Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Vocalist, pianist, percussionist, composer and arranger Susan Pereira, a New York native, has been one of the most versatile musicians on that city’s Brazilian music scene since 1983. While deeply rooted in traditional Brazilian styles, her broad background in jazz and world music has enabled her to develop a distinct musical personality. Fluent in Portuguese, she is a singer who blends a silky, rich tone with superior vocal technique and is a particularly skilled lyric interpreter and scat singer. Susan’s percussive piano style is enhanced by her mastery of complex Brazilian rhythms and her original Brazilian jazz compositions are a popular part of her performances....
With the incredible output of jazz CDs by new artists in the first decade of the 21st century, it is a challenge for someone to stand out with a debut recording. But vocalist/pianist/composer Susan Pereira, gifted with a beautiful voice, terrific keyboard chops and a knack for arranging, is the exception to the rule . . . Highly recommended! Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
“Tudo Azul, by Susan Pereira and Sabor Brasil, is a stellar collection of soul- felt performances, beautiful compositions, great arrangements and inspired playing that is sure to move you deeply.” Alfredo Cruz, radio producer and former on-air host at NPR, KLON/KJJZ-FM, and WBGO-FM
. . . an energized romp, very gloriously arranged, and Susan Pereira sings with a lot of brio . . . Howard Mandel, jazz journalist
. . . a terrific Brasilian CD! Brad Stone, Music Director, KSJS-FM (San Jose, CA)
A superb vocalist, an accomplished pianist and percussionist and the force behind the ensemble Sabor Brasil . . .Tudo Azul is a wonderful debut album. The repertoire selection is well balanced, and the musicians' performances under Susan Pereira's creativity and guidance are stellar. Egidio Leitão, musicabrasileira.org
. . . a very polished piece of work; with so many jazz singers dabbling in Brazil's traditions it's good to see a few who've committed to digging deeper. Matthew Finch, Music Director, KUNM-FM (Albuquerque, NM)