Eight to the Bar

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 female and male vocals, saxophone, guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, this unique sextet pack a musical and visual wallop not seen in New England since the group's inception in 1975. Since that time they have released 7 records, have appeared national on HBO and VH-1 and have excited audiences from London to L.A. At this time the band has just released its seventh album, "Hey, Sailor!" and is going on its second European tour in April, 2002.