Tessa Souter

Introducing a dynamic, distinctive new singer….
Tessa Souter

The daughter of Trinidadian and English parents, New York-based vocalist, composer and lyricist, Tessa Souter (pronounced Sooter), has been receiving rave reviews for her highly distinctive and powerfully emotive singing style. She recently played a sell-out concert at the International Performing Arts Center in Moscow and won a standing ovation from the 1,000-plus audience

In 1999, Tessa won a scholarship to study at the Manhattan School of Music. It was here that she met the legendary jazz singer, Mark Murphy, who was holding a master class. Tessa left the school after only one semester, but she continued to study with Mark Murphy and Sheila Jordan, who were tremendously impressed by her talent. Says Mark Murphy: "She is a complete musician – extraordinary and moving."
And Sheila Jordan adds: "She is at the top of my list of great talent. I love her voice. She really moves me."

Tessa Souter's repertoire is extremely eclectic. She infuses jazz with the passion of flamenco, Latin American, Indian and Middle Eastern music, and includes in her programme familiar standards and some of her own distinctive compositions.
She has written lyrics for Pat Martino's Willow, Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto De Aranjuez, Joe Henderson's Recorda-me, John Coltrane's Wise One and Equinox and Freddie Hubbard's Little Sunflower.

Tessa Souter has performed with Howard Johnson, Bruce Barth, Kenny Werner and Billy Hart and has appeared in Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at the Lincoln Center, at the 55 Bar in Greenwich Village, the Blue Note, New York, the Jazz Standard, New York, Sweet Rhythm, New York, the Jazz Bakery and the Catalina Bar and Grill in LA, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, and in London at Ronnie Scott's Club and at the Pizza Express, Dean Street and Live! On the Park.

What they are saying about Tessa Souter….

"Her musical sophistication gives her a significant advantage in the competitive clamour surrounding the current world of ambitious, female jazz vocal artists; she also has a rare quality of authenticity. "Unlike many of her contemporaries, she seems more focused on exploring the limitless creativity of the art rather than simply having another go at the Great American Songbook. A must-see for lovers of world class jazz –Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

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"Tessa Souter brings new life to time-honoured standards while also mining a creative spark from the unlikeliest quarters – Sting's Fragile, Pharoah Sanders' The Creator Has A Master Plan and even Rodrigo's Concierto De Aranjuez." Time Out, New York

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"…It's a particularly exhilarating feeling to witness a great performance by a relatively unknown singer like Tessa Souter. Judging from the ovations she received Saturday night (at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, June 2007), the entire audience felt the same way." – Rochester City Paper

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"Unique. A voice that is both strong and sensitive at the same time" – Russell Davies, BBC Radio

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"On her amazing album, Listen Love, she delivers powerful versions of non-standards…in a crystal-clear voice with diamond-cut phrasing and a slight tinge of melancholy. She's a gem. – Michael Harrington, The Philadelphia Inquirer

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"sure-footed musical instincts. The phrasing is absolutely serpentine as it slithers around the melodic line of a song." – Kirk Silsbee, Los Angeles Jazz Beat