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Rachel Drew and Tony Richards are brought together by their love of great songs within the jazz tradition. As a duo, Rachel’s beautiful and soulful voice is matched with Tony’s solo guitar chops and work as an arranger. As performers, they provide a gentle swing and subtle improvisation that is both very musical and thoroughly enjoyable. Their audience witnesses interaction between singer and instrumentalist at its most fundamental level.
Their repertoire includes the great composers such as Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Arlen, The Gershwins, and Antônio Carlos Jobim to name a few.
They have received significant initial support and acceptance in the Chicago music community.
Tony Richards is a Chicago based guitarist, writer and arranger born in New York City in 1959. Tony, having been raised by opera singers, began teaching himself guitar at the age of 11. Early on, he listened to classical music, jazz and the pop music of the sixties. Later, he started to be influenced by progressive artists of the early seventies. Tony writes and plays in a variety of styles with roots clearly based in jazz. His solo guitar repertoire includes the great composers: Thelonius Monk, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Jerome Kern and Johnny Mandel, along with his original compositions. His guitar style is influenced by Lenny Breau, Wes Montgomery, Johnny Smith, and others. For this project Tony cites the collaboration between Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald as an inspiration.
Rachel Drew comes from a family of singers. Her father gave her a Ruth Brown album when she was 12. Next came Stevie Wonder. By 16, Rachel was completely obsessed with Ella Fitzgerald, then Nat King Cole, then Duke Ellington. Throughout the next decade, Rachel focused almost exclusively on jazz standards. Years later, Rachel's natural, bluesy voice and honest delivery recreate these songs in their most emotional, full, and raw state. Her deep, expressive voice brings real soul, raw emotion, and experience to these classic tunes, making them seem new again.