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Suzanne Lorge


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Suzanne's areas of specialization as a freelance writer are music, culture, and business. Her work has been published by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, Huffington Post, Washington Times, Institutional Investor magazine, and various trades. In addition to staff positions at two magazines (Institutional Investor and Insight at The Washington Times), Suzanne has held editorial or writing positions at several prominent financial institutions, among them The Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Morgan Stanley.

Suzanne contributes regular features and reviews to Downbeat magazine, and she has written the monthly VoxNews column for The New York City Jazz Record for 12 years. Other recent clients include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, United Nations Population Fund, and Institutional Investor Traders Forum.


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The 2018 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

Below are the results of NPR Music's 6 th Annual Jazz Critics Poll (my 13 th annual, going back to its beginnings in the Village Voice). Wayne Shorter's Emanon was voted Album of the Year, and Cecile McLorin Salvant's The Window Best Vocal.

DownBeat Magazine
Terri Lyne Carrington Transforms the Culture

What would jazz without patriarchy sound like? It's a provocative question-and one that drummer Terri Lyne Carrington seeks to answer. To this end, she founded the Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice at Berklee College of Music, inaugurated at an open house at the Boston campus on Oct. 30.

DownBeat Magazine
A New Golden Age of Pianists

Jazz pianism today stands at an apex. There have been other moments in the music's history when innovation rushed ahead of performers and listeners. But more than a century after jazz's emergence, there are countless virtuosic...

Suzanne Lorge

Five Music Minutes: A quick hit of music goodness in five minutes or less.

DownBeat Magazine
Andrew Cyrille's Deftly Calibrated Drumming Showcased at Vision Festival

By Suzanne Lorge   I   Jun. 20, 2019 Free-jazz percussionist Andrew Cyrille introduced tenor player Edward "Kidd" Jordan from behind the kit at Brooklyn's Roulette on June 11, the opening night of the 2019 Vision Festival. "We're going to take you someplace else," he said before jumping into mesmeric repartee with the saxophonist and monster improviser.

The New York City Jazz Record
VoxNews Column

One of Suzanne's favorite gigs.

Oldies but Goodies

The New York Times
Krugman & Co

Suzanne wrote 90+ sidebars on economist Paul Krugman's op-ed pages for the New York Times Syndicate during 2010-11.

New York Times
The Metropolitan Diary

An anecdote about a little boy's happy warbling on a sweltering subway.

The New York City Jazz Record
In The Break

MacArthur Grant winner and Grammy nominee Vijay Iyer raises social awareness with his music.

The New York City Jazz Record
Creating Freedom

Cover story on multiple-Grammy-winning jazz pianist/composer Chick Corea.

Unlocking the Value of Veterans in the Workplace

Every year at Veteran's Day we hear a lot about the need for companies to do a better job of recruiting veterans. The good news is that corporate outreach to veterans is working. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that corporate hiring of veterans has risen by 11% since 2011, the year the "VOW to Hire Heroes" Act passed.

Music, Music, and More Music

DownBeat Magazine
Linda May Han Oh Reaches Across the Musical Spectrum

Linda May Han Oh has gotten used to carrying her double bass up the four flights of stairs to the Harlem walk-up she shares with her husband, pianist Fabian Almazan. No doubt she's had lots of practice of late. Besides composing for...

DownBeat Magazine
The Borderless Music of Antonio Sánchez

In May 2018, drummer Antonio Sánchez was performing with pianist/composer Arturo O'Farrill at the Fandango Fronterizo, a trans-border festival at the 18-foot-high fence that separates San Diego, California, from Tijuana, Mexico. What...

DownBeat Magazine
Vossa Festival Not a Place for Faint of Heart

The day before guitarist/composer Hedvig Mollestad and her six-person band headlined the 46th annual Vossa Jazz Festival, which ran April 12-14, the group went hang-gliding in the mountains surrounding Voss, Norway. A small village on the train line between Bergen and Oslo, Voss is a popular center for extreme sports-longboarding, dirt biking, BASE jumping-and the local delicacy is half a roasted sheep's head, eye intact.

