Tessa Souter at 55 Bar, New York, August 12
WHERE 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, New York, Free.
Expect a mix of contemporary jazz songs by Coltrane, Shorter, Hubbard, with her own lyrics, mellow arrangements of standards, and selections from her latest CD ‘Beyond the Blue’, recorded for Japanese audiophile label Venus with Steve Kuhn, Joe Locke, Gary Versace, David Finck, Billy Drummond, and Joel Frahm, which has just been released in Japan. A collection of 12 jazz arrangements of classical songs, nine with her own lyrics, it is slated to be released on her “home” label Motema in the US this winter.
Tessa Souter’s distinctive sound has evolved naturally from the disparate musical styles she absorbed throughout her life, from Carmen Jones to Captain Beefheart and Sandy Denny to Sarah Vaughan. She cites her biggest jazz influences as instrumentalists — specifically Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter, whose ‘Native Dancer’ album, featuring Milton Nascimento, was her introduction to jazz and whose ‘Ana Maria’ (Track 7) she has been singing for the past eight years.