From Mark, your concert co-host: I’ll put it right out there: I love listening to Suzanna Smith. I could do it for hours (and I have). Whether she’s interpreting a classic jazz tune or singing one of her own compositions, her warm, clear, unforced voice brings the music and lyrics joyfully to life. Onstage or off, she’s the sort of person who lights up a room when she walks into it.
For the past dozen years, she’s performed almost non-stop at venues around the Bay Area — from a twice-weekly gig at Kelly’s of Alameda, to monthly appearances in the Mission at Savanna Jazz, to her current biweekly sets at Zingari Ristorante in San Francisco’s Hotel Donatello. She has studied and been influenced by such great vocalists as Sarah Vaughan and Peggy Lee, but her style and presence are all her own.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost six years since Suzanna last performed here on Rose Avenue. We’re thrilled to have her back.
“A truly unique talent whose musical stock is that proverbial arrow pointing straight up.… Organic, eclectic, and contemporary, yet rooted in the tradition of what old school vocal jazz was once all about, soul.”
—Brent Black, Critical Jazz