November 13, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, PA. — The Tierney Sutton Band, an award-winning jazz ensemble, will perform Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series. Bucknell University acknowledges with gratitude generous funding from the Family of Janet C. Weis which makes the Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series possible.

Immediately following the concert, there will be a free reception across the street at the Downtown Art Gallery. Light refreshments will be served.

A four-time Grammy nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album, as well as a 2012 co-arranger nominee for "On Broadway" from the band's "American Road" release, Tierney Sutton is often described as "a singer's singer", but just as often, she is described as a "musician's singer", who uses her voice like an instrument.

Kathryn Maguet, executive director of the Weis Center, says, "Tierney Sutton takes vocal jazz to a whole new level. Her mesmerizing interpretations of jazz standards coupled with her amazingly flexible and brilliantly nuanced voice will certainly enthrall central Pennsylvania audiences."

She has fronted the Tierney Sutton Band, which includes pianist Christian Jacob, drummer Ray Brinker and bassists Kevin Axt and Trey Henry, for nearly 20 years. Both the band's music and its business style make it stand out in the crowd: the band's members are incorporated partners and make all musical and business decisions as such.

Their CDs have consistently topped the US jazz radio charts; their ninth release as a unit, "American Road", was released in September 2011.

Tierney has been Jazz Week's Vocalist of the Year, has received the LA Jazz Society's Vocalist award, and has been at the top of critics and listener's polls. The New York Times says of Tierney, "(She is)...a serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level."

Tierney, who tours extensively in the U.S. and throughout the world, has headlined in recent years at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center. She is serving as Jazz Artist in Residence at the Historic Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, Calif., where she will be doing a variety of performances and educational community outreach.

The next event in the Weis Center's series will be a Gospel/Sacred Steel performance by the Campbell Brothers with special guests Bucknell's Voices of Praise on Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. There will be pre-performance music in the Weis Center Lobby by Voices of Praise.

Dubbed "Best U.S. Gospel Instrumentalists of the Year" at the fourth annual Real Blues Awards, the Campbell Brothers present a compelling mix of material from the African-American Holiness-Pentecostal repertoire with a new twist: the growling, wailing, shouting, singing and swinging voice of the electric steel guitar and voice. As the music moves from sanctuary to concert hall, secular audiences are able to appreciate a performance both devoted and rocking. Tickets are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach coordinator, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at

For more information about future programming at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to or

Contact: Division of Communications


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