Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mitch Watkins, Eddie Gomez, Gato's B.D !!

Some wonderful music on the horizon that I'd like to share with you!

Next Thursday Jan. 29th
Suzi Stern (that's me) with Mitch Watkins on Guitar and Evan "Sticky" Arredondo on Bass.
A sweet trio, doing tunes off the cuff!  I'm excited about re-visiting some fabulous standards that I've abandoned for many years.  No arrangements...just 3 friends listening and responding to each other and seeing what magical musical conversation transpires! I haven't played with Mitch in a while (He was touring with Leonard Cohen for 2 years) so I'm really looking forward to this!
The Brass House
9:00 to 1:00
115 San Jacinto Blvd.

NEXT Friday Jan. 30th
The Elephant Room
315 Congress Ave.
9:30 to 1:30
Gato on Piano, John Mills Sax, Dennis Dotson trumpet, Wayne Salzmann drums, Kris Afflerbaugh Bass, Mike Longoria Percussion and Moi Suzi Stern why aren't we called GATO 7 ??

Friday Feb. 6th
The Eddie Gomez Trio!!!!!
Eddie Gomez Bass, Stefan Karlsson piano, Ed Soph drums
Returning to our intimate house concert series at Casa Karen!!
Doors open 7:30 / show 8:00
All the info. and tickets (which are selling out fast) at
Or call (512) 459-9900
What an honor to be hosting these musicians once again!!

Then come on back the following weekend to Casa Karen to celebrate George's birthday!
GATO 6 will be playing at Casa Karen on Feb. 13th (Ooo Fri. the 13th. Is this auspicious?)  to party and sing happy BD to mister Gato himself. There will be amazing birthday NY cheesecake, vino, dancing if you feel so inspired, friends and the entire 7 piece band!  for tickets and info.
Or call (512) 459-9900
This will be so much fun!

Hope to see you at these upcoming musical events!
All the Best,

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Jazz in the new year!!

Hello Everyone!!
I've been on a much needed media "fast" and giving you a much needed rest from emil inundation!!
Now please allow me to wish you all a belated "Happy New Year"!!

Some January Jazz I'd like to let you know about ahead:
If you plan to be in Houston this chilly weekend, Jan. 10th & 11th I will be performing with the wonderful jazz pianist Paul English and his group!  I'm very much looking forward to a weekend of concerts and workshops.  If you plan to be in Houston visit my web site for details.  
Then I'm off to snowy Buffalo!!!!

Circle the date!
The first Casa Karen Concert of the year!
Friday January 23rd
The Karlsson/ Whittaker Trio!!
Jazz Pianist extraordinaire Stefan Karlsson who graced our space at Casa Karen last year with famed bassist Edie Gomez returns with the remarkable Houston based drummer Sebastian Whittaker, and the very talented Daniel Parr on bass.
Doors open at 7:30 / show 8:00
All the details and ticket purchase at
OR call (512) 459-9900
free refreshments with ticket purchase

I truly look forward to seeing you again and to a year of great music ahead!
All the Best,

Monday, November 10, 2014

November Jazz!

This weekend!
The 20th Annual
Jazz at St. James Festival!
I will be singing with the high energy, all original latin jazz group
opening up for
The wonderful Jeremy Pelt and his group!
get all the details at:
Our set starts at 7:00 p.m.
Music all weekend!

and looking ahead to next week:
Friday Nov. 21st
The Elephant Room
9:30 to 1:30

And on a side note (no pun intended) remember that physical CD's are still a great way to play music! You can support local artists and a fantastic local store when you purchase music from Waterloo Records on Lamar in Austin. All of my releases can be found there or you can visit  and to purchase on line.
Please feel free to peruse my web site and check out sounds from past projects at
as well…while you're there please click on the "like" icon which is a nice thing to do for some odd cyber popularity reason and it is so much appreciated!

If you are Casa Karen fans, circle the date!
Sat. Dec. 6th
We will be hosting
From The Netherlands
Sandhya Sanjana and her 6 piece band
Buy your tickets and get the details at

Happy fall to everyone!  I think we're past the big heat and I am loving these cooler temps!!
With love and appreciation!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Brass House and Europe!

I hope you can join us next Friday October 17th
For a wonderful evening of jazz!!
The Suzi Stern Quintet
At the Brass House
2nd and San Jacinto
Downtown Austin
9:00 to 1:00
(512) 296-2188

featuring Seth Carper woodwinds, George Oldziey piano, John Fremgen Bass and Roberto Morales drums

Then George and I take off for Vienna, Bratislava, Prague and Amsterdam!

Hope to see you at the bon Voyage party at the Brass House!

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

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

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
or email me to get added to my info. emailing at

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!


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
doors open at 7:30 / show at 8:00
visit  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:

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
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’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,

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  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

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
When: Sun, December 22, 2013



  • 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

Images from 2013 highlights!!