Wednesday, June 8, 2016

June travels and some July Events!

Hello June!!  The month that I was born, so I'm always grateful for it...and grateful to my mother of course!

June has me traveling quite a bit, (Buffalo, NYC, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland) planting seeds for future musical endeavors but I won't be active on the performing scene until I return from my north eastern escapes.

I return to work in early July hosting an Austin workshop on the 10th led by Broadway veteran Kira Carper.
Info. at

If you're in Austin on July 22nd please make a point to stop by the Elephant Room (315 Congress Ave.) to catch GATO 6.  I always look forward to singing with this amazing high energy latin/ jazz ensemble.  More info. at

On July 30th I will be hosting New Orleans jazz vocalist Cindy Scott with Brian Seeger on guitar at our intimate home acoustic music venue, Cassa Karen!   More info. at

Thank you for checking out the blog and please scroll down to read about some interesting musical events in my recent past!  See you in July!!

Musically Yours,


Friday, May 20, 2016

May 2016

A few of my favorite guys who also happen to be amazingly talented musicians, are headed down to Austin from the Dallas area to back me up at the Elephant Room on May 26th.
The Suzi Stern Quintet
The Elephant Room
Thursday, May 26thAustin, Texas
315 Congress Ave.
9:30 to 1:30
Dennis Durick on Drums, Paul Unger double bass, Dave Monsch woodwinds and my man from Austin via Brooklyn, George Oldziey on piano

Then we will all be heading over to Houston, Texas to play at one of the sweetest little jazz clubs in the country.

The Suzi Stern Quintet
Fri, May 27th
9:00 to midnight
4100 Montrose Ave. Houston, Texas
(713) 522-9621

I will be teaching a jazz vocal workshop at The Star Singers Studio in Houston on Saturday May 28th.  The very gracious and talented vocalist Jane Vandiver is hosting this event.  Contact Jane to reserve a place in the Saturday clinic. (713) 528-5330
The Fee is $75 for an afternoon of exciting interactive work with George Oldziey at the piano to accompany you. Group exercises and One on One work on your material, exploring technique,  phrasing,  song development. Bring a chart of your choice to be played by George for your accompaniment.
Contact Jane Vandiver for location and registration: OR Call: Star Singers Studio: 713-528-5330

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Back from Costa Rica!

Thank you for stopping by!  There have been so many amazing events going on in my life since I last posted...professionally and personally and life continues to unfold in a beautiful way.

Last night I sang with GATO6 at The Elephant Room in Austin to a filled to capacity club!  The band sounded amazing and we had a great time.Gato on piano, John Mills woodwinds, Bruno on percussion, Mike Longoria drums, Dennis Dotson trumpet and Glen Schuetz on bass.

Eddie Gomez, Stefan Karlsson and Ed Soph were just here at our jazz venue Casa Karen. This was the trio's fourth time to perform for us, and they played to an absolutely packed house.  We all had an amazing time and the trio played unbelievably!  George ran cables from his recording studio and got a sensational live recording of the gig so the musical magic has been documented!

My youngest graduated with a masters degree in counseling with a focus on child play study from North Texas in December and we celebrated with a mother/daughter trip to Costa Rica!  The two of us were great travel partners and we had an unbelievable time together. Costa Rica is indescribably beautiful.  We both fell in love with the country and the people.

Next month we're looking forward to hosting Roseanna Vitro with Mark Soskin and Sara Caswell at Casa and Helen Sung will be featured later in the year.

I'm hoping to get on the road more with a new duo that bassist Paul Unger and I are presently creating.  Paul has some crazy attachments to turn off and on at will making his acoustic bass sound like various different instruments, looping and pitz-ing and arco-ing his way into beautiful improvisations woven around the vocals.  It's always an adventure and I'm thrilled about the collaboration.

GATO 6 is still one of my favorite bands to sing with and the band has been consistently packing our local jazz venue, Elephant Room, and my group The Suzi Stern Quintet will be back at the Elephant Room and then onto Cezannes in Houston in May with a new configuration of players...Dave Monsch on woodwinds, George Oldziey on piano, Paul Unger double bass and Dennis Durick on drums.

