San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Vocalist Suzanna Smith celebrates the upcoming release of her long-awaited debut recording Halfway Between Heaven And Love. Celebrating this release at the Jazzschool is a homecoming of sorts. Suzanna's musical path began somewhere between the honky-tonk and doowop playing in the family station wagon, clarinet in the middle school band and choir in high school, a cappella nerdiness in college, infatuation with honest songwriters like Ani DiFranco and Patty Griffin and listening to singing angels like Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. Then one day Suzanna took a class at the Jazzschool — and so began her singing career. After several courses at the Jazzschool, she went on to hone her craft in the time-honored tradition of learning on the bandstand, an opportunity that's become increasingly rare for singers. She pours this experience, and all the living that has happened in between, into the songs and stories that make up Halfway Between Heaven And Love. The result is an eclectic but deeply informed selection of material including five original compositions, original lyrics set to classic instrumental jazz tunes and pianist Michael Coleman's compositions, and a well-curated selection of jazz standards.
Featuring, Michael Coleman on piano and keyboards, Michael O'Neill on saxophone and clarinet, Ken Husbands on guitar and bouzouki, Brandon Essex on bass and Jon Arkin on drums.