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Take Five With Suzanne Cloud

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Meet Suzanne Cloud: Jazz singer-songwriter, educator, writer, and executive director of Jazz Bridge, a nonprofit that helps professional jazz and blues musicians in crisis. Instrument(s): vocals, piano Teachers and/or influences? My influences were wide and varied from the Broadway singer Mary Martin to jazz icon Sarah Vaughan to songwriter Randy Newman. When I was singing musical theater my voice coaches were Carol and Ed Locke. They were the best and when I couldn't ...

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Suzanne Cloud: Looking Back

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Suzanne Cloud's last release, 1995's With A Little Help From My Friends , somewhat distanced while delighting the listener through irony and a liberal political view upon current events. Her current release, Looking Back , draws the listener into her heart. The recent loss of her husband catalyzed Cloud's spirit into a personal retrospective as she considers through song the stages of her life up to her most recent passage. As a result, Cloud has abandoned for now ...

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Suzanne Cloud: With A Little Help From My Friends

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Quite a unique outing from singer/lyricist Suzanne Cloud, who has long graced the Philadelphia scene with her talents. From the witty satirical message of “Hey Kenny, Gee" through the Cedar Walton standard “Bolivia" to the lyrical and expressive ballad “Impossible," this 1995 recording crosses quite a few boundaries. As a lyricist, Cloud is able to capture the humor in different aspects of society, such as Talk Radio, the UFO watch, politics, the Kenny G versus jazz controversy, “Barbie ...