Here's Stefan Karlsson, Ed Soph, me and George Oldziey and on the right Eddie Gomez at Casa.

I had the great opportunity to play with Bill Watrous at The Temple Jazz Festival
George and I have been using the accordion more in our compositions and it's a glorious textural shift in the middle of the gig...I love it! Here's george at our concert at the McNay in San Antonio.

Check back again soon with updates on our creative process!
All the Best,

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

This Thursday at The Elephant!

This Thursday at the Elephant Room:
The S.S.Q.
Suzi Stern vocals
Dr. John Mills woodwinds
George Oldziey piano & accordion
Paul Unger bass
Wayne Salzmann drums
9:30 to 1:30
No Cover

The Elephant Room
315 Congress Ave.
(512) 473-2279

I am truly thrilled to be singing with this outrageously talented group of musicians.
Playing beautiful original material and exciting new arrangements of the best of the classics!

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

SXSW etc.

It's been a while since I've blogged so here's what's up next!

Coming up on Friday I have the distinct honor of singing with
Jazz Pianist extraordinaire Peggy Stern and her group!
This is Peggy's official SXSW showcase along with a fabulous new bassist in town, Daniel Parr and one of my all time favorite musicians in the world Dr. John Mills on woodwinds.  

9:00 sharp on Friday the 20th at The Elephant Room, 315 Congress Ave.

Next Friday I will be back at the Elephant Room singing with The high energy, all original latin / jazz group GATO 6
9:30 to 1:30 Fri. the 27th
The Elephant Room
315 Congress Ave.

 You make the music happen with your continued support and we are so grateful!!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

the next 4 shows!

Hello!  I'd like to give you a heads up on the next 4 gigs out on my horizon that I'm excited to share with you!

The Suzi Stern Quintet
Next Thursday
February 26th
I'll get back into Austin in time to perform at
The Elephant Room!
The Elephant Room has asked this improvising vocalist back by popular demand! :-)
I'm so pleased about that, and truly looking forward to performing with
George Oldziey on piano and accordion
from Fort Worth, renowned bassist Paul Unger
Wayne Salzmann (borrowed from the Eric Johnson band) on drums 
Dr. John Mills on woodwinds
315 Congress
9:30 to 1:30

Monday March 2nd
The S.S.Q. at
The Brass House!
2nd and San Jacinto
Suzi Stern,  with Mitch Watkins guitar (back from 2 years on the road with Leonard Cohen)
Daniel Parr bass and Daniel DuFour drums
What a perfect night to venture out big Austin crowds, plenty of parking and sonic room for dynamics in the playing!!
Please join us!
8:00 to midnight
No cover...great food and drinks!

Sat. March 7th
Casa Karen Presents:
The Daniel Dufour Group
with Carter Arrington guitar
Russell Haight sax
Sam Panke bass
Daniel DuFour drums
This will be a beautiful quartet and I look forward to hosting this concert!!
doors open at 7:30 / show at 8:00
tickets and all the details at

Sunday afternoon March 8th
Salon Peggy presents:
Suzi Stern vocals
Peggy Stern piano
Daniel Parr bass
an intimate late afternoon concert of very special musical selections with this dynamic trio at the home of Peggy Stern.
Visit for reservations and directions!
doors open at 3:30 show at 4:00 p.m.

Thank you so much for reading all of this and I hope to see you out and about town!!


Sunday, February 8, 2015

GATO 6 birthday party!!

This Friday February the 13th...
The GATO 6 birthday bash!!

Yes, it truly is George Alan Thaddeus Oldziey's  (A.K.A. Gato)  birthday and we'll have the entire  7 piece band along with birthday cake cake and libations for all to celebrate the occasion.  I hope you can join us!!

Visit for tickets and details or call (512) 459-9900

GATO 6 is:  Gato piano and accordion, John Mills sax, Adrian Ruiz trumpet, Wayne Salzmann drums, Suzi Stern vocals, Glen Schuetz bass and Mike Longoria percussion!!

At: Casa Karen
Doors open at 7:30 / show at 8:00
A lot of music, a lot of fun and dancing encouraged!