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“She leaves her audiences feeling as though they’ve just experienced something very special.”

Kirk Silsbee, Los Angeles Times

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“Astute and expressive.” Nate Chinen, NEW YORK TIMES

“Scintillating, haunting, poetic.” Siddhartha Mitter, BOSTON GLOBE

“Stunningly original and utterly compelling.”  Peter Quinn, JAZZWISE  

“Shimmers in the dark.”  Clive Davis, SUNDAY TIMES (UK)

Downbeat Critics Poll ‘Rising Star’ two years in a row, London-born, Harlem-based Anglo-Trinidadian jazz vocalist-composer Tessa Souter imbues a mix of jazz, stunning originals, and the occasional rock classic – U2, Cream and the Beatles – with the soul and passion of flamenco, Indian and Middle Eastern music. “She is a very special talent. She really moves me,” says NEA Jazz Master, Sheila Jordan. Heralded by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the few exceptional standouts in the crowded field of female jazz singers”, Ms. Souter’s “truly beautiful voice” (Sirius Radio) and penchant for exploring music mostly untouched by other singers have set her apart as “one of the finest and most fearless vocalists to have emerged in recent years.” (Boston Globe). Her latest album, Beyond the Blue (Venus-Motema), featuring jazz interpretations of classical repertoire with her own “exhilaratingly mature lyrics” (Neil Tesser, Chicago Examiner), was Clive Davis’ #6 pick on the London Sunday Times’ Top 10 Jazz Releases of 2013, alongside Ahmad Jamal (#1), Gregory Porter (#3) and Stacey Kent (#10). She is currently working on her upcoming release, Picture in Black and White – a tribute to the ancestors of her mixed race heritage.

The New York-based singer has performed all over the world, including ​sold out concerts at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, the Blue Note, and Joe’s Pub, New York; Pizza on the Park, Pizza Express Jazz Club and the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, UK; four sold out tours of the philharmonic halls of Russia; and five appearances at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, where her 2015 Kilbourn Hall performance was chosen from over 1,000 festival performers to be one of only four concerts to be filmed by PBS Television​. The one-hour show of her concert and interview is currently airing on selected PBS stations across the US. Her invariably standing-room-only monthly residency at Greenwich Village’s iconic 55 Bar (chosen by CBS New York as one of New York’s Top Five Jazz Clubs) is in its 13th year. She has made four critically-acclaimed CDs as a leader, including two for the Japanese label, Venus, and two for the multi-Grammy-nominated Motéma label. 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. More

LISTEN TO TRACKS

Eleanor Rigby Obsession (Motéma, 2009) – John Lennon/Paul McCartney

Nara’s Song/Little Sunflower  Obsession (Motéma, 2009) – Freddie Hubbard/Tessa Souter

Moon and Sand Nights of Key Largo (Venus, 2008) – Alec Wilder

The Island Nights of Key Largo (Venus, 2008) – Ivan Lins/Marilyn and Alan Bergman

Chiaroscuro Beyond the Blue (Venus-Motéma, 2013) – Tomaso Albinoni/Tessa Souter

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