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Helen Sung

Helen Sung

Pianist/composer


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About

Helen Sung is an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer, and a 
2021 Guggenheim Fellow. A native of Houston, Texas, and graduate of its High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), she eschewed her classical piano upbringing after a jazz epiphany during undergraduate studies at UT Austin. Helen went on to become part of the inaugural class of the Thelonious Monk Institute (now the Herbie Hancock Institute) at the New England Conservatory of Music. Her recent releases Sung With Words (Stricker Street), a collaborative project with renowned poet Dana Gioia, and Anthem For A New Day (Concord Jazz) topped the jazz charts. Quartet+ (Sunnyside Records), her latest release, followed suit, garnering a 4.5 star DownBeat review and inclusion in its "Best of 2021 Albums" list and a JazzTimes cover story (January 2022 issue). Helen and her band have performed at major American festivals and venues including Newport, Monterey, Disney Hall, SFJAZZ, and Carnegie Hall. Internationally, her “NuGenerations" Project toured southern Africa as a U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassador, and recent engagements include debuts at the London Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai, Blue Note Beijing, and the Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival. She has performed with such luminaries as the late Clark Terry, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Wynton Marsalis (who named her as one of his "Who's Got Next: Jazz Musicians to Watch!"), MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter, and Grammy-winning artists including Terri Lyne Carrington, Cecile McLorin Salvant, and the Mingus Big Band. Helen is a Steinway Artist and has served on the jazz faculties at Berklee College of Music, the Juilliard School, and Columbia University, where she also was the inaugural jazz artist-in-residence at Columbia's prestigious Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute.

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REFLECTIONS

Summer Sorrows

Summer is upon us: the sun shines more brightly each day as the earth blooms and blossoms in its warmth. But it is not a carefree summer like the ones I remember from my youth. And sadly, many young girls and boys who should be starting summer break were instead horribly murdered on Tuesday May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. My heart bleeds for the families and community, and the toxic blend of politics, corruption, and greed for power (that blinds elected officials to obvious truths) is enraging. But I pray that I will not give into despair and cynicism, resigned to the status quo. May I employ the tools available to us -- voting, advocating, protesting, and supporting the causes and people I care about. Let's also stay connected and get together whenever we can to get enough of the essential life "vitamin" known as jazz music - details about upcoming shows here.

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DISCOGRAPHY

New Release!
Helen Sung Quartet With Special Guest Harlem Quartet

Helen Sung Quartet With The Special Guests Harlem Quartet

Releases as Leader:

Helen Sung with Marquis Hill, Everybody's Waltz
Sung with Words
Anthem for a New Day
(re)Conception
Going Express
Sung Bird
Helenistque
Push

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As a Support Player:

Various artists
Kimbrough,
(2021)
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra & Wynton Marsalis
Handful of Keys
(2017)
Frank Lacy & Mingus Big Band
Mingus Sings
(2015)
Marcus Printup
Lost
(2015)
Dara Tucker
The Sun Season
(2014)
Fabio Gouvea
Escolha
(2014)
Greg Tardy
Hope
(2014)
Iris Ornig
No Restrictions
(2012)
Ronnie Cuber
Ronnie
Steeplechase (2011)
Lonnie Plaxico
Ancestral Devotion (2009)
Brother Thelonious Quintet
Brother Thelonious (2009)
Richie Goods & Nuclear Fusion
Live at the Zinc Bar (2008)
Metta Quintet
Subway Songs (2006)
Greg Tardy
The Truth (2005)
Clark Terry & The Young Titans of Jazz
Live at Marian's Jazzroom (2005)
Ester Andujar - Celebrating Cole Porter
Ester Andujar
Celebrating Cole Porter (2005)
Tom McIntosh - With Malice Toward None
Tom McIntosh
With Malice Toward None
IPO Recordings (2004)
Lonnie Plaxico - Melange
Lonnie Plaxico
Melange
Blue Note Records (2001)
Kristin Lomholt
To Bring Him Here
(Pianist & Co-producer, 2000)
Patrice Williamson - My Shining Hour
Patrice Williamson
My Shining Hour
(Pianist & Arranger, 1999)
Thelonious Monk Institute
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at NEC
Volume One (1997)










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