Carol Sudhalter, flute, baritone sax and tenor sax, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Sudhalter was a nominee for Best International Jazz Flutist in Down Beat Magazine’s 77th Annual  Jazz Readers’ Poll 2012, and was voted within the top 10: 9th place.

Carol moved to New York from Boston in 1978 to join the first all-female Latin band, Latin Fever, which played the 1978 Salsa Festival at Madison Square Garden alongside Tito Puente. [Another of Carol’s ‘firsts’: she was first graduate of Smith College to become a jazz musician.] In 1986 she founded the Astoria Big Band, in which she plays baritone sax. In its present 13-piece formation, the band plays original arrangements by Charlie Camilleri, Stan Bielski, Mickey Tucker, Ray Loring, Keith Gurland, and Chris Rinaman. The band has received more than 20 Development and Performance Grants from Queens Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

photo: John Watson/jazzcamera.co.uk

Ms. Sudhalter is written up in Peter Zimmerman’s The Jazz Masters: Setting the Record Straight (2021), (available at http://www.thejazzmastersbook.com); Leslie Gourse’s “Madame Jazz” (Oxford University Press, 1995), as Chapter 12: ‘Carol Sudhalter: A Role Model’; and most prominently in W. Royal Stokes’ two books: 1) “Growing Up With Jazz: Twenty-four Musicians Talk About Their Lives and Careers”, published in January, 2005, on Oxford University Press, and “The Essential W. Royal Stokes: Jazz, Blues, and Beyond Reader” (Hannah Books, 2020). She is also profiled in Stefano Benini’s ‘Il Flauto Jazz‘ (Curci 2011). Her photograph is included in John Watson‘s outstanding book of jazz photography, ‘The Power of Jazz” (Blurb, 2008) p. 37.

From 1991 to 2005, Carol played Sunday Brunch at the Cajun Restaurant, first under the leadership of Jimmy The Face Butts; then, on his passing,  under Butts’ partner Al ‘Doc’ Pittman; on Doc’s passing in January 2003, Carol stepped into the role of leader. She has performed in New York at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola (Lincoln Center), Trumpet’s, Pumpkins, Birdland, Danny’s Skylite Room, Iridium, Flushing Town Hall, JVC Jazz Festival, and more. She regularly tours Italy, UK and Switzerland.  Jazz festivals include: Mary Lou Williams Festival (Kennedy Center, Wash., D.C. 2004); The Many Colors Festival, Hartford, CT; Buffalo, NY (“Pine Grill Reunion”); Redbank, NJ;  Bethlehem, PA Musikfest. In Europe: Umbria Jazz, Perugia; Villa Celimontana (Rome);  Badia Calavena, Assisi, JazzAscona, Locarno, Frascati (Donne in Musica series) and Swanage and Birmingham Festivals in UK. Notable artists with whom she has played include Sarah Mclawler, Etta Jones, Jimmy Mcgriff, Chico Freeman, Tony Scott, Alan Barnes, Craig Milverton, Greg Abate, Vito Di Modugno, Duffy Jackson, Danny Ilett, Craig Milverton,  Lino Patruno, Rhoda Scott, Henry Butler, Jimmy Cobb, Big Nick Nicholas, Jimmy Butts, Doc Pittman  and Jason Marsalis.

***Since 2016, Sudhalter leads the monthly Louis Armstrong Legacy Jazz Jam at Flushing Town Hall, with much praise and success. The popular event is supported in part by the Louis Armstrong educational Foundation.

Sudhalter’s 2019 CD ‘Carol Sudhalter Quartet Live at St. Peter’s Church” (on baritone sax and flute), was reviewed in the June 2019 issue of Down Beat Magazine.

Carol runs her own booking agency, Mix ‘n’ Match Music, through which she plays chamber music and trio jazz for weddings and events. Mix n Match Music is written up in radio personality Joan Hamburg‘s book, “City Wedding“.

As music producer, she pioneered several jazz series in her home borough of Queens. She founded and developed the Athens Square Park Jazz Mondays series (1998-2001), presenting jazz to local residents. She conceived and pioneered the Astoria/Lic Waterfront Jazz Festival held in four waterfront parks overlooking Manhattan. In 2001 she co-produced this festival with Partnerships for Parks, with financial backing from City Parks Foundation grants. She began a series of Sunset Jazz Concerts at Ralph DeMarco Park in 1998. Special honors include a citation by La Guardia College Performing Arts Center for outstanding contributions to the Queens Jazz Community (2002); and the Reverend John Garcia Gensel Award in 2003, from Manhattan Country School, for distinguished service to jazz. She has spent 30 years teaching private flute, saxophone and piano lessons, including six years in the New York Pops “Salute to Music” Program, and she offers masterclasses throughout the U.S. and Europe in Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Flute, Sax, and English Diction for Singers.  Ms. Sudhalter can be heard with her Quartet, Sextet and the Astoria Jazz Band on several Carolina Records releases, including the CD, ‘Last Train to Astoria’; and on several releases in her own name on Alfa Music, Rome.


“CAROL SUDHALTER QUARTET LIVE AT SAINT PETER’S CHURCH”: Alfa Music (Rome), January 2019. Feat. Patrick Poladian (pno), Kevin Hailey (bs), Mike Campenni (dms). Carol on baritone sax, flute and vocal.

“CAROL SUDHALTER: THE OCTAVE TUNES”, Alfa Music (Rome), December 2010 featuring Vito Di Modugno (Hammond Organ), Carlo M. Barile (piano) and others.

“SHADES OF CAROL”, produced by Alfa Music and RAI Trade, Released in July, 2005 in Rome

TRUST YOUR HEART“, Vocalist Kyoko Saegusa, Lucky Star Recording, 2011. Keith Ingham (pno), Dmitri Kolesnik (bs), Al Gafa (guit.), Arnold Wise (dms) and Ben Wittman (perc).

