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Bob Bernotas

April 21, 2010

Sue -- You might find this quote pertinent to some of the points you raised in your most recent newsletter ("They Lied to Us -- part II") -- Bob

Entertainment is a word with many meanings. In its truest sense, it means great art. The greatest art is the most entertaining. It gives an audience the unforgettable excitement of unfolding a new idea and experience, a fresh revelation of a human personality. Such entertainment is possible, however, only when an audience, itself, knows something of creation, or is willing to use its mind, to think, to enter in active collaboration with the artist.
– Sidney Finkelstein, cultural critic


April 20, 2010

Go see any movie, especially a glitz 3-D jobby in an iMax theater, and get your eardrums waxed! My own opinion is that most sound 'engineers', which is to say the guys handling the sound in a venue of any size, are situationally deaf. They've been listening to 'music' at such a volume that they can't hear the upper partials and need to compensate by CRANKING IT UP! So as artists we are beholden to people who have lost whatever competency they might once have had!

Anne Phillips

April 16, 2010

Sue ... I just got this ... put in my junk ??? why? It is great! A perfect description of where the business has gone .. esp Grammys .. i was a National Trustee and began to see where things were heading even before digital, downloads etc. Keep on talking .. Someday i'll have to let you read the article I wrote circa 1979 "Why Isn't my business fun anymore? Anne

ashley seward

April 13, 2010

When I wonder why "No recent record by _______ i go and see if they have a website and contact them directly- I am often pleasantly surprised but a hard way to find who is doing what!! I just bought some 1960 Downbeat magazines- They were thin then but had the news (You have heard the news and now "HERES HUEY"

Jim Eigo

April 13, 2010

You hit most of the nails on the head Sweet Sue.

There’s advantages and disadvantages to self-producing. The big advantage
is you call all the shots. No one’s looking over your shoulder to tell you what music to record, album art, band personnel, liner notes, etc. The disadvantage is the buck stops with you. For the past 30 years+ going back to my daze at NMDS (New Music Distribution Service) I’ve been advising independent artists about distribution, promotion and marketing. For the past 10 years I’ve been doing just that with my Jazz promo Services company.

I am also a NARAS Voting member and agree with you that it’s a daunting task trying to sift through all the submissions although last year NARAS did provide links to most, but not all of the music (oddly some jazz categories refused permission for select artists) (if you know Neil Tesser he can fill you in on this. Neil’s on the NARAS jazz committee).

Love your writing and insights into the music and the business.

Keep em coming.


Jim Eigo

Jazz Promo Services
E-Mail: jazzpromo@earthlink.net
Web Site: www.jazzpromoservices.com/
"Specializing in Media Campaigns for the music community, artists, labels,
venues and events.”

Jeff Davis

April 13, 2010

Hey Sue, I read the article and you are so right. I am one of those indy artist since my cd was done and it is a new experience for me. The key points are marketing and distribution. I'm trying to at least get my cd in Barnes & Noble as well as some of the small christian book stores. I was interviewed on the air at a small radio station in the Bronx 105.5 FM and they are going help get my cd distributed. Anyway I hope all is well with you as with me God Bless.

John Georgette

April 8, 2010

Hi SUE...

I had the opportunity to interview Sun Ra for my radio show back in the late 70's or early 80's. It was at a club called TOAD'S PLACE in New Haven. I asked him what kind of memories he had of Saturn.... needless to say the show had to start, so it interrupted our discussion which was way into an hour....

But he liked it so much, he invited me back after the show, and for two hours, Sun Ra and I kicked back, and talked space travel, harmonic chords from outer space and inventions he had in his head. The band members were the kindest, most enjoyable people I've ever met on the road. They patiently waited on the bus waiting to go back to Philly. AND THOSE DANCERS!!! ROBES GALORE, some of them looked like they were made of pure gold. There wasn't enough room on stage, so they danced on the dance floor. . . . Take care, JOHN

Tony Burrell, II

April 7, 2010

Hey Sue, not to worry! I have always liked some of Chicago's stuff too - right from the beginning of Volume 1 - I am that old happily:-)
Now if I could only train my ear to recognize pitches properly! To tell the difference of a "C" from "C#"

Gary Soucie

April 6, 2010

Hi, Sue! Good piece on Sun Ra. Here's a gee-whizzer* for you: One of the original members of the Arkestra was the father of Deval Patrick, currently governor of Massachusetts.
Love ya. Gary

*Too many people write "factoid," which is not a little piece of information but something that seems like a fact but is not true.

Norm Harris

March 31, 2010

Hey Sue,
Good reading as always. You must be a prolific reader with a very eclectic taste.Did I say that before? If so please forgive my redundancy. Thanks for making reference to the article on the 'Shrinking Universe'(right up my alley) in your discussion on musical instruments and equal temperment. By the way would you include the iconoclastic Yusef Lateef in the same category as Lamonte Young and Harry Partch? By the way that was a very interestingly eye catching and titillating title for this months newsletter! When are you going to put all this academic/interpretive but interesting (to me) stuff into book, or have you done so already?

