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“Shimmers in the dark.” UK SUNDAY TIMES

“Magnificent!” JON LUCIEN

Anglo Trinidadian vocalist, Tessa Souter, hailed by the New York Times as “an astute and expressive singer,” is “an emotive performer who” – from her “intense delivery” (Wall Street Journal) of evergreen ‘Eleanor Rigby’, to her own “exhilaratingly mature lyrics” (Chicago Examiner) set to classical melodies on Beyond the Blue, a UK Sunday Times magazine Top Ten Jazz CD of 2013 – “breathes passion into everything she performs” (London Time Out).

“At the top of my list of great talent. She really moves me.” SHEILA JORDAN, NEA

“A beguiling artist who infuses everything she interprets with voluptuous intelligence and keen emotional insight.” KQED ARTS 

A protégé of jazz vocal legend Mark Murphy, who called her an “extraordinary” talent, she has 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 (Motéma, 2009) and Beyond the Blue (Venus-Motéma, 2013). Her new album, Picture in Black and White – a riveting musical journey inspired by her discovery at age 28 that her estranged birth father was black, having been brought up to believe he was Spanish (and white) – is due for release in 2018.

“Broadly imaginative”  NEW YORK TIMES   

“Expressive . . . full of passion” PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

She has performed all over the world, including four sold out tours of the philharmonic halls of Russia, SF Jazz, Kuumbwa, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Mezzrow, the Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Joe’s Pub, Pizza Express Soho Jazz Club, the London and Edinburgh Jazz Festivals, and the Kennedy Center. She has appeared six times at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, where her 2015 concert was broadcast across 92 networks and where, in 2017, she was picked as “the one performer not to miss” over the entire nine-day festival. Her frequently standing-room-only residency at Greenwich Village’s iconic 55 Bar in New York is in its 14th year.

“Singers like her don’t come along every day.” NEIL TESSER, CHICAGO EXAMINER

As well as making five albums as a leader, she also appears on legendary bassist Charnett Moffett‘s Spirit of Sound (Motéma) album and on French singer Pascalito’s upcoming The Picture of Rafael Ohayon.  She has performed and/or recorded with a veritable who’s who of jazz, including Steve Kuhn, Alan Broadbent, Kenny Werner, Yotam Silberstein, Yasushi Nakamura, Joe Locke, David Gilmore, Marvin Sewell, Billy Drummond, Joel Frahm, Lew Soloff, Romero Lubambo, Francois Moutin, Alec Dankworth, Nikki Iles, Jim Hart, Lynne Arriale and Howard Johnson.

“Souter’s crystalline contralto and impeccable phrasing are mighty arrows in her quiver, but it is her ability to become one with a song, finding its intrinsic core that enables her to score successive bull’s-eyes … an exquisite exercise in seductive spell-casting.” CHRISTOPHER LOUDON, JAZZ TIMES 

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