Pfister Sisters

Pfister Sisters


The Pfabulous Pfister Sisters

They Have One Rule: The Music Never Stops



Harmony, thy name is Pfister!

This week, the Pfister Sisters sing out and occasionally act out during a rollicking hour spent on jazz vocal harmonies.

The Pfisters pay homage to the Boswell Sisters — one of the finest singing groups to ever come from New Orleans. In their day, the Boswells sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

Holley Bendtsen, Yvette Voelker and Debbie Davis are avid students of their fore-sisters and aim to keep Boswell melodies alive. Along the way, they tell Gwen Thompkins what they really think about Christina Aguilera’s singing, German housekeeping and why pianist Amasa Miller may have a soft spot for old dope peddlers.



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165052_10151331530499383_1484298228_n-600Holley Bendtsen teaches high school students and we asked her about how up-and-coming singers learn to find their voice. She says the influences many students have are machine-enhanced, and that’s what kids are trying to emulate.

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“At Last” sung by Christina Aguilera, Etta James, and Ray Eberle with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Debbie Davis talks about one of Irving Berlin’s racier tunes and we hear Madeline Kahn’s version of the song, too.

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