Tessa Souter "Beyond the Blue" Special Guest Steve Kuhn
Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston
Born of English and Trinidadian parents (both talented singers), award-winning New York-based singer, composer, lyricist and Motema recording artist, Tessa Souter, has a distinctive and exotically beautiful style of jazz which evokes Spain, North Africa and the Middle East, as well as the Celtic folk music she grew up hearing.
"There's no one doing what Tessa does," enthused author and critic Will Friedwald, when she began singing in New York. "One of the most imaginatively programmed vocal sets of recent memory" said the Los Angeles Times, in a rave review of her California debut in 2002. "The best thing is that Souter sounds different," said the Philadelphia Inquirer of her most recent release, Obsession.
Her distinctive sound has evolved naturally from the disparate musical styles she absorbed throughout her life, from Carmen Jones to Captain Beefheart and Sandy Denny to Sarah Vaughan. And she cites her biggest jazz influences as instrumentalists, specifically Miles Davis ("... for how he used silence as much as the notes.") and Wayne Shorter, whose Native Dancer album featuring Milton Nascimento was her introduction to jazz. "If I were only allowed to listen to one album for the rest of my life, that's the one I would choose," she says. "Every time I listen to it, I hear something new."
Dinner & Show: $68