Biography

Following an earlier stint singing with Glasgow based jazz bands in the 80s, Sue has recently resumed her jazz career with a vengeance. Since her return to the scene in 2002, she has appeared with many of the country's top musicians including Brian Kellock, Tom Finlay, Martin Litton, Konrad Wiznieski, Ronnie Rae, John Rae and Colin Steele. Her appearance at the Ladies of Jazz concert in the 2004 Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival met with wide audience approval, with descriptions of her rich alto voice ranging from "caffe latte" to "creme brulee". Gigs with Fionna Duncan in Henry’s Jazz Cellar and Todd Gordon in Linlithgow Jazz Club followed later in the year.

2005 saw Sue diversifying a little. As well as expanding her geographical range with gigs outside the central belt, Sue also joined the Sound of Seventeen Big Band (formerly RBLS Big Band) and is now a regular singer with this popular band, which is one of the busiest big bands on the circuit.

Also in 2005, Sue began working on Beyond Fever, in which she pays tribute to the great Peggy Lee. The show features songs either performed by or written by/for Peggy Lee, each with its own special significance in the life story of this remarkable woman. Beyond Fever premiered in the Universal Bar in Glasgow in June 2005 and further dates are being added in additional venues in 2006, check the gigs page for the full list.

Sue is a co-host with friend Mike Rogers of the ever-popular monthly Glasgow Singers’ Nights, featuring the wonderful Ken Mathieson trio, with an Edinburgh version of the night debuting at 80 Queen Street in April. Sue and Mike also play a gig with a fun twist; “Keeping Up the Standards” features at least one set where the audience get to pick all the songs, choosing from an extensive list of standards covered by Mike and Sue!

Sue continues to be a guest singer at Linlithgow Jazz Club (Linlithgow is her adopted home town) and recently the audience - and Sue! - were delighted when the legendary Barbara Morrison invited her on stage to duet with her on I’ve Got a Crush on You.

2005 culminated in Sue recording her first CD, working with her favourite trio of Tom Finlay, Ed Kelly and Ken Mathieson. Whisper Low features 5 songs, including her acclaimed arrangement of the Buzzcocks’ 70’s classic 'Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t Have)'. Although Whisper Low was recorded primarily as a demo for new venues/promoters, a limited number is available for sale at some of Sue’s gigs, or from this site.

Word is getting around, and 2006 is Sue’s busiest year yet with several first time appearances at new venues/towns plus repeat bookings from previous ones.

Sue is at home in any jazz setting, from relaxed duo in a romantic bar or restaurant right up to fronting a full 17 piece big band at a ball. Her repertoire is varied and never dull, and can be tailored for any occasion, with her own take on the standards mixed in with lesser known vintage songs plus exciting approaches to selected more contemporary material.
You can contact Sue here.