Susan Valliant Speer Performs

the Music of the Great American Songbook

Susan Valliant Speer and her band play song from the great American songbook. From the compositions of Cole Porter, Richard Rogers, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, and Johnny Mercer to the show tunes of Kander and Ebb, Susan’s music spans many decades with a very broad range and style. Her music is influenced by the great American divas such as Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday, but she makes it her own.

Susan is backed by a fantastic ensemble of musicians which can be flexible in numbers ranging from piano and vocal only up to a four piece ensemble which adds bass, drums, and a reed player. Her repertoire is carefully chosen to reach out to a crossover audience. She combines well known music with her humorous and bubbly on stage personality, which means Susan’s shows are always entertaining. It is through her repertoire and her on stage rapport with the both the band and the audience that makes the show so appealing for all groups and ages.



The Legendary Ladies of Jazz


 The Legendary Ladies of Jazz is show starring Susan Valliant Speer her four piece all star band.  Susan sings the songs of many of the greatest jazz divas of the 20th century from Bessie Smith to Ella Fitzgerald in her own dynamic and entertaining style.  Staged theatrically, she tells the story of each woman’s amazing, shocking, fantastic lives through their music.  The show features some of the legendary ladies best known and loved songs with many of their original arrangements especially recreated for Susan.  Other ladies performed will include Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, Sophie Tucker and Billie Holiday.  Even if you are not sure you understand jazz, you will understand and appreciate these Legendary Ladies when you hear their stories and music.    



                                          Swing Serenade


Susan Valliant Speer and The Moonlight Café Orchestra have created a show that is all about the fabulous music that came from the American Big Bands from the wartime era 1940's.  If you love the music that came over with the American GI's, then you will love this show.  We feature the best loved music of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey, The Andrews Sisters, and many more.  Susan sings these songs with her five piece all star band.  It is our biggest sound and a very fun themed evening.  Of course there is always a bit of humour and chat.   We invite you to get in the spirit and wear your best war time togs too!  You will enjoy the music and the war time spirit of the evening!

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