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Take Five With Kelley Suttenfield

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Meet Kelley Suttenfield:

Kelley Suttenfield is a vocalist in the neo-classic jazz tradition, delivering soulful interpretations of lyrics over a smooth, swinging beat.

With a diverse repertoire ranging from Brazilian standards to the Beatles and beyond, Kelley's music is known for creating an evocative mood that clearly resonates with her audience. Kelley performs regularly in New York City and, on occasion, her former stomping grounds in Virginia, as well as overseas in Copenhagen, Denmark.

She received a mention in Volume IV of the World Who's Who in Jazz, Cabaret, Music and Entertainment (2007), was a finalist in the Jazzmobile Jazz Vocalist competition (2008), and has just released debut CD Where Is Love? on Rhombus Records.

Instrument(s):

Vocals.

Teachers and/or influences?

Influenced by anything and everything. Aren't we all?

Your dream band:

The Dream Team: Frederic Chopin, Chet Baker, Joao Gilberto, Sting, Max Weinberg.

The first Jazz album I bought was:

Shirley Horn - I Remember Miles

CDs you are listening to now:

Kurt Elling - Dedicated to You - (Concord)

Abbey Lincoln - Abbey Sings Abbey - (Verve)

The Sound of Music 1965 Soundtrack - (RCA)

Desert Island picks:

Quarteto Jobim - Morelenbaum - (Caravelas)

Karrin Allyson - From Paris to Rio - (Concord)

The Beatles - The White Album - (EMI)

Keith Jarrett - The Melody at Night With You - (ECM)

Bob Marley - Legend - (Def Jam)

How would you describe the state of jazz today?

Is jazz confined to any one state really?

What is in the near future?

Looking forward to touring in 2010 and beyond.

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:

Muse.

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