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Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: April 3, 1956

BRIEFLY... Downbeat Critics Poll “Rising Star”, Anglo-Trinidadian vocalist, Tessa Souter is “... a must-see for lovers of world class jazz.” (Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times) From her Flamenco-tinged debut, Listen Love (2004), to her fourth album, Beyond the Blue (Motema, 2012), which features her own lyrics to jazz arrangements of classical gems, and which was picked by the London Times as one of the Top Ten Jazz CDs of 2013, this is “haunting” (Siddhartha Mitter, Boston Globe), “daring, beautiful jazz.” (Bill Leikam, AllAboutJazz)

MORE ... A protege of jazz vocal legend Mark Murphy, Tessa Souter has gained a reputation “...one of the most innovative vocal talents on the scene today ... the very heights of honest artistic passion.” (Brent Black, Critical Jazz) On her 2004 debut. Listen Love (Nara), she evoked the sensuality and passion of Andalusian Spain and the Middle East with a mix of Pharoah Sanders, Sting, Pat Martino and original tunes. Her mostly standards follow up, Nights of Key Largo (Venus, 2008), won Japan's prestigious Swing Journal Gold Disc Award. Her Motema debut, Obsession (2009), featured daring takes on pop icons the Beatles and Cream, as well as compositions by Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Milton Nascimento, Dori Caymmi and Kenny Barron. Her fourth album, Beyond the Blue (Venus-Motema), is her most daring yet....
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...a talented... broadly imaginative singer. NEW YORK TIMES

Souter, whose musical sophistication gives her a significant advantage in the competitive clamor surrounding the current world of ambitious female jazz artists, also has the rare quality of authenticity. Unlike many of her contemporaries she seems more focused on exploring the limitless creativity of the art than simply having another go at the Great American Songbook. LOS ANGELES TIMES

On her amazing album Listen Love, she delivers powerful versions of nonstandards such as Pat Martino’s “Willow” and Pharoah Sanders’ complex “The Creator Has a Master Plan,” in addition to her originals, all delivered in a crystal-clear voice with diamond-cut phrasing and a slight tinge of melancholy...

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Primary InstrumentVocalist

LocationNew York, NY

Willing to teachBeginners

Music

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    Beyond The Blue

    Motema Music
    2012
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    Tessa Souter: Beyond the Blue

    Motema Music
    2012
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    Nights of Key Largo

    Venus Records
    2009
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    Obsession

    Motema Music
    2009
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    Nights Of Key Largo

    Oveja Negra
    2008
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    Listen Love

    Narada Jazz
    2005
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