Tierney Sutton Band celebrates new release, Desire, at Berks Jazz Fest

From Beth Renfro, Marketing/Public Relations DIrector of the Berks Arts Council in Reading, Pennsylvania, comes this press release regarding the addition of the Tierney Sutton Band to the 19th annual VF Outlet Berks Jazz Fest.

TierneySutton.jpgREADING, PA -- JANUARY 19 -- One of the most acclaimed jazz vocalists of her time, Tierney Sutton will be celebrating her latest release, Desire, at the 19th annual VF Outlet Berks Jazz Fest.

The Tierney Sutton Band will perform two shows on Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. in Gerald Veasley's Jazz Base at the Reading Crowne Hotel (formerly the Sheraton Reading Hotel).

Desire, on the Telarc label, is an album of mostly jazz standards, but with a very unusual twist: within the album, Sutton and her band of 15 years explore the obsession and desire for fame and fortune that seems to be a societal phenomenon.

"To me, this record is about stepping back and recognizing the difference between the voices we hear that are not our own and the ones that are truly within us, and discovering that the material things that we want or desire are not usually a path to happiness, and are not usually a path to ourselves," Sutton said.

Sutton will be joined by pianist Christian Jacob, bassist Kevin Axt and drummer Ray Brinker, who collectively have worked with such artists as Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Ray Charles and Randy Brecker.

Wisconsin-born Sutton has enjoyed success and critical acclaim since her first solo CD, Introducing Tierney Sutton, debuted in 1999. Since signing with Telarc Jazz, The Tierney Sutton Band has released popular and critically acclaimed recordings: Unsung Heroes (2000), Blue in Green (2001), Something Cool (2002), Dancing in the Dark (2004), I�m with the Band (2005) and On the Other Side (2007). I�m with the Band was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album and earned her JazzWeek�s Vocalist of the Year Award.

An active educator, Sutton has served in the Jazz Studies Department at the University of Southern California, and has led workshops and clinics throughout the world.

The 19th annual Berks Jazz Fest, presented by the Berks Arts Council, runs March 27 through April 5 and features an expansive array of musical styles, including contemporary and traditional jazz, blues, big band, gospel and bluegrass. Shows are held at major venues, clubs and restaurants throughout Reading and Berks County, making it a truly unique festival. For more information on the festival, including ticketing, artist bios and archived releases, visit www.berksjazzfest.com. For more information on the Berks Arts Council, a nonprofit organization that promotes all the arts in an effort to enrich the quality of life in Berks County, visit www.berksarts.org.

Thanks to Beth for keeping us up to date on all the latest Berks Jazz Fest information.

We hope to see you throughout the week during the festival.

Happy Jazzin'

Beverly J. Packard
Jazz Circle Member of the Berks Arts Council