The vocal trio Duchess came into being almost by accident. A couple of years ago, New York-based singer Amy Cervini, decided to do something special for one of her regular gigs at New York’s 55 Bar. She wanted to do one set of music as a tribute to the great vocal groups of the swing era, such as the Boswell Sisters and the Andrew Sisters. Amy enlisted the aid of two other New York singers, Hilary Gardner (a one-time resident of Seattle) and Melissa Stylianou. They learned one set’s worth of songs and performed them as planned at the 55 Bar. The problem came when the audience demanded more of those lovely jazz vocal harmonies. Well, the singers only knew that one set of songs so all they could do was repeat them. And the audience went crazy all over again! Amy, Hilary and Melissa realized that they were on to something good, so they stuck together, called themselves Duchess — and here they are. Never miss a studio performance again. Subscribe to Live Studio Sessions with iTunes or Google Play.
VocalistsAmy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou
For her third appearance in the KNKX studios, Anat Cohen brought along Trio Brasileiro, the group that presents the very popular spring choro workshops at Centrum in Port Townsend.
Brazilian choro music is a cousin of jazz, mixing European melodic and harmonic traditions with African rhythms and sensibilities. The word choro means “cry” or “lament,” but much of the music sounds bright and peppy. There’s a very subtle touch of sadness and longing, which Brazilians call “saudade.”
If you were to take a look at Grace Kelly’s resume, you might assume she’s in her fifties or sixties. To her credit, she has 10 album releases (including the recently released "Trying To Figure It Out"), several awards, performances with the Boston Pops, a performance for President Obama, and collaborations with dozens of top flight musicians. But she has done all of this by age 24.
In 2013, Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All-Stars performed at KCTS9 television for our first “remote” Studio Session. This time, KNKX took over the Moore Theatre in Seattle for the afternoon with this multi-faceted and most talented band.
The Afro-Cuban All-Stars include Juan de Marcos’ accomplished daughters Gliceria (vibes and keyboards) and Laura (clarinets), as well as his wife and band manager Gliceria on percussion.