"String of Pearls shows an authentic and affectionate spirit with an extraordinary kaleidoscope of group singing styles, from the Boswells to the bossas. They sound good. They look good. Pearls of great price indeed."
- Michael Bourne, host, "Singers Unlimited," WBGO-FM, Newark
"I am often asked what the future of vocalese will be. Right now, it is resting comfortably in the hands of three lovely girls - String of Pearls. String of Pearls has produced a version of vocalese that is, to me, breathtaking in its beauty, startling in its simplicity and overpowering in its swing, without which, as friend Edward Ellington so aptly says, 'It Don't Mean a Thing.'"
- Jon Hendricks, NEA Jazz Master
"The group covers a lot of ground, like the baroque roller coaster sweep of '42nd Street' and 'Crazy People,' the cooled-out bop of 'Girl Talk' and Babs Gonzales' 'Professor Bop' and the bluesy edge of 'Straighten Up' and 'Smack Dab in the Middle.' This is a fun session that's very fresh and entertaining..."
- Cadence Magazine
"The group achieved an enormous success. This New York jazz group is composed of three marvelous singers. That night there was much rhythm, beautiful songs, in short a show of quality. They responded to many curtain calls from a conquered audience."
- Gazette de Belle-Isle-En-Me, France
"String of Pearls is a delightful vocal group. Both entertaining and musically solid."
- Phil Mattson, Vocal Arranger
"If you'd like to know why I play cuts from String of Pearls' CD, "Gems," at least three days a week, it's because they're damned good and I get favorable audience feedback. There it is, honest and true."
- Gil Ellis, DJ, WLIM-A
"One of the top ten jazz events in 2009."
- The Daily Gazette, Schenectady, NY
"I saw String Of Pearls at the Bickford Theater. A group of lovely female singers fronts a terrific trio and they sing beautifully in the style of the Andrews Sisters and McGuire Sisters. But these harmonizing women, Holli Ross, Jeanne O'Connor and Susan Halloran, don’t just sing the songs of old. They re-invent and reinvigorate them with their own style, with well-placed scatting, delightful harmonizing and their unique stage presence. They closed with “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and the audience cheered! What a cool way to spend a Monday night - beats TV anytime!"
- Andre Tyson, New Jersey Jazz Society
“Even more amazing still was their distinct style, blending vintage with modern vocal jazz and adding elements of pop, bebop and Brazilian….Holli, Sue and Jeanne kept the audience entertained throughout the night with light banter, laughter and charm.“
- New Jersey Jazz Society
The Critics Speak
“A smoothly talented vocal group…tasteful, amiable, and witty stage presence….”
- Tom Pierce, Albany Jazz