Eight to the Bar

Bring It & Swing It!

by Eight to the Bar

Released 2015
Jitterbop
Released 2015
Jitterbop
Eleven great mostly original songs that encompass elements of swing, jazz, blues, doo-wop, country swing, and even rock! One of the highlights of the CD is two live cuts that are our biggest fan fave songs- Play It On Your Saxophone and Party in Providence.
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Eleven great mostly original songs that encompass elements of swing, jazz, blues, doo-wop, country swing, and even rock! One of the highlights of the CD is two live cuts that are our biggest fan fave songs- Play It On Your Saxophone and Party in Providence, both recorded LIVE a few months ago at our 40th Anniversary blowout at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT. This is our best CD yet!

The Romper Room

by Eight To the Bar

Released 2010
Jitterbop
Released 2010
Jitterbop
"a potpourri of what Eight to the Bar is known for; a colorful mix of vocally oriented swing, jump blues, rockabilly, jazz, and even a little Latin, played by the likes of Van Morrison's original sax player and sung by their award winning vocalists.
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Reviews for Eight to the Bar's latest CD, the Romper Room-

Eight To The Bar, which is based in Connecticut but often hits the road (performing as many as 200 dates in a year), is considered one of the hottest and most versatile swing bands around. Founded and led by keyboardist-singer Cynthia Lyon, the group has recorded 11 albums since 1980.
Their latest recording, The Romper Room, is impressive on several levels. 11 of its 12 songs are originals by …
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Calling All Ickeroos!

by Eight to the Bar

Released 2007
Jitterbop! Records
Released 2007
Jitterbop! Records
A hot mix of swing, jump blues, vocalese, jazz, a little ballroom, & even a little bit of Motown. If Manhattan Transfer met Wynonie Harris it might sound like this.
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ETTB has drawn from all our influences--swing, blues, jump blues, jazz, vocalese, Latin, Motown-- and made a disc that will be the life of the party! It's fun, it's entertaining, it's varied, and most of all it packs a punch on the dance floor! We think it's our best ever!

You Call This Swing?

by Eight to the Bar

Released 2005
Jitterbop
Released 2005
Jitterbop
What happens when you take 12 of the world's best-known rock classics and recreate them as swing tunes? You get our CD, You Call This Swing? Classic rockers love it, swingers love it, you'll love it.
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Drawing its musical influences from American roots music- swing, jump blues, and boogie woogie- Eight to the Bar is known for its outstanding instrumentalists and sophisticated musical and vocal arrangements, highlighted by 4-part male/female vocal harmonies. With the support of independently produced CDs and videos, Eight to the Bar has cultivated a large, enthusiastic following that has put them in clubs and festivals from London to L.A. Their rigorous performing schedule (approximately 200 dates …
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Superhero Swinger Undercover

by Eight to the Bar

Released 2003
Jitterbop
Released 2003
Jitterbop
High energy, danceable original swing and jump blues highlighted by loads of great vocals
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Listening to Eight to the Bar is a lot like driving along a time-warped highway precisely halfway between Count Basie's Kansas City and Fats Waller's Harlem, where the car radio picks up everything from "Take the A Train" to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B". Their original material, like their outlandish wardrobes and onstage choreo, is a colorful mix of forties jive and fifties jump blues. With their female vocals, saxophone, guitar, bass, keyboards, …
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Hey, Sailor!

by Eight to the Bar

Released 2002
Jitterbop
Released 2002
Jitterbop
New England's premiere 6-piece swing and jump blues band of 27 years. Their longevity, huge fan base and jam-packed performance schedule are a testament to their ability to keep it swinging at no less than eight beats to the bar.
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Listening to Eight to the Bar is a lot like driving along a time-warped highway precisely halfway between Count Basie's Kansas City and Fat's Waller's Harlem, where the car radio picks up everything from "Take the A Train" to "Boogie Woogie Boy of Company B". Their material, like their outlandish wardrobes and onstage choreo, is a colorful mix of forties jive and swing, fifties jump blues, and their own swing influenced tunes. With their 4 part …
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Behind The Eight Ball

by Eight to the Bar

Released 1998
Jitterbop Records
Released 1998
Jitterbop Records
Eight to the Bar's highest energy swing record.
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Behind the Eight Ball is Eight to the Bar's most high energy CD. It contains barn burners like the manic "I'm Trumpin'" and the hilarious "Twistin in the Wind", which tells the story of one band's constant humiliation at the hands of an uncaring public. There's also the swing dance hit "Party Life". A record chock full of interesting, mostly uptempo material.

Beat Me Rocking

by Eight to the Bar

Released 1996
Jitterbop
Released 1996
Jitterbop
A bluesy, rocking swing CD
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Beat Me Rocking is primarily a jump blues record of mostly original material with lots of vocals and lots of energy. The CD is enhanced by guest appearances from former members who have lit up the stage in the 31 years that the band has been together.

Something Old, Something New, Something Rhythm, Something Blues

by Eight to the Bar

Released 1993
Jitterbop Records
Released 1993
Jitterbop Records
A mix of swing, Motown, and bluesy rock originals
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This is Eight to the Bar's most varied CD. It has their famous rendition of "T'ain't What You Do", the version of choice for the "shim sham" dance at any given swing dance; beautifully lyrical, powerful rendition of sax classic "Soul Serenade", the most requested song at any ETTB concert; and then it goes all the way over to the "other side of town" for a very funky rendition of "Sex Machine" and a soul …
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Redheads of Rhythm

by Eight to the Bar

Released 1989
Jitterbop Records
Released 1989
Jitterbop Records
Eight to the Bar takes a turn to the rockin' blues classic r&b side with this short but powerful record.
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Eight to the Bar takes a turn to the rockin' blues/classic r&b side with this powerful vocal, guitar and sax-driven record. It features fun classics like "Young Man's Fool" and the notorious "60 Minute Man", a vocal extravaganza that shows off their legendary vocal skills and their ease with doo-wop. This is probably their heaviest record and a great favorite with lovers of blues, rock, soulful vocals & jazz.

Swingin' School

by Eight to the Bar

Released 1984
Jitterbop Records
Released 1984
Jitterbop Records
Swing meets 50s pop
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Swingin' School, Eight to the Bar's second record, originally came out on vinyl back in 1986. It's a bright, energetic mix of swing, sixties, doo-wop, and pop, with the band's trademark vocal section being the tie that binds and defines the band's sound. A wonderful period piece!

The Joint Is Jumpin'!

by Eight to the Bar

Released 1983
Jitterbop
Released 1983
Jitterbop
A live CD, loaded with high energy-a mixture of Swing, Rock & Motown, topped off with sophisticated, exciting vocal arrangements.
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This CD, originally released in 1983, has been recently re-issued by popular demand. The CD was Eight to the Bar's first, recorded at a live gig at a major venue in New England, Toad's Place in New Haven, CT. You can hear the excitement as the packed house cheers the band on. Many of the band's classic original tunes, such as the searing rock saxophone jam, "Play It On Your Saxophone" came from this record. The …
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