Susannah just released a duet version of her original song, 'I Am Here,' with American singer-songwriter and actress India Carney. The song is included in the film DADDY'S EYES, starring Susannah B and India Carney. The song's soulful lyrics paired with a sultry, wistful beat perfectly sets the tone for the story.
Susannah was very excited and honored to screen her short film, "DADDY'S EYES", at multiple film festivals this year. Friends, family, and fans were able to enjoy the film at the Lake Placid Film Festival, LA Femme International Film Festival, Baltimore International Black Film Festival , Brown Media Group Festival, Awareness Film Festival, and the LA International Shorts Film Festival. More updates to come soon!
Susannah B's techno house remix "Moon & Sand (j. Wells Remix)" is reaching listeners all around the world, including Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina, reaching nearly 3,000 streams. Stream her song wherever you enjoy your music!
Susannah had the honor of performing at The Odyssey Theater in the "Music at the Odyssey" series "A celebration of JONI MITCHELL" as part of the talented lineup. She performed a couple of Joni’s amazing songs - "Hejira" and "California".
Susannah B hosted a Galentines Day party with Jenette Skin Care, discussing skincare, sipping some wine, and taking home goodie-bags. Special thanks to Center of Effort Wine for donating some of their delicious SIP-certified wine, which went so perfectly with Jenette’s all-natural skin care products. Susannah and Jenette also had an amazing conversation on IG Live about Jenette Skin Care products and how they have done wonders for her skin. You can still watch the IG Live at the link here.
Susannah’s daughter recently graduated from high school, in June. Susannah and her husband had a lifetime opportunity to adopt their daughter over three years ago through a wonderful organization, Kidsave. Learn more about the program on Susannah’s philanthropy page.
Susannah has been acting, singing, and writing songs for many years. Recently, she had the opportunity to be directed in a short film by her dear friend Drew Ann Rosenberg playing a character written for her by Drew’s husband John Anderson. She was also able to perform in the film, singing a classic Alec Wilder song “Moon and Sand” as well as two of her own songs, “Far More” and “I Am Here”, the latter as a duet with India Carney, a previous contestant on “The Voice”. The film had a private screening and is currently being submitted to film festivals. We will have more updates coming very soon on this exciting project.
Susannah B's EP Deep House Sessions with j.wells is getting thousands of streams from listeners all over the world! This is her first collaboration with Brooklyn-based music producer j.wells, who took some of her vocal tracks and utilized vintage analog synths, disco tracks and drum machines and more to create three electronic dance remixes of Susannah B's tracks from her 2018 album Far More. New collaborations with j.wells utilizing all new vocal tracks and original drum beats are in the works now!
j. wells is a Brooklyn-based electronic music producer who’s been involved in the techno, house and hip hop scene for several years. A classically trained musician, he is a graduate of New York University in Music Technology and is heavily influenced by the dance music scenes of Berlin, Detroit and New York City.
His tracks bring a minimalist, experimental approach and make unique use of vintage synthesizers and analog drums, vinyl cuts and vocal edits. A link to his j.wells soundcloud may be found here:
Handpan Class Featuring John Ballinger and Susannah Blinkoff
Despite Covid, the tumultuous election, and the lack of live performances, 2020 resulted in a large assortment of very good jazz CDs being released. Do not let anyone try to convince you that CDs are extinct or passé. Even with all of the difficulties, CDs continued to pour out on a regular basis. Relatively few recordings were actually made after February 2020 (other than one-man band efforts, trio dates where everyone kept their distance, or overdubbed sessions) but luckily there was a big backlog of recordings from 2019 to contend with and enjoy.
Here are the 35 new releases (covering many different approaches and styles) and 20 sets of reissues/historic music CDs that made the biggest impression on me in 2020, listed in alphabetical order by artist. Since I do not focus exclusively on cutting-edge music, this list is certainly much different than any other lists that others will compile of the top 2020 recordings. Every one of these recordings is highly recommended. Of course there are scores of other worthy releases from all over the world that could have made this list; I could have easily listed 100 in each category. No matter how much one tries to listen to every possible jazz recording, it is impossible to hear them all, but I’m doing my best! Suffice it to say, get these recordings and then tell me what was left out. I’ll look forward to hearing them in 2021.
