Jitterbug Vipers On 'Song Travels'

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Set List

  • Jitterbug Vipers, "Phoebe's Dream" (Sharp, Wade)
  • Jitterbug Vipers, "A Viper Just The Same" (Sharp, Wade)
  • Jitterbug Vipers, "Viper Moon" (Sharp, Richey)
  • Jitterbug Vipers, "Stuff It" (Sharp, McQueen)
  • Jitterbug Vipers, "Billie's Blues" (Holiday)
  • Jitterbug Vipers, "Lotus Blossom" (Coslow, Johnston)
  • Jitterbug Vipers, "Trouble" (Sharp, Jaeger)

Jitterbug Vipers' members perform 1930s-style "viper jazz" with a rock 'n' roll twist. The Austin band's original music — crafted by singer Sarah Sharp, guitarist Slim Richey, bassist Francie Meaux Jeaux and drummer Masumi Jones — recalls swing classics by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Cab Calloway.

On this installment of Song Travels, you can hear Jitterbug Vipers perform a set live in the studio. Host Michael Feinstein also sits down with Sharp to discuss the history of viper jazz and the inspiration behind the band's sizzling original music.

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