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.”
In addition to Skonberg, Carter, and Cohen, the new group features saxophonists Lakecia Benjamin, Sharel Cassity, Chloe Feoranzo, and Camille Thurman; trombonist Emily Asher; trumpeters Linda Briceño and Jami Dauber; pianist Champian Fulton; bassist Endea Owens; drummer Savannah Harris; and tap dancer Michela Lerman.
Those in the mood to move can receive guidance in lindy-hop and swing dancing from instructor Heather Flock.
Visit the Lincoln Center website for more information on the event and a Spotify playlist featuring music by several Sisterhood of Swing members.