Broadway baby Susannah Blinkoff (aka Susannah B) grew up in Manhattan in a cradle of creativity. Her childhood was filled with music and theater. Her dad Richard Blinkoff was a fashion photographer and her mother, Carol Hall, a renowned Broadway composer/lyricist. Susannah's new record, Girl Gone Wilder! is a tribute to legendary composer Alec Wilder, whose career spanned four decades. Wilder wrote/co-wrote songs tailor-made for his famous friends during the 1940's and 50's, including: Peggy Lee, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett and others.
The debut single "Crazy In The Heart" is the perfect swinging soundtrack for cocktails! Buzz-Music praises Susannah's interpretation as a "refreshing yet nostalgic time capsule of musical brilliance." Susannah has taken many of Alec's acclaimed jazz standards and re-recorded them with a fresh, retro-pop vibe and updated tone. She has also assembled a band of first-rate musicians who have played with Rufus Wainwright, Paul McCartney, John Legend, Lady Gaga, Lucinda Williams and Alanis Morissette, to name a few.
A nod to the legendary jazz composer, Susannah's cleverly titled Girl Gone Wilder! paints a "verbal portrait of Wilder as complex, emotional, and lonely" which was illustrated with strong performances of songs that reflected those traits.
In an exciting departure from pop music, Susannah has taken on the challenging jazz genre. Reviewers congratulate Susannah for bringing a "familiar sound and fusing it with her stunning vocal ability," which she puts to best use on Girl Gone Wilder!
Read more about Alec Wilder on Wikipedia.
New York, NY, Oct. 14 - The 35th Annual Friends of Alec Wilder concert, featuring the many sides of one of America's most unique and unclassifiable 20th Century composers, will go virtual this year on YouTube, November 7 at 2 PM ET and feature performances produced especially for this broadcast. The New York City-based Friends of Alec Wilder organization celebrates, promotes and preserves the music and life's work of the music composer genius. Their first concert as a streamed broadcast rather than a live show will be highlighted by popular Los Angeles singer/songwriter Susannah B performing three songs from her recent and well-reviewed album of Alec Wilder Music, Girl Gone Wilder! To access the YouTube concert on November 7 at 2 PM, go to www.alecwildermusicandlife.com
The footage of three songs from Susannah B's 2019 album debut concert in Hollywood, "Crazy in the Heart," "It's So Peaceful in the Country" and "Be A Child" will premiere exclusively at the Friends of Alec Wilder Concert on YouTube next month. Buzz Music says of her interpretation: "'Crazy in The Heart' features the classic jazz sounds of yesteryear, but with Susannah's smoky, cinematic vocals fused in. Susannah masterfully tackles this powerhouse song with ease and does her idol proud."
Other top artists rounding out the November 7 concert are Chris Gekker, internationally known trumpet virtuoso and former member of the American Brass Quintet and Juilliard professor, who now is a professor at the University of Maryland; John Harmon, Wisconsin icon, legendary composer, jazz pianist and recording artist; Karen Demsey, virtuoso flutist and professor of flute and musicology at William Paterson University; John Proulx, Grammy-winning composer from L.A. and internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist and pianist, Michael Salzman, NYC based tubist and professor of tuba at Hofstra and husband and wife duo Marshal Wood and Donna Byrne, a two time Grammy winning bassist and Artie Shaw Orchestra vocalist. Susannah B ‘s band features her long-time collaborator, John Ballinger (Rufus Wainwright), as well as Michael Farrell on keyboard (Alanis Morisette, American Idol band), Sal Lozano on saxophone and flute (Paul McCartney, John Legend, Lady Gaga), David Sutton on bass (Lucinda Williams), Scott Breadman on percussion and Ray McNamara on drums and hang drum.
