JazzWeek’s 2005 Vocalist of the Year
“[Tierney Sutton] is the real thing: a hard-swinging, soft-hearted devotee of a great tradition, a pure jazz spirit whose singing conjures up open skies and clean air...”—The New York Times
“What stands out more than anything else are the arrangements, a series of musical settings that place familiar material in an unusual and appealing light.”—Washington Post Vocalist Tierney Sutton—whom The New York Times calls “...a serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level”—and her band present a contemporary collection of 16 novel jazz arrangements. Sutton’s fifth Telarc release, I'm With the Band defines the group’s many years of collaborative work and deep personal involvement with the music. Each track adds gracefully to the band’s hailed reputation for modern and unique song adaptations. “The singer and the trio she has worked with for years—Christian Jacob on piano, Kevin Axt on bass and Ray Brinker on drums—have refined the kind of rapport that could be achieved only over time,” says The New York Times.
Recorded over two days at the famed Birdland club in New York City, I’m with the Band was performed in front of an invited audience. The album highlights the group’s strength and skill in performance, which Daily Variety described as an “uncanny display of spirit and unity.” The Washington Post praised a recent performance by the band for its “breadth of material [that] revealed not only Sutton’s interpretive gifts, but her harmonic and rhythmic agility.” The album features arrangements from all-time favorites like Rodgers & Hammerstein, George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Cole Porter. It is produced by Elaine Martone (Ray Brown, McCoy Tyner, Geri Allen), and features Ray Brinker on drums, Christian Jacob on piano, and Kevin Axt and Trey Henry alternating on bass.
Over the past decade, the Tierney Sutton Band has continually gained critical acclaim for their stylistic charm and cohesive music including their 2004 album Dancing in the Dark, which debuted in the top ten on Billboard’s Jazz Charts, and their 2002 release Something Cool, which rose to #1 on the JazzWeek radio charts.
In June 2005, Sutton won JazzWeek’s Vocalist of the Year Award. In addition, Sutton’s other credits include vocals on Lion’s Gate Films’ The Cooler starring William H. Macy and Alec Baldwin, and Paramount’s Twisted starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman. She also teaches at the University of Southern California and conducts master classes and workshops worldwide.