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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....
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Featured recording “Sleepytime In Chinatown”

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Sleepytime In Chinatown

Self Produced (2009)

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A true Portland favorite, The Stolen Sweets ooze with succulent female three-part harmonies drawing from the Boswell Sisters and crisp and saucy 1920's and 1930's jazz. Featuring notable local musicians Pete Krebs, Jen Bernard and Lara Michell, their charming, dainty approach bubbles up with a frisky, flirtatious and almost rebellious nature. Flashing a coy smile and a mischevious wink, Shuffle Off To Buffalo leaves fans tickled pink, caught between blushing and retreating versus hooting and hollering for encores. -- CD Baby

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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