The Kit McClure Band is as dedicated to keeping a dance floor full as to providing a great show in the concert hall. The band’s music ranges from transcriptions of Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington’s popular works to the soulful grooves of Aretha Franklin, James Brown, and Beyoncé. As a dance orchestra, the Kit McClure Band has enlivened ballrooms across the USA, including the inaugural ball of President Clinton.
The Kit McClure Band made its debut at the Ritz (now Webster Hall) in New York City in the 1960’s. The band became a popular fixture in the New York nightclub scene and was soon offered a tour with the great Cab Calloway. This led to recording industry interest from Island Records, and Kit and her band were engaged to prepare a show with the rock star Robert Palmer. Palmer featured Kit on saxophone in his band and featured the Kit McClure Band within his show. This show played sold-out houses at Radio City Music Hall, Garden State Arts Center, and similar venues across the Northeast. Eight tours of Japan ensued, and in between, Kit found time to produce the Kit McClure Band’s debut recording, Some Like it Hot, on Red Hot Records. The success of Some Like it Hot brought the attention of jazz legend Teo Macero, who produced the Kit McClure Band’s second release, Burning in 1996. McClure and her band toured Europe five times in support of these two recordings and settled into a steady calendar of US dates.
Most recently, the band has been featured at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and at the JVC Jazz Festival in New York City.
The Kit McClure Band is a proud recipient of the Excellence in Small Business Award 2005 from the City of New York, Office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Kit McClure Band won this award after more than 20 years of providing great music to audiences from New York City to Japan to Europe.