Harmony and Hijinks with Duchess
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Welcome to “Harmony and Hijinks”, the show in which the women of the New York City-based vocal trio Duchess explore and celebrate harmony, both in—and outside of—the world of music. When we started singing together we discovered that humor, collaboration, and (yes) imperfection were essential ingredients for our signature style of harmony. So, we are setting out to explore how creative people from all walks of life use those same ingredients to find joy and success in their chosen field. Along the way there’s sure to be laughter, story telling and probably, hijinks --- That’s just who we are.
||CleanEpisode 34: D is for Duchess, with our pal/mixologist, Grant Gardner||It's a very special happy hour! We're continuing our alphabetic sojourn through the world of cocktails with a bespoke libation: the Duchess, created especially for us by the Jazz Standard's master mixologist (and erstwhile jazz guitarist) Grant...||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33: “Feel the burn!” Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer rocks our wine world||We are joined by Master Sommelier, drummer, Toto super-fan, and Hilary's erstwhile coworker, Fred Dexheimer for a funny, far-reaching chat about all things Bacchic. Being happy tipplers ourselves, we loved Fred's riffing on the many parallels between en||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: “I’ll do my best to free them, but first I want to see them,” with guest Kate McGarry||We are joined by Grammy-nominated songwriter, singer, and educator Kate McGarry for a far-reaching conversation about carrying the weight of our ancestors, being present and generous onstage, creating community, and much more (including sitting in the..||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31: “Malleability, focus, and…fun!” with guest Laila Biali||Juno-nominated singer, pianist, songwriter, and radio host Laila Biali chats with us backstage at Birdland before her recent NYC show promoting her new self-titled album. Tune in to hear how a classically trained kid from Vancouver wound up...||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“I’d be nowhere without my friends,” with guest Catherine Russell||Get ready for a master class on singing and life with Grammy-winning vocalist (and all-around beautiful and wise human being) Catherine Russell. Cat has shared the stage with David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, and Steely Dan (to name but a few) and, with half..||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Always being the cute little kid is not good for you," with guest Nat Wolff||We're going to Hollywood! We chat with singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, erstwhile standup comic, and (oh, yeah!) MOVIE STAR Nat Wolff about his childhood music lessons with Duchess's very own Amy Cervini, what it was like growing up in show...||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Laughing and crying, you know it’s the same release,” with guest Jessica Molaskey||We sit down with singer, actor, radio host, painter, and urbane woman-about-town Jessica Molaskey. In our chat, Jessica shares her lifelong love of Joni Mitchell and Stephen Sondheim, the joys of genre-hopping, and the fine art of trusting one’s...||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWinter Blues||The Duchess gals discuss winter, winter blues and how to avoid them.||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Going Home" - Laughing at Life Track by Track!||In this week’s episode we discuss a vinyl-only bonus track “Going Home,” Hebrew "R" sound pronunciation, and Dvorak's "From The New World" symphony. Also included is a seldom-heard English Horn imitation by our arranger/producer Oded Lev-Ari.||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHe leaves us breathless...with guest John Dokes||We sit down for a long-anticipated chat with one of our favorite people and vocalists, Mr. John Dokes. In true Clark Kent fashion, John is a high-powered business executive by day (after a stint as a marketing exec and comic book creator at Marvel...||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"That dried-out Kraft Single is why I'm moving to Canada!" With guest Josh Wynn||The gals of Duchess bid a very fond "bon voyage!" to our friend (and favorite sound man) Josh Wynn. Josh was responsible for not only the sound, but also some very mellifluous announcing for us at a number of gigs at Jazz Standard over the...||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Sir, I’m wearing a name tag and a bow tie."||We're taking a walk down memory lane...in our Doc Martens and ribbon chokers. That's right, we're turning back the clock to the 1990s and our summer jobs. Tune in to hear how Melissa went method for her stint as a Bajoran in a Canadian theme park...||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"You just scat all over that!" with Emilie-Claire Barlow||In our first episode of season two, we chat with Canadian vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow. We discuss the arts high school that Emilie-Claire and Amy attended, her week on an ice-breaker in the Arctic, her many cartoon voices and the term "scat."||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2017 Update from Duchess||A short and sweet update from the ladies of Duchess - Happy Holidays! Look for season 2 coming January 22, 2018.||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Dawn" - Laughing at Life Track by Track!||We discuss our world premier recording of Vet Boswell's "Dawn," writing tune introductions and a special gift from the Boswell sisters. This episode is dedicated to Kyla Titus.||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Flaunt your Formes" with Rachel Wirkus||In this episode we speak with stylist, organization guru and swimwear line founder, Rachel Wirkus. Rachel got us thinking about summer with talk of Formes, her new swimwear line and also gives us some tips for organizing our closets....||7/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Stay where's you to, 'till I comes where you're at!" with guest Heather Bambrick||In this episode, we catch up with Toronto-based vocalist Heather Bambrick. We discuss the many sides of Heather including her vocal harmony roots, her recent Juno nomination for her latest solo record, her voice-over career (which gets both Melissa...