Imagine a cross between Ella Fitzgerald and Bette Midler, add a dash of Louis Armstrong, and you might get some idea of Suede’s unique musical talents and abilities. One part rat pack and one part Rosie Clooney, Suede is the “Diva la Difference” and the swinginest singer in town! Think sophisticated pop/jazz, think naughty blues with a sizzling trumpet, think love songs that will make you swoon, think funny, think- Wow-what a voice!
This consummate entertainer sings original material and pop, blues and jazz standards like nobody you’ve ever heard. Suede accompanies herself on piano, trumpet, and guitar, or plays with her fabulous band: Ms. Janice Friedman on piano, either Mr. Max Murray or Ms. Sue Williams on bass, and Mr. Tim Horner or Mr. Steve Holloway on drums to keep things on track.
A native of New York, Suede knew early on that she wanted to make singing her life. Her natural talent wowed friends and family throughout her childhood, culminating in her first “bar gigs” while still in high school. Completely self taught until her college years, Suede then began formal training in classical voice and trumpet, obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree before launching her musical career shortly after graduation. She started out in the Washington/Baltimore area playing locals clubs from Harrisburg, PA to Richmond, VA seven nights a week, booking the gigs, running her own sound and traveling in her trusty Toyota hatchback, which somehow fit all her instruments and sound gear. Indeed, the requisite dues have been paid, as Suede has evolved from playing ‘Proud Mary’ behind chicken wire to packing the best concert halls and jazz clubs in the US and Europe. Easily Suede Music, her own record label founded in 1988, allows Suede to maintain artistic control and make independent creative choices in her work.
From unbelievable A Cappella to “bring down the house” belting blues, Suede delivers it all with her own unique blend of warmth, wit and musical artistry.