Shuffle Off to Buffalo
The Stolen Sweets are sure to hold you spellbound with their refreshing and unique interpretations of vocal jazz tunes from the 1920's and 1930's. The band's repertoire is inspired by the unconventional arrangements and virtuosic three-part harmonies of the Boswell Sisters (Martha, Connee and Vet), one of the most popular vocal groups of that era. During the jazz age, a new phrase was entering the musical lexicon -- the Boswell Sound. This new sound was musically intricate, innovative and optimistic -- a fitting remedy for the Depression blues. Unlike sister acts that came before and after them, these girls were gritty and progressive. They were classically trained instrumentalists who, thanks to Martha's piano savvy, developed their own complex arrangements and sang lyrics intended solely for men. The music of the Boswell Sisters will surely win over true blue fans by way of Portland's newest jazz bevy, the Stolen Sweets. Equipped with such Portland notables as Pete Krebs, Jen Bernard and Lara Michell, the Sweets' tight, three-part vocal harmonies and boisterous string syncopations are sure to please. Jazz enthusiasts will agree that the Stolen Sweets are worthy successors of the Boswell legacy.