Look forward to the next installment in my music learning curve.
Best regards,


March 30, 2010

Interesting about the tempered scale. The late George Russell had a few things to say about that, as of course does Ornette (and Karl Berger). The real problem, it seems to me, has to do with the literate/intellectual tradition of Europe that sees the need to define and quantify. We divide the day into 24 hours, the scale into 12 tones, note lengths into halfs, quarters, eighths, etc. So the only place for composers to delve beyond that is into microtones, which are designated (usually) into quarter tones or sometimes third tones. Accordingly, one could ask was Billie Holiday a microtonal singer? I think not. As we all know, the saxophone is far from a perfectly tempered (i.e. 'in tune') instrument.

It raises the issue of technology in the pursuit of music. Do we want perfection? And isn't the idea of relative tuning more in accord with live performance anyway?


March 10, 2010

Hi! I am in 5th grade ,and i have decided to do a essay on you! First off i LOVE your music! And i am currently learning more skills on Alto saxophone. You are a really amazing saxophone player! I only wish i could learn to play like you! If you could email me that would be great!I need more facts about you! God Bless - TAYLOR

Derwyn Holder

March 10, 2010

You wrote in your "REALITY" blog;"The Kabbalistic writings say that the magnificence and the vastness of God is so powerful that we humans aren't capable of taking it all in---that it would destroy us." The sign i wrote on my back door says; "If we knew how precious this moment is, it would kill us"(does our stupidity keep us alive?)I think that reality is better than imagination because you can actually fix it. If you know what it is.


March 9, 2010

Interesting that you would write about the Seth books and "The Secret". Actually "the Secret" was built on the work of Jerry and Esther Hicks and the teachings of Abraham. Jerry and Esther witnessed Seth first. I'm very much there with you.

Frank McGowan

March 9, 2010

I'm sure you're aware of Luigi Pirandello, who had his own ideas on this topic, expressed in such works as Sei Personaggi in Cerca d'Autore (Six Characters in Search of an Author) and Cosi E` Se Vi Pare (So It Is If You Think So). How can anyone ever know? Fascinating topic.

John Boiano

March 9, 2010

Hey Sue,

Always very thoughtful and thought provoking newsletters. I recently came up with this memory of doing acid back in the early 80's when one time I caught myself in the mirror and stayed there starring for a really long time. Friends were over and we were sharing experiences. Reading your blurb on Ground Hog day reminds me of what I said during the discussion.... What if at this very moment, I have still not turned away from, or am still glued to the mirror?

Miss ya Sue!

Peace & love, John B

Jana Byrdd

March 9, 2010

Wow, Sue, great stuff, as always.
Thanks for sharing.


March 6, 2010

Hey Sue...Your honest and creative perspective on "Fear" touched a note in my mind. Being a painter, the "Fear of the Canvas" is one that I have to conquer from time to time. As an encouragement, I keep a quote taped to my refrigerator where I can see it every morning. Here it is:

"Do one thing every day that scares you."
(Eleanor Roosevelt)

Looking forward to seeing/hearing you at the Deer Head on the 13th!

Shirley (and Larry,too)


March 3, 2010

Hi! Sue
Great website!
Please check out and join TGJN @

We are celebrating WOMEN'S MONTH (MARCH)
Celebrating Women who Create JAZZ & BLUES

We think you should be one of the celebrated.

Plus it's not a mistake to be in more places than one! So connect and reconnect worldwide!

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Tamm E Hunt


March 2, 2010

My dear...As I work late into the night finishing new paintings for a One Night Only art show here in Carbondale on Friday(Goddess I need the money bad!!), I am facing a few fears and truly appreciate your insights and well written perspective about Fear.
Will anyone oome? Is my art any "good"? Will I sell anything? Could I really sell in galleries or shows in big cities? If I only...
Jumped off the goll danged cliff and got it over with!
I think I have missed one of those windows in the past concerning my very real passion to make art but fear to get it out there for folks to engage with it on a large scale.
Gimme Mama Aya anyday, selling your heart on a canvas is another matter...or not!
Love and light to you my inspiring tribal sister, Robin Alexandra : Artist Extraordinaire

Philip Henn

March 2, 2010

Hey Sue.....I love this whole issue on "fear". I agree with you on many levels of this issue and got a kick out of many of your experiences you shared. I am in Cabo San Lucas with Lauren and return late Friday night. If you need to reach me before then please email me...thanks in advance.


Dana Leong

February 24, 2010

Hi Sue,
Wow, I don't know how you have time to write such substantial content each week. Thanks so much for the mentions and sharing in our musical journeys.
Wishing you well,
Dana Leong

Jim Hartog

February 23, 2010

Just read your blog about classical vs. jazz, written vs. improvised, composed vs. improvised. Here in Europe there's this idea that jazz players just 'make it up', which is to say there's both admiration and a subtle disdain. It's not racism, it's cultural snobbery, arrogance, imperialism, founded on an overwhelming insecurity--because from beginners on, people are unable to IMAGINE music if it's not written on paper.

