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Duchess Charms and Frolics With Fun, Fun, Fun Three-Part Harmonies in the Legacy of the Boswell Sisters

Rubin Museum

http://rubinmuseum.org/events/event/duchess-10-16-2015

150 West Seventeenth Street, New York, NY 10011

Quite the name for a threesome: Duchess. It’s a self-assured trio of rising-star vocalists—Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou—who delve deeply into the legacy of the Boswell Sisters and a touch of the Andrew Sisters yet bring to the fore a comic, sassy and downright suggestive interpretation of classic songs as well as other “standards” from “I’ll Be Seeing You” to “Lollipop.” It’s all about scintillating three-part harmonies and wink-of-the-eye playfulness. Sounds campy? Could well be, but the trio—named as a nod to what women were called in the ‘20s and ‘30s—pulls off a tasty sound of old songs impeccably, unconventionally and unpredictably. Playing first as a lark at 55 Bar, Duchess earned a three-month residency there where they developed their repertoire. The trio (along with drummer extraordinaire Matt Wilson and others) took on Jazz Standard for a night of fun music celebrating its self-titled debut on Anzic Records earlier this year. And last month they delivered an excellent show on the outdoor Garden Stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival—a revelation to West Coast jazz listeners. This time Duchess is back inside for a show at the Rubin Museum of Arts. —Dan Ouellette


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