Saturday, August 2, 2014

Way too long!!

It has been months since I've written in this blog!  If you're reading this glad to have you here!
Since my last entry I have been to NYC several times, San Francisco, western NY and Canada!
But settling back into Austin Texas news I'm happy to say that our house concert series has really taken off and has become a very important contribution to the Austin jazz and world music scene. We always have an incredible crowd for these monthly performances.  Starting off our 2014 series was the remarkable NYC based vocalist Rosanna Vitro and her quartet. In February George Oldziey's latin jazz group Gato 6 was featured bringing the audience to their feet to dance and cheer!  Jazz pianist Peggy Stern's artistic and sensitive trio was featured in March, and in April we had a joyous reunion gig with my old S.S.Q. group. (I had such a blast!)  May was Carmen Bradford of Count Basie fame singing her heart out with a stellar quartet and our most recent feature was the Brazilian super star RogĂ© with his quintet!  Not only did they fill the house with magical music played brilliantly they are 5 of the nicest guys I've ever met.  They plan to head back to the states in the fall and we hope to have them back.

On the horizon…September 6th is guitarist extraordinaire Mitch Watkins fresh off the road from a 2 year world tour with Leonard Cohen. Joining Mitch is guitar wiz Carter Arrington and David Sierra on drums, & Pat Harris bass.  It will be a special night of music. (even if we don't get to hear our 9 foot grand piano played that evening!)  details www.casakaren.org

In October George and I will be in Europe recording the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra performing his Wing Commander Suite. We'll spend time in Slovakia, Prague, Vienna and Amsterdam while there. I'm THRILLED!

November 15th mark your calendars!  I'll be singing with Gato 6 at the Saint James Jazz Festival in Austin, Texas. jazz

December 6th Casa Karen welcomes Sandya Sanjana from The Netherlands performing a fantastic mix of east Indian vocalizing and American jazz with her quintet. check the site for details www.casakaren.org

On December 21st a special holiday treat!  Make note of what has become a yearly Austin Tradition. A musical rendition of the Dylan Thomas Classic "A Child's Christmas in Wales"  I will be singing and also reciting the entire work with Alex Coke on woodwinds whistles, drums, noise makers, shakers and toys of all sorts…Evan Arredondo on Bass and Rich Harney on piano and key board. Alex will be coming in from Amsterdam just for this so don't miss it!
If you'd like to be notified about my other local club gigs check out my web site www.suzistern.com
or email me to get added to my info. emailing at suzistern@gmail.com

In other news:  My first born…my son Rene got married in April to the lovely Selena and they now reside in the SF / Oakland area.  My daughter is getting all A's in Grad school at North Texas and I'm so proud of her!
My last release "Romancing the Dark" got GREAT reviews…I was so happy about the kind words from reviews at Jazz Times, Yahoo, Amazon and many many online jazz journals. RTD is a featured CD on the listening tree at Waterloo Records on Lamar and it's on sale all month so pick up a copy if you're in the hood!
I had a big BD in June…60!!!
George had his 60th in Feb.
We had a stellar show at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio last month celebrating their 60th as well! (I loved playing in SA…great audiences there!)

Thanks for reading all of this!

Here's to music, art, education, health…peace….not necessarily in that order!

Suzi



Saturday, December 7, 2013

The end of a great year and looking ahead!

Happy Holidays to all of you! 
2013 has been a beautifully creative year for us and I'd like to share some of the warm feedback we've received for my latest release from the press (below)
But first here's a few events still to come before we ring in 2014!
Thank you all for making this a musically successful year…with out your support the music can't happen…you are each and every one of you a huge part of this amazing process and we love you!

December 14th at Casa Karen!!
We are so thrilled to be hosting NYC based saxophonist Stan Killian!!
with Bruce Saunders guitar / Mike Porter bass / Kyle Thompson drums
special guests Suzi Stern and George Oldziey (performing Stans Original material)
$25 ticket price with free refreshments!
You can call for reserved seating : (512) 459-9900  
OR order on line at www.casakaren.org
doors open at 7:30 / show at 8:00
visit    www.stankillian.com  to read more about this amazing artist and hear some tracks!

Sat. December 21st 
The Suzi Stern Quintet
The Brass House
Suzi Stern with George Oldziey piano / Daniel Dufour drums / John Mills sax and clarinet / and coming to town for this show:  the remarkable Paul Unger on bass!

