Sue Anne Gershenzon’s Recording Debut As A Jazz Singer Features Her Beautiful Voice On A Set Of Classic Tunes.
A featured performer in Musical Theatre for years (both On and Off Broadway), Sue Anne Gershenzon makes her jazz recording debut on You Must Believe In Spring. With each tune representing specific relationships and experiences, Ms. Gershenzon takes her listeners on the journey of a life lived, lessons learned, and hope for the future. With her regular pianist and arranger Glafkos Kontemeniotis serving as her co-producer, the singer's beautiful voice is showcased on 11 classic songs. She is joined by tenor-saxophonist Joel Frahm, trombonist Ryan Keberle, bassist Sean Smith, drummer Dave Meade, Brandon Vazquez on Trumpet, Bashiri Johnson on percussion and a string trio comprised of Megan Gould on violin, Karen Waltuch on viola and Noah Heffeld on cello.
Starting with "I Thought About You" (which has trombonist Keberle complementing the singer), Ms. Gershenzon puts heartfelt emotion into the lyrics and gently swings. The Stephen Sondheim ballad "With So Little To Be Sure Of" puts the focus on the vocalist's lovely tone, "So Many Stars" has Frahm taking a graceful turn, and in "The Fool On The Hill" Frahm kicks out a killer tenor solo and features Sue Anne effortlessly floating over the complex arrangement. There is some beautifully expressive vocal finessing on "When Sunny Gets Blue, " she contributes captivating vocalese to "A Child Is Born, " and sounds right at home on an up-tempo "'Deed I Do." The impressive outing concludes with "Good Morning Heartache" (which has an aching trombone solo), a playful "Straighten Up And Fly Right, " a sumptuous "East Of The Sun, " and a special duet with Glafkos Kontemeniotis (who takes an exquisite solo) on a heartfelt rendition of "You Must Believe In Spring."
Sue Anne Gershenzon has had an extensive career in Musical Theatre including premiering operas at the Kennedy Center, performing throughout the United States, and working in productions with the likes of Stephen Sondheim, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. She attended Indiana University where Eileen Farrell (who taught at the University for ten years) considered SueAnne to be her favorite student. She has worked in television, commercials and films, and has toured a successful cabaret show. Sue Anne is also an ordained energy healer and much sought after voice teacher in New York City. A turning point in her singing life occurred in 2004 when she had an encounter with Bobby McFerrin and was inspired to start exploring jazz. She has since performed often with pianist-arranger Glafkos Kontemeniotis, finding her own voice and expressing her soul through songs.
You Must Believe In Spring, which represents Sue Anne Gershenzon's triumph over life's struggles, begins an impressive new chapter in her life and career. The music is inspiring and her singing is quite wonderful.
Available From: Amazon • Apple Music • iTunes • www.sueannesings.com
SUE ANNE GERSHENZON "YOU MUST BELIEVE IN SPRING"
Artist: SUE ANNE GERSHENZON
Title: YOU MUST BELIEVE IN SPRING
Artist Website: www.sueannesings.com
Release Date: AUGUST 1, 2020
UPC Code: 195269000462
1. I Thought About You (Van Heusen/Mercer) 4:01
2. With So Little To Be Sure Of (Sondheim) 2:53
3. So Many Stars (Mendez/A. and M. Bergman) 5:15
4. The Fool on the Hill (Lennon/McCartney) 4:23
5. When Sunny Gets Blue (Segal/Fisher) 5:18
6. A Child is Born (Jones/Wilder) 5:31
7. 'Deed I Do (Walter Hirsch/ Fred Rose) 3:29
8. Good Morning Heartache (Higgenbotham/ Fischer/Drake) 6:06
9. Straighten Up and Fly Right (Cole/Mills) 2:43
10. East of the Sun (Bowman) 4:35
11. You Must Believe in Spring (Legrand/A. and M. Bergman) 6:04
Sue Anne Gershenzon – Vocals
Glafkos Kontemeniotis – Piano/Arrangements
Joel Frahm – Tenor Saxophone
Ryan Keberle – Trombone
Sean Smith – Bass, Dave Meade – Drums
Brandon Vazquez – Trumpet
Bashiri Johnson – Percussion
Megan Gould – Violin, Karen Waltuch – Viola, Noah Heffeld - Cello
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