Sue McCreeth 'Look Back and Love'

Album Launch

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Last Show: Monday 29 th May 2017

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Classically trained jazz, soul, world music singer and composer Sue McCreeth’s 2017 live dates see her performing from London to Glasgow. Hers is an international jazz sensibility, and she blends the material with an expert eye, having studied with Gary Burton (Berklee College of Music USA) and Joy Mammen (Royal Academy of Music). Songs from her current and penultimate critically acclaimed cds, ‘Look Back and Love’ (2017), and ‘Queer Bird’ (2016) will be featured. McCreeth blends her own well regarded compositions, jazz classics by British composers, re-imagined classical art song in German and French, together with Gaelic and Portuguese. Harmonies, grooves, song titles and words have echoes of Arabic, Sikh and Tamil traditions. This promises to be a high energy, engaging and unique concert featuring musicians from the cream of the Scottish jazz set.

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“… Calmly inventive… boldly ambitious… she has imagination and heart… McCreeth applies her plush mid-range and rhythmic flexibility… boldly punctuated and inventive… sultry… hip.”

The Guardian

Harmony and musical texture are as important to McCreeth’s writing as the melody and lyrics. Her music has been twice shortlisted for the International Songwriting Competition and she has studied improvisation with Gary Burton and composition with Joseph Mulholland through the prestigious Berklee College of Music. The latter now uses McCreeth’s songs as teaching materials for his Harmony classes.

“McCreeth’s lyrics communicate on a personal, intimate level. Love songs of tenderness but also of determination are scattered with fascinating hints and possibilities, an edgy uncertainty,” says Dave Gelly of The Observer. “She sings with warmth and intimacy, and commands a wonderful flexibility her vocal tone, which allows her to match it exactly to the message or atmosphere of any particular piece.” 

“Nearly all my songs are about love, or a moment in my life in which I was preoccupied with my feelings for another person. This CD is a celebration of the best of my life, looking back over it all and loving.” Sue McCreeth