Suzanna Smith is an emerging talent on the Bay Area jazz scene. With sparkling charm, a golden tone and an innate sense of swing, Suzanna joyfully brings classic jazz standards to life...singing each song as if it's the one she wants her audience to remember her by.
Suzanna lists Anita O'Day, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughn, Shirly Horn, Chet Baker, Julie London, Patsy Cline and Otis Redding as her influences. Drawing from this diverse group, Suzanna has developed a sound and style that is totally unique. Her soulful blend is simple, yet sophisticated — true and distinctive.
Currently studying at the Berkeley Jazzschool and privately with jazz vocalist Kitty Margolis, Suzanna has also studied with Madeline Eastman, Laurie Antonioli, Kenny Washington, Maye Cavallaro, and Stephanie Bruce, pianist Jeffrey Gaeto, and pianist Kelly Park, owner of the former East Bay jazz hotspot Kelly's of Alameda.
Suzanna performs third Saturdays at Savanna Jazz in San Francisco. From 2006-2007, Suzanna entertained audiences every other Friday night at Kelly's of Alameda in Alameda, CA; a run cut short only by the sale of the venue. In addition, she has performed in San Francisco at The Octavia Lounge, The Purple Onion, Bistro Yoffi, The Jazzschool and The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, Bacio Cafe in San Mateo and at private events around the Bay Area.
Suzanna continues to win over Bay Area audiences, bringing warmth and grace to each performance and leaving a room full of new fans.
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