STRING OF PEARLS is a female jazz vocal trio that performs vintage "girl group" music and modern vocal jazz with swing, style, and superb musicality.
Sue Halloran, Jeanne O'Connor and Holli Ross were all working as professional solo singers in New York when they were brought together to perform at a nostalgia-oriented concert. Since then the group has created a sophisticated repertoire that ranges from authentic re-creations of Boswell Sisters songs from the 1930s to adventurous original jazz vocal arrangements. The Pearls' charming show can move from Andrews Sisters to Sinatra, Basie, Brazilian, bebop, and pop.
Holli, Jeanne, and Sue have brought their harmonies to festivals, concerts, and clubs in the U.S. and abroad. The group has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. In its New York home region, the group has appeared in the JVC Jazz Festival, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, The Manhattan Center, and the Battleship Intrepid. The "Pearls" have recently been on the bill at Sweet Rhythm, Shanghai Jazz, and the Blue Note. String of Pearls has taken part in the well-known "Lyrics and Lyricists" program at the 92nd Street Y, the annual Jazz Nativity, the New York Cabaret Convention, and the Millbrook and Mohonk Jazz Festivals. Recently the group has appeared at the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, and the Provincetown Cabaret Festival.
The trio has made appearances in Munich nightclubs, summer festivals in France, and nightclubs and concert halls throughout Japan. String of Pearls recently performed for an audience of several thousand at the Frick Museum concert series in Pittsburgh, PA. The group entertains concertgoers throughout America as part of the "Community Concert" subscription network, and has delighted cruise ship audiences.
String of Pearls has released Cds in the U.S. and abroad, including "Gems,' a swinging collection of jazz classics, and "Brazilian Jewels." The group's bossa nova version of "Sukiyaki" reached the top 100 on the Tokyo FM radio charts. String of Pearls is currently working on a live recording.