"... She sings with a musician's phrasing and her songs come with proper tunes and grown-up harmonies attached - a rarity in itself. Conclusive proof that this is no mere gimmick." The Observer
"The trumpeter and singer Sue Richardson's homage to Chet Baker brings the boy wonder back to life." The Sunday Times
Tipped for the top by Jazzwise Magazine, Sue Richardson is a rare female trumpet player and singer who composes and arranges her own material. Her show TOO COOL - THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF CHET BAKER features the beautiful music of Chet Baker from the smoky jazz clubs of 1950s West Coast cool. Chet's romantic music belied a tragic, heroin-fuelled existence and his intriguing story epitomises that of the classic jazz musician. Running alongside the music, Richardson tells Baker's turbulent life story, including his many faults and sometimes-tiresome behaviour. A jazz fan or not, the story is sparky and engaging.
Taking a fascinating, multi perspective approach, alongside the trumpeter's new Chet-inspired compositions, we get to hear many of Chet's own songs plus one of the standards that he is most strongly associated with, My Funny Valentine. Richardson has a sense and spirit of Chet Baker within her, both in her playing and vocals. Strong yet delicate - sensitive and very lyrical.
The Sue Richardson Trio performs as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival
Sue Richardson - trumpet & vocals
Neal Richardson - piano
George Trebar - double bass