Miss Tess & The Talkbacks

Miss Tess is a Boston-based singer-songwriter, who tours regularly with her band, as "Miss Tess & The Bon Ton Parade". The current lineup includes Alec Spiegelman on sax & clarinet, Ben Davis on upright bass, and Matt Meyer on drums. After performing on stages for the last five years, Miss Tess has just released her anticipated fifth album, "Darling, oh Darling". The album presents an ecclectic array of originals, all stemming from roots in jazz, swing, blues, and folk. Miss Tess draws comparisons to artists such as Jolie Holland, Madeleine Peyroux, Regina Spektor, or Ella Fitzgerald, but maintains a style all of her own.

"Outstanding Folk Artist of the Year"–Boston Music Awards

"The area's next musical sensation" –Boston Magazine

"Miss Tess takes old music and makes it sound fresh. She also makes new music with a sense of history and context to it. No matter what label you want to put on it, it's damn good music. Period." –Matt Smith, Club Passim

"If Billie Holiday and Chet Atkins had a musical baby, it would be Miss Tess. With a calmness that belies the intensity in her music, Miss Tess will cement a place in your music- loving heart with her first note." –Caroline Aiken, Singer/songwriter

"This is music cut from a different cloth than the cardboard-stiff newness of more trend driven singer-songwriters, and it's appeal more closely resembles your favorite pair of jeans: the lovingly broken-in elegance that inspires confident ease."–Jon Santiago, Charleston City Paper

"True to her grassroots style, Tess's connection to the audience is incredibly personal, making it a better show than many by popular musicians" –Jenica Jones, Bootleg Magazine

"Miss Tess' 'Modern Vintage' is just that: a fresh - and refreshing - take on classic themes from a bygone era." –Brendan Hogan, WGBH Radio

Named by the Boston Globe as a "Local on the Verge" for 2008, Miss Tess is a young, Boston-based performing songwriter. Aptly naming her style "Modern Vintage" , her music bridges eras and genres. Miss Tess is celebrating being named "Outstanding Folk Artist of the Year" at the December Boston Music Awards. The Folk part was a surprise but the award is much appreciated. Another small career breakthrough came from being booked on the 2008 Cayamo cruise with headliners Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett. This came about after she won the prestigious 27th Biannual Open Mic Shootout at Eddie's Attic, Decatur, GA.

Miss Tess has just released her fourth album, "Live on the Road", a collection of live performances from venues including Club Passim (Cambridge), Eddie's Attic (Decatur, GA), Norm's River Roadhouse (Nashville), and WDVX (Knoxville). She continues to perform and tour with her band, traveling down the east coast and into the midwestern United States.

"Although it may be true that every musician is a dreamer, only the good ones can convince you to join in on their fantasies. Armed with a rhythm guitar, a songbook full of down-on-your-luck lyrics, and a seemingly endless supply of fancy hats, Miss Tess is reimagining the golden age of jazz in 21st-century Boston and taking the rest of us along for the ride.
Tess finds her muse in anything old-fashioned, harking back to that bygone era when musicians wore suits or dresses and jazz was played as often in ballrooms as in bars. Accompanied by The Bon Ton Parade, a small ensemble that leans heavily on brushed drums and saxophone, the group taps into that laid-back cabaret sound that appeals to the vagabond lurking inside of all of us.
Tess has recorded four albums of standards and original songs, but the best way to experience her is live. A her smoky voice drags seductively behind the rhythm, she transforms even the dingiest barroom into a dance floor and tempts you–for one night, at least–to drift back to a classier time." –Justin Shatwell, Yankee Magazine

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