Originally Published: July 31, 2015 1:01 a.m.
The colorful sounds of jazz will fill the air at the Highlands Center for Natural History on Saturday, Aug. 8, as "Howlin' at the Highlands" continues with jazz vocalist Susannah Martin. According to a release by Kristina Good, Martin's musical repertoire spans every vocal medium, but her favorite is jazz.
"Susannah demonstrates her intentional flair with her multi-lingual singing in Latin styles," the release says. "Her extraordinary ability to improvise and to scat-sing are sure to please the most knowledgeable of jazz fans."
The release states that Martin is described by Steve Douglas, owner of Artists in Rhythm Entertainment in Phoenix as singing like a seasoned horn player in the Al Jarreau class, noting that he has absolute respect and admiration for her vocal skills, jazz and Latin sense.
Martin has been performing in northern Arizona since 2005 and has been established as one of the area's most in-demand singers, according to the release. Her career has seen work with big bands, jazz combos, Latin jazz ensembles and A Capella vocal groups as well as other genres, such as Motown, classic rock, Top 40 and R&B funk bands.
"Susannah's formal voice and musical training started at the age of 10 at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts when her parents, who were also musical, realized that Susannah was a gifted musician whose talents needed to be developed," the release says, adding that she studied classical voice, jazz and music therapy at Willamette University in Oregon. "During Susannah's long career, her broad and varied experiences as a professional vocalist in so many genres has contributed to the outstanding performer she has become."
Martin will be accompanied by the Jazz Summit All-Stars Band, directed by Mike Vax.
The concert on Saturday Aug. 8 at the Highlands Center for Natural History, 1375 Walker Rd. will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.prescottjazz.com, by calling Good at 928-277-1576 or the Highlands Center at 928-776-9550.
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