Tierney Sutton With Special guest Peter Erskine Jazz Standard New York, NY October 10, 2013 As Tierney Sutton began the first set of her four-night residence at New York's Jazz Standard in celebration of the release of her Joni Mitchell project After Blue (BFM Jazz, 2013), she noted that though she was aware of Mitchell's more memorable hits, it wasn't until the release of the Both Sides Now (Reprise, 2000)--an album that featured standards alongside some original material--that she really began to pay attention to the music of the legendary ...read more
Tierney Sutton is the calm current flowing through the turbulent water of jazz vocals, making big changes and important recordings without stirring the water too much. Her creative presence and influence cannot be denied when listening to Gretchen Parlato, Becca Stevens and Renee Yoxon among many others. Sutton's musical metaphysics is grounded in cool yet penetrating exploration using the traditional jazz instrumentation and songbook, transforming both in the bargain. On After Blue, Sutton steps away from the standard" Great American Songbook to what can be considered a new" Great American (Canadian) Songbook, that of vocalist composer Joni Mitchell.read more
Joni Mitchell and jazz have long engaged in mutualism. Mitchell subtly absorbed the ideals of this music, which were then filtered into her work, and she built musical relationships with some of the finest jazz musicians to walk this Earth; the list of her collaborators--bassist Charles Mingus, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, guitarist Pat Metheny and numerous others--is long and staggering. Jazz, on the other side of the relationship, benefitted from her body of work and interpretive skills. Everybody from pianist Keith Jarrett to vocalist Kate McGarry has taken a stab at Mitchell's music, embracing and exploring the deep wellspring of emotions ...read more
Tierney Sutton BandDazzleDenverMay 6, 2012Most attractive female singers with long blonde hair simply market themselves under their own name. Not so Tierney Sutton. She's not a solo act. She's part of the Tierney Sutton Band. Sure, she's the focal point onstage (a long blonde mane will do that), but the band is a true collaboration, having been together for about 20 years. Besides performing together, the band collectively creates its own arrangements of jazz standards. Sunday night at Dazzle, Sutton estimated that the group has about 150 to 170 songs in its book that have ...read more
The name Tierney Sutton Band" is not only inclusive but entirely appropriate, as Sutton, one of the current scene's most versatile and accomplished jazz singers, uses her supple voice as an instrument to complement those of pianist Christian Jacob, drummer Ray Brinker and bassists Trey Henry or Kevin Axt on American Road, the band's spacious and colorful salute to the country of its birth. The album has been nominated for Grammy Awards for best instrumental recording (small groups) and best arrangement for group with vocal, for On Broadway." Speaking of arrangements, they are in each instance a ...read more
Tierney Sutton inhabits songs as few vocalists can or do: with a certain vulnerability and powerful drama that imbues each song with an electricity that sends tingles up and down the spine. These singular characteristics melt into her sense of how to vary her phrasing with such subtlety that, if the inner ear is not tuned in to her voice, the magic vanishes in the flashes of lightning that appear every now and then as she sings. And so to pick a program, as she has done on American Road, means that it is almost certain that she will deliver ...read more
Bands come in all shapes, sizes and dynamics. Some thrive on the tensions, while others fall apart too soon due to creative differences or inflated egos. None of these challenges seem to present themselves to the group of musicians that takes its name from the vocalist Tierney Sutton. With nine albums under its collective belt, complemented by three Grammy nominations, the Tierney Sutton Band is about to tour again in support of its American Road release (BMF Jazz, 2011). Since Sutton formed the group in 1994, she has exerted what appears to be a healthy and positive ...read more
While Tierney Sutton's oeuvre is, essentially, a survey of American music in all of its glory, the shades of red, white and blue that pop up on American Road are far more vivid than any that have appeared in her work before. Sutton and her musical soul mates, who've been with her for nearly two decades, don't turn their backs on what they're known for here, but dig deeper to explore hymns, spirituals, folk songs and patriotic music in inimitable fashion. While the program includes some numbers that might be considered quaint or antiquated when performed in ...read more
The Tierney Sutton BandAmerican RoadBFM Jazz2011 Solidly innovative and a forward-thinker in jazz vocals arena over the past 15 years, Tierney Sutton has constantly looked backwards while forging a future path that has influenced the likes of Laurie Antonioli and Gretchen Parlato, among many other noted contemporary jazz vocalists. A master of vocal pyrotechnics like Sarah Vaughan, Sutton sings on a high-wire, taking stylistic chances that, more often than not, pay off handsomely. Sutton and her band have been perfecting their unique updating of the great American songbook on such well-received ...read more
Tierney Sutton Band Dizzy's Club Coca Cola New York City, NY July 24, 2011 Fresh from conquests in Geneva, The Tierney Sutton Band roared into town in the midst of a record New York heat wave and revealed more of its unique trademark arrangements. The band's continuing pattern of standard song deconstruction continues to pay large dividends as it cunningly finds subtle new ways to interpret established composers. At this outing Gershwin, Berlin, Mancini, and Rodgers and Hart were among the legendary writers whose music was reenergized to the delight of a packed house. ...read more
Tierney Sutton BandDazzle NightclubDenver, USADecember 29, 2010, Second SetIt turns out the Tierney Sutton Band operates a foster home. They don't take in human children, rather they adopt songs. Most of these songs didn't even know they needed a new home. Most were happily making their way through life, having been spawned by parents with impeccable pedigrees. These are songs that are as popular as the high school quarterback, the head cheerleader; everyone knows and loves them and wants to be like them. Yet the Tierney Sutton Band has taken them in, sheltered and nourished ...read more
Vocalist Tierney Sutton discovered jazz while immersed in Russian language and literature studies at Wesleyan University. During her college years she also abandoned her earlier atheism and became engaged in a lifelong study of Man's spiritual nature. She has adopted no halfway measures in any of these pursuits. Though she hasn't yet written lyrics, she brings the passion of a poet to the use of language and lyricism in her singing. Her religious devotion is Dostoevskian in its upright clarity of purpose. And what she does as a jazz singer with the Tierney Sutton Band--pianist Christian Jacob, bassist Trey Henry, ...read more
Tierney Sutton Band Iridium Jazz Club New York City August 21, 2009
Backed by her longtime band formed by Chris Jacob (piano), Kevin Axt (bass) and Ray Brinker (drums), vocalist Tierney Sutton took the stage at the famed New York City jazz club with a set mostly based on her album Desire (Telarc, 2009), a collection of standards that focus on songs about love--won, unrequited and lost.
The concert opened with Heart's Desire," which immediately demonstrated that the band is becoming tighter and tighter as the years go by. Sutton's voice seemed ...read more
Tierney Sutton Band Desire Telarc 2009Singer Tierney Sutton's Desire is the kind of provocative musical work that could change the way a listener hears music. It is an album that is meant to spiritually provoke. It arrests, alarms, it even terrifies.
By the end of It's Only A Paper Moon," the first track, it is quite plain this isn't the Tin Pan Alley of yesteryear. The much-recorded Harold Arlen/Billy Rose/Yip Harburg tune is transformed into transcendental reverie as Sutton's nightingale-clear voice floats over an arrangement that is as ...read more
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