Features and Interviews

HOTHOUSE, MARCH 2017. ‘TESSA SOUTER: INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF MYSTERY’ BY ELZY KOLB

“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.” READ

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JAZZDAGAMA SEPTEMBER 2016, TESSA SOUTER: HEART MUSIC BY  RAUL DA GAMA

“I don’t remember ever feeling that way about a song, or a singer, until now, that is, as I listen to Tessa Souter . . . her gifts in communicating music directly from and to the heart is truly special.” READ

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LOS ANGELES TIMES, OCTOBER 2015. ‘A JAZZ VOCALIST WHO IS “ORIGINAL IN EVERY WAY” READIES FOR RARE PERFORMANCE BY KIRK SILSBEE

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

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ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE, JUNE 2014 ‘TESSA SOUTER SETS HER STORY TO MUSIC’

“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.” READ

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ROCHESTER CITY NEWS, JUNE 2013, ‘TESSA SOUTER JAZZ VOCALS’ BY RON NETSKY

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

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WOMAN AROUND TOWN, JULY 2013, ‘PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE: TESSA SOUTER – A JAZZ SINGER SOUL AND SO MUCH MORE’ BY CHARLENE GIAMETTI

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

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SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, NOVEMBER 2012, ‘TESSA SOUTER MIXES MUSICAL GENRES’ BY ANDY GILBERT

“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.” READ

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CHICAGO EXAMINER, OCTOBER 2012, ‘NO DEBATE: VOCALIST TESSA SOUTER’S CHICAGO DEBUT PROMISES A WINNER’ BY NEIL TESSER

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

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BOSTON GLOBE, MAY 2012, ‘TESSA SOUTER ADOPTS CLASSICAL AIRS’ BY SIDDHARTHA MITTER

“An album with a concept that took Souter to an entirely new place.” READ

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ECMREVIEWS.COM, MARCH 2012, ‘OF BEAUTIFUL BOYS AND ELEGANT GIRLS: A REVIEW AND INTERVIEW BY TYRAN GRILLO

“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.” READ

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WALL STREET JOURNAL, FEBRUARY 2011, ‘VOICING HER PLEASURE’ BY MARTIN JOHNSON

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

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SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, FEBRUARY 2011, ‘TESSA SOUTER: ANYTHING SHE CAN DO’ BY PAUL FREEMAN

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

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EERIE TIMES, AUGUST 2009, ‘LET THE SONG TELL ITS STORY’ BY JOHN CHACONA

“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.” READ

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ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE, JUNE 7, 2009, ‘BRITISH INVASION’ BY ANNA REGUERO

“Souter, who stunned audiences with her ethnically hued ballad singing at the 2007 Rochester International Jazz Festival, will return this year to do the same.” READ PDF

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YOU MAGAZINE, MAIL ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 2006, ‘HOLD ON TO YOUR DREAM … AND ALL THAT JAZZ’ BY JANE GORDON

“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.” READ

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JAZZ RAG, JANUARY 2006, ‘A BRITON IN NEW YORK’ BY LES TOMKINS

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

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NEW YORK SUN, SEPTEMBER 2005, ‘A NEW WAVE OF FEMALE INNOVATORS’ BY WILL FRIEDWALD

“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.” READ

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PHILADELPHIA CITY PAPER, AUGUST 2005, ‘NO MASTER PLAN” VOCALIST TESSA SOUTER TAKES A ROUNDABOUT ROUTE TO MUSIC’ BY SHAUN BRADY

“Souter may have been genetically predisposed to the blend of cultures reflected in her music, which contains Middle Eastern, Brazilian and flamenco elements in an airy jazz framework.'” READ

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BOSTON GLOBE, AUGUST 2005, FROM KARAOKE BARS TO THE LINCOLN CENTER, ALL SHE NEEDED WAS A START’ BY BILL BEUTTLER

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

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