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Suzanne Brooks. The Jazz Generation

Jazz Band from Sacramento, CA Will travel up to 500 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 1 Review
  • 3 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2010
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $800 per event

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Update: 2019 Lifoti Entertainment Magazine, November 2019 "Suzanne Brooks and the Innovative Musicians of The Jazz Ge\LIFOTI MAGAZINE\Roundcube Webmail __ Suzanne Brooks and the innovative musicians of The Jazz Generation perform in many genres -LIFOTI MAGAZINE: Suzanne Brooks and the innovative musicians of The Jazz Generation perform in many genres - Lifoti Magazin The Jazz Generation, led by Suzanne Brooks, multi-lingual vocalist, songwriter and literary writer/speaker, was established as a multi-ethnic, multi-generational band in 2003. Twelve CDs, 2 musicals and 4 books are the result. Musicians--Chris Lee, keyboard; Jim Wendt, keyboard/bass; Dave Peters, drums; and Michael Otwell, sax/flute--are her musical anchors. Every member of the group is exceptional in talent, sight-reading, experience & travel, enabling Brooks to draw on a huge repertoire in multiple genres, including jazz, R&B, pop, blues, Latin, Hawaiian, soft rock, Gospel and more. Members of the band perform as vocalist plus one to 4 musicians. Special: concert/lectures & original shows, "Great Women of Jazz, 1890-1990," “I Believe I Can Fly (2010) & "Aurora" included dancers" and, at times, collaboration with Afro-Uruguayan Candombe Drum School Founder, Sergio Ortuno (in Uruguay, South America) who has collaborated with Brooks in writing or recording 2 songs--"Candombe" and "Aurora" in 2011. A third show: “Time After Time: Jazz of the Past Reflected in Jazz Today," introduced in 2012, was recorded at Sacramento's Track Shack Studios. Suzanne Brooks is Singer, Songwriter, Bandleader of The Jazz Generation Band. A Jazz Stylist who writes, produces & directs her own musical shows. Independent recording artist with 11 CDs, covers and original music. Literary writer: poems, fiction, nonfiction, one-act drama; public speaker on social issues. A singer since early childhood, Suzanne spent many years in church choirs and remains fond of all kinds of religious music, from hymns and chants to gospel. She credits her vast repertoire in jazz, pop, R&B, folk and country to exposure to many kinds of music in a variety of religious environments. Christopher Lee began playing classical piano at the age of three and began learning jazz piano in high school. Although he was eventually persuaded to pursue actual "work". Chris continues to pursue his musical passion through his frequent performances with Sacramento- area musicians. Chris attributes his jazz education to the formal and informal encounters he has had over the years with area musicians including, chronologically, Craig Faniani, Jerry Murphy, Bobby Bradford (while in college in Southern California), Joe Gilman, Steve Roach, Mike Kelley, Aaron Garner, and Paul Klempau. Since returning to the Sacramento music scene in 2002, Chris has performed with a number of musical groups such as the CSUS Latin Jazz Ensemble and the Moonlight Swing Big Band, and has appeared in a number of venues, including the Mondavi Center, the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, and the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. Pianist with the Jazz Generation for 12 + years. Noted for exceptional improvisation & classical background. Has also performed around the region with the CSUS Latin Jazz Ensemble and with other bands. Jim Wendt Began playing music in 5th grade with the Mellophone. By the time he finished high school, he had learned French Horn in school concert bands, picked up electric bass and played in Sacramento area blues bands, He next began playing jazz piano in the Sacramento area. A passionate, multi-instrumentalist, Jim shares his love of music in unique ways, locally to internationally. Dave Peters: The Jazz Generation drummer for 10+years, Dave is a professional drummer who brings 30+ years of experience to the group. Equally passionate about music, he is also experienced in many music genres and styles. Has played with several Grammy winning musicians, including Jason Newsted (Metallica), Gordon Hunte (Sade), Julius Melendez (Santana) and Tony Lindsay (Santana) . The 1995 East Bay Guitar Center Drum Off Winner. Versed in many styles including: funk, jazz, R&B, Latin, Afro-Cuban, rock, Mexican, Reggae, Tejano. Performs regularly in Sacramento, Stockton and San Francisco. Michael Otwell is a versatile musician, exciting stage presence. Performs in multiple genres. Joined The Jazz Generation in 2014. Michael Otwell also with Equinox Jazz: Mainstream to Fusion Jazz. and Sabor Jazz (flavorful, tasty, savory, smooth, Latin Jazz). Though the band was featured in recently released Lifoti's October/November 2019 issue 10, you can check it from below link's for your country: United States | United Kingdom | Japan (Asia) | Canada | Mexico | Germany | France | Italy | Brazil | Spain | Australia | New Zealand | Ireland | Portugal | Russia | Netherlands | Poland | Finland | Sweden | Greece | Switzerland | Czech Republic


