bottom left: DUCHESS with Ann Clark Terry, of the Clark Sisters, a.k.a. the Sentimentalists.  Bottom right: Our ursine friend in the hotel lobby bidding us adieu.

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!