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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Ocho Rios Jazz artiste profile

Monnette Sudler
"... Incredible tour de force! An artist in constant motion."
James Spady; New Observer Magazine

Monnette Sudler is a jazz guitarist and composer is soulful and electrifying. Her original compositions and arrangements of jazz, jazz funk, blues African and soul provide the vehicle for Monnette and her band to jam. She is an innovative bandleader and engages her audiences with her sweet and rich vocal styling and poetry.

"...A Sublime intimate album of Folk, African and blues accents." Press release

Ms. Sudler's new European release on Discography "Meeting of the Spirits", part of the Philly Jazz series, is music in its purest form. Her compositions are wonderfully emotional, lyrical and poetic. She shares feelings of love, ancestry and son Erik "Abyss" Honesty sharing his feelings of a young man's struggles on Bottled In. "...her soulful animated compositions are entrusted with her natural singing and the brilliant interventions of the great trombonist Steve Turre and the activist poet Sonya Sanchez."

"Her virtuosity never overwhelms ... a rare sensitivity..."
Peter Relic; MoJo Magazine

MONNETTE SUDLER'S earlier recordings on the Danish based jazz record company, Steeplechase Records, showcases Monnette as a dynamite guitarist, writer, composer, and arranger accompanied by bassist Tyrone Brown and vibraphonist Kahn Jamal on "Brighter Days for You". One of Monnette Sudler's more recent recordings "Other Side of the Gemini" is an eclectic blend of jazz funk and blues, joined by Grover Washington, Jr. Reggie Workman and Steve Turre.

This Philadelphia born artist has played with many all-time jazz greats, such as Steve Turre, Doug Carn, Clifford Adams, Odean Pope, Sam Rivers, Dave Holland, Hugh Masakela, Philly Joe Jones, Grover Washington, Jr., Byard Lancaster, Sounds of Liberation, Change of the Century Orchestra and Kenny Baron, as well as hot new artists like bassist Gerald Veasely and icon poet/activist Sonia Sanchez. Monnette's performances are worldwide. Europe, Japan, South Africa, Jamaica and the United States have welcomed jazz guitarist Monnette Sudler with her original music and unique arrangements.

Ms. Sudler has her degree from Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music. Her background covers composition, music therapy and performance. Monnette Sudler conducts guitar workshops, private instruction, workshops on creative development and composition. She has been artist in residence/musical director/composer for the Art Sanctuary North Stars for four years, an artist intensive after school program founded by author Lorene Carey.

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