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Tea Cup Gin / Press

“Tea Cup Gin has has found a niche playing their hybrid form of gypsy swing and hot jazz by integrating sultry jazz vocals into a smoking rhythm section, while maintaining all the integrity this music requires. Tea Cup Gin has its roots firmly grounded in the gypsy swing tradition. Not only can they execute the songs successfully, they come across as a band that is having a blast doing it, and it shows in the music!”

“Refresh your thirsty ears with TEA CUP GIN's original musical cocktails crafted from an eclectic blend of early 20th Century influences. Their debut album UNDERGROUND LOVE is a crossroads of jazz noir, tin pan, and furious finger style blues, fueled by impassioned vocals, with a dash of Latin rhythms to spice up the mix."”

“Tea Cup Gin writes much of their own music inspired by 1920s and ’30s jazz — their name is a reference to the Prohibition Era when speakeasies had to serve their liquor in tea cups to evade the law. When you compose a piece of music and it inspires people to get up and dance to it, that’s always exciting!”

“One night of Parisian bliss, coming right up! The Ackland Art Museum is hosting a modern French masquerade featuring live bistro-style music by Tea Cup Gin. The suggested attire is your finest “French(ish) finery,”

“When we went with our gut to send you a random email, asking if Tea Cup Gin did weddings, we had no idea on what a magical role you would ultimately play in making our day truly special. From playing “La vie en Rose” for the processional to performing “A Change is Gonna Come” for our Ceremony. And then there was the “Glory of Love” for the recessional. Our wedding was an American Classic in the making. You were there to support us from moment one, ultimately helping us create the musical score of our wedding day. There was a moment during our dinner where (bride) and I looked at each other and truly soaked in the music of Tea Cup Gin. It was American standards at their best. They were classic, romantic and sexy.”

“On May 13, Tea Cup Gin performed for the HOB NOB JAZZ SERIES at Cary's Koka Booth Amphitheater. Most of the numbers were representative of jazz classics and new pieces off of their recently released recording, "Underground Love." Their style is "pushing the boundary of jazz." Indeed, the members are incredibly versatile musicians. Bassist Doug Vuncannon and drummer Isaiah Simpson kept a seamless groove. I noticed them only when they wanted me too – the mark of a great rhythm section... Christy Benson’s voice easily carried across the venue. She belted and cooed and seduced through the various genres of the band's songs. I was particularly impressed with her wonderful diction. The two guitarists, Mike Reid and John Klonowski, stole the show many times.”

“Tea Cup Gin's new album makes underground love.... Tea Cup Gin is releasing its first CD --“Underground Love” – and they’re doing it in style!”

“TEA CUP GIN entertained a sellout crowd of 6,000 runners registered for the Tar Heel 10 Miler race in front of the Franklin Hotel in Chapel Hill.”

“TEA CUP GIN opens for the one and only LAKE STREET DIVE, a Boston based outfit on a major national tour! @ The Station in Carrboro, Thursday April 11th, 7 pm showtime.”

“Downtown Chapel Hill Begins Here! Our Live and Local, Music and Art on the Plaza will kick off its Spring series with Tea Cup Gin. Tea Cup Gin’s mix of jazz standards and their own original songs provides audiences with remembrances of old plus an appreciation for the new.”

"Tea Cup Gin performed at a large Market Mixer event that my company planned and hosted for The Knot.com. They were friendly, professional and wonderful to work with! Throughout the entire planning process, Tea Cup Gin was so enthusiastic about performing and were incredibly easy to work with. I would highly recommend them!"

“Tea Cup Gin has been selected as a featured band for FESTIFALL in Chapel Hill. Come take a spin with Tea Cup Gin on the MAIN stage, Sunday October 6th @ 1:00 pm.”

"Tea Cup Gin was fabulous!" ~ Chapelboro News

“Chapel Hill News gives a nod to Tea Cup Gin's creative name in their coverage of Carrboro Music Festival!”

“Tea Cup Gin has been selected for the APEX JAZZ FESTIVAL, a Prime Time Slot on September 21st! ROCK HARBOR GRILL from 9 - Midnight. Great sets of vintage jazz, blues, torch, and originals.”

“THURSDAY APRIL 18th @ LOCAL 506! Tea Cup Gin opens for TESS AND THE TALKBACKS, an amazing Brooklyn based blend of old school jazz, americana, western swing, and roots music. Check out the great preview of the show by UNC's Resound Magazine.”