Suzanne is a vocalist, presenter and Executive Director/Co-Founder of jazzbridge.org.
Suzanne Cloud is an editor, writer, historian, and jazz singer-
songwriter who lives in Collingswood, NJ. Since receiving her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, Cloud has authored four young-adult American history books and was a contributor to the African-American National Biography Project for the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University. She's a long-time contributing writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and executive director of Jazz Bridge, a nonprofit that aids local Philadelphia-area jazz and blues musicians in crisis. Her music, on the Dreambox Media label, can be found on Amazon and EMusic. Her latest venture was writing and directing "Last Call at the Downbeat" (a show about Dizzy Gillespie's sojourn in Philly) for the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts 2013
My Jazz Story
I love jazz because it's improvisational music and listeners can touch the souls of the artists if they pay attention closely.
I was first exposed to jazz when I heard Sarah Vaughan sing "I'll Remember April" on the Johnny Carson show. I was totally flipped out.
The best show I ever attended was Ahmad Jamal in New York City with pianist Eddie Green. We had just been at the Village Gate to see Wendy Simon and Eric Speigal and popped in to the club Lush Life...wow! Then we hung out at Bradley's with Buster Williams and Cedar Walton. What a night!!!
The first jazz record I bought was Sarah Vaughan "Live in Japan." Best cut? "Willow Weep for Me" She forgets the words, and scats - killing it!
My advice to new listeners is to follow your ear and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!