So I'm sending you a copy of my thesis on 'chamber' jazz, which is a way of trying to bridge the two cultures, or not....

In any case, a lot of nice thoughts on your blog page, especially Joe Lee Wilson's advice about being a 'composer'. RIGHT! And I keep on doing music, not because it's paying all the bills, but because I'm addicted, and I'm also an acolyte in the service of music. I can't give it up, partly because it's been kind of a saving grace in my life, and nothing will ever replace that.

Rona Payne

February 22, 2010

Hi Sue:
When I saw Joe Lee Wilson's name I was intrigued. About 1976 I first heard Joe Lee Wilson and the recently departed Monty Waters at the Ladies Fort on Bond Street. They were the first two musicians I met that turned me onto to "my jazz life". I love the way Joe Lee sings. There is no one like him. He has such a range and quite a personality. Glad to read your comments on being a "composer"
He is still one of my all time favorite jazz singers and it's been over 30 + years that I've known him.

His health has not been the greatest the last few times I've seen him in NY, so I hope he is doing better.

Thanks for all your interesting stories!


norm harris

February 9, 2010

Yes, your online newsletter with all of its colorful images, logistics, student accolades and information does seem to draw one in to see and read what's going on in an almost subliminally addictive fashion. Jung's foray into alchemy sounds intriguing, hence I'm wondering what Sir Isaac Newton would have thought about Jung's writings in light of his (Newton's) own personal obsession with alchemy as an aspect of his little known secretive quest for the spiritual connection to the mechanistic universe?

So much to read and so little time to do it. Where does one begin?

Pat Bruder

February 9, 2010

I share your fascination with C.G. Jung and enjoyed reading your story about THE RED BOOK. We are friends of Derwyn and Lia and have been to the Deerhead Inn to see you several times. Love your music! Best regards, Pat

Ashley Seward

February 9, 2010

I was listening to an old Roberta Piket CD last week and forgot on one number with Rich Perry on Tenor- SHE SINGS- I could not believe how much she sounded like a Lady Alto Player I know Sings!! Speaking of Alto-Listening to another old "33" last nite-Arnie Lawrence and the "Renewal" album- Arnie-the late (But great sound) Happy Valentines Day

John Georgette aka johnnie cruz, john jett . . .

February 9, 2010

Hey Sweet Sue,

I just got back from Ybor City, Tampa from doing a photo shoot of the old Cuban buildings. You can still feel the Havana music in the old part of the city.

Anyway, Sunday at the Mattatuck Museum, in an art lecture about an artist from Uruguay, it was mentioned that a woman artist from Connecticut, went to Europe, and fell in love with JUNG. Unfortunately, she gave up her art career but was responsible for Jung's work being translated into English! Her last name was FOOT [maybe it has an 'e' at the end, not sure, I only heard her name spoken]

Just thought you'd like to know. Also, every first Thursday of the month they have a great jazz program [and it even pays]. It would be realy easy to get to from the city. . . oh yeah, Hartt connection for you... as I was saying, easy to get to, Check out the Museum. Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT. Former brass capital of the world.

You can write to Catherine Roisch, and use my name, and say I thought she would like your band a lot!

Originally I saw you in Brooklyn years ago and then again recently in Middletown with Joe Fonda.

Stay warm,
John Georgette

richard Greeman

February 7, 2010

Dear Sue,
I'm a slow reader so I just got through Peru with you. Eliane says hello. Just wanted you to know I'm out here and part of the tribe. Will write more later. Hugs, Richard

PS Will be in NY March 16-30 hope to see you all.


February 5, 2010

Sue, great article, you are an awesome writer, I enjoyed it very much so please keep up the good work.
Thank you

Bill Boothby

February 3, 2010

That was a very sweet note you wrote about my daughter Deb Schaarschmidt. Thank you.

Cornelius White

February 2, 2010

Hey Sue, Just read "The Haiti I remember" VERY insightful and interesting read!

Mary Lina

February 1, 2010

Wow, Sue... Nice write-up. I can hear the "live music", the Life-music. Truly an unforgettable experience and a learning one for me both past and present. Thank You for sharing. I enjoyed it very much. MAS means "more" and I look forward to it. p.s. I will share this with one of our Haitian Pastor, Fr. Franz. Who, I must confirm, loves music, a musician himself. Peace/Paz.

Bill Ducker

January 31, 2010

Love your "practice like the pros" how about a Bk 2?
or a book about your own practice routines as you generously promoted the ideas of others which was also a great thing to do.


January 26, 2010



Will Zachmann

January 26, 2010

(We asked Will's permission to reprint this private letter he sent to his friends--ed.)

