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HILARY GARDNER

I'm a singer and writer living in Brooklyn, New York. I share my August 22 birthday with Dorothy Parker, John Lee Hooker, Claude Debussy, and Kristen Wiig. My first gigs were in Wasilla, Alaska, where I sang Patsy Cline tunes in dive bars. Classical voice study helped build my musical foundation, but equally formative was the time I spent singing along with records by Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Joni Mitchell, and Tom Waits, to name just a few.  
 
I was indeed willing to be lucky when I moved to New York in 2003, and New York has been very generous to me ever since. Among my more eclectic gigs are assorted commercial jingles, a cameo on a Moby record, and performing the national anthem at CitiField for the New York Mets (full disclosure: I'm a Yankees fan). In 2010, I appeared on Broadway as the female vocalist (and Frank Sinatra's duet partner) in Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away.  
 
A few years ago, Amy Cervini, Melissa Stylianou, and I joined forces and voices to become DUCHESS, a close-harmony trio inspired by the Boswell Sisters. We've released two critically acclaimed albums on Anzic Records and we maintain a very busy (and very fun!) touring schedule, including performances at jazz festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, and even Israel. We also host a podcast, Harmony & Hijinks, in which we laugh, chat, and interview interesting people in and outside of the music world.
 
The Late Set, my upcoming new record with pianist Ehud Asherie, was born of our performances at my favorite Greenwich Village haunt, Mezzrow. Due out this fall, The Late Set is a collection of intimate piano/vocal duets, hearkening back to classic late-night albums from decades past. My 2014 debut recording, The Great City, celebrates the electricity, dynamism, and sense of possibility that permeate life in the Big Apple. I'm very proud to be an Anzic Records artist.

When I'm not performing or rehearsing music, I’m am often writing on my blog, Ad Alta Voce, about creativity, food, or this city I love so much.  

Source: Hilarygardner.com