||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"We'll Meet Again" - Laughing at Life Track by Track!||In this week’s episode we talk about the World War II favorite “We'll Meet Again,” Johnny Cash's version and some more beautiful clarinet work by Anat Cohen.||6/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Here's to the Losers" - Laughing at Life Track by Track!||In this week’s episode we talk about “Here's to the Losers.” We discuss Frank Sinatra's version of the song and how it informed our own, brassy 3-part harmony parts, and arranging as an outdoor activity.||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWith Guest Kat Edmonson||Kat Edmonton stops by to talk about American Idol, songwriting and her upcoming record. Also, What's New and Favorite Duchess Beers.||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Strip Polka" - Laughing at Life Track by Track!||In this week’s episode we talk about Johnny Mercer’s “Strip Polka.” It’s about Queenie, a stripper with a heart of gold and features tenor saxophonist, Jeff Lederer.||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" - Laughing at Life Track by Track!||In this week’s episode we talk about “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” by Cole Porter. We talk about discovering the verse and rediscovering this song, interpretation as a group in a ballad and sing the praises of Cole Porter for the second...||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Hallelujah I Love Her So" Laughing at Life Track by Track!||We discuss the Ray Charles' classic, Hallelujah I Love Her So.||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Creole Love Call" Laughing at Life, track by track!||We discuss Duke Ellington's "Creole Love Call" arranged for us by Wycliffe Gordon.||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Raise Your Voice In Harmony" with Guest Janis Seigel||We catch up with Janis Seigel, founding member of the Manhattan Transfer.||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaughing at Life, track by track! "Where Would You Be Without Me"||What do James Bond's Goldfinger and Melissa's rendition of Where Would You Be Without Me have in common? All will be revealed as we continue our song-by-song exploration of Laughing at Life, with this episode's chat about the Stylianou...||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaughing at Life, track by track! "Give Him the Oo La La"||Is Amy Cervini "unsentimental?" What influence did Blossom Dearie have on Amy's career? And what do we think of Cole Porter? All this and more is revealed as we continue our song-by-song exploration of Laughing at Life, with this episode's chat...||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaughing at Life, track by track! "Stars Fell on Alabama"||We continue our song-by-song exploration of our newly-released album, Laughing at Life, with this episode's chat about Stars Fell on Alabama. We talk about special guest Wycliffe Gordon and discuss the arrangement by Oded Lev-Ari.||3/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaughing at Life, track by track! "Everybody Loves My Baby"||We continue our song-by-song exploration of our newly-released album, Laughing at Life, with this episode's chat about the Everybody Loves My Baby. We talk about the Boswell Sisters version, our own original lyrics, and special guest Anat Cohen on clari||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaughing at Life, track by track! "Laughing at Life"||We continue our song-by-song exploration of our newly-released album, Laughing at Life, with this episode's chat about the title track made famous by Ruth Etting in 1930. Our producer/arranger, Oded Lev-Ari, talks about his concept for the arrangement..||2/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"I’ll Drink to That!" with guest Cecile McLorin Salvant||In this episode of "Harmony and Hijinks," the ladies of the vocal trio Duchess interview Grammy-winning vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant. We discuss Cecile's journey as a singer, the Thelonious Monk competition and how, according to Cecile herself, she..||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaughing at Life, track by track! "On the Sunny Side of the Street"||We're continuing our song-by-song exploration of our newly-released album, Laughing at Life, with this episode's chat about "On the Sunny Side of the Street," penned in 1930 by Jimmy McHugh, with lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Our producer/arranger, Oded...||2/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrack by Track - Swing Brother Swing||The ladies of Duchess (Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner, Melissa Stylianou) are joined by arranger/producer Oded Lev-Ari to discuss their sophomore release "Laughing at Life." This episode features the first track on the album "Swing Brother Swing"...||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnd another thing...with guest Jane Monheit||In this episode of "Harmony and Hijinks," the ladies of the vocal trio Duchess interview Grammy-nominated vocalist, Jane Monheit. They discuss a recent performance at Birdland Jazz Club in New York City, Cole Porter, chasing and arranging songs,...||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing....Duchess!||In this inaugural episode of "Harmony and Hijinks," the ladies of the vocal trio Duchess discuss their path to harmony—musical and otherwise—and set out on an exploration of the idea of harmony across disciplines and practices. The individual...||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Smart sassy sensitive - very entertaining!
I love this podcast. Hearing in-depth about the creative lives of colleagues and idols is a big treat - this is one stop shopping for me! Thanks Duchess!
Great musicians, Great discussions
These singers are great, knowledgeable musicians, great conversationalists and comediennes. Hearing their discussions provides insight into the music they perform, enhancing enjoyment of it, as well as insight into (and more enjoyment of) the music of their guests.
If I could I would give them a million stars. They are so funny and sincere. They make a beautiful harmony together (vocally and not) and this podcast reflects that justly!