Primary Instrument: Band/ensemble/orchestra
The Stolen Sweets formed in 2004 with the intention of reviving the songs of 1930s sister act, The Boswell Sisters. Comprised of vocalists Jen Bernard, Lara Michell and Erin Sutherland, guitarists Pete Krebs and David Langenes (both of whom sing) and double bass player Keith Brush, The Sweets' repertoire has expanded to include material from the 1920s -1940s. Their arrangements are still inspired by the Boswells' tight 3-part harmonies, frequent tempo changes and knowing shrugs and raised eyebrows, as noted by the Oregonian's A&E.
Unlike the original Boswell arrangements that featured piano, clarinet, and horns, the Sweets incorporate gypsy jazz accompani- ment, reminiscent of Django Reinhardt.
The Boswell Sisters were popular harmony singers in the late 20s and early 30s, keeping company with the likes of the Dorsey Brothers, Bunny Berigan, Eddie Lang, and Benny Goodman -- partnerships that provided the jazz world with some of its most influential recordings.
The nature of the music was auspicious and good-humored, providing a ray of hope to listeners during a truly dispiriting economic depression.
The Sweets recently returned from their second jaunt to New Orleans where they shared the stage with their dear friends, The Pfister Sisters. In 2007, The Sweets were fortunate enough to headline the Boswell Sisters Centennial commemorating the birth of the most famous Boswell Sister, Connee, born in 1907. They hope to return to New Orleans every year to continue the celebration.
In March of 2008, the Sweets took their maiden voyage to Europe, performing their unique brand of vintage jazz in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany and Slovenia. A wonderful time was had by all, and they can't wait to return.
The Sweets stay busy playing club gigs, private events and festivals all over the northwest and beyond. They strive to keep these vintage tunes alive, transporting a wide array of listeners to the early days of jazz.
The high-energy shows of the Stolen Sweets feature seamless harmonies, top-notch players and infectious dance songs from yesteryear. See why people of all ages are flocking to see them light up a room with their vintage sound! -- Oregon Art Beat, OPB
The Stolen Sweets pay tribute to the Rosetta Stone of the '30's-era Vocal Jazz, the fabulous Boswell Sisters. The Sisters' three-part vocal harmonies and skittery sense of danceable, two-beat swing were unparalleled. Singers Jen Bernard, Dirty Martini's Lara Michell and Erin Sutherland capture all the sophistication, progressive innuendo and sunny optimism of the Boswells with the able support of stringcopaters Pete Krebs, David Langenes and Keith Brush. -- The Willamette Week
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Sleepytime In Chinatown
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