Music Café: Tessa Souter & the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio

Friday, February 16, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Members $10, Nonmembers $15, includes snacks and a beverage (wine, beer, soda)

Hooray for Friday — especially 3rd Fridays at The Café at Ethical, a welcoming place to unwind, relax, enjoy the music, refreshments, good company, and entertainment. Get up and dance if the music moves you! Or just sit back and enjoy.


“Compelling and utterly original.”   Peter Quinn, Jazzwize

“Tessa Souter is a beguiling artist who infuses everything she interprets with voluptuous intelligence and keen emotional insight.”  -- KQED (San Francisco

“World class. A must see.” – Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

“Daring, beautiful jazz.”  Bill Leikman, All About Jazz.

“Direct and soulful.”  Village Voice

 “Striking, soulful, enchanting.” Washington Post

Beyond the Blue, Best Album of the Year, Sunday Times Magazine.

Since her 2004 recording debut, Tessa Souter has established herself as a fearless innovator in vocal jazz—“broadly imaginative” (New York Times), “expressive . . . full of passion” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “direct and soulful” (Village Voice). NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan places her “at the top of my list of great talent.”

With her sumptuous sound and an unerring ear for fresh and unexpected material, Anglo-Trinidadian Tessa Souter knows her way around the American Songbook’s back pages. "Her agility is remarkable. In the upper register, she soars and extends while maintaining an almost conversational style on the lower end." (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle). On her 2013 masterpiece, Beyond the Blue – a Sunday Times magazine Best Album of the Year – she raised the bar by assembling a dozen classical melodies by composers from the European classical canon, including Brahms, Beethoven, Borodin, and Schubert.   

Rochester, New York, home of the Eastman School of Music, a town where jazz and classical musicians have thrived since the 1920s, touted Tessa Souter for six times at its Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.  Her 2017 show was singled out in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle as “the one show not to miss” over the entire nine-day festival. Ms. Souter was the subject of a PBS special while performing there in 2015 (WXXI TV). 

Over the past decade New Yorker jazz lovers have joined Tessa Souter the at Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, Dizzy’s Club, Cornelia Street Café, Friars’ Club, and the Mezzrow Jazz Club. Whether performing in philharmonic halls or in the intimacy of a small jazz club, “Tessa Souter is a beguiling artist who infuses everything she interprets with voluptuous intelligence and keen emotional insight.” (KQED Arts). 

Her website is

Tessa will be joined by the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio: John Wilmeth on piano, Ron McClure on bass, and Dave Meade on drums.