The Susan Sutton Trio is a marvel of melodic invention and subtle interplay in the classic piano - bass - drums format, with Susan's swinging vocals an added feature. Within a context of standard jazz repertoire plus many of Susan's original compositions, the trio provides great textural and dynamic variety and is always highly listenable.
Brooklyn born composer/pianist/vocalist Susan Sutton has performed professionally with the Susan Sutton Trio, recording eight albums on the Sutton Sound Label. Sutton's passion for music began at the age of five, when she began her classical training in piano and cello. She holds a degree in Music Composition and Performance from Dominican University and studied jazz piano and composition with Bryce Rohde of the Australian Jazz Quintet, and jazz piano with George Cables. Her original works include a series of contemporary modern chamber pieces as well as ten published volumes of jazz songs. Seasoned by touring dates with jazz combos from New York to San Francisco and inspired by influences from Monk, Corea and Hancock to Satie, Gershwin and World Beat, Sutton launched her own uniquely eclectic trio in 1981, establishing a distinctively original and popular voice in the Bay Area jazz scene ever since.
"Her singing, like her piano, is vibrant... and her voice has a compelling storytelling quality about it. (Sutton's) compositions...are structurally and harmonically sophisticated and adventurous. The patented Sutton exuberance, excitement and exhilaration...abound on each track."
Dave Nathan, All Music Guide