From: CT, United States
Genre: Jazz, Swing, jump blues, Blues
Listening to Eight to the Bar is a lot like driving along a time-warped highway precisely halfway between Count Basie's Kansas City and Fats Waller's Harlem, where the car radio picks up everything from Jackie Wilson to the Andrews Sisters. Their material, like their outlandish wardrobes and onstage choreo, is a colorful mix of forties jazz and swing, fifties jump blues, and their own swing-influenced tunes. With their female vocals, saxophone (their sax player, Collin Tilton is the original sax player who toured with Van Morrison and performed on his million-selling Moondance album), guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, this unique sextet pack a musical and visual wallop not seen in New England since the group's inception in 1975. Since that time they have released 11 CDs, 7 videos, and have excited audiences from Europe to the Caribbean. The band has released its 11th CD, The Romper Room, and has recently returned from a weeklong tour of the Republic of Georgia where they performed at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy there.
Drawing its musical influences from American roots music - swing, boogie woogie, and jump blues, Eight to the Bar is known for its outstanding instrumentalists and sophisticated musical and vocal arrangements, highlighted by female vocals.
With the support of independently produced albums and videos, Eight to the Bar has cultivated a large, enthusiastic following that has put them in clubs from Maine to Miami as well as Europe and the Caribbean. Their rigorous performing schedule (approximately 200 dates per year) has included opening spots for Manhattan Transfer, Robert Cray, Neil Young, the late Roy Orbison, several European tours and a recent tour of the Republic of Georgia at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy located there.
The Romper Room was released in August 2010. The band’s long-awaited 11th CD is a mix of original swing, jazz, and jump blues tunes.
EIGHT TO THE BAR is:
Collin Tilton - Tenor and alto saxophones. Best known for his sax and flute playing on Van Morrison's million selling Moondance album, Collin also played with Etta James on the Rolling Stones' 1978 U.S. Tour. Most recently, he served as horn arranger with Clarence Clemons and the Red Bank Rockers, and has worked with a number of regional bands, notably the Shaboo All Stars.
Cynthia Lyon - Keyboards, vocals. The band's founder and leader, Cynthia is ETTB's primary songwriter and arranger. She has also played with Amyl and the Icons and the Dirty Blondes of New York City.
Shawn Meehan- Drums, percussion. A graduate of Berklee School of Music, Shawn currently resides and teaches drums in Boston. Besides leading his own bands, he has toured extensively throughout the US and Europe and has played with a number of swing and classic r&b bands, notably Toni Lynn Washington, Eddie Kirkland and Johnnie Marshall.
Michael Corsini - Bass guitar, vocals. A veteran bass player and teacher, Mike is best known for his dazzling work with the Magill-LaPine jazz quartet and a voice that can range from do-wop bass to swing soprano in the vocal trio.
Tommy Whalen - Guitar, vocals. Tommy's exciting guitar playing and powerful singing is well known to New England audiences through his work with several New England bands, notably Cyclone Scotty. Tom also leads his own blues rock band, Tommy Whalen & the Ragged Edge.
Brinna Jones – Vocals, percussion. The newest member of ETTB, Brinna started singing professionally in 2002, working with a Boston-based show band followed by backing vocal gigs with many different tribute artists, from Rod Stewart to Shania Twain. In 2005, her love for singing Big Band and Jazz became a dream realized when she opened for Bob Newhart, backed by a 10-piece orchestra. In 2006, Brinna joined the Northeast-renowned group Souled Out, singing background vocals, and opening for The Drifters, The Pointer Sisters and The Temptations.
This Joint Is Jumpin' (originally released on vinyl)- 1980
Swingin' School (originally released on vinyl)-1984
Redheads of Rhythm- 1989
Something Old, Something New, Something Rhythm, Something Blues- 1993
Beat Me Rocking- 1996
Behind the Eight Ball- 1998
Superhero Swinger Undercover-2003
You Call This Swing? 2005
Calling All Ickeroos!- 2007
The Romper Room- 2010
New Millennium Swing (DM Records) (w/Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Royal Crown Revue & others)
House of Blues Swings (Platinum Records) (w/Lavay Smith, Indigo Swing & others)
Hipsters of Swing (DM Records)
Let’s Swing- Rare Trax (Rolling Stone, German Edition)
Combinado Swing (Argentina)
Tell Mama/Set You Free
Something Old, Something New, Something Rhythm, Something Blues
Beat Me Rocking
Behind the Eight Ball
WHERE WE’VE PLAYED
Kutaisi Central Square city of Kutaisi, Republic of Georgia
Dadiani Palace Square city of Zugdidi, Republic of Georgia
Batumi Coastal Park city of Batumi, Republic of Georgia
100 Club London, England
Jazzhouse Copenhagen, Denmark
Bistro Zum Schlussel Heidelberg, Germany
Mejerit Lund, Sweden
Swing Into Spring Fest Gothenburg, Sweden
Komma Bar Worgl, Austria
Café Mokka Thun, Switzerland
Remise Wil, Switzerland
Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY
Irving Plaza New York, NY
Webster Hall New York, NY
Boston Globe Jazz & Blues Festival Boston, MA
“Swing Under the Stars” Concert Series Boston, MA
A Taste of Boston Boston, MA
Cambridge Riverfest Cambridge, MA
Providence Waterfire Providence, RI
The Derby Los Angeles, CA
Café Cocomo San Francisco, CA
Disneyland Anaheim, CA
Kimball’s New Carnival Oakland, CA
The Viscount Ballroom Portland, OR
Jazzbones Tacoma, WA
The Century Ballroom Seattle, WA
Disney World Orlando, FL
Oakdale Theater Wallingford, CT
Mohegan Sun Casino (Wolf Den) Uncasville, CT
Foxwoods Casino Ledyard, CT
Chevy Chase Ballroom Washington, DC
CT Traditional Jazzfest Moodus, CT
Bath Heritage Days Portland, ME
Boston Brewers’ Festival Revere, MA
Op Sail 2000 New London, CT
Esker Point Groton Long Point, CT
Levitt Pavilion Westport, CT
Milford Oyster Fest Milford, CT
Rocky Point Palladium Narragansett, RI
Governor’s Bay Day Point Judith, RI
Fox Blues Fest @ Norwalk Oyster Fest Norwalk, CT
Festival in the Park Roanoke, VA
Block Island Blues Festival Block Island, RI
The Katharine Hepburn Theatre Westbrook, CT