Tierney Sutton – Screenplay

Mount Gretna, PA, United States

Mt. Gretna Playhouse

7:30 PM
$5-$26

Sutton has received a Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy nomination nine times.

The Program

In 2016 Tierney was asked by Clint Eastwood to score his film, Sully, inspiring her to set her sights on film music. The result was Screenplay. The arrangements and Sutton’s readings of the songs are pure Tierney Sutton Band at the height of its powers, subtly illuminating and revolutionizing each classic, as well as introducing a few lesser-known gems with songs including: The Windmills Of Your Mind, Moon River, I’ve Got No Strings, If I Only Had A Brain, The Sound Of Silence, Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, Hopelessly Devoted To You, and You’re The One That I Want.

The Tierney Sutton Band shows an uncanny ability for taking a song a part, and putting it back together in a context that sounds unique. Making well-loved songs sound new is another aspect of Tierney Sutton Band’s appeal.

The arrangements and Sutton’s readings of the songs are pure Tierney Sutton Band at the height of its powers, subtly illuminating and revolutionizing each classic, as well as introducing a few lesser-known gems.

The Artists

The Tierney Sutton Band is comprised of Tierney Sutton on vocals, Christian Jacob on piano, Kevin Axt on bass, Ray Brinker on drums and Trey Henry on bass.

The quintet is based in Los Angeles. The band’s history is 25 years long. During their long history, the band has amassed nine Grammy nominations and have won over audiences around the world. The group’s style can be described as jazz with pop and rock sensibilities.

Drummer Ray Brinker grew up in Lebanon County, PA. Upon college graduation, Ray toured worldwide with jazz high-note trumpet player Maynard Ferguson before moving to the West Coast, where he has become a staple in the Los Angeles studio and performance scene. As a founding, 23-year member of the Tierney Sutton Band, Ray has co-arranged and recorded 10 CDs. The band has garnered 5 consecutive Grammy Nominations for “Best Jazz Vocal Album”, and Ray has received a Grammy Nomination as co-arranger for “Best Arrangement Accompanying A Vocalist”. Ray is also a member of the Grammy winning Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band.

Ray’s Performances and Recordings include: Maynard Ferguson, Pat Benatar, Joe Cocker, Natalie Cole, David Lee Roth, Cinderella, Woody Herman, Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, Christian Jacob Trio, Brian Setzer, Jack Sheldon, Anita O’Day, Randy Brecker, Wayne Bergeron Big Band, Tom Kubis Big Band, Claire Fisher, Mitch Forman, Johnny Mandel, Michel LeGrand, Chris Walden Big Band, Frank Gambale, Arturo Sandoval, Lea Salonga, Veronique Sanson, Kristin Chenoweth, Paul Anka, Engelbert Humperdinck, Grant Geissman, T Lavitz, Steve Morse, Seth MacFarlane, and Ray Charles, including his 8-time Grammy Award winning Album Of The Year “Genius Loves Company”, featuring James Taylor, Norah Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald, Dianna Krall, and Willie Nelson.

Ray’s TV/Film Credits include: American Hustle, Ray: The Ray Charles Story, Shrek, Chicken Run, Dear God, The Alamo, Brother Bear, Lilo & Stitch, Pluto Nash, Assault On Precinct 13, America’s Got Talent.

Ray and the Tierney Sutton Band co-wrote, arranged, and performed the score for Clint Eastwood’s 2016 film, “Sully”.

Trey Henry, bass has interest in a vast array of musical styles that has resulted in many opportunities to perform with a wide variety of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Henry Mancini, Herbie Hancock, Natalie Cole, Willie Nelson, Joe Williams, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Michelle Legrand, Dianne Schuur, Aaron Neville, Dizzie Gillespie and Alan and Marilyn Bergman. He appears on more than 200 recordings with various artists including Ray Charles, Maynard Ferguson, Sammy Nestico, Linda Ronstadt, Gerald Wilson, Tom Scott, Steve Allen and Lalo Schifrin. His work with Tierney Sutton has resulted in five Grammy nominations. He has worked on numerous tv productions ranging from “The Family Guy” “The Simpsons”, “King of the Hill” and “American Dad” to “American Idol” the Emmy Awards, the Academy Awards, “Americas Got Talent” and “Dancing With The Stars”. His film and sound track credits include “Rush Hour”, “The Thomas Crown Affair”, “The Lion King”, “Far From Heaven”, “Brother Bear”, “The Haunted Mansion”, “Nacho Libre”, “Talladega Nights”,  “Burlesque”, “Charlie St Cloud”, “Pursuit Of Happyness”, “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” and “J. Edgar”.

