The Henry Girls and band will perform a set of Boswell Sisters music: this ten-piece ensemble includes a brass and reed section, drums, double bass, guitar, piano and of course close three-part harmonies.
Expect to hear popular songs from the 1920’s & 1930’s (Heebie Jeebies, St. Louis Blues, Mood Indigo) as well as some rarities.
The Boswell Sisters were a vocal jazz trio who broke boundaries with their intricate harmonies and rhythmic experimentation. They got the nickname ‘syncopating harmonists from New Orleans’ and made music that was steeped in jazz, blues, dixieland, ragtime and gospel. They moved to New York in 1931 and made recordings for Brunswick Records with the top jazz musicians around at the time including Jimmy & Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Eddie Lang (guitar), Bunny Berrigan, Manny Klein (trumpet), Stan King (drums).
“Who influenced me? There was only one singer who influenced me. I tried to sing like her all the time, because everything she did made sense musically… and that singer was Connie Boswell.” Ella Fitzgerald
“I am still Crazy over those Boswell Sisters. Bless their hearts. They are from my home town, you know? Fine Girls.” Louis Armstrong