Susan Tobocman Quartet
Detroit-born singer, composer, lyricist, producer, and arranger, Susan Tobocman showcases her original compositions.
Singer/composer/lyricist/producer/arranger, Susan Tobocman has been making a name for herself among audiences and musicians alike on the New York City jazz scene for a number of years. Whether leading her own gigs at Zinc Bar (where she was the original artist-in-residence), Cornelia Street Cafe, Flatiron Room, Fine & Rare, Symphony Space, Highline Ballroom, Smalls, the Bitter End, Birdland, Cliff Bell's, Steinway Jazz Gallery, Smoke, or Cleopatra's Needle (among others) -- or as the guest of such luminaries as Barry Harris, Al Foster, or the late Doc Cheatham -- Susan is equally comfortable working as a leader or sideman.
Susan’s extensive repertoire of standards -- from the familiar to the obscure -- is distinctly enhanced by her inventive arrangements, in addition to her original compositions, some of which are strictly instrumental. Among her influences, the Detroit-born singer cites Shirley Horn, Carmen Mcrae, Joao Gilberto, Dena Derose, Johnny Mandel, and Andy Bey. Not only is Tobocman the first-prize recipient of the National Scholastic Writing Award for Poetry, she has also received the Ascaplus Composer Grant for the past fifteen consecutive years. Susan collaborates as both composer and lyricist with several of New York’s finest jazz musicians, including pianists Henry Hey and David Hazeltine, trumpeter Jim Rotondi, and trombonist Steve Davis. Her work is signed to renowned jazz publisher/grammy-winner Don Sickler; Susan has also written for and been recorded by Denise Donatelli, Norman Simmons, Allan Harris, and Rodgers Grant among others.
Suggested Entertainment FeeWith the goal of providing amazing hospitality with minimal rules, the Blue LLama Jazz Club doesn't have a mandatory cover charge when featuring local and regional artists. However, our mission is to bring the best talent to our community and you will see a “suggested entertainment fee” line on the check. While it's not required, you're welcome to add the suggested amount per person to help us continue our mission of presenting amazing music five days a week on the Blue LLama stage.