Sweet&Hot Quartet

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Sweet&Hot Quartet

The Sweet&Hot Quartet lives up to its name with scintillating selections from the Ragtime through Swing eras, brilliantly rendered by Jeff Barnhart (piano/vocals); Anne Barnhart (flute/vocals); T.J. Muller (banjo/guitar/trumpet/trombone/vocals) and Josh Duffee (vintage drum kit/xylophone).  Individually, the musicians are masters of their craft, having logged thousands of hours of performance time across six of the seven continents.  As the Quartet, their music and mirth are unparalleled.  Whether they’re playing raucous ragtime, nifty novelties, joyous jazz, stomping swing or beautiful ballads, their show will leave you breathless and shouting for more!

  • Flutist/vocalist Anne Barnhart’s musical experiences with Ivory&Gold® have taken her around the world.  Her performances have been enjoyed from coast to coast in the US and abroad in places such as England, Scotland, Ireland, Russia, French Polynesia, South America, Canada, Switzerland, Rwanda and France just to name a few.  Audiences are dazzled by her technique, awed by her tone and enthralled with her timing when bantering with her husband, pianist Jeff Barnhart.

    Anne is a magna cum laude graduate of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and holds both bachelor and masters degrees in music.  As a result of extensive master-class experience performing for such world famous artists as Jeffrey Khaner and Goran Marcusson, Anne was invited to participate in the Academie International d’ete de Nice held in Nice, France.   Anne is a member of the International Who’s Who in Music and Musicians in the Classical and Light-Classical Fields.  Anne’s teachers include Vanita Hall-Jones, John Wion and Ransom Wilson.  Anne makes her home in Mystic, CT, which she and Jeff rarely enjoy as they are on the road over 40 weeks of the year!

  • Jeff Barnhart, is an internationally renowned pianist, vocalist, arranger, bandleader, recording artist, ASCAP composer, educator and entertainer. His mastery of the classic swing, jazz and ragtime repertoire of the early to mid-20th century has found Jeff constantly appearing as a soloist, band pianist, and with smaller groups—most notably Ivory&Gold® with his talented wife, flutist/vocalist Anne Barnhart—at parties, festivals, clubs and cruises throughout the world.  His unsurpassed knowledge of the history of America’s early pop styles and its best current practitioners, combined with his superior “people skills”, has awarded him the position of Musical Director for several acclaimed annual events, including the Eagles&Ivories and Templeton Ragtime and Jazz festivals, the Monterey Jazz Bash by the Bay (as co-Director), Jeff & Joel’s House Party and the Essex Winter Series Jazz Concert.

    Jeff has played dual piano with such jazz luminaries as Ralph Sutton, Neville Dickie, Louis Mazetier, John Sheridan, Brian Holland and Carl Sonny Leyland. He has recorded over 120 full-length albums on, in addition to his own label, Jazz Alive Records, celebrated labels including Arbors, GHB, Lake Records (UK) and Music Minus One. Reviewer Jack Rummel recently summed up the reason for Jeff’s popularity, averring, “When it comes to talent, speed, versatility, creativity, mastery of multiple genres and just plain entertaining zaniness, Jeff Barnhart stands alone”.

  • Josh Duffee was born in Louie Bellson’s hometown of Moline, Illinois, and now resides across the river in Bix Beiderbecke’s hometown of Davenport, Iowa. He’s a very versatile musician, specializing in drumming and xylophone playing from the 1920s to the 1940s, while also performing a variety of other styles of music. He has been performing professionally for the past 20+ years, along with teaching private percussion lessons to middle and high school students.

    Josh has been a featured musician at jazz festivals and events all over the world. He has toured England and Australia multiple times, while also being featured at venues all over the United States.

    Josh keeps busy as the leader of many groups in the Davenport area, including the following: The Graystone Monarchs (a 10-piece hot dance band performing music from the 20s and 30s), Josh Duffee & His Orchestra (a 12-piece big band performing music from the 30s and 40s), The Josh Duffee Jazz Trio (performing music from the 20s, 30s and 40s), and The Blackhawk Broadcasters (a 4-piece jazz ensemble performing music from the 20s to the 60s).

    Over the years, Josh has received awards and recognition from jazz festivals and organizations for his dedication and hard work with early jazz music. Some of his awards include The Jean Goldkette Award of Excellence from The Jean Goldkette Foundation, a Special Recognition Award from The Detroit Jazz Festival for honoring the music and tradition of the Jean Goldkette Orchestra, and the Bix Lives Award from the Bix Beiderbecke Museum and Archives in Davenport, Iowa.

  • T.J Muller is a multi-instrumentalist and bandleader based out of St. Louis, M.O, where he directs both The Arcadia Dance Orchestra and The Gaslight Squares. Although based in Missouri, T.J was born in Canterbury, England. Always traveling from a young age, T.J began playing traditional jazz cornet with his family band, led by his father Rev. Anton Muller. Whilst living in Edinburgh, Scotland, T.J was offered a job with touring Americana group- Pokey Lafarge. during is tenure in the Lafarge band T.J performed on ‘The David Letterman show’, ‘The Grand Ole Opry’, ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ and the PBS music documentary ‘American Epic’. During this time T.J also settled in St. Louis where he began working with members of ‘The St. Louis Ragtimers’, regularly playing alongside cornet player Bill Mason. After leaving the Lafarge ensemble, T.J established his own groups in St. Louis and began specializing in the historic jazz music of Missouri. T.J has directed two successful jazz banjo revues in St. Louis and recently appeared at the west-coast ragtime festival. T.J Muller is a fixture of the St. Louis jazz community and can be found performing weekly with his own groups and appearing with Missouri favorite, Miss Jubilee.

Performed In:

2022