This threesome devises original arrangements of mostly vintage songs, both familiar and offbeat. They understand that swinging music goes hand in hand with an audacious sense of humor.

                          — Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal

Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner, Melissa Stylianou - vocals

Carmen Staaf - piano

Matt Aronoff - bass

Jared Schonig - drums

A trio of vocal entertainers blending the classic and the contemporary, Duchess has charmed audiences far and wide with its beautiful musicianship and big fun at the group’s shows of “girl-on-girl harmony,” as the three so saucily put it. Or as the Wall Street Journal said: “They understand that swinging music goes hand in hand with an audacious sense of humor.”


The New York-based threesome of Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou channel the inspiration of vintage jazz vocal trios into an entertaining package that’s utterly up-to-date, marked as it is by evergreen swing, sweet-toned harmonies and a stage presence that has proved irresistible to audiences from coast to coast, as well as across Canada and even in Israel. 


DownBeat dubbed the trio “a beacon of jovial esprit,” while New York City Jazz Record praised Duchess’s live performances for their “spot-on harmonies,” the singers “phrasing seamlessly like a big-band horn section.” Anzic Records will release the trio’s second album, Laughing at Life, on Feb. 10, 2017. Reviewing the group’s debut disc – the eponymous Duchess, issued by Anzic in 2015 – Time Out New York declared it “playful... elegant... winning.”


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