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Tierney Sutton Feeling Jazz Love After Grammys

Of the Oakland Press

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Tierney Sutton did not receive a Grammy Award this year, though her latest album, “On the Other Side,” was nominated.

But as part of the jazz community, she felt a thrill, and a sense of vindication, when Herbie Hancock’s “River: The Joni Letters” took home the coveted Album of the Year trophy.

“Every jazz musician walked out saying, ‘Did that just happen?!’,” the Milwaukeeborn, Los Angeles-based Sutton, 44, says with a laugh. “We couldn’t believe it. Most of us had been to a party the night before for the jazz nominees and the Album of the Year nominees. None of the other Album of the Year nominees came; it was just all the jazz artists.

“And who laughed last? That would be us, ’cause Herbie won. It was a great moment.”

Sutton, meanwhile, is preparing to make her next album, though she doesn’t expect to release it until 2009. She and her band are currently “poring through stuff” and plan to work with a variety of arrangers, but the project is still in its formative stages.

“There’ll be a few big band things and a few orchestrated things,” Sutton says. “There’ll definitely be some Cole Porter on there, ’cause we’re preparing an entire Cole Porter program for April in Switzerland. And I’m sure we’ll continue the band trajectory on other things.

“But I’m not going to record ’til August or September, so there’s a lot that can happen between now and then.”

Tierney Sutton and her band perform at 8 p.m. Friday (Feb. 22) at Orchestra Hall in the Max Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $25.50-$102.50. Call (313) 576-5111 or visit www.detroitsymphony.com. The group performs again at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 23) at the Firefly Club, 637 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $30 and $20. Call (734) 665-9090 or visit www.fireflyclub.com.

Web Site: www.detroitsymphony.com www.fireflyclub.com

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