Duchess: On the Sunny Side of The Street
September 30 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sure-footed swing, sweet-toned harmony, and ever-insouciant charm are embodied in the jazz vocal trio Duchess, featuring notable New York singers Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner, and Melissa Stylianou. Blending the classic and the contemporary, the trio has performed at major festivals and esteemed jazz clubs throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Israel, rightly earning a reputation for beautiful singing and big fun.
The New York City-based threesome debuted on Anzic Records in 2015 with the eponymous Duchess, channeling the 1930s inspiration of the virtuosic Boswell Sisters into a wonderfully entertaining package. Their 2017 follow-up, Laughing at Life (Anzic), garnered rave reviews, prompting Downbeat Magazine to declare, “For a good time, call Duchess.” The trio released their critically acclaimed holiday EP, Harmony for the Holidays, in 2018. Duchess debuted in Europe in July 2019, and their recording, “Live at Jazz Standard,” was released to rave reviews on Anzic Records in 2020. Duchess enjoys an ongoing collaboration with the Paul Taylor Dance Company and performed the music of the Andrews Sisters for Taylor’s seminal piece, “Company B,” at Lincoln Center in 2019.
Duchess is well known for their sense of humor and playfulness, so, as the song goes, “leave your worries on the doorstep” and join Duchess at Birdland..on the sunny side of the street!
Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner, Melissa Stylianou – vocals
Michael Cabe – piano
Matt Aronoff – bass
Jared Schonig – drums
“Three fine singers…join together in swinging harmony to whip up music that traffics in delight…this fresh-voiced triumvirate plays it straight from the heart, leaving any trace of camp or post-modern irony at the door.” —The New Yorker