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A Tribute To The Gals Who Make Me Want To Sing
“To me, Sue Matsuki is an unaffected jazz stylist. She has a relaxed, engaging alto that one could listen to for hours. In person she is very persuasive with a sweet sound that recalls ‘50s band singer Chris Connor or, more recently, Carol Sloane. With brilliant Gary Pace on piano and John Leohrke on bass, she is in good hands. To her credit, she never tries to emulate the ladies to whom she pays tribute. Rather, she brings her own gentle spin to the vocalists who have defined her musically. There are gems, which she pulls off with a keen sense of respect while bringing her own often-languid style to the music. Highlights like Peggy Lee-Dave Barbour’s "I Don’t Know Enough About You" and the Johnny Burke-Jimmy Van Heusen "But Beautiful" are conquered with a wistful nostalgia that recalls an era we’ll never see again. The rarely heard 1956 "The Late, Late Show" (Roy Alfred-Murray Berlin), a signature tune of Dakota Staton, shows a whimsical side that ...
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A Tribute To The Gals Who Make Me Want To Sing
“Sue’s show last night was sensational! Her interpretations of the songs sung by Irene Kral (a real favorite of mine, including Tommy Wolfe’s "I’m Always Drunk In San Francisco", a real musical and dramatic tour de force), Peggy Lee, Dakota Staton, Sarah Vaughan ("Misty") are so fresh and compelling. She has never been better. Her version of "I’ll Close My Eyes" rivals Mildred Bailey’s. Don’t miss her show! In addition, we had the wonderful Tim Sullivan doing two incredible original songs. But you should not pass up to see Sue which sets a high criteria for the best female performance in the next awards season!” Joe Regan, Cabaret Scenes
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JAM N TOASTS
“Standing center stage and elegantly dressed in black, she begins her opening song, Irving Berlin’s "Let Me Sing." It’s easy to see right from the first notes why Sue Matsuki was honored with a MAC Award for Female Jazz Vocalist 2001. Her new show with Gregory Toroian, is called "Jam n’ Toasts" and took New Hope by storm when it played the Cabaret Room at Odette’s.
Deftly directed by Carolyn Montgomery, "Jam n’ Toasts" presents a great group of tunes after each one is set up by "here’s to you" style toasts. Toasts to the many men in her life from her stepfather, "The Greatest Many I Never Knew" (by Leigh and Matine Jr.) to her biological father with "Speaking of Happiness" written by Scott and Radcliffe). The evening was a well packaged mix of Berlin, Bricusse and Mancini, Mercer and Whiting, Mercer and Rowles, Elvis Costello, Jay Leonhart and Carly Simon.
Capturing the audience’s emotion wit...
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JAM N TOASTS
"As you know Sue is one of my all time favorite singers and she has reclaimed many forgotten songs for me -- Sue appeared with the beginning riff of "Perdido" and proceeded to wipe out a sold out club with an truly extraordinary tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. It was a show of many highlights --- her "Lullaby of Birdland" (which I first saw Ella do at a Jazz at the Philharmonic concert in San Jose when I was at Stanford) was on the nose; she did a funny special lyric to "I Won't Dance" called "I Won't Scat" during which the band teasted her and taunted her into scatting (you have to hear it to believe it, it is one the most incredible special lyric standards I've heard in ages). Then she proceeded to show the range of Ella in several selections, the best of Ella ranging from the Berlin "Mack The Knife" with the special ad lib lyrics; an incredibly heartbreaking "Can't We Be Friends" (restoring another...
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Ella & Me - A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, The Firs
"As you know Sue is one of my all time favorite singers and she has reclaimed many forgotten songs for me -- Sue appeared with the beginning riff of "Perdido" and proceeded to wipe out a sold out club with an truly extraordinary tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. It was a show of many highlights --- her "Lullaby of Birdland" (which I first saw Ella do at a Jazz at the Philharmonic concert in San Jose when I was at Stanford) was on the nose; she did a funny special lyric to "I Won't Dance" called "I Won't Scat" during which the band teasted her and taunted her into scatting (you have to hear it to believe it, it is one the most incredible special lyric standards I've heard in ages). Then she proceeded to show the range of Ella in several selections, the best of Ella ranging from the Berlin "Mack The Knife" with the special ad lib lyrics; an incredibly heartbreaking "Can't We Be Friends" (restoring another...
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Ella & Me - A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, The Firs
"As you know Sue is one of my all time favorite singers and she has reclaimed many forgotten songs for me -- Sue appeared with the beginning riff of "Perdido" and proceeded to wipe out a sold out club with an truly extraordinary tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. It was a show of many highlights --- her "Lullaby of Birdland" (which I first saw Ella do at a Jazz at the Philharmonic concert in San Jose when I was at Stanford) was on the nose; she did a funny special lyric to "I Won't Dance" called "I Won't Scat" during which the band teasted her and taunted her into scatting (you have to hear it to believe it, it is one the most incredible special lyric standards I've heard in ages). Then she proceeded to show the range of Ella in several selections, the best of Ella ranging from the Berlin "Mack The Knife" with the special ad lib lyrics; an incredibly heartbreaking "Can't We Be Friends" (restoring another...
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Ella & Me - A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, The Firs
“I would like to echo Joe's sentiments...Ella has to be be smiling down on Sue Matsuki today! Her show last night was SENSATIONAL!!! Kudos to you, Sue, & to your SENSATIONAL band led by Gregory Torian. I hope you bring it back. I see another MAC AWARD in your future! Lennie deserves a special MAC Award for the high level of quality shows booked at Mama Rose's. Thanks to ALL involved for creating BLUE SKIES last night at Mama Rose's! Here she is, boys...Here she is world! Here's the place to be!”
Richard Skipper, Multi-award winning performer & Celebrity Blogger
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Ella & Me - A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, The Firs
"Sue Matsuki gave an incredible performance of Ella Fitzgerald songs on the eve of my birthday. I couldn’t have had a better celebration if I brought Ella back from the "other side!" I have traveled to Las Vegas to hear Sue and she has the ability to transport me to the most wondrous places with her mellifluous tones. This time I only had to cross the George Washington Bridge. I brought with me two friends and they were so delighted. The gentleman had heard Ella in Berlin many years ago. When Sue mentioned Berlin and began to sing, his eyes welled up and felt as if he had been transported back in time. Sue created unforgettable moments...again! KUDOS!"
Barbara Nagpal
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