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Sue & Edd’s FABULOUS Christmas Show
“…like old friends hanging around the tree, singing favorites at a party…the(se) genial singers would be welcome presences at a party or show celebrating the season! This Christmas variety pack offers different genres of Christmas song to pull you into the holiday spirit.”
“Though they harmonize espousing holiday happiness, when Sue sings John Meyer’s heartbreaking plea for a soon-to-be ex-lover to stay until “After the Holidays” with Edd crooning “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”, sounding far away…it sets up an image of a held-tight memory or wish for what won’t be.”

About Edd:
“He brings real feeling and drama to the story song “The Last Noel”. On the comedy side, we can be grateful for his performance as the ungrateful recipient in a song from The Mad Show by Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer, “The Gift of Maggie.” It is snide, sneaky and snarky great fun!”

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Sue & Edd’s FABULOUS Christmas Show
Sue Matsuki and Edd Clark’s FABULOUS Christmas Show was hosted by Don’t Tell Mama, one of Manhattan’s premiere cabaret venues, for only two evenings this year, Sunday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 14, and the latter is the show being reviewed. It’s no secret that, as you’ve followed my peregrinations through this tangled web of holiday lights, this season I have been enjoying a groaning table full of Holiday treats. This show was a full course meal in itself from the very beginning. Kicking off the evening, after Musical Director Paul Stephan and upright bass player Tom Hubbard—is there such thing as a “reclining bass?”?—took the stage, our dynamic pair did their version of the Steve and Eydie classic “That Holiday Feeling.” If you know Steve and Eydie, or perhaps you Googled famous show-biz couple Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé, well, either way, Sue Matsuki and Edd Clark make this song their own. Sue is an award-winning cabaret singer and song writer and Edd Clar...
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IT’S US AGAIN! THE MUSIC OF STEVE LAWRENCE & EYDIE
I'm in a holiday mood after seeing “It's Us Again” starring Sue Matsuki and Edd Clark at the cozy venue of Don't Tell Mama on a warm Sunday afternoon. From the moment Sue appeared wearing a bright red gown with no-slacker Edd in a dark suit with a rhinestone pin, I felt relaxed knowing I was about to enjoy some wonderful professional showmanship. Their show, “It's Us Again!, is a tribute to Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. Just as Steve and Eydie were often looked at as one, they also had separate musical identities.. The duo of Sue and Edd blended well musically, exemplifying the melodious, familiar sounds of the original duo. They began with a spirited rendition of, “This Could Be the Start of Something Big!” by Steve Allen, an upbeat opener to a fast-moving show. Their next duet, “I've Heard That Song Before,” by Sammy Cahn/Jules Styne, was interspersed with patter between the two, reminiscent of the kind of humor exchanged between Steve and Eydie. I ...
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IT’S US AGAIN! THE MUSIC OF STEVE LAWRENCE & EYDIE
On August 14, you could feel the love in the room as Don't Tell Mama's show room was wall to wall with fans of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé. Edd Clark and Sue Matsuki’s tribute show, "It's Us Again," is a loving look at Steve and Eydie as a duo and as solo artists, as well as a peripatetic selection of more than 50 years of tasty tunes. Steve Lawrence was a regular on the Steve Allen show and when Allen decided to hire a "girl singer," Eydie won the spot. Soon she also won the heart of her duet partner, and they were married in 1957—in Las Vegas, of course! Sue and Edd kicked things off with "This Could Be The Start of Something Big," Steve Allen's theme song, and clearly Steve and Eydie's. I think Sue and Edd may be prophetic. The "orchestra" for this evening was a bit different from what Steve Allen had in the studio, but John DiPinto on piano and accordion, as well as serving as music director, really knows how to sw...
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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
"...I adored the selection of songs and was particularly thrilled with the way you did Have You Got Any Castles..."
Margaret Whiting, (Cabaret Legend, daughter of Richard Whiting who, of course, wrote “Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?” with Johnny Mercer)
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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
From The Journal of the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors
A NEW TAKE YAK 2000 (Available on Amazon.com)
Sue Matsuki (vcl); Chris Hajian (tpt); Bob Kindred (ts); Gregory Toroian (p, arr); Gene Bertoncini (g); Ned Mann (b); Ronald J. Tierno (d). New York, October/November 2000.
“Speaking of Happiness/ Bluesette/ I’m Gonna Miss You/ You Brought a New Kind of Love/ Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars/ Astrud/ I’ll Close My Eyes/ It’s Nice Weather for Ducks/ I Whistle a Happy Tune/ Whistling Away the Dark/ Moondance/ Runaway/ Love Is Blind/ Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?/ the Shadow of Your Smile/ the Shining Sea/ Shaking the Blues Away/ Anticipation. TT 58:53.
Sue Matsuki is well known in New York, where she’s an award winning regular in clubs, when not performing in musicals and opera. Her groove is jazz— she won the 2002 MAC award for best j...
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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
"Another treat for jazz lovers is Sue Matsuki’s album, A New Take. Matsuki, who won the 2002 MAC Award for Best Female Jazz Artist, has crafted an album with musical director Gregory Toroian that gives a new spin to old jazz standards and a jazzy spin to some contemporary songs. Thus, jazz chestnuts like "The Shadow Of Your Smile" and "Bluesette" are given a fresh coat of paint and songs not usually associated with jazz, such as Carly Simon’s "Anticipation" and Janis Ian’s "Love Is Blind," are given new shadings. Matsuki has a fresh, unaffected voice that envelops the songs like a glove, giving equal attention to melody and lyric (a rarity in the jazz world)."
Jonathan Frank, Talkin’ Broadway
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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
"I’m a big fan of yours…you knocked me out!"
Amanda McBroom, Writer of “The Rose”
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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
"...Matsuki has a clean, clear and unaffected voice that is both lovely and interesting ... she uses it artfully and sings with sincerity ... now's the time for her to spread her wings and take off..."
David Hurst, Show Business
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Critical Acclaim for A NEW TAKE
"...get your hands on this recording -- one of the best I've listened to all year!" I’ve always been a fan of Ms. Matsuki so it is no surprise to me that her CD A New Take is such a delight. With the solid base of Gregory Toroian’s inventive and insightful arrangements, and the assistance of a great studio band (with special appearances by Gene Bertoncini and Bob Kindred), Sue delivers a recording that presents standards in new wrappings. Her clear, soothing vocals and clever stylings make for an hour or so of pure joy..."
Stu Hamstra, Cabaret HotLineOnLine
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