Born: January 3, 1979 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Susana Santos Silva was born in Porto in the year of 1979. She holds a Master Diploma in Jazz Performance ‘2010 from Codarts, Rotterdam, where she worked with Eric Vloeimans, Jarmo Hoogendijk and Wim Both.
She holds a Graduate Diploma in Jazz/Trumpet ‘2008 from the College of Music and Performing Arts in Porto. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Trumpet ‘2004 from the same school, finishing the course at the Stlaatliche Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe in Reinhold Friedrich‘s Class, where she also had lessons with Prof. Edward Tarr, Klaus Schuwerk and Klaus Braker.
She is a part of Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, with whom she records Portology featuring Lee Konitz, OJM Invites Chris Cheek, Our Secret World featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel, Amoras e Framboesas featuring Maria João and plays with Mark Turner, Rich Perry, John Riley, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Bob Berg, Rick Margitza, Perico Sambeat, Conrad Herwig, Ingrid Jensen, Joshua Redman, Dan Weiss, John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckman, Jordi Rossi, Maria Schneider, among others. The orchestra has been playing on the jazz festivals all over Portugal and in Milano, Brussels, Boston and New York....
There's always that moment... when you realize you've
just been blown away by some talented shit. That's the moment I had after
being pierced by Susana Santos Silva and her hour long epic debut, Devil's
With her impressive 2011 debut as a leader “Devil’s Dress” and involvement in various European projects, highly-educated trumpeter Susana Santos Silva looms as a nascent voice within progressive-jazz circles” Glenn Astarita
Silva's quintet has proven itself among the ranks of adventurous modern jazz” Daniel Lehner
Her tone can be buttery or bold, a rare combination for a trumpeter, and she isn't afraid to experiment with smeared notes and out-of-focus tones, which give the music a more personal sound Dan Bilawsky
She steps out into the limelight with her debut recording, the original and adventurous but always engaging Devil's Dress D.Macclenaghan
"Oneiros" LAMA, Clean Feed 2011
“Motor” André Fernandes, Tone of a Pitch 2012
“Aljamia” Coreto, Porta-Jazz 2012
“EMJO Live at Coimbra” Clean Feed 2011
“OJM Invites Chris Cheek” Fresh Sound New Talent 2006
“Portology” featuring Lee Konitz, OmniTone 2007
“Our Secret World” featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel, WomMusic 2010
“Amoras e Framboesas” Maria João & OJM, Universal 2011
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