the history of
Redhot & Blue
Before you expand on that grand party for two, sing me a melody that's red, hot, and blue!
- Cole Porter
Redhot & Blue has won national recognition for its innovative arrangements of jazz standards, which blend vintage jazz with the fresh and upbeat flair of the college a cappella tradition. The group's seventeen members have brought their classic, award-winning sound to venues all over the world.
Back in 1977, just a few years after Yale opened its doors to women, founders Shelley Lotter and Leslie Lipton broke through the gender divide, bringing together some of the best male and female voices Yale's campus had to offer. The result? Redhot & Blue, Yale's first co-educational a cappella group, named for a song by one of Yale's most celebrated alums Cole Porter. Though our repertoire has expanded and changed dramatically since those early days, and we've performed everywhere from the streets of Paris to the halls of the White House, and released thirteen studio albums, we remain true to our distinct heritage of musical excellence.