The Itty Biddies were formed in 2001 as the Lascivious Biddies - cocktail pop for grown-ups!
The Itty Biddies are a rocking, joyful combo that will lift you out of your seat from the first note. Their show, originally commissioned by CarnegieKids, takes the audience on a journey of the imagination through storytelling and song. Kids and adults alike will be invited to bring to life a magic suitcase as they head to Africa for a safari, travel back by boat beneath the stars, and explore New York City by way of our beloved subway. The Itty Biddies' soaring vocals, sweet ukulele, melodic piano, groovy bass and fat drums will will leave you singing and dancing all the way home.
The Itty Biddies' debut EP, "Hello Hello Hello!" was released on May 1, 2013. Produced by Michael Leonhart, the EP captures all the energy and fun of the Itty Biddies' live performances!
Deidre Rodman Struck:
An Idaho native, Deidre moved to New York in 1997 after receiving a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. She found work playing for the Big Apple Circus, and was soon collaborating with many great musicians: reedist Roy Nathanson from The Jazz Passengers, bassist Steve Swallow (their duo CD, Twin Falls, is out on Sunnyside Records), vocalists Darius De Haas (their recording Daydream has been hailed as "one of the finest Strayhorn salutes ever captured on disc" by Jazz Times), Debbie Harry (with whom she recorded a standard for the Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story soundtrack) and Natalie Merchant. Deidre has also shared the stage as a feature performer with the luminous Elvis Costello, who called her "a wonderful pianist and delicate composer with a truly unique voice". Upon meeting her fellow Biddies in the big city, she knew she had found lifelong musical soulmates. Currently she is recording a solo CD with producer Michael Leonhart (who plays trumpet and arranges for Steely Dan), to be released in 2009. Learn more about Deidre's music and projects at www.DeidreRodman.com.
A San Francisco native, Saskia Lane began her classical training on the violin at the ripe old age of 4, and took up the bass the day she turned 11. Her musical path eventually put her on a train bound for New York City, where she earned her Masters Degree at The Juilliard School. Soon after graduating, a pursuit of other musical projects led her to the Biddies. Now, Saskia performs jazz, klezmer, classical, pop, and rock in New York and across the country. In addition to her work with the Biddies, Saskia tours internationally with Grammy award-winning children’s music phenom Dan Zanes & Friends. She can also be seen sharing the stage with the likes of Rosanne Cash, Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Enya. Saskia has recorded original works by composer Ned Rorem (Albany Records) which she premiered at Carnegie Hall. She can also be heard on a disc featuring the music of Lou Harrison (New Albion Records) and most recently, on a new recording with Dan Zanes featuring the music of Latin America. This year Saskia has three new albums slated for release; an old-time gospel disc benefiting The New Sanctuary Movement; a collaboration with Paul McCartney’s MPL company featuring new interpretations of famous Broadway standards; and a much-anticipated record with reggae superstar Ziggy Marley. To read more about Saskia’s news head to www.SaskiaLane.com.
Lee Ann Westover:
Lee Ann Westover was born in Houston, TX, but the stars in her eyes brought her to New York City as soon as she was able. Once landed in the Big Apple, Lee Ann quickly made a name for herself as a gifted performer and composer. She has spent the last decade performing all over the US with several projects, including the all female trio the Lascivious Biddies – founded in 2001. With the Biddies, Lee Ann’s star has continued to rise, through the release of their recordings and media appearances on CBS Saturday Morning, FUSE TV, Time Out New York, the Daily News and many others.
A prolific songwriter, Lee Ann Westover's work has been featured in films screened all over the world, including the Sundance, Venice and Tribeca Film festivals. “Famous,” from the Lascivious Biddies' album “Get Lucky,” was honored in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition. In the early 2000's, she created a one-woman segment for the modern pop musical revue 8x10, which debuted at the famed New York Theatre Workshop (“Rent,” “Bright Lights Big City”) alongside work by Norah Jones and Jesse Harris. In 2009, she released an eponymous EP under her own label.
In recent years, Lee Ann has dedicated herself to outreach work through the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections Program. Each season, you can find her performing in prisons, hospitals and homeless shelters, as well as facilitating songwriting workshops for underserved populations throughout the 5 boroughs. In addition to the work she and the Biddies do with Musical Connections, you can also hear them performing their high-energy, interactive original music for children through CarnegieKids.
Lee Ann has also taken her passion for music to the page, contributing regular reviews and feature articles to several New York outlets, includingBrooklynBased.net, The Villager and The Downtown Express. On her blog, SheSewFly.com, Lee Ann offers up an itinerant musician's perspective on everything from pop culture to roadside attractions and food and wine. www.LeeAnnWestover.com