I am perhaps most concerned about two things: iGen's loss of the ability to distinguish between what's real (the actual, tangible world and the living breathing people in it) and the not-real world of zeros and 1s that can
be manipulated, twisted, and rearranged to suit the needs and desires of powerful perpetrators/marketers/manipulators/purveyors of glossily and attractively wrapped lies; and
the loss of the ability to focus and concentrate for more than a moment
or 2 (most serious problems and complex challenges seem to require a good bit
more time and attention to solve/resolve).

By extension, all of the planned obsolescence that's built into every techno gadget today creates a sense that everything is disposable, and that the only thing worth having is the Next Best Thing. Who among the iGens are
learning how to build something of lasting value; say, a piece of furniture
or even a vintage car or bike that might be handed down from generation to generation? If everything is disposable and almost immediately obsolete; deserving of only a moment's attention before the next junky's craving for Immediate Gratification kicks in?

Much has been written about the impaired (or non-existent) social skills of the overly wired & LCD-glazed generations, so I'll leave that one alone
I think the results are fairly obvious.

A really good read for anyone who finds themselves questioning the value
of the twice- and twenty-times removed from reality touchscreen lifestyle (or
their kids, who swim like seals with the zeros and ones, but whose careers could be dead-ended before they start by vastly cheaper code-churners overseas, might do well to pick up a copy of a book called Shop Class as
Soul Craft, by Matthew B. Crawford. It was written by a guy who received his undergrad in physics and a masters in political philosophy, who found life as the executive director of a DC think tank less than fulfilling, and
so chucked it to go back to something he actually enjoys and is good at: rebuilding vintage motorcycles. It's not so much about the bikes, but about the satisfaction that can be derived from making or repairing something
(anything) tangible, useful, and perhaps even beautiful. Something that can't be jobbed out for a dollar an hour to India or China; something that requires knowledge and skill in the hands, and problem-solving abilities in
the head when you get to the place where the owner's manual leaves off or drops the ball. Me? I'm a senior web manager & publisher of both print and digital media, but I sure did enjoy spending 10 hours scrapping around on
the cold cement of the garage floor yesterday doing fairly involved (and somewhat daunting) mods & repairs on my bike; getting greasy and dusty and flecked with metal bits; contorting myself into odd shapes to reach hard-to-reach places; blistered fingers and furrowed brow when the thing in front of me looked nothing like the blurry pics in the instructions...and
I had to figure........ it................... out. Though I'll admit I'm reaching for the Advil today, I loved every minute.

Grins & spins, all ye saints & sinners;

Deb Schaarschmidt

January 26, 2010

Hi Sue Terry!
It was nice meeting you at Jon and Wendy's party last Saturday. I wish I could have talked with you more, all I remember saying to you was "wow your sax is beautiful." Oh boy! But then when you played I was looking around to see if you were for real or not. All I kept thinking when you were playing was how melodic and musical and emotional you played and how you just slipped into whatever style we played and made it your own. And it was funny because I felt that I could learn how to improv from you just by playing with you. I read your article about the party and your comments about me were really nice. Thanks! One reason I keep transposing solos is in the hope of developing my own style and ability to write my own solos. I also would like to improvise. I took lessons fro Greg Sevian a few years ago and either didn't have the confidence or had zero knowledge of any jazz music or styles, so I didn't feel like I took much from our lessons, even though Greg is also an amazing musician. I have been listening to a lot of fiddle music, bluegrass, and Stephan Grapelli for the past year and have grasped a small idea of what I like about that, but always feel inadequate playing "stolen" music. Anyway its all a journey. Maybe I could do a skype lesson with you sometime.
Take care,

Scot Albertson

January 26, 2010

Performing & making music with "Sweet Sue" is more than a Dream. It is the convergence of spiritual enegy that binds us together to create joy, pleasure & bliss.

Arzy Fogartaigh

January 25, 2010

Sweet Sue Terry is a total genius and a consummate educator. Thank you Sue.

Best regards,

Arzy Fogartaigh

skip drake

January 25, 2010

Just when I need something rather than the mundane...You come along and drop a gem on my desk. Thanks Sue...

Wendy Cole Pachter

January 25, 2010

Loved your article!!
Your music transformed our String Band!
You are the BEST!........And you play well too!


January 23, 2010

Dear sue, as soon as I finished reading the intro on your E-mail the Rosenhan Experiment, the name Thomas Szasz came to mind. I read his book the manufacture of madness many years ago.
when I opened the E-mail I was glad to see that you are also familiar with the work of Dr. Szasz. And that you Are bringing this subject of "mental disease" to the attention of others through your website. Life has blessed me with a little gift that is listed as a diagnosis, It enables me to be the life of the party at times and creative too. I am writing this while listening to Charlie Parker, Imagine being able to both at the same time. Better medicate that dude.
What happens when someone somewhere decides the world would be a better place without bi-polar "disorder" and we eliminate it... and the list goes on, through the use of genetic engineering. Chris

marisa coluccio

January 22, 2010

hey sue,
you know i actually tried to get into a mental institution when i was a teenager - for observational/educational reasons of cpurse:)) - unfortunately i was underage and my parents refused to play along and commit me. However i did sneak into kings county one day. even funnier, on my way to kings county i ended up being on "candid camera"!!

