Sue grew up in Short Hills, NJ, the daughter of a former big band bassist who
spun the LPs of Kenton, Herman, and Basie on the home hi-fi. At three, she
begged for piano lessons. Seeing her dad play with a dixieland combo
in her school as a small child inspired Sue to become a musician. The family
frequented concerts of the Duke, Count, and Lionel Hampton, as well as such artists
as violinist David Oistrakh. Sue took up the violin at age 8, having studied
piano for 4 years. She wrote her own children's songbooks.
As a teen, Sue arranged for small choral groups and composed, also on guitar.
At 16, she attended a jazz summer program at Berklee School of Music in Boston.
The first thing she heard there was Chick Corea’s "Light As a Feather." This
Brazilian jazz record set her on that path. Soon after Sue formed a jazz group
with guitarist Ken Sebesky, studying arranging with his noted father, Don
Sebesky (Tony Award, 2000 for Kiss Me Kate).
Sue majored in composition at the Manhattan School of Music with the great
contemporary composer, John Corigliano Jr. (Academy Award, 2000, for Red Violin; Aids Symphony, Ghost of Versailles).
Sue then began her career working in clubs and hotels in NYC and abroad,
and on ships sailing all over the world.
Sue's original groups have performed at
The JVC Festival (June, 1999), The Women’s Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center,
The Kool Jazz Festival, The Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC; Hannah's
East in Savannah, Ga.; Jaylin’s Jazz Club in Berne, Switzerland;
London’s Royal Kensington Gardens & Montana, Cami Hall;
NYC jazzclubs: Iridium, Birdland, Metropolis, La Place on the Park, New Music Café,
Amazonas, Passport, Cabana Tropical, and Fat Tuesday’s.
As a solo singer/pianist, Sue has performed at the Iridium, The Village Gate,
Knickerbocker, Visiones, Birdland, Condon's, The Squire, Via Brazil, and many more, as well
as throughout Sweden. Sue’s performances encompass a broad repertoire of originals,
standards, and unusual arrangements.