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Back in November of 1984, Leisure Jazz was producing a series of jazz shows for PBS entitled “Music from Mahogany Hall”, shot in the New Orleans French Quarter. One of those 60 minute shows featured three singers who called themselves “The Pfister Sisters” featuring Holley Bendtsen, Suzy Malone & Yvette Voelker. Their distinctive close harmony, sounds of the Boswell Sisters, (1925-36) who were hot stuff in the 1930’s, specializing in buoyant treatment of pop tunes, colored by jazz and spirituals. Their backup musicians featured Tulane University professor Bruce Rayburn on drums; Eric Glazer on bass; Amasa Miller on piano; David Sager on trombone and Ken “Snakebite” Jacobs on sax.

One of their fans, Allen Toussaint, was quoted as saying “they are exciting & unique.”


Other one hour shows shot at Mahogany Hall were Irma Thomas, and JELLY ROLL MORTON with Danny Barker and the DUKES of Dixieland. We also did a Satchmo show with the Dukes & Byron Stripling but never edited it.

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