There will be drawings for holiday gifts that I'm giving away like a crazed jazz elf !  Come join us for the party!!
9:00 to 1:00
San Jacinto and 2nd St. downtown Austin
peruse my site if you have time. I have tracks to listen to:  www.suzistern.com

THINK SNOW!!!!!!!
on December 22nd a holiday treat:
"A Child's Christmas in Wales"
A musical reading (and singing!!) of the Dylan Thomas classic !!
Suzi Stern singing 4 of her original songs and reciting the entire wondrous story,
with improvised music played on toys and unusual instruments by
woodwind wiz Alex Coke, keyboard master Rich Harney & Bassist Evan Arradondo...

First Presbyterian Church
8001 Mesa Blvd
AustinTX
When: Sun, December 22, 2013
3pm matinee

Tickets at the door $15 adults / $10 seniors / $5 children under 12


and sharing some warm feedback from the press in 2013 that I'm really honored to have:
"Stern's musical style pallet is wide…her compositions are a testament to her wide reaching command of many styles and her ability to match a musical mood to the feeling of her words.grace and elegance...Overall, if there was a genre called art-jazz this wonderful offering would certainly fit that bill. A delightful musical journey.."   JAZZ TIMES 

"Stern not only possesses a naturally beautiful voice, capable of exploring all the emotions songs deliver to the artist, but she composed the music and lyrics and is responsible for the arrangements…it is a stunning achievement!  Let it seep in!!"   5 stars out of 5!  AMAZON / HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE 

"...on “Firefly“you’ll hear a singer who has “been there” already… and she paints sonic beauty that makes you want to go right along with her, no matter the cost!" IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION review 2013 

"pure beauty...a disc that has few comparatives...airs not normally found in rock, jazz, or related modes... Stern embraces the timbre of midnight...Haunted Heart enfolds an atmosphere the word 'bittersweet' was invented for.not just 'a showcase for' Ms. Stern's entrancing vocals and depth- encrusted compositions but her very soul as well.   FAME Review 2013

"Suzi Stern transcends the limitations of genre with this subtly compelling, quietly evocative collection of original compositions and imaginative arrangements that prove to be her most ambitious project to date."  AUSTIN CHRONICLE '13

"There is something in Suzi Stern's voice that is contained in all of our voices; it is ageless, timeless...she sings with pure depth and emotion…"  JSTOP 21 review 2013

 "highly recommended for those who love expressive singing but would welcome a change from the jazz standards repertoire. More please, Suzi!! "   JAZZ CAMERA review 2013

"Stern brings her beautiful voice to the fore in service of taking it down a different set of back alleys...it’s clear Stern wants to mark a little territory of her own!"  MIDWEST RECORD review 2013

"Stern's vocals are like the glittery gilding framing the outline of a picture frame. The arrangements have the effect of landscaping the smooth swagger of her beautiful vocals." 5 Stars! SUSAN FRANCIS /YAHOO review 2013


Thank you all for supporting live music!!!  Have a happy, healthy, successful, creatively inspired 2014!!
Much Love,
Suzi


keep scrolling down to see the past blogs! There were concerts and festivals in NYC and Kingston, Houston and Dallas and gracing our Casa Venue: Eddie Gomez, Jay Clayton, Pam York, Rich Perry, Alex Sipiagen, Fred Hamilton, Peggy Stern, Stefan Karlsson, Peggy Stern, Ed Soph, Bruce Saunders to name only a few...

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Holiday Greetings!!

I am back in Austin after some very inspiring gigs in NYC and Kingston NY. It was a beautiful experience performing with Harvie S, Peggy Stern, Ingrid Jensen, Sweet Sue Terry, Jay Clayton and a long list of other amazing artists while up north.
Returning to Austin we hosted Eddie Gomez and his trio with Stefan Karlsson and Ed Soph.  It was a stunning night of music.



2013 goes out with these fun upcoming shows...and enjoy some images I'm posting from 2013 events!

