Susan de Jong

Susan was brought up in South Australia and completed her Bachelor of Music in Jazz performance in Adelaide in 1991. Since then Susan has performed in Jazz festivals around Australia including the Manly and Montsalvat Jazz Festivals. She also performed with well known local swing band "Lookin' Sharp" for 4 years and their independent CD "Swing, with a modern Edge" was released in 1991 and sold out within 3 years.

Susan has supported the likes of Wynton Marsalis, James Morrison and Ray Brown, had a jam with Mark Isaacs, and been inspired by many great singers from Sarah Vaughan to modern vocalists Madeline Eastman, Kurt Elling, Kevin Mahogany, and Tierney Sutton. "One of the best things about being a teacher at a jazz school is that you get to meet these amazing visiting artists and sit in on their workshops with our students

Susan was a finalist in the Wangaratta Jazz Festival's National Jazz Awards (Kurt Elling was a judge) in 1998 and since then she has moved to Christchurch, New Zealand, where she continues to teach fulltime at the Christchurch Jazz School and perform regularly with jazz guitarist Harry Harrison and vocal group 'Volare'.

Since arriving in New Zealand she has performed at the Christchurch Jazz and Arts festivals, in the acclaimed 'Women in Jazz' concert series, and with conductor Russ Garcia in 2001 with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Her latest album "It's about Time" was released in July 2002 to much anticipation. Containing standards with a new twist like 'Love for Sale', and 'Straight, No Chaser', it also includes two original tunes written by Susan. She also arranged all but one of the tunes. The album is available for purchase for only $30 (NZ)+ postage, by emailing suzdejong@clear.net.nz