DownBeat Magazine
The Borderless Music of Antonio Sánchez

In May 2018, drummer Antonio Sánchez was performing with pianist/composer Arturo O'Farrill at the Fandango Fronterizo, a trans-border festival at the 18-foot-high fence that separates San Diego, California, from Tijuana, Mexico. What...

All About Jazz
On Stage at JALC: Paul Jost

On Stage at JALC: Paul Jost by Suzanne Lorge, published on June 23, 2018 at All About Jazz. Find more Profiles articles

DownBeat Magazine
Allison Miller's Life of Juxtapositions

​Much of drummer Allison Miller's life is about juxtapositions. She's the creative force behind two related but very different bands. She manages an active music career while co-parenting her two preschoolers. And she gives voice to her activism through her art.

All About Jazz
Anwar Robinson: From American Idol To United Palace

Anwar Robinson has the kind of voice that could stop traffic-rich, soulful, and reverberant. Beyond his innately spectacular instrument, Anwar is well-schooled in just about all vocal styles-jazz, blues, R&B, pop, musical theater, spirituals. So it's no wonder that in 2004, he moved quickly into the winners' circle on the fourth season of American Idol, one of the most popular shows in television history.

DownBeat Magazine
The Social Chemistry of Corcoran Holt

With his new album, bassist Corcoran Holt demonstrates that a shared connection trumps musical athleticism at every turn.

DownBeat Magazine
The Revelations of Claudia Villela's Voice

Claudia Villela was all set to catch a December 2017 return flight to California from her native Brazil when a fire broke out in her Rio de Janeiro apartment. The singer and composer suffered several severe injuries that day, and the...

DownBeat Magazine
McCoy Tyner, Charles McPherson Feted at Jazz at Lincoln Center Performance

By Suzanne Lorge   I   Apr. 12, 2019 In his intro to "McCoy Tyner and Charles McPherson at 80," a tribute concert honoring the two jazz giants at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater on April 5-6, saxophonist Sherman Irby summed up pianist/composer Tyner's distinguished career in one sentence: "McCoy Tyner has presented the world with almost six decades of pure excellence."

DownBeat Magazine
Oscar Peterson Festival Highlights Canadian Talent

On the final afternoon of the second Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival, a quintet led by pianist Kenny Barron launched into a magnetic, hard-swinging rendition of "I've Never Been In Love Before," the opener of a nearly two-hour set.

DownBeat Magazine
Camille Thurman Finds Her Voice on 'Waiting For The Sunrise'

Saxophonist Camille Thurman kept her singing under wraps all throughout her time at the famed LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in New York City. And in college at SUNY-Binghamton, she wasn't even a music major-she earned a...

DownBeat Magazine
A Geographic Shift Helps Stéphane Spira Realize His Vision

Even as an expatriate engineer in Saudi Arabia, French-born saxophonist Stéphane Spira found opportunities to play. As a student, he'd excelled in math, a skill that gained him entrée to one of the best polytechnic schools in Paris,...

DownBeat Magazine
Bassist Adi Meyerson's Poise and Presence

Adi Meyerson not only hears music, she also sees it. "I have this thing called synesthesia," the bassist said during a recent interview at Jazz at Lincoln Center, explaining that her brain is wired to link sound with colors, letters...

DownBeat Magazine
The Reconfigured Pathways of Sanah Kadoura's Mind

In January 2017, drummer Sanah Kadoura fell in her New York apartment and hit her head on the corner of a windowsill. Three days later, she was on her way to a gig when she became disoriented and unable to breathe, and by the next day,...

DownBeat Magazine
Émile Parisien Wants To Blur the Edges

To say that French alto and soprano saxophonist Émile Parisien is doing well in Europe would be an understatement. In 2016, he received his third Victoires du Jazz Award, the French equivalent of a Grammy, in the album of the year...

