The Band   |   The Concept

Four Sexes is a unique lounge pop group that fuses jazz sounds with contemporary pop music. Their wide variety of material draws from many decades and many styles of American popular music. Their appeal is not limited to just one group of people or one type of music lover and thus their name is an expression of the multi-faceted and diverse world in which we live and to whom their music strives to reach.


The Band
Four Sexes was started in the fall of 2001 to play regularly at Nicky Blaineís in Indianapolis. Sean Baker (pianist), Heather Neideffer (vocalist), and Toni Bosten (vocalist) all met in Bloomington at I.U. and have worked together for ten years doing various projects including jingles and demo recordings for publishing companies. Heatherís incredible vocal range, Toniís pop-oriented soulful sounds, and Seanís unique arrangements and smooth vocals all help to complete the package. Bassist John Huber is also from Bloomington originally and has worked with Baker for a number of years. Huberís zest for unusual combinations in music and his technical proficiency make him the perfect candidate for such a group as Four Sexes. Drummer Adam White met up with the group while playing in several bands in the Indianapolis area. He is proficient in both jazz and rock and adds a level of energy to the group through the fusion of those two genres. Original drummer, Pete Wilhoit, left the group to tour with the rock band Fiction Plane fronted by lead singer Joe Sumner, son of Sting. Former lead singer, Heather, left the group in the spring of 2004. Toni & Sean are now fronting the group with equal parts of diverse vocal stylings and unique instrumental concoctions.
    

sean
sean
piano & vocals

toni
toni
vocals

adam
adam
drums

john
john
bass


The Concept
The combinations of talent in the group coupled with the clientele of Nicky Blaineís were all part of the mix that created the musical formula for this group. What sets Four Sexes apart from other jazz-oriented groups is their unique arrangements of contemporary songs. The idea of taking a top-40 rock song and reinventing it as a 60ís bossa nova tune was not merely based on a whim of genius, but out of necessity. Upon visiting Nick Blaineís, you will notice a very classic retro-lounge atmosphere complete with cigars, martinis, couches, and cocktail waitresses. What you will also see is a mixture of people ranging from all ages, but mostly younger people. The need in Bakerís mind was to satisfy the musical tastes of both younger people and what is appropriate for a cocktail lounge. The only inescapable conclusion was to play new music that young people recognized, but set it in a style suited for a martini bar featuring a retro-jazzy sound. The idea of Four Sexes was born. Besides their "retro-invented" pop tunes, they also play classic swing, R&B, country, light pop, and yes, even a hip-hop tune or two; all set appropriately in the genre of classic space age pop lounge music and the American jazz tradition, once again unifying varying types of people and music; thus strengthening what the name "Four Sexes" stand for.