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Who's Who in the Media - New York, NY

“Ms. Grzanna is a highly respected songwriter and traditional Jazz performer who combines the flair of a vanished era and the explosive tempo of contemporary entertainment.” “A talent who bends the glory and nostalgia of the past with contemporary and fresh breeze of today’s genre...in other words, an artist who brings to the table, solid traditional musical heritage and innovative modern style. Suzanne Grzanna fits the bill. She is so accomplished at so many levels; she is a composer, a singer, a saxophonist, a writer, a producer, and a pioneer.”

Billboard Magazine

““Noteworthy Women...just plain ambitious and talented.” ... Suzanne Grzanna displays both melodic saxophone playing and a knack for making standards her own on “Fly me to the Moon” CD. Suzanne Grzanna debunks myths about female jazz musicians.””

Entertainment Greats From The 1800's To The Present: Cinema, Stage, Music, Divas

"Ms. Grzanna bridges between the glorious days of Broadway, Hollywood, New Orleans, and the steamy fever of contemporary music. She is powerful, yet emanates warmth and depth. She is overwhelmingly creative, yet loyal to the majesty and traditional values of the great music of the golden era. This woman is a national treasure."

L.A. Jazz Scene Paper

“Grzanna is a talented and attractive performer who has focused her talents in the jazz world. Grzanna has a very distinct sound, a very beautiful voice. She puts a lot of energy into her sax playing and puts on a very interesting set.””

Christmas Reviews

““Suzanne Grzanna is a quadruple threat! This amazing woman has a killer jazz voice, can set the room on fire with her smokin’ sax, writes her own music, produced the album, and is drop dead gorgeous.” “She effortlessly cruises through the most difficult passages.” “Suzanne Grzanna can do it all, and she does it all exceptionally well on othis superbly-­‐crafted holiday CD.””

International Herald Daily

"The Magnificent Diva!"

Milwaukee Magazine

““She can soothe, soar or wail. Grzanna’s a talent who knows where she’s going and how to get there.””

Showbiz Time Magazine

"One of the hottest divas in the business."

Ourtown - Portland, OR

““She picks up the sax to belt out more up-­‐tempo jazz jaunts reminiscent of harder bop.””

The Santa Barbara Independent

““They say that her “torchy vocals at times leaves one with the impression that you’re wataching a radiant young lounge diva..””

Santa Barbara News Press

“Grzanna’s live performances have had the critics reaching for superlatives.””

Sites and Sounds

““A double threat with sax and vocals to her credit, Suzanne’s disc harks back to the velvet lounge of yesteryear...””

Pasadena Weekly

““Her smokey voice and skillful sax set her apart from many other jazz performers, both those of her own age and those beyond. The multi-­‐talented, extremely stylish artist plays at the Baked Potato.””

- Pasadena Weekly

City Edition

““While fans of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald will be attracted to her voice, musicians will be impressed by her rather-­‐developed saxophone skills.” Her smokey voice stands out in “Stormy Weather” and “Snow City.””

UWM Post

““Her combination of fiery sax licks and smooth vocals is truly original. Once she steps on stage, you know who’s in control.” “If you are in the mood for some skillful sax work and smoking jazz tunes, check Suzanne and her band out some hot summer night.””

Downtown

““The Grzanna Quartet soars on the crowd’s energy and produces inventive solos that make the diners put down their forks to applaud. Grzanna’s performance is dazzling. She solo’s on sax and vocals, sometime brushing the ozone layer and other times delivering a slinky classic like Stormy Weather...””

Jazz Critic

"It swings comfortably with clever lyrics and the sax solos showcase Grzanna’s soulful sound and strong tone,”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

““Suzanne Grzanna’s about as close as you can get in this biz to a sure bet,””

Eugene Weekly

““A dazzling performer to behold, she’s always a crowd pleaser,””

Shepherd Express

““She’s a stunning saxophonist, with a flair for gorgeous, powerful solos and energy to drive her band into sweaty bop workouts,””

““I had such an enjoyable evening...largely on Suzanne’s melodic style...I was captivated by the event.””

