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Redhot & Blue


A little more than 40 years ago, when pop charts read like a who's who of mullets and bellbottoms, a few recently -graduated Yale Whiffenpoofs joined several members of the newly formed women's a cappella groups on campus to do something completely different. They wanted to travel back in time and pay homage to the great pioneers -- Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday, to name a few. They sang jazz like it was 1917, and Cole Porter had just graduated from Yale. They were Redhot & Blue.

Four decades later, their distinct arrangements and award-winning sound continue to set them apart in the music scene at Yale and around the globe. Their repertoire has expanded to include lighter notes from the Beatles and Beyoncé while still remaining rooted in American classics such as the Gershwins’ “Summertime”, They’ve brought their unique sound to audiences across the country and around the world (most recently in Tokyo, Paris, and Beijing) and performed for the likes of President George H. W. Bush, Morgan Freeman, and Beijing high society. But most importantly the group remains true to what made it special in the first place: its heritage of camaraderie, good times, and musical excellence.

Upcoming Performances

Video 3/11/2019: Redhot & Blue

An award-winning, globally-touring vocal jazz ensemble, Redhot & Blue also holds the distinction of being Yale University’s oldest all-gender a cappella group. In the past year, the group has played everywhere from Grace Cathedral in San Fransisco to the Central Conservatory of Music, in Beijing, and it’s proud to now bring its music to the Millennium Stage.