Photo by Jenni Terp Photography
The Curvettes came together in the summer of 2013 as a result of a fun and funky traveling performance party called “The Swamp Bottom Jamboree.” Their debut performance included cocktail dresses under hip waders in the middle of a pond by candlelight, accompanied by the boisterous bass of a croaking bullfrog. The next summer, they revisited that pond in a rowboat dressed in nightgowns. Unexpectedly, the bullfrog made a repeat performance. Cleaned up and dressed up (but without the frog), the Curvettes trio is comprised of seasoned Vashon and Seattle artists having performed at venues ranging from dance bars, lounges and clubs, festivals, restaurants, performance halls, professional theater, and even the Vashon and Seattle Operas. The Curvettes – Arlette Moody, Elaine Ott-Rocheford, and Stephanie Murray – are a “retro chic” trio that puts their own curve into music nostalgia.
The Curvettes are backed by The Straightaways, an acoustic swing combo that puts a nostalgic spin on even the most modern tunes, but isn’t afraid to bust out a beat when they need to. Steve Meyer on upright bass, Marshall Murray on the cocktail drum kit, and Matthew Chaney on keyboard are seasoned performers who provide the backbone. Andre Sapp adds mandolin, ukulele and guitar, depending on what and how many strings he can handle at any given time. Gary Milligan on horn adds some sass and splash.