Monday, September 19, 2016

Austin, Dallas, Portland and Seattle!

Hey Everyone!  
Last week we hosted a truly amazing concert at Casa Karen featuring Sorin Zlat on piano. He is a monster player!! I'm definitely a new fan. Check him out! We had a great audience and the entire evening was truly special. Great friends, great music and now some beautiful musical memories.  Here's a shot of the band getting ready to go on. From Left to right, drummer Daniel Dufour, pianist Sorin Zlat, sax Woody Witt and bass David Craig.

I hope to get Sorin back to Austin soon!
Coming up next:
Thursday Sept 22nd please join us (if you live in the Austin area), at:
 the Elephant Room, 
315 Congress Ave.     Austin, Texas
 9:30 to 1:30 
The Suzi Stern Quintet
with 
George Oldziey / accordion and piano
Wayne Salzmann /  drums
John Mills  / woodwinds
Paul Unger /  double bass

 on 
Friday Sept. 23rd
The Suzi Stern Quintet 
jazz at:
The Kitchen     Dallas Texas
I'll be singing with the fabulous Dave Monsch on woodwinds, Dennis Durick drums, Paul Unger Bass and George Oldziey piano

Dallas, Texas   
Info and details here:  http://kitchencafedallas.com/

I'll be looking forward to doing some work in the recording studio up in Dallas with the remarkable Paul Unger that weekend as well.  I have to take Sat. night off to go catch Jimmy Cobb, who will be up in Dallas if at all possible!


In October:
A tiny tour of the Pacific North West!
October 18th 
at 
Jimmy Maks in Portland Oregon
Suzi Stern voice
Peggy Stern piano
Paul Unger bass

October 19th
Bates House Concert Series
Seattle Washington
Suzi Stern voice
Peggy Stern piano
Paul Unger bass
Call for more info. (512) 924-5821

Several private events will keep me up in the Oregon / Washingtonarea until the end of October.

Back in Austin
October 28th
The Elephant Room
GATO 6
Suzi Stern with Gato piano & accordion, Seth Carper sax, Jimmy Shortel tpt, Alex Browne bass, Bruno Venezof perc, Aaron Easleydrums
I will be singing with this fun, high energy crazy latin jazz band again!
Come check it out!  One of my absolute favorite bands!
9:30 to 1:30
315 Congress Ave.

More details on the early winter months coming up, but circleNovember 13th!!  I will be hosting the Helen Sung ensemble at Casa Karen!!!!  casakaren.org for tickets
Image result for helen sung images


And I'm really excited to be singing with a full orchestra at the Austin Civic Orchestra's holiday Concert December 10th!     
All the details and a full schedule for the ACO at:  austincivicorchestra.org

Thank you for reading my blog and hope to see you at a show or two or three!

Musically Yours,

Suzi

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Fall is around the corner!

I get a happy feeling in my tummy thinking about autumn coming soon with a shift in the light,  cool breezes after sunset and finally being able to take long walks with out breaking out in a gross sweat!
 Living in Austin Texas, I'm never sad to say goodbye to summer.
With the fall months comes some fantastic musical events that I'm very excited to be a part of.
First of all, Thursday September 15th I will be hosting the brilliant award winning jazz pianist Sorin Zlat at our Casa Karen House Concert Series. Along with Sorin will be Texas based woodwind player Woody Witt, bassist David Craig and drummer Daniel Dufour.
I cannot wait to hear Sorin play on our beautiful concert grand piano!
More about Sorin here:  http://sorinzlat.com/
And tickets and details are at casakaren.org
free drinks, and snacks and an amazing attentive quiet audience!!

Then on Thursday Sept 22nd please join us (if you live in the Austin area), at:
 the Elephant Room, 
315 Congress Ave.     Austin, Texas
 9:30 to 1:30 
The Suzi Stern Quintet
with 
George Oldziey / accordion and piano
Wayne Salzmann /  drums
John Mills  / woodwinds
Paul Unger /  double bass

 on 
Friday Sept. 23rd
The Suzi Stern Quintet 
jazz at:
The Kitchen     Dallas Texas
I'll be singing with the fabulous Dave Monsch on woodwinds, Dennis Durick drums, Paul Unger Bass and George Oldziey piano

Dallas, Texas   
Info and details here:  http://kitchencafedallas.com/

I'll be looking forward to doing some work in the recording studio up in Dallas with the remarkable Paul Unger that weekend as well.  I have to take Sat. night off to go catch Jimmy Cobb, who will be up in Dallas if at all possible!


In October:
A tiny tour of the Pacific North West!
October 18th 
at 
Jimmy Maks in Portland Oregon
Suzi Stern voice
Peggy Stern piano
Paul Unger bass

October 19th
Bates House Concert Series
Seattle Washington
Suzi Stern voice
Peggy Stern piano
Paul Unger bass
Call for more info. (512) 924-5821

Several private events will keep me up in the Oregon / Washington area until the end of October.

Back in Austin
October 28th
The Elephant Room
GATO 6
Suzi Stern with Gato piano & accordion, Seth Carper sax, Jimmy Shortel tpt, Alex Browne bass, Bruno Venezof perc, Aaron Easley drums
I will be singing with this fun, high energy crazy latin jazz band again!
Come check it out!  One of my absolute favorite bands!
9:30 to 1:30
315 Congress Ave.

More details on the early winter months coming up, but circle November 13th!!  I will be hosting the Helen Sung ensemble at Casa Karen!!!!  casakaren.org for tickets
Image result for helen sung images


And I'm really excited to be singing with a full orchestra at the Austin Civic Orchestra's holiday Concert December 10th!     
All the details and a full schedule for the ACO at:  austincivicorchestra.org

Thank you for reading my blog and hope to see you at a show or two or three!

Musically Yours,

Suzi



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 suzistern@gmail.com

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 www.elephantroom.com

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 www.casakaren.org

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,

Suzi





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
at
The Elephant Room
Thursday, May 26thAustin, Texas
315 Congress Ave.
9:30 to 1:30
with
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
at
Cezanne
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:
 jvsinger@me.com 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,
Suzi

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!
Suzi






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.



And:
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!!

Suzi