Sue Baker was born in Orillia, Ontario and at an early age moved to the 1000 Islands region. Her father accepted a carpentry teaching position at a local high school and her mother began teaching ballroom dance classes. Her jazz inspiration was sparked early on by her parents' enthusiasm for jazz and swing music.
By age ten, Sue was playing acoustic guitar and performing in variety shows in the tri-county area. As a teenager she sang with the high school concert and stage bands and became a member of the Brockville Musicians Union (Local 384) at age 17, after joining a Dixie Land Jazz Band in 1978.
Her achievements include touring across eastern Canada with a Toronto based cover band as well as collaborating on her first album "On the Rox". The album was a clear indication that she could seamlessly cross over into any genre, which she later proved again as lead vocalist for AGB (the eclectic All Girl Band). In the 1990's the children's entertainment group H & S Express was formed when Sue joined forces with high school friend and fellow musician, Harold Roobol. The group soon blossomed into a 4 piece and began performing in schools and festivals across eastern Ontario, leading to the release of a second album entitled "Back to School". In 2015 the members of H & S Express were inducted into the Brockville and Area Music & Performing Arts Hall of Fame.
Bringing her back to her true roots, however, was a two year singing stint with The Brian Downey Jazz Band in 2008. During this time Sue became passionate about singing the music of The Greats. Her captivating vocal style and energetic performances quickly earned her a dedicated fan base.
In addition to regular appearances at The Grindstone Tapas Lounge in Brockville, her performances to sold out crowds at the Thousand Islands Jazz and Blues Festivals introduced her to a broader audience and created enthusiasm among her followers.
In December of 2017 Sue released her third CD entitled "Reminisce", made up of 11 popular jazz and blues standards. The album was recorded at Morning Anthem Studios in Cumberland, Ontario. Sue had the privilege of working with several experienced studio musicians on this recording including Steve Boudreau (Piano), Normand Glaude (Double Bass and Chromatic Harmonica), Tim Bedner (Guitar), Tim Roberts (Tenor Saxophone), Jeff Asselin (Drums) and Michel Delage (Drums). The album was produced, engineered and mixed by Normand Glaude. Check out clips of these tunes under the tab "Music".
Sue is currently accompanied by the 1000 Islands Jazz Band consisting of Keyboardist, Alan Ogborne, Bassists, Paul Gardiner/Neil Hebert, Alto Saxophonist, Hugh Gardiner and Drummer, Brad Davidson . The band is available to perform as a 3, 4 or 5 piece group to suit your needs. Playing the legendary tunes of Duke Ellington, Count Bassie, Fats Waller and other giants of Big Band Jazz the band provides a solid backdrop for Sue's rich and soulful vocal style.
"We really enjoy what we're doing and find we are filling a gap for those who love this era of music".
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