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. (£20.50, £22.50)
Duchess celebrates the release of our new EP, “Harmony for the Holidays,” with a special show at the place where it all started: 55 Bar. With Michael Cabe on piano, Matt Aronoff on bass, and Jared Schonig on drums. Ugly Christmas/Hanukkah sweaters mandatory. (No cover!)
Duchess reunites with the great Wycliffe Gordon for one evening of his annual run at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Ticket link coming soon.
Duchess’s 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.