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Youn Sun Nah and Tessa are both picked (one critic each) as THE ONE SHOW not to miss over the entire Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

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XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, 2017ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE. ‘TESSA SOUTER BURNISHES ROCHESTER CREDENTIALS’. BY JUSTIN MURPHY

“Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival organizers Marc Iacona and John Nugent appear to have a tried and true method for assuring a perennially solid basis to the artist lineup: pencil Tessa Souter in early.

She first appeared in 2007 and has been back more often than not since then. In that time, she’s amassed more complimentary adjectives than any other singer in the festival.”  READ

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XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, 2017. ROCHESTER CITY PAPER. BY RON NETSKY

“At Xerox Auditorium, Tessa Souter was winning over the crowd with her excellent band. For most of her set, she took jazz classics, highly familiar in their instrumental versions, and sang them with lyrics she (or occasionally someone else) wrote. Her words to tunes like John Coltrane’s “Equinox” and Freddie Hubbard’s “Little Sunflower” fit like a glove. And she didn’t restrict herself to jazz composers. One of the best songs of the night was a collaboration between Souter and Chopin.” READ

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Rochester City Paper preview for Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, 2017

XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, 2015. ROCHESTER CITY PAPER. BY RON NETSKY

“I rarely go back for a second show, but Tessa Souter is one of my favorite singers, so why not indulge?  … a unique textural soundscape, far from the usual jazz combo experience.” READ

In the post-festival round-up Tessa was also picked as one of Ron Netsky’s “two favorite vocalists”, along with Cecile McLorin Savant.  READ

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XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, 2015. ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE. ‘MISTRESS OF THE LOST AND FOUND’. BY JEFF SPEVAC

“She opened with Duke Ellington’s “Caravan,” cooly wailing with mystique, like a voice carried across the North African dunes.” READ

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XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, 2015. ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE. ‘JEFF SPEVAC’S PICKS’. BY JEFF SPEVAC

“Souter did such a smashing job last year at Montage Music Hall that she got the big promotion this year to Kilbourn Hall.” READ

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BLUES ALLEY, JULY 2014, WOMAN AROUND TOWN. ‘TESSA SOUTER: THE CALM IN THE STORM’ BY CHARLENE GIAMETTI

“There aren’t too many vocalists who can get fans to come out in the midst of a monsoon. Tessa Souter is one.READ

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XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, 2014. ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE. ‘TESSA SOUTER STEALS THE SHOW’. BY JEFF SPEVAC

“For a guy who isn’t a part of the candles-on-the-table crowd, who leans strange, I never expected to fall for Souter this hard. But she had me at the opening number…” READ

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XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, 2014. ROCHESTER CITY PAPER. ‘JAZZ FESTIVAL DAY 5’. BY RON NETSKY

“Of course the star of the show was Souter, who was in great form, enchanting the audience with her gorgeous voice and her vibrant personality.”  READ

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BLUES ALLEY, OCTOBER 2013, WOMAN AROUND TOWN. ‘TESSA SOUTER AT BLUES ALLEY’ BY CHARLENE GIAMETTI

Blues Alley is an intimate setting for a jazz quartet and the singer, Tessa Souter, made it even more so.” READ

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PIZZA EXPRESS JAZZ CLUB, LONDON, FEBRUARY 2013 TESSA SOUTER QUARTET BY LONDON JAZZ NEWS

“There may not be another singer who can carry the long arc of a melody with quite Tessa Souter‘s concentration, evenness and control. (Try The Peacocks from her debut album. . . )” READ

Lynne Arriale, Tessa Souter, Jim Hart. Pizza Express Dean Street, Feb 2012. Photo credit Cat Munro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BACH DANCING AND DYNAMITE SOCIETY, HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA, ALLABOUTJAZZ. DECEMBER 2012 TESSA SOUTER QUARTET, BY BILL LEIKAM

“The audience gave an extended ovation in appreciation for an afternoon and evening of daring, beautiful jazz.” READ

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55 BAR, NEW YORK, WOMAN AROUND TOWN, JULY 2012, TESSA SOUTER-GENE BERTONCINI: SOULFUL, INTIMATE JAZZ BY CHARLENE GIAMETTI 

“For jazz lovers, it just doesn’t get any better than this . . . stirring sounds from a guitar in the hands of a master, and mellifluous notes from perhaps the best jazz vocalist on the scene today.” READ

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XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, 2012. ROCHESTER CITY PAPER. ‘JAZZ FESTIVAL DAY 1’. BY RON NETSKY

“The audience seemed absolutely entranced by her rendition of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “The Look Of Love.” READ

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XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, 2012. ECMREVIEWS.COM ‘PAVANES FROM A PRINCESS: GOING BEYOND THE BLUE’ BY TYRAN GRILLO

“Souter and company astonished those of us lucky enough to squeeze in to the venue from a line that railed for blocks out of the doors.” READ

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XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, 2012. ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE. ‘WOMEN WILL SHINE AT ROCHESTER JAZZ FESTIVAL’. BY JACK GARNER

“The [Rochester Jazz Festival] offers a wonderful slate of the day’s best female singers, and three of them appear opening night  , , . They are singer-pianist Diana Krall, the innovative Tessa Souter and the exquisitely jazz-minded Karrin Allyson … Souter is more a newcomer, but with each album she shows increasing interest in finding new approaches, making familiar music seem fresh and new.” READ