Judy Chaikin

January 20, 2010

Right on Sue,
My son was one of those "disruptive" kids back in the day when Ritalin was becoming popular. Rather than take the grammar school principal's suggestions about "behavior modification," I gave him drum lessons. It was the perfect answer. 30 years later, he's still at it, and is a happy successful human being raising two wonderful children!

In her latest book, LACUNA, Barbara Kingsolver says: "Mexico is a country with lots of music but little hope. America is a country with lots of hope, but little music." Our greatest failing.


January 19, 2010

Hola Sue,

Leí tu nota y me gustó mucho.
Es bueno ser sistemáticos con los apuntes de viajes y de vida.
Espero verte pronto en Quito para otro dibujo.
Buen viaje!

Paul Coats

January 19, 2010

I went to the Middle School once to bring a forgotten notebook or something for one of my kids. When I dropped off the book or whatever at the office there were kids lined up down the hall and around the corner. There must have been 70 or 80 kids in line.

In the office there was a secretary, not a nurse, a secretary, with a couple of trays of those little paper cups they put pills in. And the kids coming in, being given their pill, swallowed it right there, had to stick their tongues out, etc.

I asked what that was all about... their daily Ritalin.

This was about 15-20% of the kids in the school. They were all diagnosed, I found out later, by their teachers seeing them squiming in their chairs, maybe doodling or looking out the window, and their parents called in, "Your child has ADD, take him to the doctor and get him on Ritalin."

Something is seriously wrong here. Kids are diagnosed with a mental disorder for behavior that is perfectly normal... for someone bored to death. I had very few classes in school where I did have to pay attention... music was one, math/science. The rest I breezed through. Well, I breezed through math and science but was very interested.

Maybe the kid squirming in his seat has to pee and didn't go at recess because he's afraid of the big homosexual bully? (This happened to my brother, afraid to go to the bathroom because the bully hung out there molesting the younger kids.)

Maybe the kid looking out the window is thinking of getting home and looking at Saturn with his telescope tonight?

Maybe the kid writing all the time writes great short stories like my best friend Doug? I mean really great stories.

Maybe the kid drawing will grow up to be an artist? Like my sister, or the guy that went to school with my mother. The Nuns asked him, "You're always drawing instead of doing what we tell you to do. What are you going to do when you grow up?" The kid said, "I'm going to be a cartoonist." You can imagine how that went over. He drew Judge Parker, a comic strip that he only worked on 6 months out of the year, and the other 6 months he was on vacation.


And Janice Joplin went to the same high school as my mother. I'll bet they would have crammed Ritalin down her except she was already self medicating.

Nuthouse story for you... my mother was an RN, with a Masters in Psychiatric Nursing. As a tot, while Dad was in Anesthesia school at Univ of Michigan, she worked at a nearby psych hospital. Now, Mom played drums, no kidding. Drum Major in high school (her band directer was "Mr. James", Harry Jame's dad). In there was a patient that was a concert violinist. He would practice so much his fingers would bleed and they'd take away his violin until his fingers healed. Another played piano, and another played drums.

So, this violinist also played guitar. Mom suggested they be allowed to play together as "therapy". And the violinist taught Mom string bass. So, they had a good quartet going. Mom arranged for them to play a regular gig at a club a few blocks away... hahaha... therapy, you know.

Anyway, I had heard of this experiment, didn't know the name of it. Mom often said, "9 times out of 10 the wrong person in the family is locked up."

Back to the quote at the top of the page, I find it appalling that so many kids get medicated into submission, lined up into straight lines.

Ever see the candy commercial? Forgot the name, oh, yeah, Werther's. Little boy sitting on the couch with grandpa. The boy's hair is neat, his collar neatly folded over his sweater, he and grandpa sit on the couch and enjoy a Werther's candy.

Werther's candies have drugs in them. That kid in the commercial is not a normal kid. A normal kid would come running in the house, door slamming behind him, his shirt tail out, hair messed up, dirty knees, one shoe lace untied, and yell, "Gramps! Can I take some of these out to my friends?" while grabbing two handfuls. He met some other kids from down the street while at Grandpa's and their are having a great time playing outside. THAT'S a normal kid.

And "educators" want to eliminate recess. What idiots!!!

Why not just put all the kids in matching orange jumpsuits, leg chains, and line them up in straight lines, herd them around with a cop on a horse armed with a shotgun? We are almost there now.


January 18, 2010

This is so forwarded on! Not sure how it applied to music, but i can see how it applies to musicians. I am delighted because it reflects my basic feelings and thoughts on the mind, and while i don't dismiss disturbances which can be uncomfortable or destructive to the individual or those around them, i think that the jump to medicate without exploring deeper is where we have stopped.In some cases, there are disease processes which alter perception and behavior and mood, such as Lyme disease, diabetes,tumors and of course emotional roots such as ptsd, etc. but from what i see, most states of mind are responded to as if everyone presenting with a cold or flu were put on long term antibiotics: unnecessary, unhealthy and does not appropriately address the issue. Thank you. janet

Diego Palma

January 13, 2010

Hi beautiful sister,

I loved to read your news and your last spontaneous with Brian O'Leary is pure medicine for the soul.
Blessings and keep touching our hearts.