Sat. November 23rd
Houston Salon Concert
Suzi Stern sings with Paul English piano and Brannen Nase bass
(this show is sold out)

December 14th at Casa Karen!!
We are so thrilled to be hosting NYC based saxophonist Stan Killian!!
with Bruce Saunders guitar / Mike Porter bass / Kyle Thompson drums
special guests Suzi Stern and George Oldziey (performing Stans Original material)
$25 ticket price with free refreshments!
Must call for reserved seating : (512) 459-9900
doors open at 7:30 / show at 8:00
visit    www.stankillian.com  to read more about this amazing artist and hear some tracks!

Sat. December 21st 
The Suzi Stern Quintet
The Brass House
Suzi Stern with George Oldziey piano / Daniel Dufour drums / John Mills sax and clarinet / Paul Unger bass!
9:00 to 1:00
San Jacinto and 2nd St. downtown Austin

THINK SNOW!!!!!!!
on December 22nd a holiday treat:
"A Child's Christmas in Wales"
A musical reading of the classic Dylan Thomas classic prose
read by Suzi Stern with improvised music played on toys and varied instruments by
woodwind wiz Alex Coke, keyboard master Rich Harney & Bassist Evan Arradondo...
with original compositions by Suzi Stern and Rich Harney.

First Presbyterian Church
8001 Mesa Blvd
AustinTX
When: Sun, December 22, 2013
3pm

Tickets






$5-$15

  • Suzi Stern  singing her festive compositions and narrating the magical tale 
  • Alex Coke on sax, flute and various whimsical toys
  • Rich Harney  on keyboards and sound effects
  • Evan Arradondo  holding it all together on bass
HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL AT THE DYLAN THOMAS EVENT!  I CAN WISH YOU A FESTIVE HOLIDAY SEASON AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR IN PERSON!!


Images from 2013 highlights!!



















Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fall line up of great jazz!

I'm back in Austin after a wonderful gig at "Jazz at Kitano" in NYC with Peggy Stern who played her ass off on that beautiful Steinway piano, and Harvie S on bass who is an absolute delight to make music with.  Jay Clayton graced the stage by sitting in on a tune with me and George Oldziey joined the set as well later on.  It was a great evening of music in a great room and I thank everyone who came out the club to hear us!

Next up:
This Friday!!
GATO 6
at: the Elephant Room
315 Congress Ave. Austin Tx.
when: Fri. October 25th
time: 9:30 to 1:30
cover: $5
with Suzi Stern voice / Gato piano and Accordion / Wayne Salzmann drums / Luiz Coutinho percussion / Kris Afflerbaugh bass / Adrian Ruiz trumpet / Dr. John Mills sax and flute

This Sat. Oct. 26th at Casa Karen!!
We will be hosting grammy award winning bassist Eddie Gomez in our home concert series!
The Eddie Gomez Trio
with Stefan Karlsson piano / Ed Soph drums
$40 with free refreshments
must call for tickets (512) 459-9900
doors open at 7:30 / show at 8:00

Sat. November 23rd
Houston Salon Concert
Suzi Stern sings with Paul English piano and Brannen Nase bass
(this show is sold out)

December 14th at Casa Karen!!
NYC based saxophonist Stan Killian!!
with Bruce Saunders guitar / Mike Porter bass / Kyle Thompson drums
special guests Suzi Stern and George Oldziey (performing Stans Original material)
$25 ticket price with free refreshments!
Must call for reserved seating : (512) 459-9900
doors open at 7:30 / show at 8:00

Sat. December 21st 
The Suzi Stern Quintet
The Brass House
Suzi Stern with George Oldziey piano / Daniel Dufour drums / John Mills sax and clarinet / Paul Unger bass!
9:00 to 1:00
San Jacinto and 2nd St. downtown Austin

THINK SNOW!!!!!!!
on December 22nd a holiday treat:
"A Child's Christmas in Wales"
A musical reading of the classic Dylan Thomas classic prose
read by Suzi Stern with improvised music played on toys and varied instruments by
woodwind wiz Alex Coke, keyboard master Rich Harney & Bassist Evan Arradondo...
with original compositions by Suzi Stern and Rich Harney.

First Presbyterian Church

8001 Mesa Blvd
AustinTX

When

Sun, December 22, 2013
3pm

Tickets

$5-$15

Musicians

  • Suzi Stern  singing her festive compositions and narrating the magical tale 
  • Alex Coke on sax, flute and various whimsical toys
  • Rich Harney  on keyboards and sound effects
  • Evan Arradondo  holding it all together on bass



Thanks for reading this blog!  Feel free to scroll down and see what wonderful events have happened in the recent past and check out suzistern.com for all the upcoming gigs on the horizon!






