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Hothouse 

By Elzy Kolb (March 2017)

Tessa Souter: International Woman of Mystery

“Tessa enjoys a high level of rapport with her listeners, some of whom turn up at just about every gig, regardless of venue, or even country in some cases.”

JazzdaGama

Tessa Souter: Heart Music

By Raul da Gama (September 20, 2016)

“The music grasps our throats as we surrender our emotions to the song, hearts broken, irreparably broken. I don’t remember ever feeling that way about a song, or a singer, until now, that is, as I listen to Tessa Souter … a significant stage presence, her gifts in communicating music directly from and to the heart is truly special.”

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Los Angeles Times

A jazz vocalist who is “original in every way” readies for rare performance

By Kirk Silsbee (October 2015)

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

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Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Tessa Souter Sets Her Story To Music

By Jeff Spevac (June 2014)

“Tessa Souter is known as a New York City singer-songwriter, but her biography runs much deeper. She’s taken a few detours on her way to the jazz clubs.”

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Rochester City News

Tessa Souter 

By Ron Netsky (June 2013)

“Souter has enchanted sold-out crowds at three Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festivals.”

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Woman Around Town

WAT’s Proust Questionnaire: Tessa Souter – A Jazz Singer with Soul and So Much More

By Charlene Giametti (July 2013)

“Tessa Souter is a jazz singer who truly embraces her audience ”

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San Jose Mercury News

Tessa Souter mixes musical genres

By Andy Gilbert (November 2012)

“A singer of rare poise and intelligence, Souter has distinguished herself over the past decade or so as one of jazz’s most interesting vocal artists. ”

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Chicago Examiner

No Debate: Vocalist Tessa Souter’s Chicago Debut Promises a Winner

By Neil Tesser (October 2012)

“The beauty of this project lies in the synergy of melodies, lyrics, and Souter’s consummate musicality, carried by her clarion, gently burnished timbre.”

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Boston Globe

Tessa Souter Adopts Classical Airs

By Siddhartha Mitter (May 2012)

“The jazz vocalist Tessa Souter, who released her fourth CD, “Beyond the Blue,” last week, has always had an eclectic, even adventurous, approach to repertoire.

Alongside songbook standards and Brazilian classics like “Manhã de Carnaval,” she’s delivered scintillating takes on spiritually intense works like Pharoah Sanders’s “The Creator Has a Master Plan” or Mongo Santamaria’s “Afro Blue.” ….

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ecmreviews.com

Of Beautiful Boys and Elegant Girls: A Review and Interview

By Tyran Grillo (March 2012)

“It is not simply that words seem to flutter from her lips with all the shimmering delicacy of a Blue Morpho, but also that she spreads sentiments like pollen across a veritable field of musical touch points.”

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Wall Street Journal

Voicing Her Pleasure

After Years of Writing Stories, Tessa Souter Now Sings Them. By Martin Johnson (February 2011)

“There have been thousands of renditions of songs from the Beatles songbook, but few with the intense delicacy of Tessa Souter’s ‘Eleanor Rigby,’.”

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San Jose Mercury News

Tessa Souter: Anything She Can Do

By Paul Freeman (February 2011)

“When it comes to following artistic aspirations, London-born, New York-based Tessa Souter wrote the book — literally. ”

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Eerie Times

Let the Song Tell Its Story

By John Chacona (August 2009)

“Her diction is flawless, making every syllable count. It’s an almost actor way of singing, so much so that I wrongly supposed that Souter had dramatic experience.”

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You Magazine – Mail on Sunday

Hold On To Your Dream … and All That Jazz

By Jane Gordon (January 2006)

“When Tessa Souter walks into the spotlight at London’s Ronnie Scott’s and begins to perform, she does so with such confidence, elegance and utter professionalism that it is impossible to believe she was ever anything but the self assured singer she is today. Nothing about her appearance or her performance in the world-famous jazz venue gives the enraptured audience any indication of the struggle she has had to achieve her dream.”

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Jazz Rag Magazine (UK)

A Briton in New York

By Les Tomkins (January 2006)

“Listen Love covers some interesting territory… a lyrical romantic theme combined with quite a strong Spanish flavour. I was wondering where that came from.”

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New York Sun

A New Wave of Female Innovators

By Will Friedwald (September 2005)

“Still, Ms. Souter is undeniably a jazz singer. When she does ‘Caravan’ she stretches notes to suggest pentatonic chanting, accompanied by guitar and bass mimicking Middle Eastern instruments.”

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Philadelphia City Paper

No Master Plan: Vocalist Tessa Souter Takes a Roundabout Route to Music

By Shaun Brady (August 2005)

“… crystalline clarity … Her voice is sinuous and elastic, stretching and caressing a melody with an actress’ sense of the emotional meaning of each lyric.'”

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Boston Globe

From Karaoke Bars to the Lincoln Center, All She Needed Was a Start

By Bill Beuttler (August 2005)

“Critics have been gushing about her live performances and her self-produced debut, Listen Love.”

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