The sound of Grzanna Jazz is somewhat a hybrid of classic jazz, pop standards, original compositions, and funky tunes all clearly influenced by Suzanne’s unique and contemporary style, which began at age five when she studied piano and voice.
From New York – Paris – Japan – Russia – Los Angeles – Chicago, Suzanne Grzanna has made a prominent world-wide name for herself. She has performed at prestigious halls such as the Blue Note, Birdland, Preservation Hall, Cinegrill, and the Hollywood Bowl. Suzanne has had such sit-ins with players such as Frank Morgan, Dave Hazeltine, Bryan Lynch, Betty Carter, Ray Brown Jr., Charles McPherson, John Hurd, and Jeff Goldblum to name a few. Her unique talent of not only being a dazzling saxophonist but also a sultry vocalist…can make you melt in your seat.
The sound of Grzanna Jazz is somewhat a hybrid of classic jazz, pop standards, original compositions, and funky tunes all clearly influenced by Suzanne’s unique and contemporary style. She has released six CD’s, with a new one coming out this next year. Her music has won rave reviews from both the critics and her fans. Says the Pasadena Weekly, “Her smoky voice and skillful sax set her apart from many other jazz performers, both those of her own age and beyond.”
Suzanne Grzanna began her jazz career at age five when she studied piano. She grew up in a small suburb of Milwaukee, WI and flourished in music from the beginning. Her parents, Don and Maureen Grzanna, are notable musicians who taught her the discipline of the craft. Throughout her childhood, Suzanne won various awards not only in jazz, but also in classical music. Ms. Grzanna even participated in the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus starting at the age of eighteen. Suzanne attended Wisconsin Lutheran College for a few years and proceeded to graduate from Carroll University with a degree in Music. College was important for the aspiring musician, and after graduation proceeded to follow her dream of starting her own jazz quartet.
In 1994, Suzanne Grzanna released her first album titiled “The Cat’s Meow.” This put her on the map and gave her the opportunities to perform around the United States. Her video, “The Cat’s Meow,” also got rave reviews on BET Jazz. This introduced her not only to the US, but also to the world. Soon afterward, Ms. Grzanna released her next album titled “Fly Me To The Moon.” This album got the attention of Billboard Magazine, which wrote a fabulous review. The offers of releasing an album overseas came from such countries as Japan, Brazil, and South East Asia to name a few. Not only did Suzanne get attention from record labels, the film community started to take notice. Suzanne was involved in various films with not only her music, but her persona. Carroll University even awarded Suzanne with the Graduate of the Decade Award in 2000. In December of 2003, “My Santa Baby” was released following with “Simply Sunday” in 2006. Suzanne released “Christmas Night” in 2010. Throughout the years she has shown her diversity in music recording of jazz, blues, classical, Christian, rock and contemporary music. Suzanne has won various awards from ASCAP, Shepherd Express, Carroll University, and Wisconsin Area Music Awards. She has also been featured in the 2007 book “Who’s Who in Jazz, Cabaret, Music and Entertainment” by the Federation of American Musicians, Singers and Performing Artists. In 2016, Suzanne won Best Jazz Artist and Best Jazz Video from the Indie Music Channel Awards. She also won a Silver Medal in the Global Music Awards. Currently, Suzanne is nominated from the Hollywood Music and Media Awards and is a Semi-Finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest. Her new single Wedding Day was released in July of 2016. Daybreak, Suzanne Grzanna’s new jazz CD is just being released. Her sizzling saxophone and sultry vocals will leave you spellbound. Check out her new CD! Today, Suzanne also makes sure to incorporate music into the lives of her husband Christian and their two children, Audrey and Mason.