Fronted by a high-energy female vocalist and backed by a horn-fueled rhythm section, Miss Jubilee & The Humdingers are bringing their special blend of jazz and R&B to Jacoby Arts Center 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19. Audience members will find it hard to stay in their seats as the band plays music spanning the 1920s-1950s.
“We’re very excited to play the Jacoby Arts Center on February 19,” says Dan Conner. “This is our first performance in this venue and we’re thrilled to be here. Anyone who loves the music of this era will enjoy the show.” Conner plays drums and is the band’s producer and manager.
Miss Jubilee & The Humdingers was formed in 2007 when Valerie Kirchhoff wanted to put together a “swinging high-energy” jump blues band that was authentic in presentation of 1940s and 1950s music and style. They had their first show at the legendary Casa Loma Ballroom and became an instant hit with the audience.
In late 2010, the band went through a line-up change and started to delve back into the hot jazz and blues of the 1920s and 1930s, almost becoming two bands in one with two very distinctive styles of playing.
“Most audiences seemed to like the mix, so we decided to go with it,” says Conner.
Besides Conner, vocalist Valerie Kirchhoff is backed by Ethan Leinwand on piano, Brian Casserly on trumpet/cornet, David “Nacho” Gomez on tenor saxophone clarinet, Kyle Butz on trombone/guitar and Michael Carvale on upright bass.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or follow the link at http://jacobyartscenter.org/events. Ask about special rates for groups of 15 or more. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis and doors open 30 minutes in advance. A cash bar is available.
The final performance in Jacoby's February series is Paper Slip Theatre’s comedy improv game, “How We First Met,” 8:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26.