The world of jazz crowns many fine pianists. It also recognizes many
exciting vocalists. There are even quite a few exemplary "double-threat"
Singer/Pianists in the field. What sets Sue Maskaleris apart
from them is that besides having that rare thing called an "original
sound" --as both a pianist and singer, she is also a prolific, award-winning
Composer and Lyricist, as well as a gifted Arranger and Producer
(and occasional violinist and bassist). That's a lot of hats, and
she wears them well. To top it off, she is passionate for Brazilian
music, possessing a geniune feel for the style and language that
have fooled many native listeners.
Sue's new release, Bring Nothing But Your Heart, just hit the Top Adds Jazz Chart in its first week of release! Moreover, Sue was 2nd Choice Worldwide in the prestigious Thelonious Monk
Composition Competition, 1998, for her song, "Scat!
" (There was only one winner and one of the judges said
it was as close as it gets.) That same year she won First Prize
in the Billboard Song Contest, World Category, also worldwide,
for her "No, But I Wish...", which also reached the #1 worldwide
on the Jazz Vocals charts on mp3.com JAZZIZ magazine
chose her instrumental, "Pajamasamba" as a winner in their
"Keyboards On Fire!" Talent Search judged by Dave
Brubeck and Bob James. 1999 began with Sue placing in the
top 10 percent worldwide for two songs in the Unisong International
Song Contest. And there are many other awards...