The vocal trio, which includes former Seattle singer Hilary Gardner, brings its brand of early jazz to Tula’s on July 15.
New York City is in the throes of an early-jazz revival, a movement that has shown few signs of spreading west of the Hudson River. But next week, one of the many ensembles spawned by this trend, Duchess, is poised to play Tula’s.
Duchess is a vocal trio that includes Hilary Gardner (center), who once prowled the Seattle jazz scene and last year released a superb debut album, “The Great City.” The other two members are Amy Cervini (left) and Melissa Stylianou.
If you are a fan of early Manhattan Transfer and were led by them to the swing-era Boswell Sisters and ’50s doo-wop, you will recognize Duchess as old friends. They kick off their album with full-throated harmonies and finger-popping swing on Peggy Lee’s calling card, “Love Being Here With You,” and follow that with vintage jazz tunes such as “There Ain’t No Sweet Man That’s Worth the Salt of My Tears” (recorded by Bix Beiderbecke and the Rhythm Boys) and “Heebie Jeebies” (which popularized scat singing, thanks to Louis Armstrong).
“My Brooklyn Love Song” is a touching neighborhood tribute and “A Little Jive is Good For You” could be MT themselves. There are also two ’50s pop jewels, a sweetly slow version of the Doris Day classic “Qué Será, Será” and the Chordettes’ bubble-gum hit, “Lollipop.”
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This is fun stuff, an intentional suspension of cynicism as refreshing as orange sherbet on a hot summer day.
See Duchess at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, at Tula’s, 2214 Second Ave., Seattle; $15 (206-443-4221 or tulas.com).