A self-taught composer, Alec Wilder mingled with music's elite during the height of their fame. From Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, to Peggy Lee, Stan Getz, and many others, Wilder wrote/co-wrote many popular songs and standards, including: "While We're Young" recorded by Peggy Lee, "Moon and Sand" recorded by Chet Baker, "Where Do You Go" with different versions by Miles Davis, Stan Getz, and Frank Sinatra, "It's So Peaceful in the Country" recorded by Rosemary Clooney, "A Child is Born" recorded by Tony Bennett, and "Be a Child" written with famed jazz trumpeter Thad Jones. In addition to writing popular songs, Wilder also composed classical pieces for exotic combinations of orchestral instruments and wrote 11 operas, as well as other varied musical compositions and arrangements.
Recorded live at a benefit house concert in Los Feliz on April 14, 2018.
Sixty people attended, $7,500 was raised for Children's Hospital L.A.'s Endocrinology Division (Kids with Diabetes).
Musicians: Mike Farrell (keyboards), John Ballinger (bass), Scott Breadman (percussion) and Sal Lozano (saxophone, flute).
Girl Gone Wilder is a show written and conceived by Susannah B.
"What a lovely evening. And that music was something else. I just don't hear tasty jazz stylings like that, anymore. All the guys were totally solid. If they were playing at the Catalina, I'd be down there tonight. Really enjoyed the way she structured it all, too, around the guy's life. What a treat!"
"What an exciting and innovative evening! I just loved Susannah's story about Wilder and his songs! The old-timeyness of them brought me right back to growing up and knowing how much my mother would have appreciated hearing them! Her voice sounded wonderful. I love it. A talented woman!"
My husband has been spoiling me with some great cocktails during this time, and since I definitely had cocktail music in mind for several of the songs on my new album, I decided to put his recipes and these songs together in a little Sips & Songs collection for you:
Ingredients (for two drinks):
In a cocktail shaker, shake to the swinging beat of the music. Pour into ice-filled glasses. Add lime wedge for garnish.
Ingredients (for two drinks):
Stir and pour into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with ½ orange slice and Luxardo cherry.
Ingredients (for two drinks):
Shake and pour into ice-filled glasses. Top it off with club soda. Garnish with citrus wedge and mint leaf.
These tunes are fun, swinging updates that make it the perfect cocktail music for today's listeners. Sultry songstress, Susannah Blinkoff has reimagined his iconic recordings and will be releasing her first single this spring.
Susannah's lush and sultry voice both harkens back to the tumultuous time that was the war-torn 1940s and gives these spellbinding tunes a swinging modern twist, perfect for cocktail culture, a fun dinner party or a windows-down drive into the country…Stay tuned for her first refreshing release on May 15th!
Cocktail culture, and iconic drinks like the Manhattan and Old Fashioned – are experiencing a resurgence and require a soundtrack like Susannah's snappy interpretations of Alec Wilder's tunes from the 1940s-60s!
Alec Wilder's music is like a 30-year velvety whiskey, his jazz classics stand the test of time and have been recorded by the likes of Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughn, Carly Simon and many more big names.
Recently, I adopted a beautiful girl from Colombia through Kidsave, a wonderful organization that helps teen orphans to find new homes. This is a charity means so much to my family and many others. Please check them out.
Alec Wilder's music is a unique versatile blend of American musical traditions – among them jazz and the American popular song –as well as classical European forms.
My new album Girl Gone Wilder! will be released this June. The debut single,"Crazy in the Heart" is set for release this spring. The tunes are swinging and fun -- a perfect pairing for your next cocktail event!
I'm passionate about the charity KidSave, This charity helps find families for older orphans, ages 10 to 15, who have little chance of being adopted in their own countries. I will be doing benefit concerts for them with my new jazz music soon!
My new release, Girl Gone Wilder! is a tribute to the legendary composer, Alec Wilder whose career spanned 4 decades, starting in the 1940's, but who today is largely forgotten. I'm excited to reintroduce his music with my own twist!
Exciting news! My new single is coming out next month! Keep your eyes here to hear it first.