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Sisterhood of Swing to Make Live Debut at Lincoln Center

All-female big band features Bria Skonberg, Regina Carter, and Anat Cohen

Photo of Bria Skonberg
Bria Skonberg (photo by Alan Nahigian)

On Thursday, June 26, at Damrosch Park in the heart of New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, a new all-female big band will perform its first public concert. Sisterhood of Swing, a 14-piece group led by Canadian trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg and also featuring violinist Regina Carter and clarinetist Anat Cohen, will provide the soundtrack for the first event of Lincoln Center’s 2018 summer outdoor dance season.

Skonberg’s inspiration in assembling Sisterhood of Swing came from the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the first integrated all-female band in the U.S. The Sweethearts, who were active during the 1940s, were once described by pianist Earl Hines as “the first Freedom Riders.”

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