Thursday, May 6, 2010

new reviews and shows coming up!

Hello everyone! Here's some info. on some upcoming shows and below is a nice review by Jay Trachtenberg from the Austin Chronicle. Have a lovely spring!

May 19th
The Suzi Stern Quartet
KITANO jazz bar
66 Park Ave. @ 38th Street NYC
(212) 885-7119 for reservations
Bob Rodriguez piano, Steve Varner bass,
and Tom Sayek drums
2 shows 8:00 & 10:00
no cover $15 min per show
June 10th
Suzi Stern
with GATO 6
The Elephant Room
315 Congress Ave.
Austin, Tx.
9:30 -1:30
July 11th
Suzi Stern with George Oldziey and Pat Harris
Casa Karen
1304 Karen Ave.
Austin, Texas
with special guest Beth Ullman
reservations 512 347-1722
July 24th
Suzi Stern and Paul English
in Houston Texas
details to be announced!
August 14th
The Suzi Stern Quintet
Montrose Ave.
Houston, Texas

Texas Platters

Suzi Stern & George Oldziey

Leap of Heart (Aardvark)

It's not her warm voice, per se, that's earned Suzi Stern the accolades of Austin's jazz community for years. Rather, it's her uncanny interpretive powers to take a well-worn standard or pop tune and, with subtlety and grace, mold it into something unique. Stern's joined here by her pianist/arranger/partner George Oldziey and the stellar rhythm section of UT's John Fremgen on bass and drummer Brannen Temple, with a few tasteful licks from veteran trumpeter Bob Meyer. She imbues timeless tunes by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, and the Gershwins with her own reflective style, adding refreshing twists throughout, be it a delightfully swinging scat chorus on Cahn's "Time After Time" or a hint of compadre Tina Marsh's vocal gymnastics on Berlin's "Change Partners." A contemporary pop song or two would have been a nice change of pace to this otherwise thoughtful and intimate set.