In addition to our work in concert halls and jazz clubs, we entertain at fundraisers, conferences, galas, and other special events. We are happy to tailor our repertoire to create a specific show or theme. Here are a few examples:
The Ladies who Swing the Band: our most diverse show. It samples all the different facets of our musical personality: swing, big band, bebop, Brazilian, and pop. Song selections: Forty-Second Street, It Don't Mean a Thing (if it Ain't Got that Swing), Mr. Sandman, South American Way, Straighten up and Fly Right, Professor Bop, Sukiyaki, Smack Dab in the Middle, One-Note Samba, The Coffee Song, All the Way
Brazilian Jewels: a program of sinuous bossa novas and joyous sambas, with surprisingly "Brazilianized" versions of pop songs and jazz standards. We slip in a few swinging numbers just to change the pace. Song selections: One-Note Samba, Sukiyaki, Dreamer, I'll be Back, This Happy Madness, Without Samba Life's a Bore...and more
Sing a Song of Sinatra: The vocal trio pays tribute to the genius of Old Blue Eyes, with clever arrangements of Sinatra classics. We mix it in with other wonderful standards from the 1940s and 50s. Song selections: Come Dance with Me, All the Way, The Coffee Song, Personality, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Something's Gotta Give...and more
Boogie-Woogie Bugle Call: A World-War II era show, complete with vintage costumes, if desired: Andrews Sisters, Mills Brothers, and big band hits. Song selections: Straighten Up and Fly Right, South American Way, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, A String of Pearls, Glowworm, Bei Meir Bist Du Schon...and more
Holiday Harmony: Our charming holiday show, with our own versions of Christmas classics. Song selections: Caroling Caroling, Winter Wonderland, Let it Snow, Mr. Santa, Cool Yule, God Rest Ye Merry, Oh Hannukah, Feliz Navidad...and more
STRING OF PEARLS CLINIC INFORMATION
The singers in String of Pearls are available for clinics and workshops for individuals as well as vocal groups. With their grasp of jazz musical styles from the 30's to the present, and their years of experience in singing jazz harmony, Holli, Sue and Jeanne can help students and professionals hone their craft.
Topics in a workshop might include:
How to give arrangements the different "sound" of different jazz eras.
Group intonation and "blend."
Using rhythmic elements to give the music more "swing."
Working of group "vocalese."
Jazz improvisation and scatting.
Stage presence and microphone technique.
How to work with accompanists and rhythm sections.
In our clinics we listen to singers or vocal groups and offer constructive suggestions for improvement. We can also distribute a String of Pearls arrangement and help the singers read through and perform it. And, we can demonstrate how WE work through a piece to give it more musical shape and excitement.
Contact us about scheduling your clinic today!