Kit McClure Band

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Kit McClure Band
Origin New York, New York
Genres Big band, Jazz, Funk, Swing
Years active 1982 (1982)–present
Labels Redhot Records, Motéma Music
Associated acts Kit McClure
International Sweethearts of Rhythm
Website redhotrecords.com
Members Kit McClure
Lakecia Benjamin
Lisa Parrott
Tia Fuller
Erica Von Kleist
Kristy Norter
Claire Daly
Liesl Whitaker
Barbara Laronga
Laurie Frink
Tanya Darby
Britta Langsjoen
Jennifer Krupa
Cathy Harley
Jill McCarron
Nicki Parrott
Kim Clarke
Barbara Merjan
L. Olivia Sci
Bernice Brooks
Sue Hadjopoulos
Karen Jones

The Kit McClure Band is an all-female big band and jazz combo begun by Kit McClure in 1982 at The Ritz in New York City. It eventually caught the attention of Cab Calloway and was signed to Island Records, where it toured with Robert Palmer for two years, playing to sold-out crowds at Radio City Music Hall and Garden State Arts Center, followed by eight tours of Japan. The band released its first album, Some Like It Hot, on its own label, Redhot Records, in 1990. The follow-up, Burning, in 1995, was produced by Teo Macero.

In 2004, and 2006, the band released a pair of albums in tribute to the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, a 1940s big band consisting entirely of women, which, for much of its existence, was all-black. The second of these was released in conjunction with Motéma Music and Redeye Distribution. Both albums, The Sweethearts Project and Just the Thing: The Sweethearts Project Revisited feature exclusively material that was performed by the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, but were entirely re-imagined in a more contemporary style.

In 2005, The Kit McClure Band received the Excellence in Small Business Award from Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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