“Daring, beautiful jazz.” – All About Jazz
“One of the finest and most fearless jazz vocalists to have emerged in recent years.” – The Boston Globe
Daughter of English and Trinidadian parents, award-winning, New York-based jazz vocalist Tessa Souter’s gorgeous voice, and penchant for exploring strikingly beautiful music mostly untouched by other vocalists, has set her apart as “one of the few exceptional standouts in the crowded field of female jazz singers.” (Los Angeles Times)
A singer with “a voice to believe in” (Stephen Marlbank), from the Philharmonic halls of Russia – where she has had four sell out national tours – to the intimacy of New York’s jazz clubs, Souter mesmerizes audiences with her emotional depth, striking authenticity, charismatic stage presence and crackling humor that spice her individual style of jazz.
Three critically acclaimed albums – Listen Love (Nara, 2004), which evokes the sensuality and passion of Andalusian Spain and the Middle East, the mostly standards Nights of Key Largo (Venus, 2008), which won Japan’s prestigious Swing Journal Gold Disc Award, and her Motema debut, Obsession (2009), featuring daring takes on pop icons the Beatles and Cream, as well as compositions by Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Milton Nascimento, Dori Caymmi and Kenny Barron, firmly positioned Souter as a singer “whose unique style, precise articulation and stunning voice [have established her as] a vocalist to reckon with”, says All About Jazz.
Watch Tessa here; www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr_BtmcirVY