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Tessa Souter w. Gene Bertoncini, Ron McClure, Billy Drummond at Blue Note this Monday, November 15th

November 12, 2010

To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo, jazzpromo@earthlink.net

"Broadly imaginative" New York Times

"Utterly original and compelling." Jazzwise

“One of the few exceptional standouts in the crowded field of female jazz singers …an artist with the talent and the imagination to match her compelling musical visions.” Don Heckman, International Review of Music

Tessa Souter with all-star trio at the legendary Blue Note on Monday, November 15, 2010

with Gene Bertoncini (guitar)
Ron McClure (bass)

Billy Drummond (drums)

Monday, November 15, 2010
Blue Note Jazz Club

131 W. 3rd St.
New York, NY 10012
Sets at 8 & 10.30 PM
Cover $15 at tables $10 at the bar

at http://www.tessasouter.com

Just back from her successful debut at the Earshot Jazz festival, Seattle, London-born, New York-based, Anglo-Trinidadian vocalist Tessa Souter will appear at the Blue Note with an all-star trio.
Heralded as "a must-see for lovers of world class jazz" [Los Angeles Times], "striking, soulful, enchanting" [Washington Post], "expressive, full of passion [Philadelphia Inquirer], "compelling and utterly original" [Jazzwise], the award-winning singer, composer and lyricist has been critically acclaimed as much for her expressive style as for her "truly beautiful voice." [Sirius Radio] Her first CD, Listen Love, won critical raves for her "crystal clear voice and diamond cut phrasing" (Philadelphia Inquirer) and "direct, soulful sound" (Village Voice). Her sophomore CD, Nights of Key Largo, recorded on Japanese audiophile label, Venus, with all-stars Kenny Werner, Billy Drummond, Jay Leonhart, Joel Frahm, and Trio de Paz’s Romero Lubambo, won Swing Journal’s coveted Gold Disc award. Her critically acclaimed CD, Obsession (on visionary US. label, Motema), a multicultural banquet that reflects her African, Indian, and English bloodlines, as well as her American present – is her third in an international singing career that has taken her all over the world, playing to sold out houses from the Blue Note, New York to Beirut to Moscow – and beyond. She is currently working on her second CD for Venus and is at the planning stages of her second Motema recording. http://www.tessasouter.com
GENE BERTONCINI began playing guitar at age seven and by age sixteen was appearing on television. He attended Notre Dame University, where he obtained a degree in architecture, and then moved to Chicago where he became immersed in the jazz scene, working with Carmen McRae (hang on a minute … let me say that again, CARMEN MCRAE). Bertoncini’s career has included playing with Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter (Crikey!!), Paul Desmond, Michel Le Grand, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, and Nancy Wilson. His acoustic guitar technique is executed with such classical finesse that he has been called " the Segovia of jazz". http://www.genebertoncini.com

BILLY DRUMMOND was playing in bands from age eight. He moved to New York in 1986, when his first major break was to join the band Out of the Blue (OTB), with whom he recorded for Blue Note Records. Soon after, he joined Horace Silver’s Sextet and toured with them extensively, before joining J.J. Johnson and subsequently Sonny Rollins, with whom he toured for three years. Since then he has played with many of the world’s jazz greats, including Eddie Gomez, Joe Henderson, J.J. Johnson, Nat Adderley, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Lovano, Buster Williams, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Andrew Hill, Freddie Hubbard, and Charles Tolliver, and is a long time member of Carla Bley and the Lost Chords, and the Steve Kuhn Trio. Dubai, his third solo release, was voted Number 1 on the New York Times Best of 1996 list by jazz critic Peter Watrous. http://www.billydrummonddrums.com

RON MCCLURE started playing the accordion at age five, picking up the bass in high school. He attended the Hartt School of Music, graduating in 1963 and worked in the Buddy Rich Sextet the same year, later joining Maynard Ferguson’s big band. In 1965 he assumed the bass chair vacated by the late Paul Chambers in the Wynton Kelly Trio (playing with guitarist Wes Montgomery and Jimmy Cobb). He later joined Charles Lloyd’s "Classic Quartet" together with pianist Keith Jarrett and drummer Jack DeJohnette, which was voted "Group of the Year" in 1967 by Downbeat Magazine. In 1970 he co-founded the jazz-rock group "The Fourth Way" and later, with saxophonist Joe Henderson, joined Blood, Sweat & Tears. In the 1980s, McClure joined Quest, led by saxophonist Dave Liebman. His solo projects include the contributions of John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Vic Juris, Richie Beirach, and Randy Brecker, among other distinguished jazz musicians. http://www.ronmcclure.com
Prior to her Blue Note date, Tessa will be appearing at the Philadelphia Art Museum on Friday November 12, with her Obsession band.

Friday, November 12
Philadelphia Art Museum

Great Stair Hall
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130-2302
(215) 235-7469
with Jason Ennis (guitar)
Gary Wang (bass)
Conor Meehan (drums)
Free after museum admission
5pm – 8.45pm

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