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Tierney Sutton & Tamir Hendelman

Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present

Tierney Sutton & Tamir Hendelman
The Art of the Duo

8-time Grammy Nominee Tierney Sutton returns with pianist Tamir Hendelman for a special duo evening. Sutton is heralded for her abilities as a jazz storyteller and her ability to use her voice as an instrument. Hendelman is known for his sense of swing, imaginative arranging, sensitive touch and his work with vocalists from Natalie Cole to Barbra Streisand.

$35 General Admission

8-time Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton has received a “Best Jazz Vocal Album” Grammy nod for every project she has released in the last decade. Known for her impeccable voice and imaginative treatments of The Great American Songbook, Sutton is heralded for her abilities as both a jazz storyteller and her ability to use her voice as an instrument. Her 12 recordings as leader have addressed themes such as materialism (“Desire” 2009), the pursuit of happiness (“On The Other Side” 2007), as well as paying tribute to the music of Bill Evans (“Blue In Green” 2002), Frank Sinatra (“Dancing In The Dark” 2004), and pop icon Sting (“The Sting Variations” 2016). Her 2013 Joni Mitchell tribute, “After Blue” featured keyboardist Larry Goldings, drummer Peter Erskine, jazz vocal legend Al Jarreau, and NEA Jazz Master flautist Hubert Laws.

In May 2016 Tierney was approached by legendary Director Clint Eastwood. The original score to his box-office smash, “Sully”, was created by Tierney Sutton Band pianist, Christian Jacob, The Tierney Sutton Band and Clint Eastwood. The end-title song “Flying Home” features music by Eastwood and lyrics by Tierney Sutton and JB Eckl. It is performed by Tierney Sutton and The Tierney Sutton Band.

When she is not performing, Tierney is in demand as both a studio vocal producer and vocal educator. In 2016 she worked with famed lyric soprano Natalie Dessay for Sony Classics’ “Pictures of America” and the soon to be released “Between Yesterday and Tomorrow”.

Tierney taught for over a decade at USC’s Thornton School of Music and spent 6 years as the Vocal Department Head at The Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena, CA. She has also taught and mentored some of the finest new generation of singers including Gretchen Parlato and Sara Gazarek.

Tamir Hendelman is an acclaimed pianist, composer, arranger and educator.  Leader of the Tamir Hendelman Trio (whose recordings reached the top of the US jazz charts), he is a long time member of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and the Jeff Hamilton Trio. He has recorded with Barbra Streisand on “Love Is The Answer” (2009) and “One Night Only: An evening at the Village Vanguard” and joined her orchestra tour of North America with her in 2012. Tamir Hendelman has performed with Benny Golson, Scott Hamilton, Richard Galliano and Graham Dechter and arranged and recorded for vocalists Natalie Cole, Roberta Gambarini, Polly Gibbons, Jackie Ryan and many more. He has performed Rhapsody in Blue with the Winston Salem and Arizona Musicfest Orchestras and will do so in 2020 with the Memphis Symphony. Since 2005 he has been on the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles teaching jazz improvisation, piano, harmony and composition. He has conducted workshops in universities and schools in Asia, Europe and the US.

Tamir Hendelman in 2001 premiered John Clayton’s version of Oscar Peterson’s Canadiana Suite with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl. Oscar Peterson wrote in his online journal: “It was a satisfying but strange feeling... to hear a new young voice make some exhilarating and thoughtful solos in the spaces that I used to occupy in those pieces…I look forward to hearing more from him.”   

He has released two recordings as a leader of his trio:  Playground (Swing Bros, 2008) and Destinations (Resonance 2010).  Reaching #1 on the jazz charts, Destinations takes listeners along on a voyage of musical discovery.  The music ranges from originals to Jobim, Keith Jarrett and Maurice Ravel. “Destinations to me is not only about the places I have traveled to, but also about the journey of being a jazz musician.” He has conducted workshops at schools from Oberlin to Indiana, Vancouver to Louisville, and Utrecht to Israel, including an interdisciplinary workshop at the Idyllwild Academy and Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy.

Earlier Event: November 17
The Jemal Ramirez Group
Later Event: December 1
Michael O’Neill Quintet