Todd Isler

January 12, 2010

All I could think of while reading your last blog was how much I would like to be there playing with all of you!

Robin Alexandra

January 11, 2010

Here I am, inspired again by your wonderful writing and experiences! I am making sure I play my instrument every day and I am getting better by the moment. Thanks Sue.

Andy Salcius

January 11, 2010

Fantastic reading following your adventures in the South. As you may know there's talk of the American Dream heading "south" too if you get my meaning? and South America is sometimes recommended as a place to immigrate to. Based on your travel experiences would you move to any of the places you visited, if you were so inclined by desire or necessity? if so which one and why?

Will Z.

January 11, 2010

I do believe I saw Ewin P. Sanchez Jr. looking remarkably like that little guy at the top of the blog (surrounded by crystals) once, but then it was back in the late '70s, so I could be mistaken...

Biking Bob Menegio :-)

January 6, 2010

Hey Sweet Sue, Jill says HI:-)

Love the Peru Cronicles, cant wait for the next one.Sounds like an amazing trip in both ways :-) I'm actually heading to Peru Mar 4-24, would love to talk to you live B4 I go. The trainer I worked out with B4 my Bicycle Vision Quest takes his clients to Peru for some nice hiking in the mountains, trip to Machu Picchu and some mountain biking :-) He's hooked up with a few Shamens too, although no Ayawaska :-) I'd like to try it BUT a little chicken :-)although with the right people in the right setting I bet it would be wonderful. I just wanna lay out under the stars and soak up some good energy from the mountains.

Talk to ya soon, Roberto~

Dave Robertson

January 4, 2010

Hi Sue! Not only are you a great sax player but you are also a great writer!!! I have enjoyed going back to Peru through your articles. You managed to capture all the moments and I thank you for that. Sending much love and admiration! Dave XO

Jeff Davis

January 4, 2010

Hi Sue,

I've been reading your news letters and keeping up with your South American trip.
Your stay in Peru sounds definitely interesting, a trip worth taking and I'm sure you are enjoying yourself. Happy New Year and continue to enjoy.


December 30, 2009

A great read. Sounds and looks like you had a very culturally and spiritually enlightening experience while there. I wish I could have joined you. Look forward to experiencing your next improvisational or not composition reflecting these influences.
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December 29, 2009

Hi Sue,
I love what you're doing.

Cindy Suess

December 24, 2009

Riveting newsletter! I'm on the edge of my seat waitig for part 2. Hope you are still in the glow of Melissa Wasi. Happy Holidays sweet roomie xo

Brian Austin Whitney

December 24, 2009

Fun read Sue. We're thinking of doing a JPF tour to South America so I will read your adventures with great interest! = )

Philip Henn

December 22, 2009

Pretty amazing stuff and very cool. I will continue to follow your journeys!

Rebecca Hickey

December 21, 2009

The first week of October my husband and I returned from Peru. We visited Cusco and Pisco as well as Machu Picchu. So glad we have been able to experience this culture and see this country. I posted several of my photos on Facebook.

Bill Phillps

December 2, 2009

Where do you get the energy. Playing, writing, teaching and martial arts. I am in awe.

John Morrison

December 1, 2009

Hey Sue,

Check out "Technological Singularity" at Wikipedia. It's when machines can improve themselves in unpredictable ways! Hopefully
for the better HAL!

Jack Crompton

December 1, 2009

Hey Sue: Love your ESueTerry blogs.... you do a great job on these. And I'm with you on this subject. Our entire planet is morphing into a post-human state of hybridization of human and machine. While the technology is seducing and always promises some practical benefit, can't anyone open their eyes and see where this is heading? Even music, which is a direct manifestation of the heart and soul has been heavily corrupted by this 'artificial/automated' influence. Of course, I don't consider noise music, but you get my point I trust. I say lets hold on tight to that which makes us human: our automity, our creativity, even our immense capacity to make mistakes, for how else can we learn? I"ll pass on the new volvo. The emerging big brother society may eventually force their will on my body, but they will never have my spirit.


December 1, 2009

You are too much!! I wanna be you when I grow up! Take Care...LOL


November 30, 2009

Love your blog! I'm with you about the Volvo...Is it MORE FUN to drive one of these new-fangled young whippersnapper type of cars, or an old MG with just 4 gears on the floor? I know we cain't turn back the clock no mo, but life really was OK with LPs and pay phones, and when digital meant fingers and people walking down the street with their hand on their ear talking to themselves were to be avoided!

