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Tessa Souter

As a jazz vocalist with a sumptuous sound and an unerring ear for fresh and unexpected material, New York-based jazz singer-songwriter, Tessa Souter knows her way around the American Songbook’s back pages. But ever since the release of her debut, Listen Love (2004), the Anglo Trinidadian singer has cast an increasingly wide net, often contributing original lyrics to instrumental jazz standards and, on her 2013 masterpiece, Beyond the Blue – a Sunday Times magazine Best Album of 2013– even setting lyrics to beloved themes from the European classical canon.,

Born in London of English and Trinidadian parents, the granddaughter (so she thought) of a flamenco dancer, she, grew up “predisposed to the blend of cultures reflected in her music, which contains Middle Eastern, Brazilian and flamenco elements in an airy jazz framework.” (Philadelphia City Paper). Over the past two decades, she’s established herself as an uncommonly creative vocalist and songwriter with four critically-acclaimed albums, Listen Love (Nara, 2004), Nights of Key Largo (Venus, 2008), Obsession (Motema, 2009) and Beyond the Blue (Venus-Motema, 2013) – an all-star project featuring piano great Steve Kuhn and Souter’s original lyrics, which the Chicago Examiner called “exhilaratingly mature.”

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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 Instrument

Vocalist

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

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Discography

Beyond The Blue

Beyond The Blue

Motema Music
2012

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Nights of Key Largo

Nights of Key Largo

Venus Records
2009

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Obsession

Obsession

Motema Music
2009

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Listen Love

Listen Love

Narada Jazz
2005

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Beyond The Blue

Beyond The Blue

Tessa Souter
Beyond The Blue

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