Miss Jubilee & The Humdingers
ALTON — 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, 627 E. Broadway, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19.
Audience members will find it hard to stay in their seats as the band plays music from the 1920s to the 1950s.
“We’re very excited to play the Jacoby Arts Center,” said Dan Conner, the band’s drummer, producer and manager. “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.” The band was formed in 2007 when Valerie Kirchhoff wanted to put together a “swinging high-energy” jump blues band that was authentic in its presentation of 1940s and 1950s music and style. They played 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 lineup 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 distinctive styles of playing.
“Most audiences seemed to like the mix, so we decided to go with it,” Conner says.
Besides Conner, vocalist Valerie Kirchhoff is backed by Ethan Leinwand on piano, Brian Casserly on trumpet and cornet, David “Nacho” Gomez on tenor saxophone clarinet, Kyle Butz on trombone and guitar, and Michael Carvale on upright bass.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or at http://jacobyartscenter.org/events. Special rates are available 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,” at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26.