|GYPSY SWING, SOUTHERN BLUES, POPULAR STANDARDS||COMING STRAIGHT OUT OF SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA|
Ann Savoy is a trusted keeper of the flame- the kind of girl Duke Ellington had in mind when he wrote Sophisticated Lady. She doesn't imitate the past, she animates it--she makes dead men walk along a crooked line from the paddocks of Virginia to the swamps of Louisiana. She is a blues singer. In French. --T Bone Burnett
Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights play swinging and smooth early jazz and blues, with jazz guitar and fiddle greats Tom Mitchell and Kevin Wimmer backing the sultry vocals of Ann Savoy with vibrant energy and charm.
Though Ann is known primarily for her Cajun recordings and her recent CD of duets with Linda Ronstadt, she was raised in Richmond, Virginia, listening to he sounds of Peggy Lee, Pete Fountain, and Al Hirt, and has been playing jazz at parties for years. Tom Mitchell and Kevin Wimmer have played swing jazz for decades - Tom traveling and recording with the legendary Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, and Kevin Wimmer playing all over the continental US with the acclaimed young Cajun gypsy swing band The Red Stick Ramblers. The rhythm section of the band is compiled of Ann’s son, Joel Savoy, and Chas Justus on guitar, and Eric Frey on upright bass.
The band has been compiling and recording a broad repertoire of songs approaching old jazz standards with a fresh angle, digging up obscure songs ranging from Sophie Tucker and Bessie Smith to Django Reinhardt and French legends Jean Sablon and Lucienne Boyer. The resulting CDs, “If Dreams Come True”(2007) and “Black Coffee”(July 9, 2009) are released by Memphis International Record Company.
The band also wrote the song "O Comme Les Nuits Sont Longues" for the Sony Pictures film "All The King's Men."