John Arbo

November 24, 2009

Sue -dug what you had to say about the vertical vs horizontal perceptions. How many times have we (musicians) played the hippest stuff imaginable to no perceptible response but if you circular breathe an altissimo note for 1 minute the audience goes crazy....not that there isn't validity in the energetic plane but...
One of my favorite examples is in one of my favorite jazz solos of all time - Pat Martino's solo on "Sunny" live at Folk City. Though marred somewhat by a too-busy drummer and bassist, it is many choruses of the hippest post-bop guitar you ever heard, in a great harmonic space. But of course, the thing everybody goes nuts over is when he takes a lick of a few notes and repeats it for a whole chorus. Sounds great, but your average person doesn't tune into the harmonic or linear hipness very well. Same thing, of course, with classical music - the more abstruse the harmony or more remote the phrase relationships etc. the less the regular folks dig it. I'm not telling you anything new, but I've always wondered about that.

What's the difference between a blues guitarist and a jazz guitarist? The blues guitarist plays 3 chords in front of 1000 people. The jazz guitarist plays 1000 chords in front of 3 people.


November 24, 2009

How's about this Sue: get a case for the tenor with a side metal loop, then buy one of those hooks that you can attach. I use that for the baritone, just did that with American Airlines--one of my least favorite--partially because their overheads are just too small. Then I hang the instrument in the coat closet. See, all the businessmen take their garment bags ALONG WITH their extra on-board luggage, and they just hang it up, so we should do the same

Bob Feldman

November 18, 2009

Just read your stuff - great! We met at the reed clinic at Roberto's.
I'm Tim's friend. Keep me on your list.


November 17, 2009

Hi Sue
Thanks for the latest Newsletter - there's some ace material in there. I'd like to get back to you with some comments about the fascinating Aborigine feature 'Mutant Message Down Under' and some personal thoughts about Art and Daoism and a tie-in theory written about the 'abstraction' school of painting in the 1930s! Trust me - it's not as elitist or haughty as it sounds!
Take care

mark feldman

November 16, 2009

Hi Sue
I really enjoy your news letter
It is the only email of its kind that I like to read
Congrats on a great job
hope you are well and maybe see you around soon
mark f

Will Z.

November 9, 2009

I am paying attention (as much as Westernized but occasionally wide opened) mind will allow! Thanks for the b-day wishes -- we were all thinking good thoughts for & about you on saturday night. All the Usual Suspects were in attendance, plus a few new ones I've gathered into our tribe along the way. Everyone (whether they know you or not) sends warm wishes & peaceful thoughts. Now interestingly enough, I just watched the Nicole Kidman / Hugh Jackman film Australia (which, while flawed, was actually quite a bit better than the critics reported it being). One of the main themes touched on the forced separation of mixed-race (aboriginal and white) children from their families; a practice that persisted in Australia into the 80s. You'll have to watch the film to find out if he gets to do his walkabout! Cheers to you, sweet Sweet Sue...


Mike Nye

November 6, 2009

Thanks so much for the great food and wonderful music. We very much enjoyed it.

Julia (of Jack & Julia, in Vilcabamba)

November 5, 2009

Hi there Sue,
Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy receiving your newsletters each week. Don't know why I never took the time to tell you this before, but they are such a delight to read. I always feel as if you are in the room with me just chatting... that's how personal they feel. They never fail to cause a chuckle now and again and are always an inspiration to a clearer consciousness path. Thank you for taking the time to write them and for putting me on your distribution list. We are both looking forward to seeing you in Vilca again this December! Will we get to meet your hubby too? Hope so!
Until then... keep on... loving life and living love,


October 26, 2009

Re: The little girl who loved Lester Young.
Sue; Go to, you tube and type in, Billie Holiday Fine And Mellow. Lester Young takes a short solo. I swear you can feel the non-verbal communication going between the two of them.Wild about Lester Young.



October 26, 2009

Don't i love Spike Jones, and ain't that the truth, brilliant and tight musicians and performers. I hungrily search you tube for old clips so appreciate this link, and also ancient "cartoon music". Wish i had other folks around here to jam with, but i make do with you tube. Say, Have you heard R crumb and his Cheap suit serenaders. I like them.

Bob Bernotas

October 20, 2009

In an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods, and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books.
– Harper Lee


October 20, 2009

Hey, Sue!

Great stuff! I like the theme of returning to the old ways. That's the theme of my astrological weather forecast study.

From alternative music and media to alternative medicine, we're increasingly offered nontraditional replacements to mainstream methods, institutions and practices. Although conventional approaches serve a purpose, growing awareness of their limitations and flaws impel men to explore along the fringe for new, and in some cases, ancient solutions.


Angela Wellman

October 20, 2009

Hey Sweet Sue,

How sweet it is, baby! Just been hangin' out with you here in cyberspace.

You are amazing and inspiring. Doctoral studies are going very well. I am diggin' it.

How are you? Look forward to hearing from you.


Jeff Whalen

October 1, 2009

Hi Sue! I dig the blog. It's good to see and hear what you're up to.

