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About Sue

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Sue McCreeth first won recognition as one of the most engaging jazz vocal talents of the UK in 2000 when she led various jazz ensembles on the South Coast of England.  Her CD '500 Miles High the Air is Blue' (2001) received widespread critical acclaim in the national and jazz press.

Since then she has worked extensively throughout the UK with some of the finest jazz musicians on the scene; been shortlisted twice for the International Song Writing Competition; won three touring awards from Jazz Services; and sold out for the London Jazz Festival.  

Her second critically acclaimed studio jazz album 'Just for Luxury' (2004) consolidated her profile as one of the most bookable vocal talents in the UK.  After an extended break for health reasons, Sue returned to recording in her usual unique way, co-writing a very well-received original jazz fusion/chillout CD with the band 'Infinite Sunday' (2012).  As well as the album, Sue has co-written and recorded two singles with Infinite Sunday in 2015 and 2017.

Her third studio solo album, No Evil,' was released to widespread critical acclaim in May 2014. The Observer's Dave Gelly gave a rare 4 star review and the great Wayne Shorter featured the album's release on his own website news page. Sue also received encouragement from the legendary Chick Corea who gave her permission to feature her performance of his '500 miles high' on her YouTube page.  

Sue’s 2016 CD ‘Queer Bird’ picked up praise in the jazz music press and was featured on the play lists of Jazz London Radio and Jazz Kaleidoscope.

Sue’s sixth CD release, ‘Look Back and Love’ is an anthology of some of her best original work over the last 15 years, as well as  four new songs, and has already garnered the praise of The Observer newspaper’s jazz critic, Dave Gelly, who has written the liner notes. Look Back and Love will be released in June 2017.

A highly trained vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, experienced professional international lounge pianist/vocalist and post graduate qualified music teacher, Sue has also given master classes in jazz singing and has worked in the Czech Republic as a vocal coach for the British Council.  She has enjoyed post graduate professional development for many years with Royal Academy of Music (retired) Head of Voice, Joy Mammen; and grade ‘A’ for both of her courses with the prestigious Berklee College of Music, USA.  The great Gary Burton said, “Your work is logical and effective, this seems to come to you naturally.”  Her songs are now being used within Berklee College as teaching materials by Professor of Harmony, Joseph Mulholland, who has also become a songwriting partner.

As far back as her teens, Sue has been on the stage for 3 and 4 nights a week with high profile dance bands, including, The Brass Roots, the Royal Air Force, Cranwell Dance Band and Bob Miller. She has sung at the highest level of functions, including a performance for Princess Anne at Cutlers Hall in Sheffield, UK, when she was just 21 years old. She has played guitar, sang and played piano with an Indian fusion band, completing a year long residency at the prestigious La Porte Des Inde in London, and has recorded her own music with various high profile jazz musicians, including John Horler.  She worked for many years for five nights a week, doing four and five hour sets each night in various five star hotels in London, Dubai, Germany, Zurich and Ankara.

As a measure of how well regarded she is as a performer, Sue also stood in for Claire Martin OBE at Oundle International Festival.  She has also done live performances on various radio stations, including regional BBC stations and Jazz Kaleidescope.  

Sue has earned international praise for the quality of her voice, with a rich bluesy jazz tone over three octaves in live performance.  She captivates audiences with the originality and beauty of her own original compositions, written over the past two decades, and her warm-hearted personality. In the press her voice has been described variously as “almost simultaneously ethereal, sensuous and torchy”; “cool and misty; “rich and sultry”; “smooth as silk”; “lovely”; “heavenly”; “luxurious”; “emotional”; “intense”; “a thing of beauty”; “[with] technique and control that do all”; “astonishing”; and “sumptuous”.  

Sue has worked with Mohamed Assani, Stuart Brown, Steve Brown, Mario Caribe, Andrew Cleyndert, John Donaldson, Colin Dudman, Dave Green, Paul Harrison, John Horler, Steve Lodder, Pat McCarthy, Steve Melling, Paul Morgan, Jim Mullen, Tony Ormesher, Terry Pack, Ian Salmon, Terry Seabrook, Martin Shaw, Satin Singh, Mike Varty, Steve Waterman, Bobby Wellings, Spike Wells.

Past Bookers include legendary UK clubs, festivals and international venues. List of Past Bookers>>



DISCOGRAPHY


500 Miles High the
Air is Blue
(2001)

Just for Luxury
(2004)

Infinite Sunday
(2012)

No Evil
(2014)

Queer Bird
(2016)

Look Back and Love
(June 2017)









STYLE & INFLUENCES


Sue's most enduring vocal influences have been deeply rooted in jazz and soul traditions, including Sarah Vaughan,  Ella Fitzgerald and Diana Ross ( who she imitated as a child!).  

Her original compositions, which are the focus of her live performances right now, are well-schooled and also rooted in jazz and soul traditions, with influences from 1960s Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter's 'Native Dancer' and the grooves of Joe Zawinul.

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