Helen Sung

Helen Sung is an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer, and a newly named 2021 Guggenheim Fellow. A native of Houston, Texas, and graduate of its High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), she eschewed her classical piano upbringing after a jazz epiphany during undergraduate studies at UT Austin. Helen went on to become part of the inaugural class of the Thelonious Monk Institute (now the Herbie Hancock Institute) at the New England Conservatory of Music. Her recent releases Sung With Words (Stricker Street), a collaborative project with renowned poet Dana Gioia funded by a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant, and Anthem For A New Day (Concord Jazz) topped the jazz charts. Helen and her band have performed at major American festivals and venues including Newport, Monterey, Disney Hall, SFJAZZ, and Carnegie Hall. Internationally, her “NuGenerations” Project toured southern Africa as a U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassador, and recent engagements include debuts at the London Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai, Blue Note Beijing, and the Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival. She has performed with such luminaries as the late Clark Terry, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Wynton Marsalis (who named her as one of his “Who's Got Next: Jazz Musicians to Watch!”), MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter, and Grammy-winning artists including Terri Lyne Carrington, Cecile McLorin Salvant, and the Mingus Big Band

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”Clearly a superb jazz pianist with a splendid trail of achievements of significance as a performer, composer, and jazz educator... Helen Sung is an immense talent.” -Dr. Herb Wong, Jazz Education Journal, Volume.39 #3

“pianist Helen Sung, whose thoughtful, crystalline solos wowed the Lincoln Center crowd.” -Jamie Katz, VIBE.com

“quietly astonishing... She is a musician of serious promise.” -John Fidler, All About Jazz

“excellent, high-octane release...Sung's singing lines and bright, crisp sound come shining thru as fleet and fine as Phineas Newborn

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Indigenous

Posi-Tone Records
2021

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Tenormore

Arbors Records
2019

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Sung with Words

Stricker Street Records
2018

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Blue Monday

RP Production
2016

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Anthem For A New Day

Concord Music Group
2014

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Tenor Eleven

From: Tenormore
By Helen Sung

H*Town

From: Helenistique
By Helen Sung

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