w/ David Gilmore (guitar) & Boris Kozlov (bass)
at the Sidedoor, Old Lyme, CT
Friday, June 24
7:30pm for cocktails and seating.
8:30pm for show
The Sidedoor Jazz Club
85 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371
"An astute and expressive singer." Nate Chinen, New York Times Critics Pick
“One of the few exceptional standouts in the crowded field of female jazz singers.”
Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
“Her instrument is one that makes lyrics come alive, filled with but not overcome by emotion, real not forced.” Richard B. Kamins, Step Tempest
Downbeat Critics Poll ‘Rising Star’ two years in a row, Anglo-Trinidadian vocalist-composer, Tessa Souter, is “a very special talent with a beautiful voice and a beautiful soul,” says NEA Jazz Master, Sheila Jordan. A protégé of legendary vocalist Mark Murphy - who mentored her for four years, saying: “She is a complete musician whose range of music, expression and dynamic presentation are remarkable and very moving” - her “truly beautiful voice” (Sirius Radio) and penchant for exploring music mostly untouched by other singers has set her apart as “one of the finest and most fearless vocalists to have emerged in recent years.” (Boston Globe). "Best of all, she delivers it with a wit and a wink worthy of the toniest joints in town." Time Out New York
She has made four CDs, including two for the Japanese label, Venus, and two for the multi-Grammy-nominated Motéma label. Her most recent album, Beyond the Blue (Venus-Motema), which features jazz interpretations of classical repertoire with her own “exhilaratingly mature lyrics” (Neil Tesser, Chicago Examiner), was #6 on the London Sunday Times’ Top 10 Best Jazz Releases of 2013. She also appears on legendary bassist Charnett Moffett's Spirit of Sound album and on French singer Pascalito’s upcoming The Picture of Rafael Ohayon. She is currently working on her upcoming release, Picture in Black and White - a musical exploration of her recently-discovered mixed heritage.
She has headlined at most of the New York jazz clubs, selling out multiple concerts at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, the Blue Note, and Joe’s Pub, and has performed all over the world, including four sold out tours of the Russian Philharmonic halls and five appearances at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. Her 2015 show there - one of only four concerts chosen to be filmed by PBS Television - is currently being aired nationally across the networks. Her frequently standing-room-only residency at Greenwich Village’s iconic 55 Bar is in its 13th year.