Friday, September 20, 2013

My quintet returns to Austin and Eddie Gomez coming up!

This is my last emailing for a while I promise!! (I'm leaving town Sunday and leaving my lap top at home!)

1.) The Suzi Stern Quintet tomorrow Sat. Sept. 28th at the Brass House

2.) Stern vs Stern at the Elephant Room Sunday Oct. 6th

3.) Gato 6 at the Elephant  Fri. Oct. 25th

4.) Eddie Gomez Sat. Oct. 26th

If anything sparks your interest on this list, the details are below!!!

Thank you for supporting jazz in Austin!!
Suzi

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Tomorrow Night!!
Sat. September 28th
The Suzi Stern Quintet
At The Brass House
San Jacinto Street, downtown Austin
9:00 PM  to 1:00 AM
 http://www.brasshouseaustin.com/calendar.html

Here's who's making music with me Sat:
 piano and accordion wiz and my wonderful hubby George Oldziey,  and coming into Austin for the gig, Fort Worth Symphony bassist; the fantastic Paul Unger,  on sax and clarinet the astounding Dr. John Mills,  and on drums Rob Kazenel who plays amazingly and is also extremely funny.

Come join us !!  If you haven't been to the Brass House yet you're in for a treat!

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AND  Looking ahead, CIRCLE THE DATES:

Sunday October 6th
The premier of "They Might Be Related!!"
The Stern, Mikel, Laningham & Stern Quartet!!!
(Stern, Mikel, Laningham & Stern sounds like a law firm, doesn't it??)
at The Elephant Room
9:30 to 1:30
FREE
Peggy Stern piano, Richard Mikel Bass, Scott Laningham drums and Suzi Stern vocals




GATO 6 
(all 7 of us!!)
At the Elephant Room
Friday October 25th
High energy Latin Jazz playing the compositions of Gato Oldziey!!
9:30 to 1:30

Sat. October 26th
The Eddie Gomez Trio
at Casa Karen
6702 Greenhaven 78757
Grammy award winning bassist Eddie Gomez 
with Stefan Karlsson on piano and Ed Soph on drums
this will be a sensational concert and it will sell out fast so call (512) 459-9900 to buy your tickets today! 
Only $40 to hear this legend perform in the intimacy of Casa Karen (which is my home!!)
Complementary drinks and snacks with ticket purchase.


Visit my site to see what we've been up to the past few months in NYC and else where and what's ahead into December!  www.suzistern.com


All the best,

Suzi

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

R.T.D. to hit all the stations!

Early September will be the nation wide distribution of Romancing the Dark to radio stations around the country! I'm excited about getting the music out to a wider audience. I'm also thrilled that R.T.D. has been submitted for consideration for Grammy nominations in several categories.
This project sounds the way it does sonically because of the amazing artists that played on it. 
George Oldziey, Steve Schwelling, John Mills, Mitch Watkins, Bruce Saunders and of special note, Paul Unger on bass who plays with the Fort Worth Symphony and violinist extraordinaire James Anderson who's emotional, textural playing is threaded throughout the CD. James can be heard with his own remarkable band "Austin Piazzolla Quintet" in concert in and around Austin. 

I'm off to NY to sing at the Wall Street Jazz Festival this weekend, dedicated to the memory of the wonderful jazz pianist Marian McPartland...
I'll be back at the Elephant Room with GATO 6 Friday September 6th!  (9:30 to 1:30  315 Congress)  

Hope to see you soon!

Scroll down for more details:

And...in the next few weeks here's some very cool events coming up in my life of music!
Will you be in NY State the end of August??
If so, come to the "Wall Street Jazz Festival" in Kingston NY. 
On Aug. 31st I'll be singing with Peggy Stern, Sweet Sue Terry, Richard Syracuse, Jay Clayton and many other amazing New York area jazz artists. 
Here's the link with all the info:
http://www.wallstreetjazzfestival.com

Then I return to Austin to play at the Elephant Room on September 6th
with  GATO 6 !!
Come hear this fantastic high energy latin jazz ensemble!  I love singing with these amazing musicians!
Gato piano, John Mills sax, Dennis Dotson trumpet, Wayne Salzmann drums, Mike Longoria percussion, Kris Afflerbaugh bass & Suzi Stern vocals 
The Elephant Room
315 Congress Ave.
9:30 to 1:30

