I've recently added my old friend, bassist Tyrone Brown to the band (when we get enough moneyto pay him!) Ty is such a wonderful artist; I am contually inspired by him. Guitarist Tom Glenn and I are exploring more musical avenues to get ready for our recording dates. Makes me think we should have been writing together for the last 30 years!. Here is a funny politcal tune that was inspired by Tom watching our crazy president saying how some of the neo-Nazis at Charlottesville were "Good People." Tom noticed the expressions on the faces of the sycophants around him and wrote a terrific melody. I wrote lyrics and we call it I've Got My Smile On. We appear regularly at the Paris Wine Bar, If you like politics with your jazz - go no further! At my age, I don't have to worry anymore if my boobs are big enough or my patter between songs offends. I just do it. Ah, freedom!
You can check out my history at All About Jazz or my reviews at Dreambox Media. My latest release is on Amazon (with some of the best musicians in Philly on it) and you can get a free listen on SoundCloud!
I recently lost a dear friend and musical soul mate - Jim Miller, drummer, writer, jazz advocate, and all around great guy. I wrote a memorial to him for the Broad Street Review. Please take a moment and read it. I'd love you to get to know his legacy.
I started a newsletter to promote the great singers in our region.. it's called Philly Voices. I'm also involved as a project advisor for the Philly Jazz Legacy Project funded by Pew Center for Arts & Heritage to explore the history of Philly jazz by digging into all the material culture we can get our hands on. Archivist Jack McCarthy is heading the project and we just visited Margaret McGriif (the late organist Jimmy McGriff's widow), Charlie Rice's daughters, and TC III (the son of Trudy Pitts) . Jack and I will be visiting the archives at Tulane University in NOLA next week. I'll give you an update then.
If you have any archival material you want us to know about, visit our website and let us know.
I'm not your usual jazz singer and I don't wear false eyelashes.
Don't consign yourself to the same old stuff at your next party or venue - you want something special that folks will remember. Okay, we DO the standards, but we're not standard lounge lizards - we DO so much more. You can check out videos below of Tom, Andy and I at Chris' Jazz Cafe and a gorgeous rendition of Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams with Jim Ridl, Mike Boone, Jim Miller and Larry McKenna below.
Most of the photos on this site are by photographer Anthony Dean
Enjoy youtubemusic videos with jazz pianist Jim Ridl, bassist Mike Boone, drummer Jim Miller and saxophonist Larry McKenna accompany Suzanne Cloud in Philadelphia. Quite a singer in Philadelphia!
Guitarist Tom Glenn and bassist Andy Lalasis - just leaning into the tune with me.
Below the Beltway By Jef Lee Johnson and Suzanne Cloud
I Got My Smile On (Ode to Sycophants) by Tom Glenn and Suzanne Cloud
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