Downbeat Critics Poll ‘Rising Star’ two years in a row, London-born, Harlem-based Anglo-Trinidadian jazz vocalist-composer Tessa Souter imbues a mix of jazz, stunning originals, and the occasional rock classic – U2, Cream and the Beatles – with the soul and passion of flamenco, Indian and Middle Eastern music. “She is a very special talent. She really moves me,” says NEA Jazz Master, Sheila Jordan. Heralded by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the few exceptional standouts in the crowded field of female jazz singers”, Ms. Souter’s “truly beautiful voice” (Sirius Radio) and penchant for exploring music mostly untouched by other singers have set her apart as “one of the finest and most fearless vocalists to have emerged in recent years.” (Boston Globe). Her latest album, Beyond the Blue (Venus-Motema), featuring jazz interpretations of classical repertoire with her own “exhilaratingly mature lyrics” (Neil Tesser, Chicago Examiner), was Clive Davis’ #6 pick on the London Sunday Times’ Top 10 Jazz Releases of 2013, alongside Ahmad Jamal (#1), Gregory Porter (#3) and Stacey Kent (#10). She is currently working on her upcoming release, Picture in Black and White – a tribute to the ancestors of her mixed race heritage.
“Astute and expressive.” Nate Chinen, NEW YORK TIMES
“Scintillating, haunting, poetic.” Siddhartha Mitter, BOSTON GLOBE
“Stunningly original and utterly compelling.” Peter Quinn, JAZZWISE
“Shimmers in the dark.” Clive Davis, SUNDAY TIMES (UK)
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