The flapper and her song

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By The Staff

Virtuoso song-and-piano team Jane Voss & Hoyle Osborne will present “I Want to Be Bad: The Flapper and Her Song” at the Kluge Auditorium of United World College-USA in Montezuma, New Mexico, on Friday, January 23rd, at 7 p.m. 

This free concert-lecture is part of the New Mexico Chautauqua and is made possible by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

Singer Jane Voss and pianist Hoyle Osborne give vivid, historically authentic readings of the songs of the women of the 1920s, the New Women — popularly known as “flappers.” 

These witty songs are artifacts of one of the greatest cultural shifts in American history, when women were establishing new roles for themselves and challenging conventions about costume, behavior, employment, sexuality, and expression.  Quotations from journalists, poets, and the singers themselves complement the songs.

The program includes songs originally sung by Broadway stars Ruth Etting, Libby Holman, and Helen Kane, and by classic blues women Bessie Smith, Ida Cox and Ethel Waters.

In their passionate enthusiasm for the old songs, Voss & Osborne bring a shining authenticity to their performances. Those who’ve never seen Jane and Hoyle perform are in for a rare treat, while their many fans are sure to enjoy this unique performance.

Jane Voss and Hoyle Osborne have performed together for more than three decades.

Jane Voss is a songwriter, whose songs have been covered by a number of other artists, including the late Dave Van Ronk. She is also a versatile singer in American folk and classic pop music styles.  With her dynamic voice and intelligent phrasing, she communicates a passion for the song, with a depth of feeling seldom matched in today’s music scene.   

Hoyle Osborne, the virtuoso classic jazz and blues piano player in the act, has developed an international coterie of fans for his long-running appearances at the Diamond Belle Saloon in Durango, Colorado.

He is an award-winning composer of ragtime tunes, as well as a versatile player, both as soloist and accompanist.  He has also entertained on the steamboats Delta Queen and Mississippi Queen.

Voss & Osborne have performed across the U.S. and Canada, and also in the U.K., appearing in concert and at numerous music festivals. In 2006, they were featured at the Old Songs Festival near Albany, N.Y., and at the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, Mo. Their numerous recordings have received plaudits from critics and audiences alike.

In addition to their contemporary performances, Voss & Osborne have been presenting American music and history programs for many years. Their New Mexico Diamond Jubilee concert-lecture, “1912,” was funded by the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities; and “The Ragtime Century” was originally commissioned by the Farmington Civic Center in 2000.

They have also presented musical-historical programs for children across the U.S., including an in-depth program, now in its eighth year, for 5th-grade students of American history in their home town of Aztec, N.M.

The free performance of “I Want to Be Bad: The Flapper and Her Song” takes place on Friday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Kluge Auditorium of United World College-USA in Montezuma, New Mexico.

More information about Voss & Osborne and “I Want to Be Bad” is available at www.janevoss.net.