Sylvia Herold & the Rhythm Bugs return to Grass Valley  |

Sylvia Herold & the Rhythm Bugs return to Grass Valley 

Sylvia Herold & the Rhythm Bugs return to Grass Valley on Wednesday for an evening of the best in vocal harmony on swing, jazz and pop tunes.

Sylvia Herold (Wake the Dead, Cats & Jammers, Euphonia) has been collecting uncommon songs for more than three decades. For her latest CD, “The Spider and the Fly,” Herold has compiled a selection of swing and early pop songs that lend themselves to three-part harmony singing. The playful program takes its name — and its spirit — from the Fats Waller song “The Spider and the Fly,” a tale of leggy seduction accented with bug-like vocals. From high-society jazz to low-down Basin Street ballads, the focus is on the elegant vocal arrangements, reminiscent of the Pied Pipers and the Boswell Sisters. Since its release, “The Spider and the Fly” has enjoyed many weeks on the CMJ Jazz charts.

Ed Johnson (Novo Tempo) and Jennifer Scott (The Jennifer Scott Trio) join Herold as vocal collaborators and instrumentalists. These two superb jazz singers bring a wealth of experience as arrangers and composers to the lighthearted swing and mid-century pop songs on offer. Cary Black on upright bass gives the songs legs and makes them dance. Scott tinkles the ivories, Johnson tickles the guitar strings, and Herold thumps a mighty archtop guitar.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at a private home in Grass Valley. Call (530) 272-6498 or email for reservations and directions. Advance reservations are required.

A donation of $15 to $20 is suggested, and all proceeds go to the artists.

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