Christian Jacob, piano born in France, began playing classical music at age 4 and became immersed in the music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, whose harmonic universe was influential on jazz.  He was around 9 or 10 when he discovered jazz. After graduating with “First Prize” from the Paris Conservatory Christian took the risk of going to America to study jazz.
“Going to America wasn’t something I had planned to do. It would cost a fortune and I didn’t speak English. Then one day a friend of mine said that he was going to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and I realized that it was a great opportunity. My friend spoke English and if I could get a scholarship, I believed I could make it work. It was a great plan, but I didn’t get a scholarship, and at the last minute my friend couldn’t go. So I ended up going alone. To make matters more difficult I had arranged to arrive two weeks before classes started so that I could work on learning English. It seemed like a good idea, but it never occurred to me that the dormitories would not be open and I would have no place to stay. Fortunately for me a recruiter for Scientology spotted me wandering around, and wanted to teach me all about their religion. He wanted me to really understand what Scientology was, but his books were in English. So every day we sat with a dictionary and Scientology writings and he taught me the meaning of each word, making sure that I really got it. So basically I had a full two weeks of English lessons right before classes started.”

It was at Berklee that Christian shed a lot of his classical emphasis and concentrated nearly exclusively on jazz, on learning the art of improvisation and on developing his own personal style. While at Berklee Christian won a number of  awards, including the Oscar Peterson Jazz Masters Award, the Great American Jazz Piano Competition and “Downbeat” magazine’s distinction as Top Collegiate Jazz Soloist. After graduating Christian took a teaching position at Berklee, but gave that up when the opportunity came along to tour with Maynard Ferguson.  After leaving Maynard Ferguson’s band Christian quickly began performing and recording with many of today’s jazz legends: Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, Randy Brecker, Miroslav Vitous, and Bill Holman to name just a few.

In the midst of his success with the Tierney Sutton Band, Christian released his third trio CD, this time on his own independent label WilderJazz. The 2004 release, “Styne & Mine”, is a tribute to the music of Jule Styne, and reached #3 in the jazz radio charts.

Kevin Axt, bass,  was born in Burbank and has been a freelance musician in LA since 1982. He began studying classical guitar at the age of 13, later adding tuba, electric bass and finally string bass to his instrumental arsenal by his late teens. He attended USC on an orchestral scholarship studying string bass with LA Phil co-principal bassist, Dennis Trembley. He has performed, recorded and toured with artists as diverse as Natalie Cole, Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith, Hank Jones, Phil Woods, Lalo Schifrin, Shelby Lynne, Queen Latifah, Placido Domingo, Pat Williams, Russell Watson, Patti Austin, Bobby Shew, Chuck Mangione, Bernadette Peters, Cristian Castro, Lea Salonga, KD Lang, Dave Koz, The Tierney Sutton Band, David Benoit, Bob Florence, Mitch Forman and Chuck Loeb, Robben Ford, Jack Sheldon, Etta James, James Moody, Christopher Cross, Cheryl Bentyne, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Glenn Frey, and Melissa Manchester to name just a few.
Kevin has performed on over 150 albums and has performed bass in dozens of theater, film and television productions. Kevin has played on projects that have garnered a total of 12 Grammy nominations. He also received a Grammy Nomination in 2012 as a co-arranger in the Best Arrangement Accompanying A Vocal category.
9-time Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton has received a “Best Jazz Vocal Album” Grammy nod for every project she has released in the last decade. Known for her impeccable voice and imaginative treatments of The Great American Songbook, Sutton is heralded for her abilities as both a jazz storyteller and her ability to use her voice as an instrument. Her 14 recordings as leader have addressed themes such as materialism (“Desire” 2009), the pursuit of happiness (“On The Other Side” 2007), as well as paying tribute to the music of Bill Evans (“Blue In Green” 2002), Frank Sinatra (“Dancing In The Dark” 2004), and pop icon Sting (“The Sting Variations” 2016). Her 2013 Joni Mitchell tribute, “After Blue” featured keyboardist Larry Goldings, drummer Peter Erskine, jazz vocal legend Al Jarreau, and NEA Jazz Master flautist Hubert Laws.

In May 2016 Tierney was approached by legendary Director Clint Eastwood. The original score to his box-office smash, “Sully”, was created by Tierney Sutton Band pianist, Christian Jacob, The Tierney Sutton Band and Clint Eastwood. The end-title song “Flying Home” features music by Eastwood and lyrics by Tierney Sutton and JB Eckl. It is performed by Tierney Sutton and The Tierney Sutton Band.

When she is not performing, Tierney is in demand as both a studio vocal producer and vocal educator. In 2016 she worked with famed lyric soprano Natalie Dessay for Sony Classics’ “Pictures of America” and the soon to be released “Between Yesterday and Tomorrow”.

Tierney taught for over a decade at USC’s Thornton School of Music and spent 6 years as the Vocal Department Head at The Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena, CA. She has also taught and mentored some of the finest new generation of singers including Gretchen Parlato and Sara Gazarek.

Venue Details

200 Pennsylvania Avenue
Mount Gretna, PA 17064
United States
(717) 361-1508