A short and sweet update from the ladies of Duchess - Happy Holidays!
Look for season 2 coming January 22, 2018.
We discuss our world premier recording of Vet Boswell's "Dawn," writing tune introductions and a special gift from the Boswell sisters.
This episode is dedicated to Kyla Titus.
In this episode we speak with stylist, organization guru and swimwear line founder, Rachel Wirkus. Rachel got us thinking about summer with talk of Formes, her new swimwear line and also gives us some tips for organizing our closets. Speaking of summer, we also talk about our summer plans and playlists.
In this episode, we catch up with Toronto-based vocalist Heather Bambrick. We discuss the many sides of Heather including her vocal harmony roots, her recent Juno nomination for her latest solo record, her voice-over career (which gets both Melissa and Amy crying) and she teaches us some Newfanese. We also continue one of our favorite segments, "I'll Drink to That" with the letter "C."
In this week’s episode we talk about the World War II favorite “We'll Meet Again,” Johnny Cash's version and some more beautiful clarinet work by Anat Cohen.
In this week’s episode we talk about “Here's to the Losers.” We discuss Frank Sinatra's version of the song and how it informed our own, brassy 3-part harmony parts, and arranging as an outdoor activity.
Kat Edmonton stops by to talk about American Idol, songwriting and her upcoming record. Also, What's New and Favorite Duchess Beers.
In this week’s episode we talk about Johnny Mercer’s “Strip Polka.” It’s about Queenie, a stripper with a heart of gold and features tenor saxophonist, Jeff Lederer.
In this week’s episode we talk about “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” by Cole Porter. We talk about discovering the verse and rediscovering this song, interpretation as a group in a ballad and sing the praises of Cole Porter for the second time this season.
We discuss the Ray Charles' classic, Hallelujah I Love Her So.
We discuss Duke Ellington's "Creole Love Call" arranged for us by Wycliffe Gordon.
We catch up with Janis Seigel, founding member of the Manhattan Transfer.
What do James Bond's Goldfinger and Melissa's rendition of Where Would You Be Without Me have in common? All will be revealed as we continue our song-by-song exploration of Laughing at Life, with this episode's chat about the Stylianou vehicle Where Would You Be Without Me.
Is Amy Cervini "unsentimental?" What influence did Blossom Dearie have on Amy's career? And what do we think of Cole Porter? All this and more is revealed as we continue our song-by-song exploration of Laughing at Life, with this episode's chat about Give Him The Oo La La.
We continue our song-by-song exploration of our newly-released album, Laughing at Life, with this episode's chat about Stars Fell on Alabama. We talk about special guest Wycliffe Gordon and discuss the arrangement by Oded Lev-Ari.
We continue our song-by-song exploration of our newly-released album, Laughing at Life, with this episode's chat about the Everybody Loves My Baby. We talk about the Boswell Sisters version, our own original lyrics, and special guest Anat Cohen on clarine
We continue our song-by-song exploration of our newly-released album, Laughing at Life, with this episode's chat about the title track made famous by Ruth Etting in 1930. Our producer/arranger, Oded Lev-Ari, talks about his concept for the arrangement and some of the tricks he used including inspiration from a thesaurus, Count Basie and Duchess’ own phrasing.
In this episode of "Harmony and Hijinks," the ladies of the vocal trio Duchess interview Grammy-winning vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant. We discuss Cecile's journey as a singer, the Thelonious Monk competition and how, according to Cecile herself, she never wins anything. We also talk about the relationship between Cecile's visual art and her music, as well as feminism and her band, and Cecile answers the Duchess questionnaire. Then, we open some fan mail asking about one of our favorite subjects, food, which leads to reminiscing about our favorite tour meals. The episode closes with a new segment called “I’ll Drink to That,” in which we concoct (and drink, of course!) a favorite cocktail, the Aperol Spritz.
We're continuing our song-by-song exploration of our newly-released album, Laughing at Life, with this episode's chat about "On the Sunny Side of the Street," penned in 1930 by Jimmy McHugh, with lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Our producer/arranger, Oded Lev-Ari, shares how the Three Cohens' collective improvisations inspired his arrangement, as well as why he opted not to include the song's original verse for the Duchess rendition of this jazz standard.
The ladies of Duchess (Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner, Melissa Stylianou) are joined by arranger/producer Oded Lev-Ari to discuss their sophomore release "Laughing at Life." This episode features the first track on the album "Swing Brother Swing" by Clarence Williams, Lewis Raymond and Walter Bishop.
In this episode of "Harmony and Hijinks," the ladies of the vocal trio Duchess interview Grammy-nominated vocalist, Jane Monheit. They discuss a recent performance at Birdland Jazz Club in New York City, Cole Porter, chasing and arranging songs, bullies, and using your “music words.” The gals also open some Fan Mail about ancestry and Andrews Sisters and talk about the genius of Jacques Pepin.
Somebody Loves Me, Live at Birdland (from The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald)
Ill Wind (from The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald)
More than Words by Extreme
Jacques Pepin (Chicken and Celery Gratin)
In this inaugural episode of "Harmony and Hijinks," the ladies of the vocal trio Duchess discuss their path to harmony—musical and otherwise—and set out on an exploration of the idea of harmony across disciplines and practices.
The individual members of the trio interview each other, and complete the "Duchess Questionnaire.” True to form, harmony and hijinks ensue.