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Sudhalter, Carol (Stearns)

Sudhalter, Carol (Stearns), flute, baritone sax and tenor sax; b. Newton, MA, 5 January 1943.

Sudhalter was born at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and also grew up in Newton. Her father was Albert Sudhalter, born Brighton, MA on Feb.19, 1905. He was a sax/violin doubler. He was lead alto sax player with Herbie Marsh Orchestra. He played with Eddie Duchin, Bobby Hackett; own radio program, "Voice Of The Saxophone". He died in 1975. Her mother was Esther Sudhalter, b. Boston, Sept. 20. 1910, died 2000. Her brothers are Richard (born Boston, Ma., Dec.28, 1938), a trumpet player/music critic and writer and James (born Boston, MA, Sept.16, 1940) who plays sax (alto, bari) non-professionally in Harrisburg, PA.

Carol studied flute with Wallace Mann, Wash., D.C., 1964, Aram Bedrossian,  Springfield, MA 1965-66, Harold Bennett, New York, NY 1968, Bruno Martinotti, Milan, Italy 1969, Adalberto Borioli, Milan, Italy 1971, James Papoutsakis, Boston, MA 1973, and Blaine Corey, Boston, MA 1974-7. Se took master classes with Marcel Moyse, Brattleboro, VT, 1960's and Paula Robison, Boston, MA 1970's. She studied saxophone with Alan Won, NY, 1980's, Joe Temperley, NY, 1980's, Big Nick Nicholas, NY, 1986, Eddie Barefield, NY, 1978-79, and Glenn Guidone, NY, 1990's. She moved to New York from Boston in 1978 to join the first all-female Latin band, Latin Fever. With them she traveled and played many prominent sites including the 1978 Salsa Festival at Madison Square Garden alongside Tito Puente.

In 1986 she founded the Astoria Big Band, in which she plays baritone sax. The 13-piece band plays original arrangements by Charlie Camilleri and others. 
Since 1993 carol has played Sunday Brunch at the Cajun Restaurant, first under the leadership of [the late] bassist/entertainer Jimmy The Face Butts; subsequently under Butts' long-time partner, Al Doc Pittman; and currently leads the group herself."  Carol's New York Club appearances include Birdland, Danny's Skylite Room, Iridium (2002), Flushing Town Hall, Cobi's Place, Trumpet's and Pumpkin's. She was a featured artist since 1994 at the annual Manhattan Country School Rent Party; at All-Nite Soul (St. Peter's Church); and at the JVC Jazz Festival (New York, 1999). Her jazz festival performances include: Hartford, Ct., Jazz Festival; Buffalo, Ny ("Pine Grill Reunion");  Redbank, Nj, Jazz Festival (2002); Perugia Jazz Festival; Villa Celimontana, Rome, Italy; Redbank, N.J. Jazzfest;  Bethlehem, Pa Musikfest; Mary Lou Williams Festival, Kennedy Center, Wash., D.C., May 14, 2004;  and Donne In Jazz, Frascati, Italy. She has played with notable artists including Sarah McLawler, Etta Jones, Chico Freeman, and Jimmy McGriff.

In 2002 she was Special Guest Artist at the Smith College Spring Concert (Northampton, Mass) and has performed at La Guardia Community College, New York for several years in their annual concert series. Carol runs her own booking agency, Mix N Match Music, providing jazz and classical ensembles for weddings and parties.
In the capacity of Music Producer, Carol pioneered several Jazz Series in her home boro of Queens. She founded and developed the Athens Square Park Jazz Mondays series (1998-2001), presenting big band and other music to local residents.  In 2000, she conceived and pioneered the Astoria/Lic Waterfront Jazz Festival held in four waterfront parks overlooking Manhattan. In 2001 she co-produced this festival under the auspices of Partnerships for Parks and with financial backing from grants from City Parks Foundation. She began a series of Sunset Jazz Concerts at the Ralph DeMarco Park in 1998.

Her teaching experience includes 32 years of private teaching on flute, saxophone and piano; music classes at I.S. 77, Mannes College Prep Division, and 7 years in the NY Pops Salute to Music Program.

Recordings:
Hey There (1985); Who Will Buy? (1993); Soon (1997); Carol in the Garden of Jazz (1999); Tribute to Charlie Camilleri (2001); It's Time (2002); Last Train to Astoria (2002); 

Radio and television broadcasts:  
With Sarah McLawler on her Jazz Show on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) ; with own quartet on Harold Ousley's Jazz Hour on  MNN , with own quartet on International Women in Jazz Program on MNN, and  with own quartet on George Lamboi's "New York's Greatest" on MNN, all 1990's.

Unissued recordings:
Compositions of Gladys Shelley recorded New York, 1970s. Was not informed of outcome or where released.

Bibliography: 
Written up in Leslie Gourse's Madame Jazz (Oxford University Press, 1995) as Chapter 14: "Carol Sudhalter: A Role Model".
Marian McPartland, "Good Time", a collection of essays first published in the 1980s and about to be republished by the University of Illinois Press, in a chapter recounting the gains of female jazz musicians in recent years.
She is written up as in radio personality Joan Hamburg's book, "City Wedding." 
FaLaUt Magazine, Italy, July 2002, "La Donna nel Jazz", article  by Stefano Benini.
about women jazz flautists
W. Royal Stokes' forthcoming Growing Up With Jazz (Oxford Univ.Press, 2005)
Peter Westbrook's forthcoming The Flute In Jazz: Window on World Music (Berkeley Hills Books, 2005) 

Awards:
La Guardia Community College, 2002, Certificate of Merit for outstanding contribution to jazz in the borough of Queens, NY.
Certificate of Merit for participation in the Board of Directors of International Women in Jazz, New York, 2001

Websites:
www.Totahbass.com
www.InternationalWomeninJazz.com
www.estateromana2002.it/protagonistidetail.asp?id_protagonisti= 595
www.Booklive Music.com
www.Gigmasters.com
www.qgazette.com/News/2001/0711/Community_Calendar/001.html

Contact information: 
www.Sudhalter.com
Sudsax@aol.com
Carol@sudhalter.com
Phone: (718) 278-5331.
Fax: (718) 278-6960.
Carol Sudhalter
31-20 12th Street
Astoria, NY 11106

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