On Sat. September 21st I am so excited to be hosting
The Rich Harney Group !!
at Casa Karen
Must call for reservations and tickets! (512) 459-9900
c.c. accepted over phone
Tickets are $20 and free refreshments with tickets price
7402 Greenhaven 78757 

On Sat. September 28th
The return of the long lost
Suzi Stern Quintet!!
at The Brass House
2nd and San Jacinto
Austin, Texas 
9:00 to 1:00
Suzi Stern vocals, Paul Unger bass, George Oldziey piano, Rob Kazenel drums
and Dr. John Mills sax

And that's all for August and September!  More to come this fall!!
I'll be back at the beautiful jazz room at the Kitano on Park Ave. in NYC on October 16th with Peggy Stern and Harvie S !  I am really looking forward to that gig!
and 
Eddie Gomez with Stephan Karlsson and Ed Soph will be returning to Casa Karen on October 26th (call now!! (512) 459-9900) this will sell out fast!  Don't miss this chance to hear this extraordinary  jazz legend in the intimacy of Casa Karen!

Thanks for reading all of this!  If you've made it all the way down to this line you are a rock star in my eyes and I love and appreciate you more than you know!

See you around town!

Suzi

my new sounds at:
www.suzistern.com

Sunday, August 18, 2013

What's up next!!

I'm not certain that I comprehend WHY it's a good thing to get a mess of thumbs up on your facebook band page...but I hear that if I collect several hundred or even thousands of "likes" on my band page something awesome will happen!! Perhaps a genie will pop out of my lap top screen and give me an all expenses paid tour across the U.S. &  Europe with a sound person running a fantastic sound system (that I don't set up) in acoustically fantastic halls with a band that rehearses and a 5 star vegetarian chef and personal trainer that tours with us!  It could happen...
But one must first consider hitting the little "like" thing-y on facebook....so here's my band page link and I'll let you know what happens!
Click this link,  then click "music" then hit "like" (only if you "like" what you hear of course!)
www.suzistern.com

OK...in the next few weeks here's some very cool events coming up in my life of music!
Will you be in NY State the end of August??
If so, come to the "Wall Street Jazz Festival" in Kingston NY. 
On Aug. 31st I'll be singing with Peggy Stern, Sweet Sue Terry, Richard Syracuse, Jay Clayton and many other amazing New York area jazz artists.
Here's the link with all the info:
http://www.wallstreetjazzfestival.com

Then I return to Austin to play at the Elephant Room on September 6th
with  GATO 6 !!
Come hear this fantastic high energy latin jazz ensemble!  I love singing with these amazing musicians!
Gato piano, John Mills sax, Dennis Dotson trumpet, Wayne Salzmann drums, Mike Longoria percussion, Kris Afflerbaugh bass & Suzi Stern vocals
The Elephant Room
315 Congress Ave.
9:30 to 1:30

On Sat. September 21st I am so excited to be hosting
The Rich Harney Group !!
at Casa Karen
Must call for reservations and tickets! (512) 459-9900
c.c. accepted over phone
Tickets are $20 and free refreshments with tickets price
7402 Greenhaven 78757

On Sat. September 28th
The return of the long lost
Suzi Stern Quintet!!
at The Brass House
2nd and San Jacinto
Austin, Texas
9:00 to 1:00
Suzi Stern vocals, Paul Unger bass, George Oldziey piano, Rob Kazenel drums
and Dr. John Mills sax

And that's all for August and September!  More to come this fall!!
I'll be back at the beautiful jazz room at the Kitano on Park Ave. in NYC on October 16th with Peggy Stern and Harvie S !  I am really looking forward to that gig!
and
Eddie Gomez with Stephan Karlsson and Ed Soph will be returning to Casa Karen on October 26th (call now!! (512) 459-9900) this will sell out fast!  Don't miss this chance to hear this extraordinary  jazz legend in the intimacy of Casa Karen!

Thanks for reading all of this!  If you've made it all the way down to this line you are a rock star in my eyes and I love and appreciate you more than you know!

See you around town!

Suzi

my new sounds at:
www.suzistern.com