"Love, love, LOVE the CD! I am listening to it over and
over and over again. Your compositions are always so optimistic and full if
light to me!" - Marian Savige, Baltimore, MD
"Fluid, lyrical, sophisticated & satiable, Suzanna Sifter's,
"The IIlumination" is a delicious CD of impeccable musicianship. Indulge
& enjoy." - Lauren Passarelli (President, Feather Records), Boston,
"Suzanna is not just a pianist with sparkling technique,
but a composer with real originality! 'Dark Eyes' is a haunting example!" -
Stephany Tiernan (Chair, Piano Department, Berklee College of Music),
"'The Illumination' by Suzanna Sifter is a wonderful
recording which amply displays Suzanna's gifts as an improviser and
leader." - Lawrence J. Simpson, Boston, MA
"I loved hearing the CD. You really sound great. Nice solos and your writing and chops sound real strong. Cooking! - Charlie Banacos, Manchester, MA
Suzanna Sifter was born in Hinsdale, Illinois.
She began her performing career in high school and sang, played
keyboards and piano, touring the East coast and Canada with multi-genre
She holds a BM from Berklee College of Music and
Master’s Degree from New England Conservatory having studied with Hal
Crook, Herb Pomeroy, Dave Holland, Charlie Banacos, and Kenny
Suzanna has performed with jazz greats John La Porta,
Jerry Bergonzi, and Alan Dawson. Her compositions have been featured
on “In the Library” (D. Govoni), and “On the Edge” (T.Lada) where she
was featured on piano.
Suzanna has three recordings as a leader, composer,
and arranger: 1.Flowers for You (1997) 2.Awakening (2002) 3.The
Suzanna has been on faculty at Berklee College of
Music for twenty years, and is an internationally acclaimed jazz pianist
and educator. She performed at the Heineken Jazz Festival in Puerto
Rico, traveled to Italy for the Umbria Jazz Clinics, to Athens, Brazil,
Ecuador, and Japan to give master classes and perform concerts.
She is the author of the instructional text: Triadic
Vol. 1 : Comping with Upper Structure Triads Applications.
Suzanna was promoted to full Professor at Berklee in 2009.
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