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BLUES ALLEY, MAY, 2012, WOMAN AROUND TOWN. ‘TESSA SOUTER’S TOUR DE FORCE AT BLUES ALLEY’ BY CHARLENE GIAMETTI

“Tessa Souter, always a thrilling performer, was truly at the top of her game . . . she didn’t just put on a show, she staged an event. And judging by the enthusiastic response, she picked up an entire room of new, loyal fans . . .  Surprising, emotional, beautiful, thought-provoking, simply amazing.” READ

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TRADE UNIONS PALACE OF CULTURE, MINSK, BELARUS, FEBRUARY 2012, EUROJAZZ-FM

“The idea of rethinking classical works is not a new phenomenon, but Souter managed to surprise the audience with fresh and interesting arrangements, and touching lyrics that she wrote herself.” Article is in Belarussian READ

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55 BAR, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 2011, LONDONJAZZNEWS, TESSA SOUTER-SEAN SMITH VOICE-BASS DUO BY SEBASTIAN SCOTNEY

“Apart from a solitary riff from the barman on cocktail shaker during Souter’s opener, ‘Afro Blue’, the whole audience is held in rapt attention.” READ

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PIZZA EXPRESS JAZZ CLUB, LONDON, LONDONJAZZNEWS, MARCH 2011 BY CHRIS PARKER

“The concluding track on Tessa Souter’s recent album Obsession, ‘Usha’s Wedding’, neatly encapsulates her artistic strengths: the ability to imbue everything she sings with ingenuous sincerity, a keen ear for a simple but deeply affecting melody, a genuine rapport with her bandmates.” READ

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BACH DANCING AND DYNAMITE SOCIETY, HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA, FEBRUARY 2011, ALLABOUTJAZZ.COM REVIEW BY BILL LEIKAM

“There are times, at the Douglas Beach House (aka the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society), when a singer comes in and subtly moves the audience to a deeper attention than might otherwise be the case. So it was, when jazz vocalist, composer, and lyricist Tessa Souter took the stage.” READ

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EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL, SEATTLE GAY NEWS REVIEW BY E. JOYCE GLASGOW, OCTOBER 2010

“One of those performers who explores beautiful, lesser-heard material and has superb taste in composers, including compositions by musical titans Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento . . .  a memorable and unique singer.” READ

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PIZZA EXPRESS JAZZ CLUB, LONDON, LONDONJAZZNEWS, JULY 2010 BY JEANIE BARTON

“. . .  as in a particularly haunting line from the title track of her CD Obsession (Motema): ‘you’re like a wind that blows in front of a storm.’ I was blown away.” READ

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JOE’S PUB, NEW YORK, WOMAN AROUND TOWN ‘AN ECLECTIC MIX OF JAZZ’ BY CHARLENE GIAMETTI

“Every now and then, however, someone comes along who is refreshingly different and raises the bar for every other jazz singer. Tessa Souter is that performer.” READ

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55 BAR, NEW YORK, JANUARY 2010, JAZZ CRITIQUE MAGAZINE Article is in Japanese READ,

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CATALINA BAR AND GRILL, LOS ANGELES, SEPTEMBER 2009, INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF MUSIC. REVIEW BY DON HECKMAN

“Characteristically, each song was enhanced by new interpretive views . . . Souter has a way of inhabiting a song, and this performance was no exception.” READ

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XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, 2009. ROCHESTER CITY PAPER. ‘JAZZ FESTIVAL’. BY RON NETSKY

“British singer Tessa Souter is one of my favorite vocalists, but I was a bit concerned that the heavy rain and competition from jazz titan Dave Brubeck might make for a sparse crowd at Christ Church Wednesday night. So, on my way into the late show, I asked the door person about attendance at the first show. She said it was sold out and that many people stood in the rain, hoping to get in . . . To say that Souter enchanted the audience would be an understatement. At most of the Club Pass concerts I’ve been to, dozens of people leave before the end so they can make it to the next show. With 10 p.m. approaching (starting time for four venues) only a few people in the capacity crowd left. Everyone else seemed to be transfixed by Souter’s gorgeous voice and wonderful personality.”  READ

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THE JAZZ BAKERY, LOS ANGELES, NOVEMBER 2008, LA JAZZ SCENE, REVIEW BY CHRIS j. WALKER

“‘I Know With Time’ full of poignant and captivating lyrics drew strong reactions from the audience.” READ

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XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, 2007. FESTIVAL PREVIEW BY RON NETSKY

“If you’re going to write your own lyrics to Joaquin Rodrigo’s ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ and re-imagine Leon Thomas’ ‘Creator Has a Master Plan’, you’d better know what you’re doing. One hearing of Souter’s stunning album, Listen Love, leaves no doubt that she does.” READ

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XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, 2007. ROCHESTER CITY PAPER TESSA SOUTER’S FESTIVAL DEBUT BY RON NETSKY

“It’s one thing to hear a superb set from a known giant like Randy Brecker. it’s a different, particularly exhilarating feeling to witness a great performance by a relatively unknown singer like Tessa Souter. Judging from the ovations she received [on] Saturday night, the entire audience felt the same way . . . humor, combined with a gorgeous voice and eclectic repertoire, made Souter a festival favorite.” READ

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CATALINA BAR AND GRILL, LOS ANGELES, OCTOBER 2002 LOS ANGELES TIMES ‘AN UNSIGNED STANDOUT IN A CROWDED FIELD’ BY DON HECKMAN

“One of the most imaginatively programmed sets in recent memory.” READ

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