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Tessa Souter Debuts at the Blue Note Monday, April 2 Sets at 8 and 10.30 PM + Kennedy Center (4/19) & Phila. Art Museum (4/27)

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TESSA SOUTER DEBUTS AT THE BLUE NOTE, NEW YORK
+ KENNEDY CENTER MILLENIUM STAGE, DC
+ PHILADELPHIA ART MUSEUM



Cover $5 at the bar $10 at tables
Blue Note
131 West 3rd Street
New York, Reservations: 212-475-8592
Monday, April 2, 2007
Sets at 8 and 10.30 pm

QUINTET WITH:
SPIROS EXARAS, GUITAR
ESSIET ESSIET, BASS
RUFUS CAPPADOCIA, CELLO
KAHLIL KWAME BELL, PERCUSSION
MATHIAS KUNZLI, PERCUSSION

“Extraordinary authenticity. Musical sophistication. A must-see for lovers of world class jazz vocalizing." Los Angeles Times

Born in London of Trinidadian and English parents, New York-based vocalist, composer and lyricist Tessa Souter (soo-ter) infuses jazz with the soul and passion of flamenco, Indian and Middle Eastern music. “One of the most imaginatively programmed vocal sets of recent memory," said the Los Angeles Times, in a rave review of her California debut at the Catalina Bar and Grill in 2002. The Philadelphia Inquirer praised her “amazing" debut CD Listen Love and her “crystal-clear voice with diamond-cut phrasing." Soul jazz singer Jon Lucien said of Listen Love. “Magnificent! I couldn't stop playing it over and over. She blew me away!" Her mentor Mark Murphy says of her, “She is a complete musician ... extraordinary and moving." Sheila Jordan says, “There aren't many, but Tessa Souter is a natural born singer. She really moves me." Jazz tuba legend Howard Johnson says she is “an important musician... whose brilliant lyrics and songs make her stand out from the pack so very much, not to mention how well she sings other people's material."

A late-comer to singing professionally, Tessa was encouraged in her early teens to pursue a singing career, but took a detour - becoming a mother at 16, then going to university and subsequently becoming a features journalist for The Times, The Independent, Vogue, Elle and others. She was one of the original six members, along with Po Bronson and Ethan Canin, of the Writer's Grotto in San Francisco, where she lived and worked as a freelance journalist from 1992 to 1996, before moving to New York and starting to sit in on jazz jams. In 1998 she won a scholarship to New York's Manhattan School of Music, which she left to study privately with jazz vocal legend Mark Murphy. Since her professional debut in 1999 Tessa has performed with some of the world's jazz greats, including Mark Murphy, Joe La Barbera, Marvin Sewell, Latin Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria and Howard Johnson. WNPK Radio FM says: “It's hard to believe she only recently became a vocalist, because she sings with the authority and passion that usually comes from long experience." To quote Los Angeles-based guitarist Larry Koonse, “Tessa Souter has all the qualities I value most in a musician: great time, beautiful phrasing, gorgeous sound, a respect for silence, an emotional connection to the moment, and a wonderful ability to tell a story. She is the 'real thing' in every way."

Thursday, April 19, 2007
The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Washington DC 20566
Tel: 800-444-1324
One set: 6pm (one hour)
With Spiros Exaras (guitar)
James King Junior (bass)
Nasar Abadey (drums)
Free

Friday, April 27, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Street/Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 10130
Tel: 215-684-7506
Two sets starting at 5pm
With Spiros Exaras (guitar)
Rest of band TBA
Free with museum admission

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