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Tierney Sutton Band in Florida, 3/13/13

Singer and her band reveal new facets in familiar material—always an artful surprise

Tierney Sutton Band, Naples, Florida, 3/13
Tierney Sutton and Christian Jacob
Tierney Sutton and Christian Jacob, Naples, Florida, 3/13 (photo: Ken Franckling)
Tierney Sutton, Naples, Florida, 3/13

Singer Tierney Sutton opened a two-week East Coast mini-tour at Daniels Pavilion in Naples, Fla., with a concert in which she took to heart the sage advice of late mentor Ray Brown. The bassist once told her: “Give the people something they know.”

After two stunning albums early in her career that focused on either obscure tunes she loved, or jazz standards that weren’t readily identifiable to the masses, she followed his advice by mixing things up. “And then I had a career,” she said. The unspoken part of the equation is something Sutton excels at: If you’re going to do familiar material, do it differently than anyone else. That’s where you stand out as a singer.

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