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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29 & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 TULA’S, 7:30PM
Tessa Souter
$15 general, $13 members/seniors, $7 studentsCall 206-443-4221 for reservations.

Tessa SouterNew York-based performer Tessa Souter has been critically acclaimed as much for her expressive style as for her beautiful voice. Born in London, the daughter of English and Trinidadian parents, her unique style infuses jazz with the soul and passion of flamenco, Middle Eastern, and Brazilian music.

Formerly a features journalist for the international press, Souter was cited by San Francisco author Po Bronson, in his best-selling What Should I Do With My Life, as someone who successfully transformed her life twice. After moving from London to San Francisco in the early 90’s, she established herself as a freelance journalist, initially juggling cleaning houses with writing articles on everything from the San Francisco homeless to travel, to celebrity interviews, to her own experience as a teen mother. But, she never let go of her long-held dream to be a singer.

In New York, she started sitting in on jam sessions, before winning a scholarship to Manhattan School of Music, which she left to be mentored for four years by jazz vocal legend Mark Murphy, who says “she is a true musician, extraordinary and very moving ...completely captivating audiences.” She describes the experience in her book, Anything I Can Do You Can Do Better, published by Random House-Vemilion UK, 2006.

Souter has inspired standing ovations from Minsk to Moscow to New York’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. Her band will include guitarist John Stowell (who has toured, recorded, and taught internationally), bassist Jeff Johnson (a Seattle-based musician who records with Origin Records and who has also performed with such artists as pianist Jessica Williams, trumpeter Chet Baker, and vocalist Marlena Shaw), and drummer Mark Ivester (an instructor at Cornish College of the Arts who has performed with numerous jazz artists of international stature including Larry Coryell, Freddie Hubbard, Diane Schuur, Mose Allison, Charlie Byrd and Eartha Kitt).

-Jessica Davis
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