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Cloud, Suzanne (Suzanne Raynor Dunkle)

Cloud, Suzanne [Suzanne Raynor Dunkle], vocalist, singer/songwriter, writer; b. Philadelphia, PA, 7 September 1951. She grew up in Pennsauken, NJ.  Studied voice with Carol and Ed Locke (Cherrry Hill, NJ). Her father was Kenneth Dunkle (deceased). He played ukulele and banjo. Her mother, Charlotte Rathman, sang in local amateur shows. She has one brother, Andrew, who played bass, drums. He was a songwriter, led Valley Singers in Hamilton, Montana and owned a music store. He is deceased. Her sister Linda was a vocalist in disco bands in the 70s. She is deceased. Her sister Kennie sings in local amateur muscials.

Suzanne married a bass player she met when she hired him for her top 40 band in the 70s. His name was Nelson Tapper and he played in and recorded with the rock band Stranded. He is deceased. She has three sons. Oldest son Ryan is an actor and manages a theatrical troupe in Smithville, NJ. Middle son Christian works for Clear Channel and wants to be a DJ. Youngest son Joshua plays piano and is a computer whiz.

She got her B.A. in History graduating with Honors, 1993. Her senior thesis was "Swing Heil: Jazz During the Third Reich." She got her M.A. in American Civilization at Rutgers University, Camden, NJ. She attended the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa and received her PhD in American Civilization in 2003. Her dissertation was "Children of the Earle Theatre: A History of the Philadelphia Jazz Community 1945 to the Present." Qualifying exams in the fields of Sociology (Dr. Elijah Anderson), African-American Studies (Dr. Herman Beavers) and Ethnography (Dr. Mel Hammarberg) with a focus on life history analysis, passed Spring 1998.

She's worked with Johnny Coles, Uri Caine, Steve Allen, Micky Roker, Nadja-Salerno Sonnenberg, Tyrone Brown, Gerald Veasley, Larry McKenna, Bobby Durham, Shirley Scott, Sid Simmons, Bootsie Barnes, Denis DiBlasio, Eddie Green, Ron Thomas, Cecil Payne, Sam Dockery, Frank Tiberi, Jim Ridl, Darryl Hall, Jim Miller, Jef Lee Johnson, Mike Boone and others.

From 1987-1989, she was Entertainment Director of The Showplace, Camden, NJ. Since 1987, she has been Vice-President of Philadelphia's only jazz label at Encounter/Dreambox Media in Philadelphia, PA. 

Teaching Experience:
Fall 2002: University of Pennsylvania, Race, Ethnicity and Identity in 20th Century America, Temple University, Race, Imperialism and Empire.
Barnes and Noble University (Online Course) : Jazz-The History of America's Music
Summer 2002: University of Pennsylvania, Jazz and Its Place in American Life
Spring 2002: Two Rhetoric II courses and The History of Jazz at The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ.
Fall 2001: Immaculata College, Malvern, Pa. Issues in Contemporary Culture in the US (graduate course). The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ. Rhetoric 101 (undergraduate course). Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ. Basic Skills Reading and Writing II.
Fall and Spring 1999-2000: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Writing About Jazz (undergraduate course).
1996-1998: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Jazz and Its Place in American Life:  New Orleans to 1945 and Jazz and Its Place in American Life: Bebop to the Present. (undergraduate courses)
Spring 1996: Teaching Assistant, Jazz and its Place in American Life. (undergraduate course)
Fall 1995: Teaching Assistant, Native-American History (undergraduate survey course)
1999: Guest lectured and performed at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ for a retrospective on T.S. Monk for the student body and for broadcast.
Member of International Association of Jazz Educators
1998: Conducted vocal workshop for Regional IAJE Convention in York, PA
1998: Selected by University of Pennsylvania student body to present a Preceptorial on the Philadelphia jazz scene. Second most popular sign-up.
1997: Planned, directed and conducted workshops in jazz for elementary school children for The John Coltrane Society.
Have adjudicated High School/Middle School jazz big bands.
1997: Commentator on WHYY's Marty Moss-Coane show on the Philadelphia jazz community.

Playboy Fantasy Show (1982); I Like It! (1986); Denis DiBlasio: Reflections of Childhood (1997); With a Little Help From My Friends (1996); Denis DiBlasio: Rhino (1999); Monkadelphia (2000); Looking Back (2000); Miller Time: If It's Not One Thing (2004)

Theater (Leading Roles only):
Carnival: 1969 (Lili) Pennsauken High School
Pajama Game: 1970 (Babe) Camden County MusicCrafters
Silent Night, Lonely Night: 1971 Cherry Hill Little Theater
Bell, Book and Candle: 1971 (Gillian) Cherry Hill Little Theater
The Fantastiks: 1973 (Louisa) Dinner Theater/Touring
Carousel: 1973 (Julie) Dinner Theater/Touring
South Pacific: 1974 (Nellie) Charles Smith Prod./Touring
Sex Tips For Modern Girls: 1987 (Dot) Society Hill Playhouse

Television and videos:
A Woman of Spirit: 1985 (Mary Frame Thomas) Women's Cultural Consortium/PBS
The Fantasy Show: 1985 (Talent) Merrill Heater Prod./NBC
Jingles for Banks, retail stores, Comcast Cable, etc.
Industrial films: Modern Video/Philadelphia (Armstrong Floors)

Radio broadcasts:
WHYY: Bob Perkins Show
WRTI: Jazz 90, National Public Radio/ "Live at the Painted Bride"
WRTI: "Live at the Aztec" and various interviews
WDAS: Jazz World
WHYY: "Radio Times" with Marty Moss-Coane.

Fellowships and Awards:
2000-2001: School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship
1999-2000: Chimicles Fellowship
1998-1999: School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship
1995-1998: School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Fellowship
1994: Writing Across the University Teaching Fellowship

Voices of Slavery: Yearning to Be Heard was published August 2004 for Enslow Publishers. Commissioned to write essays on Philadelphia jazz musicians for Harvard's National African American Biographical Project.
March 2004 " Viewpoint from the Bandstand: Let it Be" (on gay marriage) Philadelphia Inquirer
November 2003 "Too Bad the President Missed a Good Protest for Peace in DC" Philadelphia Inquirer
2001- to the Present: Featured arts columnist ("Cloudburst") for the Chestnut Hill Local
August 2002: "Jazzy Lady Touched Many With Her Music" Philadelphia Inquirer
Feb. 2002:  "Capitalism Can't Hide Enron's Con From Public" Philadelphia Inquirer
May 2001: "Bob Kerrey's Case Points to Need for Discussion on Vietnam" Philadelphia Inquirer
Feb. 2001: "Who Needs Musicians When Piano's on Autopilot?" Philadelphia Inquirer
July 2000: "Judging Kenny G" New York Times
Sept. 1998: "Stolen Moments: Race, Class and Disciplined Discourse-the Death of Jazz FM" Music Research Net
Oct. 1997: "Coz for Alarm: An Open Letter to Bill Cosby" Philadelphia Daily News
June 1994: "A Jazz Singer's Future Shock: You Don't Need Live Backup Anymore" Philadelphia Inquirer.
About the artist:
1996-Jazz News (Bill Donaldson) Interview
1996-Trenton Times "Suzanne Cloud's Days in the Sun" (Curt Yeske) Weekend Magazine Feature.
1996-Philadelphia Inquirer "Suzanne Cloud sings to a different score" (Jack Lloyd) Regular jazz column
1999-New York Times "The Scene is Alive, if Not always Kicking" (Bill Kent) Feature and picture of me singing at the Zanzibar Blue.


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