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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Master Class With Jazz Musician Tierney Sutton

Throughout a successful performing and recording career with her longtime band, three-time Grammy-nominated jazz singer Tierney Sutton has always made time to teach. Sutton recently took a break from her world tour to teach a master class for Harvard undergraduates.

Here & Now’s George Hicks has our story.


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  • http://twitter.com/nexcerpt Gary Stock

    I’ve worked everywhere on the spectrum — from accompanying wannabe crooners in high school choirs, to gigging professionally with Grammy winners. We desperately need new language to describe the vanilla la-la vocal “stylings” of the singers featured in this report, from Sutton right on down. Using a deep and meaningful term like “jazz” to describe that melodically stale, harmonically sterile, rhythmically lazy wash of emotionless sound demeans the very concept.

  • Michaelfbloom

    I truly enjoyed this story as presented in real time on the radio this afternoon. The power of the 14 year-old’s voice blew me away. Thank you for sharing.

  • Pamperry

    Tierney Sutton is a FORCE. Her creativity and musicianship are obvious. What I’m astounded by is her INTONATION, and her commitment to it. A supreme musician, and someone who has kept me optimistic about the future of jazz singers! The fact that she is working with students and doing workshops — well that just cements her in my heart! Thank you Tierney!

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