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Tierney Sutton Band @ JazzFest Falmouth

When: Sat Oct 5th
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: Highfield Theater | 58 Highfield Drive | Falmouth |

Five-time Grammy nominee Tierney Sutton, who reinvigorates old songs like “Cry me a River” and “I Get a Kick  Out of You,” will headline JazzFest Falmouth on Saturday, October 5, at 7:30 PM at Highfield Theater. Jazzfest organizers say that Ms. Sutton brings a spirited and sophisticated interpretation of those jazz classics and the American songbook to the stage, giving them a heartfelt meaning.

Lyrics from “Porgy and Bess” and “West Side Story” become new again in her voice, festival sponsors say. The Chicago Sun Times describes Ms. Sutton’s voice as, “…soft as silk and smooth as fine bourbon,” and reviewers often note the clarity and beauty of her voice,  her vocal command, scatting, and her use of wordless vocals. She has been JazzWeek’s vocalist of the year and won the LA Jazz Society’s Vocalist Award.

Ms. Sutton has toured extensively throughout the world and has appeared as a guest vocalist on CDs by composer Johnny Mandel, trumpeter Wayne Bergeron, pianist Shelly Berg, The Frank Macchia Big Band, and The Chris Walden Big Band. Her voice can be heard on film and television soundtracks including the Academy Award nominated film, “The Cooler,” as well as on many television commercials.

Ms. Sutton is currently serving as Jazz Artist in Residence at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, California. An active educator, she taught for more than a decade at University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and is the vocal department head at the Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena, California. She has mentored some of jazz’s finest new vocalists including Gretchen Parlato, Kathleen Grace and Sara Gazarek.

One of Ms. Sutton’s most distinguishing characteristics as a performer is her interplay with the other members of the group, each a pre-eminent musician in his own right. Pianist Christian Jacobs, bassist Kevin Axt, and drummer Ralph Humphrey have worked with Ms. Sutton for 20 years. When not on the road with her, they have played and recorded with a diverse array of music legends including Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Placido Domingo, KD Lang, Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, James Taylor and others.

The Los Angeles Daily News described the ensemble this way: “…top flight…one and all…Sutton swings effortlessly and then gets out of the way and lets the boys shine, and shine they do.” In addition to four consecutive Grammy Nominations for “Best jazz Vocal Album,” the Tierney Sutton Band’s latest CD, “American Road” was also awarded a nomination for its collaborative arranging, putting Ms. Sutton and the band alongside arrangements written for Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett and Queen Latifah.

With nine critically acclaimed CDs and consecutive nominations for Jazz Journalist Association awards, the Tierney Sutton Band has appeared at the Monterey, Umbria, Marciac, and Montreal jazz festivals. They have headlined in recent years at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Hollywood Bowl and the Kennedy Center. Based in Los Angeles, the band comes to Falmouth, having recently toured in Amsterdam, Milan and Estoril in Europe, and played club dates at Birdland in New York and Scullers Jazz Club in Boston.

This week Ms. Sutton released her first solo album, “After Blue,” which explores the music of Joni Mitchell and features Hubert Laws on flute, Mark Summers on cello, and the Turtle Island String Quartet.
Tickets to the October 5 concert are $30 in advance and are online at or at Eight Cousins Books, Main Street, Falmouth, and the Market Street Bookshop in Mashpee Commons. Tickets are $35 at the door.

JazzFest Falmouth is one of two major annual arts festivals sponsored by ArtsFalmouth, Inc., a nonprofit alliance of artists, cultural groups, businesses, and interested citizens, which was formed to celebrate the area’s arts. For more information on the JazzStroll and other events of JazzFest Falmouth, go to

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