Wendy Cole Pachter

August 19, 2009

I totally agree with everything you said on your video! I've been enjoying my music for my whole life since WHS! Now I play stand up Bass with my husbands Bluegrass Band (Lonesome Moonlight String Band) and sing/teach with the Greater Nassau Chorus on LI.

It's wonderful to watch how you are evolving through the years!

See you down the road:-)

Steve Petronio

July 22, 2009

Way to go! The best of WHS.

Will try to download some of your work. My sister Sue gave me your link.


Pablo Aslan

June 27, 2009

You are great, and a great inspiration.

Annie Nash

April 26, 2009

Love your tunes! Visit me on facebook. Think of you often!

eric thomas

March 31, 2009

Was looking at exercise books at Sam Ash one day. Came across yours while shopping for a student (Step One)read about the author whom I never heard of. So pulled up your website and the rest is history! very informative and impressive.Have not purchased your practive lie the pros yet but plan to. I'm a flutist who doubles on alto and tenor. influenced by Herbie Mann, Hurert Laws,Niajee,Tim Weisberg the goes on with Grover Washington Boney James Stanley Turentine the list goes on but you get the idea.Anyway I'm retired now and triing to devote my spare time doing what I love most.I play clasical, jazz, latin-jazz the usual city music I see you've had plenty of exposure to. Had formal training in the past and have dozens of study books but feel that nothing beats private instruction and am consitering going to the nearest music school instead of trying to learn everything at once and can't remember anything you've practiced when you step up to the mike.Never heard of anyone getting any big breaks being a street musican. Anyway keep up the good work. give me a reply back if you can !

Eldon Payne

February 2, 2009

Really enjoyed your performance at the SPC Jazz Festival. The crowd loved it as well!
Eldon Payne/3rd Trombone/Helios Jazz Orchestra


January 31, 2009

Bravo great concert tonight at SPC Many thanks

Bob Lee

November 12, 2008

HI Sue, you were one of the first WWUH staffers I met when I firt volunteered there in 1981. It's cool to see that you're doing well. I wish I could've been at the WWUH reunion!


October 27, 2008

Ramesh Durbal was my uncle - he's my mother's elder brother. I just happened to google his name and saw your blog. It made my day reading that. When he touched a person's hair his hands were like magic. He was great, he really was.
Thank you for making my day!


September 23, 2008

Re: 70's cd --> yes, yes, yes, and YES!

Have fun!


July 16, 2008

Enjoyed your website and especially the great videos! I met your Mom in Massachusetts where my mother lives and learned about your music from her.


July 11, 2008

Thanks for playing. My son and his friends (and me)loved it. They talked about how cool they thought you were the whole ride home.


June 24, 2008

Hey Sue,

Re: Who Likes Whom -- the conclusion I'm drawing has something to do with "American Pie"...

Congrats on your recent travels/gigs! Since you've been out and about so much, I wanted to make sure this little news item didn't slip by you. Scientists from around the global are convening in Switzerland this summer to crank up CERN's new particle accelerator, the most powerful to date. They hope to recreate the Big Bang. A lot of people are wondering if this is a good idea. In fact, concerned citizens in Hawaii have actually filed suit against several participating organizations. Well, all I know is that if I see that Swiss Miss girl fly by my window this summer, I'll assume it's not some bad hot chocolate. Seriously, the more I observe, the more I am inclined to believe in the limitations of the human perception -- beginnings and ending may be just that... Anyhoo, some interesting links:


Ciao baby!

Ms.Fran McIntyre

June 22, 2008

Sue, Is the greatest Sax player and she can get an audience to stand up and cheer!!!



June 12, 2008

Loved your show with Tony Danza. Hadn't seen you in that type of performance before. Singing, dancing and head of the entire woodwind section:) Keep up the good work, we all really enjoyed the show!


March 27, 2008

Hey girl! I saw that Theremin movie some years ago. Looked it up on Amazon and I believe it's called: Theremin - An Electronic Odyssey.

The Poconos movie night gig sounds like fun -- wish I could catch that!

Happy Spring (finally!)

Jack Woodbridge

January 21, 2008

Sue. I continue to get raves on the Sax work you did on my Cd "Picture This". Your sensitivity and lyrical 'comment' on the actual lyrics within each song are something to ingest, and revisit, and marvel at, time after time. It just keeps getting richer and better, Thank you, again, for being a big part of my debut album. You don't even know this, but I am half way thru completing Cd #2, and I some trax already put down with you in mind, if you are willing and available.
I am now also living PT in Scranton. I may get to the Poconos to hear you one of these nights. And should my plans to do a few shows in Scranton gel, your phone may be ringing! LOL!

xo Jack

ashley seward

December 29, 2007

P>S>-TWO BEST OF 2007----1)Jason lindner Big Band at Jazz Gallery CD --2)Tom Harrell with Wayne Escoffery-Thats all folks

ashley seward

December 29, 2007

Amen to chilling out on New Years Eve-I stay home and play my Sonny Stitt and Sue Terry cds-To the new year---Sue and Ashley

ashley seward

December 17, 2007

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