Jamsphere

Suzanne Grzanna: “DAYbreak” – a potpourri that is sure to please most jazz aficionados

She’s chic, gorgeous and immensely talented. Suzanne Grzanna’s latest offering, “DAYbreak”, is a musical potpourri that is sure to please most jazz aficionados. A superb sax player, an already highly nuanced vocalist and a promising composer, Suzanne is a triple threat who may very well be one of the key figures in defining the direction jazz will be heading in the 21st century.

She’s won multiple awards and performed at prestigious halls such as the Blue Note, Birdland, Preservation Hall, Cinegrill, and the Hollywood Bowl. Suzanne has had sit-­‐ins with players such as Frank Morgan, Dave Hazeltine, Bryan Lynch, Betty Carter, Ray Brown Jr., Charles McPherson, John Hurd, and Jeff Goldblum to name a few.

suzanne-grzanna-300There’s a ton of variety on “DAYbreak”, everything from the stunning opening arrangement of Little Willie John’s “Fever” to the sassy smart instrumental of “Daybreak”, the unsentimental poppy sweetness of “It Had To Be You”, not to mention the balls out straight ahead hipness of “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” and the tour de force swing, “Almost Like Being In Love”.

Her singing vibrato timbre on this tune simply has to heard to be believed. Is there nothing that this woman can’t do? Apparently not. And the fact that she sings and plays, equally as effortlessly, puts her in a class by herself.

Spread the word, there’s a new lady in town: Suzanne Grzanna’s, and she’s bringing her ‘A’ game to the area of music called Jazz and Swing. And what a refreshing brew it is. What I love about this CD is the variety on offer.

The bonus that Suzanne has is that along with her skills as a saxophonist, she has a great voice that I would imagine, along with her looks, would make her a marketing dream. But she still has to deliver the goods, and she does. This is a solid set that should make this lady a star, if there’s any justice in the music world.

Though already an acclaimed performer, Suzanne Grzanna, no doubt, has a tremendous future as a group leader on stage and in the studio. She has a lithe, airy and lovely golden-toned voice; has prodigious, fleet-fingered and sinuous saxophone technique; and produces or interprets artful musical compositions. And she often does this in a spellbinding manner.

If you’re a jazz head (or not) and you’re looking for the next wave of classic recordings and talent in that idiom, get “DAYbreak” and rejoice. Suzanne Grzanna’s voice is awesome, her playing is solid, and the songs are intriguingly arranged.

While her accompanying band made up of Ray Tabs (Keyboards), Hal Miller (Bass), Andy LoDuca (Drums), and Scott Currier (Keyboards – ‘Daybreak’), are more than capable of taking your breath away. The album seems to be packed with talent, but that combination of voice and saxophone is something else altogether!

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Amazon

Ms. Grzanna really shines in this album of jazz standards and instrumentals. Her voice is clear but atmospherically it’s all smoke and velvet. Her saxaphone playing is great – smooth and jazzy. I love her voice, but for me the real stars on this album are the instrumentals, Daybreak and Black Orpheus. That said, I would really love to see her perform live. How fun would it be to see a singer sing like this and then pull out a saxophone!

Amazon

There are so many top-notch features in this record! First, the vocals are outstanding; ‘Boogie Nights’, ‘Living your dream’ are superb among the others! The feel is great on ‘Cantaloupe Island’ with some amazing sax and piano playing, while the accents are so riveting on ‘Spring Waltz’. My highlight is the brilliant arrangement and the bass walking on the adlib uptempo part of the title track ‘SIMPLY SUNDAY’.

Amazon

Suzanne Grzanna is a truly amazing force of musical nature - A composer, singer, saxophonist, writer and producer who does all of these diverse activities with great skill and grace ! I just love the warmth and depth of this recording - the richness of the bass and drums, the wonderful tone of the sax and of course Suzanne's gorgeous evocative voice. I can't say I've ever heard a saxophonist who sings anywhere near as well as Suzanne ! It is truly amazing and so very rare. Go see her live if you get the chance and if not, this recording will do an admirable job of conveying the Suzanne Grzanna experience.