“PALACE”,  Vocalist/composer Naomi Camilleri, 2005. Carol on tenor sax.

NEW YORK TIME”, Tel-Tel Records 2009, Whitney Moulton (bassist, composer and producer.)

UNDER MY HAT“, Sarah McLawler Quintet, Doodlin’ Records, 2010.

Carmelo and Carol Remember: The Great Film Music of the Sixties“, with Carmelo Leotta, special guest appearance on Geco Records, Saluzzo, Italy, 2011. Permission of Alfa Music, Rome

Carol Sudhalter Discography on Carolina Records:

Last Train to Astoria“, Carol Sudhalter’s Astoria Jazz Band, 2002. Carol on baritone sax and flute.
It’s Time“, Carol Sudhalter Sextet, 2002. Carol on tenor and bari sax and flute.

Carol in the Garden of Jazz“, Carol Sudhalter quartet, 1999

Soon“,  Carol Sudhalter’s Astoria Big Band with Myrna Lake (vocals), 1997

Who Will Buy?” Carol Sudhalter’s Astoria Big Band, audio cassette, 1993

Hey There“, LP, Carol Sudhalter quartet with pianist Jack Wilson, 1985.




 CAROL SUDHALTER, sax baritono, tenore, alto e flauto, nata e cresciuta a Boston, s’e trasferita a New York nel ’78 per suonare con Latin Fever, il primo complesso femminile nel mondo di musica Latina. Con loro ha suonato al SALSA FESTIVAL al Madison Square Garden.

Nell’anno 2012 e’ stata inserita nella classifica annuale della rivista Americana DownBeat e si e’ qualificata al nono posto all’interno della categoria flautisti jazz. Si trova ricensita anche su Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Sudhalter).

       I suoi CD Carol Sudhalter Live at Saint Peter’s Church,  The Octave Tunes e Shades of Carol, (tutte e tre su ALFA MUSIC e RAI TRADE, Roma, dist. EGEA) hanno ricevuto tanti complimenti dalla stampa: “Suono del tenore caldo, vellutato, ottimamente controllato, altrettanto per il flauto, fraseggio fluido, a metà tra il moderno e il tradizionale…” (Marco Losavio, JazzItalia.com).

Ha fondato la Astoria Big Band, di 16 musicisti. Ha concepito, fondato, organizzato e prodotto 2 festival a New York: Astoria/LIC Waterfront Jazz Festival e Athens Square Jazz Mondays.

Appare in parecchi libri, tra i quali il piu importante: “Growing Up With Jazz: Twenty-Four Musicians Talk about Their Lives and Careers” (Oxford Univ. Press, 2005) di W. Royal Stokes, in cui riceve un profile di 15 pagine e 2 foto. Altri profile: Madame Jazz di Leslie Gourse (“Carol Sudhalter: A Role Model“; Good Time“, di Marian McPartland.

A New York ha suonato una settimana col proprio gruppo a DIZZY’S CLUB COCA COLA del JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER; per 15 anni nel brunch di Domenica al Ristorante CAJUN, col famoso bassista Jimmy “The Face” Butts. Altri club a New York in cui ha suonato col proprio gruppo: Birdland, Iridium, Danny’s Skylite Room, Cobi’s Place, Flushing Town Hall, St. Peter’s Church, Manhattan country School, e tanti altri.

Ha suonato con musicisti del calibro di Jimmy McGriff, Sarah McLawler, Rhoda Scott, Jason Marsalis, Etta Jones, Bob Cunningham, Henry Butler, Shannon Powell, Cindy Blackman, Vanessa Rubin, Jimmy Heath, Bob Dorough, Vito Di Modugno, Greg Abate, Alan Barnes, Craig Milverton, Mark Brooks, Bertha Hope, Rockin’ Dopsie, Harry Allen.


JVC FESTIVAL, New York; DIZZY’S CLUB COCA COLA, Lincoln Center Jazz; La Guardia College, New York; Smith College, Northampton, Mass.; Hartford Festival, Connecticut; PINE GRILL REUNION, Buffalo, NY; Redbank Festival, NJ; , MUSIKFEST, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.Festival, FESTIVAL MARY LOU WILLIAMS, KENNEDY CENTER, Washington, D.C.


CAMPIDOGLIO, Roma: Concerto Inaugurale, Aula Giulio Cesare; Festival Villa Celimontana; Alexanderplatz, Roma; Festival Porsche (Padova, Brescia); JazzAscona, Svizzera; Hotel Laurin, Bolzano; Mag, Trottoir, Oltremusica, Scighera (Milan); Osteria del Porto, Verona; Assisi; Badia Jazz; Le Prigioni (Venezia); Festival di Film e Musica, Locarno; Festival Donadio (cuneo), Festival Contracanto, Donne in Jazz, Frascati ed altri. Concerti vari a Bari, Roma, Firenze, Milano, Torino, Venezia.

Premi: La Guardia College, Premio Queens Jazz Musicians

Manhattan Country School, New York: Premio Rev.John Gensel

-Insegna flauto, sax e pianoforte privatamente e per il New York Pops SALUTE TO MUSIC. Da Masterclass in improvvisazione jazz (al flauto e al sax) e Dizione Inglese per Cantanti.

-Carol proviene da una famiglia conosciutissima nel campo della musica. Fratello trombettista ed autore Richard Sudhalter ha scritto libri importanti sul jazz. Suo padre era il sassofonista/violinista jazz Albert Sudhalter di Boston.

Time Out, NY scrive: “saxophonist Carol Sudhalter’s warm, gutsy sound will put you in mind of Hawk and Ben Webster.”


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