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Avg 5.0 | 1 Review

Review by Monica S.

Corporate FunctionReviewed on November 8, 2014From San Francisco, CA

Suzanne carried the utmost level of professionalism from the contracting phase to the event planning to the day of events. She took every step necessary to ensure that we had a successful event and even drove down from Sacramento to conduct a site visit to make sure she had the appropriate equipment for our event based on the acoustics of our space in San Francisco. Not to mention, their performance was perfection. I would highly recommend their services to anyone looking for their style of music.

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  • The Very Thought of You | Billie Holiday
  • Hey, John | Blossom Dearie
  • Twisted | Annie Ross
  • How High The Moon | Ella Fitzgerald
  • Farmers Market | Annie Ross
  • Girl/Boy From Ipanema | Astrud Gilberto
  • Tu Mi Delirio | Astrud Gilberto
  • Candombe pa' la Lia | Suzanne Brooks and Sergio Ortuño
  • Lasting Impression | Suzanne Brooks and Reggie Graham
  • Bring Your Love Along | Blossom Dearie
  • Night In Tunisia | Chaka Khan
  • As I Remember Him | Nancy Lamott
  • Come on Home | Lambert, Hendricks and Ross
  • Moody's Mood for Love | King Pleasure
  • Come Fly with Me | Tony Bennett
  • My Favorite Things | Sarah Vaughn
  • Be My Husband | Nina Simone
  • Wild Is The Wind | Nina Simone
  • High Life | Ross Schneider
  • Triple Threat | Rodgers Grant
  • The Way You Look Tonight | Frank Sinatra
  • Georgia | Ray Charles
  • Billie Jean | Michael Jackson
  • Blue Suede Shoes | Fats Domino/Elvis Presley
  • Superstition | Stevie Wonder
  • Celebration | Kool and the Gang
  • Don't Know Why | Nora Jones
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips | I Heard It Through The Grapevine
  • I Got A Woman | Ray Charles
  • I'm Every Woman | Whitney Houston
  • I Believe In You and Me | Whitney Houston
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody | Whitney Houston
  • At Last | Etta James
  • I Can't Make You Love Me | Bonnie Raitt
  • Dance With My Father | Luther Vandross
  • I'll Make Love To You | Boyz to Men
  • Love and Happiness | Al Green
  • Sara Smile | Hall and Oates
  • Y.M.C.A. | The Village People
  • Funkytown | Lipps Inc
  • Copa Cabana | Barry Manilow
  • Twist | Chubby Checker
  • Be My Baby | The Ronettes
  • Hound Dog or Don't Be Cruel | Elvis Presley
  • We Are Family | Sister Sledge
  • Get the Party Started | Pink
  • Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In | The Fifth Dimension-- Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In
  • Dancing Queen | Abba
  • Super Freak | Rick James
  • Stayin' Alive | Bee Gees
  • Let’s Get It Started | Let’s Get It Started
  • My Girl | Temptations
  • Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough | Michael Jackson
  • Let’s Get It On | Marvin Gaye
  • Hotel California | Eagles
  • Another One Bits The Dust | Queen
  • When A Man Loves A Woman | Percy Sledge
  • Moondance | Van Morrison


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