I'm really excited about the new songs I've been writing with guitarist Tom Glenn some are sweet, some are funny. Here is a funny politcal tune that was inspired by Tom watching our crazy president saying how some of the neo-Nazis at Charlottesville were "Good People." Tom noticed the expressions on the faces of the sycophants around him and wrote a terrific melody. I wrote lyrics and we call it I've Got My Smile On. We appear regularly at Chris' Jazz Cafe, the Paris Wine Bar, If you like politics with your jazz - go no further! After 30 years in the business, I don't have to worry anymore if my boobs are big enough or my patter between songs offends.
You can check out my history at All About Jazz or my reviews at Dreambox Media. My latest release is on Amazon (with some of the best musicians in Philly on it) and you can get a free listen on SoundCloud!
Of course, the Philly Women's March on Jan. 20th was fantastic and Tom and I greeted fellow marchers at the Paris Wine Bar afterward. The fabulous guitarist Frank Dibussolo came in with a bunch of folks and sat in - brilliantly!
I've been a long time contributor to The Philadelphia Inquirer (but my stuff is behind their firewall, so you'll need to subscribe). I'm on Medium too.
I've written a play that was based on trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie's sojourn in Philly as a young man called Last Call at the Downbeat that was performed at the Society Hill Playhouse for the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts with trumpeter Duane Eubanks. And there's a handful of YA books on American history under my moniker. That said, I'm not your usual jazz singer and I don't wear false eyelashes.
Don't consign yourself to the same old stuff at your next party or venue - you want something special that folks will remember. Okay, we DO the standards, but we're not standard lounge lizards - we DO so much more. You can check out videos below of Tom, Andy and I at Chris' Jazz Cafe and a gorgeous rendition of Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams with Jim Ridl, Mike Boone, Jim Miller and Larry McKenna below.
Most of the photos on this site are by photographer Anthony Dean
Tom Glenn and I will be back at the Paris Wine Bar, 2303 Fairmont Ave. in Philly on St. Patty's Day, March 17th. 9-12 PM. Yes, we'll be doing Irish tunes to warm your shamrock-picking heart.
Enjoy youtubemusic videos with jazz pianist Jim Ridl, bassist Mike Boone, drummer Jim Miller and saxophonist Larry McKenna accompany Suzanne Cloud in Philadelphia. Quite a singer in Philadelphia!
Guitarist Tom Glenn and bassist Andy Lalasis - just leaning into the tune with me.
Below the Beltway By Jef Lee Johnson and Suzanne Cloud
I Got My Smile On (Ode to Sycophants) by Tom Glenn and Suzanne Cloud
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