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When it came to singing and acting; my parents didn't have a chance. Unfortunately, they only supported my instrumental ventures until much later. It wasn't until my mother heard me sing at the Welsh church in Phila., that she changed her mind. She was sorry. My father came to every show and when the price of a ticket got a bit much, he stood in the back. Not being one to sing the songs of my generation, it’s fun to wander back to the early days of jazz and gospel. My brother would only say, "The girl will never need a mic". He liked to hear me if you asked him. Singing in the local clubs around Phila. while teaching and raising a family fulfilled my need to entertain. People call me Jazz or Jazzy. When little we went to a Broadway musical, the hook remained. I'm a proverbial member of the chorus, too short to be a Rockette, easy enough to jump and jive. I'm not looking for stage work at the moment, my Capezios hurt. Engrossed in music since getting my first flute at age eight, it’s in my blood. I’ve been solo chair in several bands and orchestras and been in the orchestra for several theatrical musicals. Always starting in the last row, and ending up in front as the soloist. Apparently my voice carries. Now, more into promoting than performing, but don't get too close to me with a mic, I'll grab it. My hardest gigs were my aunt's and mother's funerals. If one can make it through that, they’re ready for anything.
Published writer and poet who has dedicated her life to the wellbeing of children;
Retired Special Education teacher who can't seem to retire.
Strong, independent woman who taught elementary education and then Special Education.
My work was at the secondary level with Emotionally Disturbed Teens.
Graduate degrees in psychology and one in special education.
My private life is busy with family and friends. Proud parent and grandparent.
My travels have been extensive taking me through Europe,
the United States including Hawaii, Australia and Fiji.
The theater in London is wonderful, Spain and the Costa del Sol were amazing.
My favorite, Italy and Southern California.
Every chance I get I'll go to New York City for the feeling of excitement
you get nowhere else in the world. The theater district is my favorite place to roam; never a dull moment.
When forced to retire due to fibromyalgia, it was impossible. Soon
writing whenever possible. I’ve been published; have a Myspace
musician’s site, Facebook Site called Jazzy Suzy, YouTube channel,
Sound click Site, Deviant Art, and this site. Currently a member of American Zoetrope.
I’ve also edited two books and can be googled; finding a long list of credits to my name.
Helped in editing LUMEN by Gloria Slater which you can find on Amazon.
My music can be downloaded at Soundclick, a top charter since joining.
MANY MOONS AGO
TEACH ME TONIGHT
BEWITCHED, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED
I'M THE ONE IN THE FAMILY THAT BRINGS ON SHOCKED FACES.