Suzanne Cloud, writer, historian, and jazz singer, has appeared with Philadelphia’s top musicians. She received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, authored six young-adult history books, contributed to Harvard's African-American National Biography Project, and was the founding director of Jazz Bridge. Her original play Last Call at the Downbeat was chosen for the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. Cloud has recorded critically acclaimed albums on the Dreambox label, which recently reissued her political 1995 release With a Little Help from My Friends.
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Philly Fringe 2020: Study Hall presents 'Comedy Inspired by Lectures'
Riffs on academia
Three academics lecture a group of improv actors in Study Hall's 'Comedy Inspired by Lectures,' now streaming for the Philly Fringe. Hilarity ensues. Suzanne Cloud reviews.
‘The Use of Voice in Music Therapy’ by Kelly Meashey
Long live every voice
‘The Use of Voice in Music Therapy,’ the first book from Philadelphia jazz singer Kelly Meashey, teaches singers and clinicians alike how to connect with an audience. Suzanne Cloud reviews.
Philly Culture United urges City Council not to defund the arts
Philly artists rally against defunding
Suzanne Cloud spotlights Philly Culture United, an action campaign to save the city’s funding for arts and culture.
Surviving the coronavirus conspiracy kickoff
Get a grip, friends
Suzanne Cloud was getting more messages than usual—and the contents were worrying. Instead of inhaling vinegar, she’s talking with her friends about some critical thinking in the age of COVID.
Philly’s jazz community is still playing, and lifting each other up, in the pandemic
COVID-19 won’t cancel Jazz Appreciation Month
Local musicians had their calendars wiped clean as the COVID-19 pandemic descended. But they’re streaming and supporting each other. Suzanne Cloud stays connected so you can, too.
Your Philly guide to reclaiming Jazz Month in the age of social distancing
Singing the coronavirus blues
Suzanne Cloud sings the blues about the sounds of silence in the city, just as we were looking forward to all the Philly concerts for Jazz Month in April. But there’s hope for homebound jazz lovers—and neophytes who want in on the fun.
Philly podcast ‘Music for the New Revolution’ spotlights today’s protest music
The sounds of change
Musician David Heitler-Klevans and filmmaker/composer Rodney Whittenberg bring the 'Music for the New Revolution' podcast to Philly, getting everyone ready for the 2020 election and beyond. Suzanne Cloud chats with the creators.
The Philadelphia Heritage Art Ensemble presents ‘Crossing the Bridge 2’
What jazz musicians have given Philly
Philadelphia Heritage Art Ensemble’s latest album is a musical tribute to 1950s/60s hard bop Philly jazz history. Suzanne Cloud reviews.
South Camden Theatre Company presents Marie Jones’s ‘Stones in His Pockets’
Americans in Ireland in New Jersey
A dazzling duo of actors tackle Irish tragicomedy ‘Stones in His Pockets’ at South Camden Theatre Company. Suzanne Cloud reviews.
‘The Vernell Poems’ by Herman Beavers
What would Vernell say?
Poet Herman Beavers, in his new chapbook 'The Vernell Poems,' riffs on the stories of the indomitable Vernell Spraggins—folk philosopher, lover, liar, and trickster. Suzanne Cloud considers.
REC Philly announces a major footprint in the new Fashion District
A new creators’ space by the old Market East
After meeting in school and building their business from the ground up, REC Philly cofounders David Silver and Will Toms announce a big new space on Market Street. Suzanne Cloud was there.
The Berman Museum of Art presents ‘Science Fiction’
Before and after the moon
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing at the Berman Museum of Art, where world-renowned international artists born in that era interpret science fiction alongside climate change, space tourism, and technological revolution. Suzanne Cloud reviews.
Da Vinci Art Alliance presents Lucia Garzón’s ‘With Hands Like Bootsoles’
‘With Hands Like Bootsoles,’ Lucia Garzón’s solo show at Da Vinci Art Alliance, is necessary viewing as the US government’s systemic cruelty to Central and South American immigrant refugees dominates the news. Suzanne Cloud reviews.
SoLow Fest 2019: Iraisa Ann Reilly’s ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Interpreting Aphasia’
When you can't find the words
This new show, still in development at this year’s SoLow Fest, reveals life for people with aphasia and those who work to support them. Suzanne Cloud reviews.
Union Transfer presents 'Marshall Allen’s 95th Birthday Celebration'
The spirit of the day, for almost a century
Close your airlock and engage your warp drive to find out why “Space Is the Place” where you’ll find “Cosmo Aliens” dancing to “Interplanetary Music.” The Sun Ra Arkestra is coming to Philly for Marshall Allen’s 95th birthday tour. Suzanne Cloud talks to the ones who know him best.