Photography by Cornelio Cerato
|Birth name||Carol Sudhalter|
January 5, 1943 |
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Occupations||musician & journalist|
Carol Stearns Sudhalter (January 5, 1943) is an American Jazz saxophonist.
Sudhalter grew up in a musical family: Her father Albert played the alto saxophone in the New England area with the bands of Herbie Marsh, Eddy Duchin, Bobby Hackett and others. Her brothers and other relatives were also musicians. Richard Sudhalter, nicknamed "Dick", the oldest brother, played trumpet/cornet and wrote award-winning books on Jazz history. Middle brother James played baritone saxophone and formed and ran a ’twist’ band.
In the early nineteen-sixties Sudhalter began to play flute while majoring in biology at Smith College. She continued to study flute with private teachers in Washington DC, New York, Boston, Israel and Italy until 1978. She studied theory and Third Stream music with Ran Blake and Phil Wilson at the New England Conservatory of Music. From the nineteen-seventies on she has been teaching piano, saxophone and flute privately, at Mannes College, and for the New York Pops Salute to Music Program.
In 1975 she decided to take up saxophone, and in 1978 relocated from Boston to NYC to join the first all-women Latin band, Latin Fever, produced by Larry Harlow (salsa). In 1986 she founded the Astoria Big Band. She has performed with Sarah McLawler, Etta Jones, Chico Freeman, Jimmy McGriff, Duffy Jackson and other celebrities, and played in renowned NYC Jazz clubs as well as domestic, Italian and British Jazz festivals. She initiated the ‘Jazz Monday’ concerts at Athens Square Park between 1989 and 2001, along with several other local festivals in Queens, NY, where she resides. Sudhalter is a member of the Jazz Journalists Association.
She was written up in Leslie Gourse's MADAME JAZZ (Oxford University Press, 1997) as Chapter 14: "Carol Sudhalter: A Role Model" as well as in W. Royal Stokes' "Growing Up With Jazz" (Oxford University Press, 2005).
Discography (as a leader)
|Title||Format & Year||Label|
|Hey There||LP - 1985||Carolina Records|
|Soon||CD - 1997||Carolina Records|
|Carol in the Garden of Jazz||CD - 1999||Carolina Records|
|It's Time||CD - 2002||Carolina Records|
|Last Train to Astoria||CD - 2002||Carolina Records|
|Shades of Carol||CD - 2005||Alfa Music|
|The Octave Tunes||CD - 2010||Alfa Music|
|Carmelo and Carol Remember: The Great Film Music of the Sixties||CD - 2011||Geco Records with special permission from Alfa Music|
Discography (as a "sideman")
|Title||Format & Year||Label|
|Sarah McLawler - Under My Hat||CD - 2010||MVD Entertainment Group|
- New York Big Band Caroling by Roy Fox, Queens Q-guide, April 15, 1999.
- Carol Zittisce Tutti by Beppe Montresor, Il Giornale D Verona, December 29, 2002
- Jazz Journalists Association.
- Leslie Gourse's MADAME JAZZ.
- Review by Nancy Ann Lee, from Jazz Notes, February 2, 1995.
- Bridget Arnwine’s Review of Growing Up With Jazz.
- Review by Janine Coveney.
- Queens Chronicle, November 15, 2012 by Josey Bartlett.
- The Washington Post, May 12, 2006 by Mike Joyce.
- Review on jazzreview.com by Peter Westbrook.
- Review on JazzSaints.