Up next in Jazz Bridge’s Cheltenham Neighborhood Concert Series is vocalist Suzanne Burgess and her band. She’ll be center stage at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Rd., on Wednesday night Dec. 2. Showtime is 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Burgess began singing professionally just a few years ago, but she’s been performing all her life. Her passion to sing and dance grew stronger as she took tap, ballet and jazz. She danced in private troops and sang in small plays in and around Philadelphia. Her foundation in the arts comes from her grandmother, aunts, and uncles who played and taught her how to find her notes, to harmonize and learn where she’s supposed to be in song and in her life.
When not on stage, you can find Suzanne in her “other vocation.” She is an accomplished interior designer/landscaper and home organizer. She often says, “Singing is my release of my spirit. It was something I went to when my parents both took ill.”
She has opened and appeared with such artists as Carol Riddick, Tony Terry, Glenn Jones, Frankie Beverly and Maze and Levert in venues that have included the Dell East, Blue Parrot, World Cafe, Candle Light Theatre, Freedom Theatre, The Philadelphia Clef Club, Relish, Warmdaddys, and The Reserve. She was part of Karen Smith’s “3 Diva’s 3” musical about jazz in its early years to the present, which was presented in Philadelphia and New York City. Whether painting, sketching, sculpting, writing, dancing, arranging, and singing, Suzanne Burgess has opened her heart and decided to share her passion.
Originally, a native of Southern Chester County, Oxford PA, where she is the oldest of three, Suzanne now makes Philadelphia her home.
Tickets are $10 general admission/$5 for students and are only available at the door. For more info call: 856-858-8914, 215-517-8337 or visit online at jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
Jazz Bridge, an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to assisting Greater Philadelphia Metro area jazz and blues musicians and vocalists in times of crisis, sponsors these neighborhood concerts throughout the region to keep the sound of Philadelphia alive.