The Soubrettes in a Live On-Line Concert
Sunday, June 13, 2021
4:00 pm EDT
In support of their debut album Town
Attend virtually via a well-known online platform (yes, that one). Registration is required to attend virtually. Virtual attendance link will be emailed to you following registration.
The Soubrettes are a singing ensemble based at the Vermont Jazz Center and led by Anna Patton.
They specialize in close-harmony arrangements of swing, jazz, blues, and songs by contemporary songwriters.
They take the moniker “Soubrette” from the musical theater term for the non-leading lady who is usually more worldly, funnier, and more instrumental to plot intrigue than the lead.
The Choir seeks out these kinds of Soubrette-like songs and performs them with syncopation, panache, and wonderfully crunchy harmonies.
A year in which they couldn’t perform as usual seemed like a good time to revisit some favorite songs from their twelve years together and make a remotely-recorded album.
They chose songs by songwriters including Irving Berlin, Carsie Blanton, Mose Allison, and Kris Delmhorst and arrangements based on performances by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, McCoy Tyner, and Cecile Mclorin Salvant.
They rehearsed online and recorded individually, mostly by showing up to Anna’s porch where mic and headphone cables were dangling out her second-story office window.
Some of Vermont’s finest instrumentalists joined Anna in creating the accompaniment tracks, including Will Patton, Eugene Uman, and Dono Schabner.
The recording project has been a true labor of love, and their concert will feature their never-before-heard rough mixes: a sneak peek at recorded tracks that won’t be available for some months yet!
There will also be moments of live audio, music videos, and a few of the group’s favorite short jokes.
The Soubrettes are raising money to have their album mixed and mastered and even printed to CD, so donations are much appreciated.
Suggested donation scale: $10 - $30
The event can also be viewed via the VJC Facebook Live page.