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Sudler, Monnette (Leigh) (nee Goldman)

Sudler, Monnette (Leigh) [nee Goldman], guitarist; b. Philadelphia, PA, 5 June 1952. Her mother's maiden name was Lea Elizabeth Goldman. She married Truman W. Sudler January 5, 1957. She was a singer, pianist and her father gave her some guitar lessons. Monnette has three brothers Truman b. 11/23/1957; Warren b. 11/30/1958 d. May 2002; Duane b. 11/28/1960.

Monnette began studying folk guitar with Carol Friedman at the Wharton Center 22nd and Columbia Ave. now called Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Private studies with Bob Zatzman beginning jazz guitar, Harold Golden, Bill Dinbi and Joe Sgro. Studies at Berklee College of Music Boston Mass. Graduated Temple University 2003. Sudler played guitar with "Sounds of Liberation", a group was started in the 70's by Khan Jamal which also included, Alvin Sharpless drums/ later Dwight James joined the group on drums /Omar Hill and Rashied Salim conga/ Billy Mills bass/ Khan Jamal vibes and later Byard Lancaster on alto and flute. Sudler also played with Sunny Murray, the father of Avant Garde drumming, in the 70's formed a group called the Untouchable Factor. This group included Khan Jamal on Vibes, Monnette Sudler Guitar, David Murray on Tenor saxophone and Sunny Murray on drums.

Sudler got her first record date with Steeplechase records after playing with the Sam Rivers big band for the Newport jazz festival in New York City. Also in the rhythm section was Warren Smith on drums and Dave Holland on bass. Sudler and Grover Washington, Jr. were special guests with Philly Joe Jones's big band Dameronia, playing the arrangements and music of Tadd Dameron for Eagleville hospital benefit, in Eagleville PA. She's recorded and or worked with Grover Washington Jr., Hugh Masekela, Renee McClean, Kenny Baron, Cedar Walton, Reggie Workman, Leon Thomas, Sunny Murray, Trudy Pitts and Mr.C, Shirley Scott, Bootsie Barnes, Charles Famborough, Mickey Roker, Philly Joe Jones, Odean Pope, Melba Listen, Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Don Pullen, Hamiett Bluiett, Dave Holland, Cecil McBee, Arthur Blythe, David Murray, Fred Hopkins, Archie Shepp, Bobby Humpries, Dameronia Big band, Sam Rivers Big Band, The Change of the Century Orchestra, Joseph Jarmen, Sonny Fortune, Dave Burrell, Bobby Durham, Ike and Tina Turner, John Blake, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Grachen Moncur III, Byard Lancaster, Sonia Sanchez, Trapeta B. Mayson, Khan Jamal, Jean Carn, D.J. King Britt and Steve Turre.  She's sponsored by ABC-Capitol Cities Minority Advisory Board.

She married William Kenzel Honesty March 12, 1977 Monnette and Kenzel had two sons William Erik Honesty b. May 1, 1985 and Lemar Shongo Honesty b. October 1, 1988.

Recordings:
Time for a Change (1976); Brighter Days for You (1977); Monnette Sudler Quartet / Live in Europe (1978); Other Side of the Gemini (featuring Grover Washington) (1990); Word to the Wise (1993); The Sun's Peeking Over the Mountain (1998); Just One Kiss (1999); Sisters Carrying a Tradition/ SCAT
As sideperson:
Untouchable Factor: Apple Cores; Khan Jamal: Don't Take No (1989); Umar Raheem: Big Boy Honor (1999); Webb Thomas: Live at Zanzibar Blue (2000); The Arpeggio Jazz and Music Ensemble: Moving with the Dreaming; Stephanie Renee: Mozaik

Films:
Documentary "Moving with the Dreaming" about Aboriginal & Islander communities in Australia. Produced by Nadine And Marlene Patterson 1997; Musical scoring for 30 minute Branch-Williams Production, "Dumped On"

Bibliography:
As Serious as Your Life by Valerie Wilmer, Quartet Books 1977
Jazz Magazine "On the Record" by Randy Savicky
Guitar Player Magazine, feature by Jill Shapiro
Downbeat Magazine by Leslie Land/critics poll & profile by Randy Grass
Jazz Hot Paris feature by Chris Flicker
JazzTimes, by Deni Kasrel1991 & Bill Hasson
City Paper by Deni KAsrel 1991
Labyrinth Women's magazine by Cassandra Xavier
Philadelphia Tribune, 1999 Phoenix Rising feature by Greg McDonald
Philadelphia New Observer August, 2000 interview by James Spady

Awards:
Best new jazz artist, nominee. Philadelphia Music Foundation Annual Awards
Neighborhood Arts Program Grant/ children's introduction to music
Pennsylvania Counsel on the Arts; guitar workshop/ lecture series
David P. Richardson Achievement Award
Shirley Chisom Award from the National Political Congress of Black women

Contact information:
www.monnettesudlermusic.com
Monnette Sudler Music
P.O. Box 53331
Philadelphia, PA. 19105 USA
Fax/ v-mail: 215-229-9736
toll free 1-877-542-9491
monnette_1@msn.com

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