Biography

Following an earlier stint singing with Glasgow based jazz bands in the 80s, Sue has recently resumed her jazz career with a vengeance. She has appeared with many of the country's top musicians including Brian Kellock, Tom Finlay, Martin Litton, Konrad Wiznieski, Ronnie Rae, John Rae and Colin Steele.

Appearances at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival met with wide audience approval, as did appearances with Fionna Duncan in Henry’s Jazz Cellar and Todd Gordon in Linlithgow Jazz Club with descriptions of her rich alto voice ranging from "caffe latte" to "creme brulee".

Sue has since diversified  a little - as well as expanding her geographical range with gigs outside the central belt, she also had a long stint with the Sound of Seventeen Big Band (formerly RBLS Big Band). And by way of contrast, she also is one half of the Stolen Chords duo where, accompanied by a guitarist, she plays harp and sings on a set composed of of popular modern songs.

Also, Sue has recently begun work on reviving Beyond Fever, in which she pays tribute to the great Peggy Lee. The show features songs either performed by or written by/for Peggy Lee, each with its own special significance in the life story of this remarkable woman. The show initially played out in several central belt venues including Paisley Arts Centre, and now, in 2020, the centenary of Peggy Lee's birth, Sue plans to revive the show, taking it to venues across the country

Other activities have included co-hosting with Mike Rogers the ever-popular monthly Glasgow Singers’ Nights, as well as an Edinburgh version at the sadly defuct 80 Queen Street. Sue and Mike also play a gig with a fun twist; “Keeping Up the Standards” which features at least one set where the audience get to pick all the songs, choosing from an extensive list of standards covered by Mike and Sue!

Sue now runs Linlithgow Jazz (in her adopted home town) which has welcomed the cream of jazz from Scotland and beyond, including a show when the legendary Barbara Morrison invited her on stage to duet with her on I’ve Got a Crush on You.

New recordngs are in the pipeline, but for now you can hear her session with the trio of Tom Finlay, Ed Kelly and Ken Mathieson. 'Whisper Low' features 5 songs, including her acclaimed arrangement of the Buzzcocks’ 70’s classic 'Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t Have)'. Although 'Whisper Low' was recorded primarily as a demo for new venues/promoters, a limited number is available for sale at some of Sue’s gigs, or from this site.

Sue is at home in any jazz setting, from relaxed duo in a romantic bar or restaurant right up to fronting a full 17 piece big band at a ball. Her repertoire is varied and never dull, and can be tailored for any occasion, with her own take on the standards mixed in with lesser known vintage songs plus exciting approaches to selected more contemporary material. 

You can contact Sue here.