The gals of Duchess bid a very fond "bon voyage!" to our friend (and favorite sound man) Josh Wynn. Josh was responsible for not only the sound, but also some very mellifluous announcing for us at a number of gigs at Jazz Standard over the years. He's now north of the border, starting a new chapter in Amy and Melissa's hometown of Toronto, Canada, and we sat down with him for a chat the day before he hit the road.
We're taking a walk down memory lane...in our Doc Martens and ribbon chokers. That's right, we're turning back the clock to the 1990s and our summer jobs. Tune in to hear how Melissa went method for her stint as a Bajoran in a Canadian theme park (yes, really), while Amy and Hilary did time--er, spent time—in Alaska, working for Princess Cruises.
In our first episode of season two, we chat with Canadian vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow. We discuss the arts high school that Emilie-Claire and Amy attended, her week on an ice-breaker in the Arctic, her many cartoon voices and the term "scat."
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 “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.
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.
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 clarinet.
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.