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Suzi Stern

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"Grace and Elegance" / Jazz Times "Wonderful, soaring with jazzy lyricism" / Downbeat "Poetic…masterful…control and richness…poignant" /All About Jazz

The Austin American Statesman says of jazz singer Suzi Stern; “Stern has learned the great secret that transcends art - that the voice from the heart is at the center of all virtuosity.”

The combination of Stern’s emotional clear voice, flying over her uncatagorizable compositions with her poignant lyrics creates a magic that moves the listener and is unforgettable. Jazz pianist and Columbia Records recording artist Denny Zeitlin says of Stern "It has been years since a singer has affected me so profoundly. Suzi has it all: a fantastic vocal instrument, effortless musicality, and a special way of working with the material and evoking the deepest emotions."

Suzi was born in Buffalo, the daughter of jazz violinist Harry Stern who toured with The Vaughn Monroe big band and was leader of his own orchestras in Western New York of which which Suzi's mother was the featured singer. Her maternal grandfather spent his life touring in Vaudeville as a comic acrobat sharing the bill with the likes of a young Frank Sinatra, The Marx Brothers, George Burns and Bob Hope. Living in a family where creative outpourings were encouraged and being able to hear her fathers musicians come over for post gig jams gave Stern a clear sense that music was her true love at a very early age. Growing up in a home with music as its' centerpiece studies in classical voice, piano, classical guitar, flute and dance (studying at The American Ballet Theatre School and Joffrey Ballet School in NYC) were part of everyday life, but her most inspired learning experience came later and was undoubtedly with vocal wizard Bobby McFerrin.

Stern has released 7 jazz CD’s to date under her own name (Viewpoint Records, Aardvark Records and Bus Biscuit Records), and has performed on a myriad of other artists projects. Her latest 2013 release "Romancing the Dark" steps out of the jazz idiom for which she is known, and is a collection of Stern’s own original compositions and arrangements.

Additional Links:
- www.suzistern.com

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