One World Theater Press Release
|For Immediate Release: March 27, 2013
Media Contact: Cash Edwards, 512.447.0544
The Jitterbug Vipers,
Austin’s Premier Jazz Swing Quartet
Performs at Austin’s Intimate
One World Theatre
(Austin, TX) – Austin’s premier jazz swing quartet, the Jitterbug Vipers, perform at the One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Rd. Saturday, May 4, 2013. General Admission tickets of $20 are available atwww.oneworldtheatre.org or through the theatre box office at 888-616-0522. Showtime is 8 p.m.
Founded in 2007 by “the Most Dangerous Guitarist in Texas,” Slim Richey, the Jitterbug Vipers include lead singer Sarah Sharp, bassist Francie Meaux Jeaux, drummer Masumi Jones … and Slim! They have developed a hybrid music based on Lindy Hop and Viper music, the latter a unique offshoot of swing music popularized by Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and other jazz greats of the 1930s and 40s.
Watching Jitterbug Vipers perform is like slipping back in time to a smoky nightclub of days gone by where the ladies wear pearls and men lead on the dance floor. But do not be fooled by the band’s seemingly quaint veneer, this quartet packs an unexpected punch combining rhythms to create a boisterous, hopping set. Jitterbug Vipers perform with comedic tongue in cheek abandon that is all Austin, performing such songs as “Save the Roach for Me” and “Who Put the Benzadrine in Mrs. Murphy’s Ovaltine.” With the release of their first studio album, NAME OF ALBUM HERE, in 2012, the quartet showcases their ability to blend the music of “days gone by” with clever, modern quips and nods to inebriation, intoxication and feverish puffing on “the devil’s cabbage.”
And many agree: the band is a favorite of Austin Swing Syndicate (Best Lindy Band ‘08-’09) and the Austin Chronicle (2009 Austin
Music Award for Best Jazz Band – Sarah Sharp). Of band leader Slim Richey, respected Austin musician Jon Dee Graham says, “Slim Richey is the plenipotentiary of Jazz guitar…watching his hands to try and understand what he’s doing is like watching a waterfall to try and understand water.”
Well respected in the industry, Slim Richey has played and recorded with Herb Ellis, Marc Johnson, Ricky Skaggs, Ray Price, and is internationally recognized for his distinct style of Southwestern jazz and swing. Bassist Francie Meaux Jeaux has played with Dan Hicks, Michelle Shocked, Bruce Robison and is a veteran of the San Miguel de Allende International Jazz Festival in Mexico. Drummer Masumi Jones is a regular staple at Austin’s Elephant Room, and vocalist Sarah Sharp is gaining a reputation as an international go-to songwriter as Kaliyo (a collaboration with Andrea Perry), nabbing song placements with Chanel, ABC’s Revenge, & numerous other TV, film, ad campaigns throughout the world. As a quartet, Jitterbug Vipers are a well-respected staple on the festival circuit, most recently performing at UTOPiAfest 2012, Kerrville Folk Festival, and Old Settler’s Music Festival.
Come join their community and join in the fun!
Jitterbug Viper Website: www.jitterbugvipers.
Jitterbug Viper Facebook site: www.facebook.com/
Jitterbug Viper Twitter site: twitter.com/JitterbugVipers