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Jacqui Sutton

As a singer, getting there wasn’t a straightforward trip. I was born in Orlando, Florida, the second of six children. In the 1960s, my mother (newly single, and pregnant with her sixth child), was determined to make a better life for all of us. She moved us to Rochester, New York. Think: Martin Luther King, Jr., the Beatles, integration, school busing, and the Jackson 5. It was about crossing lines. That sense of boundary trespass filtered into my world as I found myself drawn to experiences that were the opposite of my own. I could never get enough of Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life, nor the Beatles’ Yesterday

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Article: Book Review

Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz by Chris Becker

Read "Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz by Chris Becker" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz Chris Becker 332 Pages ISBN: # 978-0692543603 Beckeresque 2015 Houstonian writer and composer Chris Becker had a labor of love in mind when he set out to assemble his Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz. What may have begun ...

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Article: Year in Review

C. Michael Bailey's Best Releases of 2015

Read "C. Michael Bailey's Best Releases of 2015" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


It is easy this year, only vocal music...twelve months, twelve releases. Lyn Stanley Potions: From the '50s We Baby Boomers are a persnickety bunch. We revel in our nostalgia while keeping a jaundiced eye on current trends and how derivative they are compared with those we experienced when ...

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Article: Album Review

Tianna Hall: Hit Me with a Hot Note

Read "Hit Me with a Hot Note" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


With Texas Troubadour Jacqui Sutton splitting her time between Texas and parts West and taking on roll of Houston Jazz Mafia consigliere and Aussie reeds-mistress capo regime Alisha Pattillo staking out the Gulf, vocalist Tianna Hall remains as the undisputed Godmother of this Houston Jazz family. Hall has decided, in the hellish climes of the Texas ...

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Article: Album Review

Chris Cortez: Top Secret (For Your Ears Only)

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Houston, Texas is such a hot bed of jazz music that it has its own jazz mafia. However, as of late the Houston jazz mafia's Godmother, vocalist Tianna Hall has been letting several of her high-ranking officers get away. First to go was trumpeter capo regime Carol Morgan, who decided to start her own jazz “Family" ...

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Article: Album Review

The Susan Krebs Chamber Band: Simple Gifts

Read "Simple Gifts" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


..."some bluesy piano soloing, hoedown string work, and more." Dan Bilawsky in his AAJ review of Krebs' Simple Gifts Yes, I think nothing of drawing inspiration from my betters on the AAJ staff when stuck on a review. I had reviewed Everything Must Change (GreenGig Music, 2012), finding the release ...

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Article: Album Review

Henry Darragh: Too Much Monday

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My introduction to Houston Jazz came with the receipt of Jacqui Sutton's Billie & Dolly (Toy Blue Typewriter Productions, 2010). A few short months later, I received Henry Darragh's Tell Her for Me (Self Produced, 2011). When I compared the musical personnel for each of these recordings, a light came on in my pea brain alerting ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Some of my Best Friends are... Divas

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Bassist Ray Brown did a “Some Of My Best Friends Are..." series of recordings for Teldec shortly before his abrupt death in 2002. That bassist Colin Trusedell has chosen the same theme for his leader debut Some Of My Best Friends Are...Divas is the most auspicious thing about his release. What makes this disc one of ...

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Article: Album Review

Olivia Foschi: Perennial Dreamer

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Vocalist Olivia Foschi joins a group of young singers intent on changing the jazz vocals landscape by framing standards in anything other than standard ways. Tierney Sutton is the leader of this new direction, followed by Gretchen Parlato, Jacqui Sutton, Laurie Antonioli and Renee Yoxon. Using the standard acoustic jazz ensembles, these singers use thoughtful arrangements ...

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Article: Album Review

Raquel Cepeda: I'm Confessin'

Read "I'm Confessin'" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The Houston jazz mafia expands with vocalist Raquel Cepeda's I'm Confessin'. Cepeda joins the ranks of multi-instrumentalist Henry Darragh, singers Melissa Darragh, Tianna Hall, Jacqui Sutton and Danielle Reich, guitarist Paul Chester, trumpeter Dennis Dotson (who appears here), saxophonist Larry Slezak and (by extension), trumpeter Carol Morgan, Houston jazz mafiosi all. Cepeda adds eloquently to a ...


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