Carol Sudhalter, flute, baritone sax and tenor sax, moved to New York from Boston in 1978 to join the first all-female Latin band, Latin Fever, which played the 1978 Salsa Festival at Madison Square Garden alongside Tito Puente. [Another of Carol's 'firsts': she was first graduate of Smith College to become a jazz musician.] In 1986 she founded the Astoria Big Band, in which she plays baritone sax. In its present 13-piece formation, the band plays original arrangements by Charlie Camilleri, Stan Bielski, Mickey Tucker, Ray Loring, Keith Gurland, and Carol. The band has received more than 15 Development and Performance Grants from Queens Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Ms. Sudhalter is written up in Leslie Gourse's Madame Jazz (Oxford University Press, 1995), as Chapter 12:'Carol Sudhalter: A Role Model'; in Peter Westbrook's forthcoming The Flute In Jazz: Window on World Music (Berkeley Hills Books, 2004); and in W. Royal Stokes' Growing Up With Jazz, published in January, 2005, on Oxford University Press.
From 1991 to 2005, Carol played Sunday Brunch at the Cajun Restaurant, first under the leadership of Jimmy 'The Face' Butts; then, on his passing, under Butts' partner Al 'Doc' Pittman; on Doc's passing in January 2003, Carol stepped into the role of leader, until the club closed and the building was demolished. She has performed in New York at Trumpet's, Pumpkins, Birdland, Danny's Skylite Room, Iridium, Flushing Town Hall, Trumpet's, JVC Jazz Festival, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola (Lincoln Center) and more. She regularly tours Italy, Switzerland and England. Jazz festivals include: JVC Festival; Mary Lou Williams Festival (Kennedy Center, Wash., D.C. 2004); Hartford, CT; Buffalo, NY (Pine Grill Reunion); Redbank, NJ; Bethlehem, PA Musikfest, and the following in Europe: Perugia; Villa Celimontana (Rome); Bresso, Umbria, Badia Calavena, Assisi, Ascona, Locarno, and Donne in Musica, Frascati. Notable artists with whom she has played include Etta Jones, Sarah Mclawler, Emme Kemp, Jimmy Mcgriff, Jimmy Heath, Chico Freeman, Tony Scott, Jason Marsalis, Rhoda Scott, Henry Butler, and Lino Patruno.