Tessa Souter (USA)

Critically Acclaimed Albums


New Album 'Picture in Black & White'

Promoter Quote

“She is an original in every way … but is also very warm in the way she engages the audience” Ruth Price, The Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles

Press Quote

“Astute and expressive” – Nate Chinen, New York Times Critics Pick

Mark Murphy Quote

“A complete musician, whose range of music, expression and dynamic presentation are remarkable and very moving, completely capturing her audience.”

The project


Sheila Jordan, describes Downbeat Critics Poll Rising Star, Tessa Souter, as having “a beautiful voice and a beautiful soul. At the top of my list of great talent. She really moves me.” Long-time mentor Mark Murphy described her as “a complete musician … remarkable and very moving, completely capturing her audience” – a talent she has honed throughout her 14-year monthly residency at New York’s legendary 55 Bar.

The New York-based vocalist follows up the critically acclaimed Beyond The Blue (Motéma), with her most personal and universal album to date. Picture in Black and White – a riveting musical journey through Africa, Spain and The Caribbean via Celtic Britain, launched by her discovery at age 28 that her birth father was black. It’s  another revelatory step by an artist on a decidedly unconventional path. Due out in 2018.

Aside from playing sold out shows at some of New York’s most renowned jazz venues, her international touring schedule has taken her through Europe and North America – including four sold out tours of Russia and no less than six return visits to Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, where Tessa was chosen by PBS Television from over 1,000 festival performers to be featured in her own one-hour show (2015). She was also picked by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle as the “one show overall not to miss”  over the entire festival in 2017.

Gig Highlights

Rochester International Jazz Festival (6 times), Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Jazz Standard, Mezzrow (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington DC), London Jazz Festival, Moscow International Performing Arts Center.

Press Quote

“Word class. Must-see” Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

Vocal-led Quartet

Dual citizen (US and UK) Tessa Souter + piano, double bass and drums, travelling from New York.