DownBeat Magazine
New England Jazz Ensemble Merges Prokofiev, Jazz

Aug 14, 2018 8:55 AM Medeski Martin & Wood is set to issue Omnisphere (Indirecto), a live disc the trio recorded in Colorado during 2015... Aug 17, 2018 3:30 PM The creative seeds that 23-year-old trumpeter and vocalist Andrea Motis has been planting since her days as a teen...

DownBeat Magazine
Whirlwind Recordings Gathering Steam

Aug 14, 2018 8:55 AM Medeski Martin & Wood is set to issue Omnisphere (Indirecto), a live disc the trio recorded in Colorado during 2015... Aug 17, 2018 3:30 PM The creative seeds that 23-year-old trumpeter and vocalist Andrea Motis has been planting since her days as a teen...
The 2017 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

This is what consensus in jazz looks like now: In winning the vote for 2017's best new recording in NPR's Fifth Annual Jazz Critics Poll, Vijay Iyer's Far from Over was named on 53 of 137 ballots - almost twice as many as either Steve Coleman's Morphogenesis or Tyshawn Sorey's Verisimilitude, which finished second and third, respectively.

All About Jazz
Dara Tucker: Seeds of the Divine

Rising jazz star Dara Tucker has added three new trophies to a rapidly growing lineup of awards. At this year's Nashville Industry Music Awards (NIMAs) she won Best Jazz Vocalist, Best Jazz Album, and Song of the Year for her April release, Oklahoma Rain (Watchman Music).

All About Jazz
The Dazzling Alexis Cole

Jazz singer Alexis Cole's career has been anything but conventional. She's done residencies in far-flung places like Ecuador, India, and Japan. She fronted the Army's big band for several years as a soldier herself. And now she's a faculty member in the jazz program at SUNY Purchase.

The New York City Jazz Record

Composer John Zorn headlined at the 2016 Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in Québec, Canada.

The New York City Jazz Record
Dominican Jazz Festival 2015

The Dominican Jazz Festival features some of the best Latin jazz musicians around.

The New York City Jazz Record
Panama Jazz Festival 2015

The Panama Jazz Festival, founded by pianist Danilo Pérez, both inspires and entertains.

The New York City Jazz Record
Primacy of the Ear

This cover story on pianist Ran Blake discusses his relationship with jazz theorist George Russell and Blake's own theory of jazz composition and performance.

The New York City Jazz Record
Beautiful Life

I interviewed singer Dianne Reeves for this cover story the month before she won a Grammy for the album "Beautiful Life."

The New York City Jazz Record
Jamie Baum: In This Life

I write CD reviews regularly for this monthly jazz trade paper.

All About Jazz
Mark Murphy: Inside the Mystery

Beyond its stylistic differentiators, jazz contains what vocalist Mark Murphy calls "a wonderful mystery," a mystery that was fostered in small, regional clubs around the US during the '30s-40s, when Murphy was developing the distinctive vocal style that launched his decades-long career. "I've seen this mysterious quality of jazz set rooms on fire," Murphy attests.

The Village Voice
Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll

I voted in The Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll, edited by Francis Davis, during my years as the VoxNews columnist for All About Jazz.

The New York City Jazz Record
A Boy Named Charlie Brown

A review of the re-release of this beloved jazz soundtrack by the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

All About Jazz
Nancy King: Overdue Accolades

Before her October 23, 2004 gig at the Jazz Standard, singer Nancy King hadn't played a major New York club in several years. She's never been signed to a major jazz label, although she's come close.

All About Jazz
Jay Clayton: Believing in The Word

Jay Clayton's career as a singer defies easy classification. True, she most often sings jazz, but she's also collaborated with two of the most prominent modern composers of art music-Steve Reich and John Cage. Even when it comes to jazz, her palette is nothing if not diverse; she is as comfortable with free improvisation and electronic music as with standards.

All About Jazz
Steve Kuhn

On March 27-30, 1986, Steve Kuhn played the Village Vanguard with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Al Foster. This noteworthy gig produced two live recordings, The Vanguard Date (Owl, 1986) and Life's Magic (Blackhawk, 1986).

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