“An astute and expressive singer.” New York Times
“Middle Eastern, Brazilian and flamenco elements in an airy jazz framework.” Philadelphia City Paper
Anglo Trinidadian vocalist, Tessa Souter, “breathes passion into everything she performs” (London Time Out). A protégé of jazz vocal legend Mark Murphy, who called her an “extraordinary” talent, she has established herself as an uncommonly creative vocalist and songwriter with four critically-acclaimed albums, Listen Love, Nights of Key Largo, Obsession and Beyond the Blue. Her upcoming CD Picture in Black and White – a riveting musical journey inspired by her discovery at age 28 that her estranged birth father was black, having been brought up to believe he was Spanish (and white) – is due for release in 2018.
She has performed all over the world, including four sold out tours of the philharmonic halls of Russia, SF Jazz, Kuumbwa, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Mezzrow, Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Joe’s Pub, Pizza Express, Ronnie Scotts, Kennedy Center, and the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, where in 2015 her concert was filmed by PBS and in 2017, she was picked as “the one performer not to miss” over the entire nine-day festival. Her residency at New York’s iconic 55 Bar is in its 15th year.