Duchess performs "Company B" with the Paul Taylor Dance Company
Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

Duchess performs "Company B" with the Paul Taylor Dance Company

Tickets available HERE.

Just as America began to emerge from the Depression at the dawn of the 1940s, the country was drawn into the Second World War. In a seminal piece of Americana, Paul Taylor recalls that turbulent era through the hit songs of the Andrews Sisters. Although the songs depict a nation surging with high spirits, millions of men were bidding farewell to wives or girlfriends and many would never return from battle. The dance focuses on such poignant dualities. Young lovers lindy, jitterbug and polka in a near manic grasp for happiness while in the background shadowy figures – soldiers – fall dead. Among the sections of the dance, the one choreographed to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B)” is carefree until the moment the bugler is shot; the one set to “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” tells of a young lady’s affections for a soldier an ocean away who, for his part, reaches out to a comrade in arms. The dance ends just as it began, with “Bei Mir Bist du Schön” – but the world has clearly changed. “Evokes the exuberant rhythms of the ’40’s as well as the grim and persistent shadow of war. But even more vividly, it honors Taylor’s magnificent dancers. Some of the most glorious dancing to be seen anywhere…” – Laura Shapiro, Newsweek


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Duchess performs "Company B" with the Paul Taylor Dance Company
Nov
9
2:00 PM14:00

Duchess performs "Company B" with the Paul Taylor Dance Company

Tickets available HERE.

Just as America began to emerge from the Depression at the dawn of the 1940s, the country was drawn into the Second World War. In a seminal piece of Americana, Paul Taylor recalls that turbulent era through the hit songs of the Andrews Sisters. Although the songs depict a nation surging with high spirits, millions of men were bidding farewell to wives or girlfriends and many would never return from battle. The dance focuses on such poignant dualities. Young lovers lindy, jitterbug and polka in a near manic grasp for happiness while in the background shadowy figures – soldiers – fall dead. Among the sections of the dance, the one choreographed to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B)” is carefree until the moment the bugler is shot; the one set to “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” tells of a young lady’s affections for a soldier an ocean away who, for his part, reaches out to a comrade in arms. The dance ends just as it began, with “Bei Mir Bist du Schön” – but the world has clearly changed. “Evokes the exuberant rhythms of the ’40’s as well as the grim and persistent shadow of war. But even more vividly, it honors Taylor’s magnificent dancers. Some of the most glorious dancing to be seen anywhere…” – Laura Shapiro, Newsweek


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Duchess Performs "Company B" with the Paul Taylor Dance Company
Nov
3
2:00 PM14:00

Duchess Performs "Company B" with the Paul Taylor Dance Company

Tickets available HERE.

Just as America began to emerge from the Depression at the dawn of the 1940s, the country was drawn into the Second World War. In a seminal piece of Americana, Paul Taylor recalls that turbulent era through the hit songs of the Andrews Sisters. Although the songs depict a nation surging with high spirits, millions of men were bidding farewell to wives or girlfriends and many would never return from battle. The dance focuses on such poignant dualities. Young lovers lindy, jitterbug and polka in a near manic grasp for happiness while in the background shadowy figures – soldiers – fall dead. Among the sections of the dance, the one choreographed to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B)” is carefree until the moment the bugler is shot; the one set to “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” tells of a young lady’s affections for a soldier an ocean away who, for his part, reaches out to a comrade in arms. The dance ends just as it began, with “Bei Mir Bist du Schön” – but the world has clearly changed. “Evokes the exuberant rhythms of the ’40’s as well as the grim and persistent shadow of war. But even more vividly, it honors Taylor’s magnificent dancers. Some of the most glorious dancing to be seen anywhere…” – Laura Shapiro, Newsweek


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Duchess Performs "Company B" with the Paul Taylor Dance Company
Oct
31
7:00 PM19:00

Duchess Performs "Company B" with the Paul Taylor Dance Company

Tickets available HERE.

Just as America began to emerge from the Depression at the dawn of the 1940s, the country was drawn into the Second World War. In a seminal piece of Americana, Paul Taylor recalls that turbulent era through the hit songs of the Andrews Sisters. Although the songs depict a nation surging with high spirits, millions of men were bidding farewell to wives or girlfriends and many would never return from battle. The dance focuses on such poignant dualities. Young lovers lindy, jitterbug and polka in a near manic grasp for happiness while in the background shadowy figures – soldiers – fall dead. Among the sections of the dance, the one choreographed to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B)” is carefree until the moment the bugler is shot; the one set to “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” tells of a young lady’s affections for a soldier an ocean away who, for his part, reaches out to a comrade in arms. The dance ends just as it began, with “Bei Mir Bist du Schön” – but the world has clearly changed. “Evokes the exuberant rhythms of the ’40’s as well as the grim and persistent shadow of war. But even more vividly, it honors Taylor’s magnificent dancers. Some of the most glorious dancing to be seen anywhere…” – Laura Shapiro, Newsweek

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Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival with the Scottish Swing Orchestra
Jul
16
8:00 PM20:00

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival with the Scottish Swing Orchestra

The Scottish Swing Orchestra, under their mercurial director, Dave Batchelor, have lit up the Scottish jazz scene in recent years with a series of productions that tell ‘The Story of Swing”. The combination of interesting narrative, high quality music making, top soloists, and dancers has proved a huge success with audiences. Last year, Dave moved his focus to the “Kings of Swing” with Evan Christopher. This year, we move on and hit the jackpot with a show that features the music of the great female singers of the Swing Era – including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, The Andrews Sisters, Peggy Lee – as interpreted by the simply brilliant young singer, Irini Arabatzi, and the doyens of swing harmony vocals, Duchess, making their Scottish debut. More information and tickets here. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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DeMiero Jazz Festival
Mar
7
to Mar 8

DeMiero Jazz Festival

We are heading to Edmonds, WA to take part in a great festival with artistic director, Sara Gazarek. Other featured guests are Michael Mayo and Johnaye Kendrick. We are looking forward to meeting all the wonderful students!

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Vocal Mania, Zinc Bar, NYC
Jan
9
7:30 PM19:30

Vocal Mania, Zinc Bar, NYC

Acclaimed vocalists Janis Siegel and Lauren Kinhan curate a special jazz vocal-centric evening with a little help from their friends at Zinc jazz club.  Duchess (Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner, and Melissa Stylianou) will be the featured guest along with surprise guests. They’re supported by pianist John DiMartino, bassist Luques Curtis, and drummer Vince Cherico. Get your tickets here. Sets at 7:30 and 9:30pm.


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Harmony for the Holidays release day!
Nov
16
9:00 AM09:00

Harmony for the Holidays release day!

Today is the day! Our new EP will be released just in time for your holiday playlists! The album features some new arrangements by Oded “Charlie” Lev-Ari and a swinging band (Jesse Lewis, Michael Cabe, Matt Aronoff, Charles Ruggiero and special guests Nadje Noordhuis, Anat Cohen and Nick Finzer. The beautiful cover art was designed by Joel Holland. This is a digital only release. Stay tuned for more ordering information.

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