Amazon

What does one call an album that combines two superlative talents of a single person? Magic! "Simply Sunday"- as the name suggests is for that laid-back day when one just lets go and lets the music take you! The command that Grzanna has over the saxophone is phenomenal. I loved the heavy tones of the opening piano notes in "Spring Waltz", added a very dignified touch, much like the graceful dance form. "My Valentine" has Grzanna enchanting with her vocal prowess....ah the voice! :-) "Boogie Nights" is naughty,but nice! Fantastic vocals and saxophone improvisations. "Love You" is a beautiful romantic song with its unhurried pace and alluring melody. Loved this song :-) "Summer Dreams" has a Latin touch to it, Grzanna's scatting vocals are just superb. "Follow Your Heart" with its dreamy saxophone is a glorious composition, the delicate touches and flourishes of the saxophone again show just how gifted a performer Grzanna is :-) This album transported me to a different plane of existence with the stunning twin talents of Grzanna. Her music is superior and supremely satisfying.

Skope Magazine

Suzanne Grzanna – ‘Daybreak’

Downright decadent with its luxurious arrangements, Suzanne Grzanna’s “Daybreak” is a true delight. With a late-night vibe to it, the way that the sultry vocals sing out is simply stunning. Everything works from the careful saxophone work to the nimble groove that adorn the pieces. The balance that the band strikes is wonderful as they opt for a cool lounge style, one that they seem to understand wholly and fully. A light touch is employed throughout the album resulting in some rather fine flourishes. Serving as the heart and soul of the album are Suzanne Grzanna’s vocals which adorn many, though not all, of the pieces.

“Fever” begins the album off on a seductive note. Minimal in nature everything shimmers brightly from the soft keyboards to the tactile bass work. The spry “Daybreak” is imbued with a strong sense of hope as the piano’s passion is undeniable, as it the tender saxophone work. On “It Had To Be You” offers up a flirtatious spirit as the song has a slight swinging rhythm to it. A funky soulful vibe informs the leisurely pace of “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”. Jaunty in spirit is the album highlight, the hot heat of “Almost Like Being In Love”. Rather spirited, the performance is perfect with the band truly engaging in a fantastic form of gropu interplay. With “Black Orpheus” Suzanne Grzanna ends the album off on a graceful note.

With a timeless classic sound, Suzanne Grzanna’s “Daybreak” is a flawless perfectly executed album, one that truly touches the heart.

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Suzanne Grzanna
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Suzanne Grzanna brings audiences a wonderfully classic bit of jazz, accompanied by a soft and skillful vocal performance, which throughout the album delivers these warm and familiar songs with great style.

The artist was awarded Best Jazz Music at the 2016 Hollywood Music in Media Awards, and her unique take on jazz has lead to the release of a collection that is smooth, captivating, and always easy to listen to.

Suzanne’s voice has a touch of character to it that adds so much to the performance and to the songs. Her personality comes through in the recordings, and the musicality of the tracks has been kept to a very classic, nostalgic level – simplistic yet effective. The music has taken a fairly vintage approach and fused it with something fresh and greatly appealing.

What makes it all work so well is that you can hear the authenticity, you can hear the passion and the love of music and singing that the artist has, and this adds greatly to the value of the collection and makes it so much more enjoyable to listen to. To witness a genuine love for the style of singing and these kind of songs is a rarity, and it’s a pleasure to stumble upon and spend an evening experiencing. There is nothing fake about it, nothing has been added that isn’t needed, nothing has been overdone or forced. It’s a very natural and organic sounding collection of songs, and each one leads into the next with ease and grace.

There’s a lot to like about it all and it’s worth listening in full to get the complete effect and to really get to know the vocal style and overall sound of Suzanne Grzanna as she continues on this pathway through classic music. Hopefully there’s much more to come from the artist, and the prospect of further music is exciting.

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