TEACHER / PRODUCER / DIRECTOR / PERFORMANCE COACH
Sue Matsuki has taught Cabaret performance classes at: UCONN’s Osher’s Lifelong Learning Center in Waterbury, CT; The Theater Barn in Ridgefield, CT; several high schools in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as part of their arts programs; MAC-to-School; Cabaret Hotspot and the Vancouver School or Performing Arts all under her Matsuki U and currently, as part of the Cabaret Hotspot U programs.
She has taught and continues to offer several classes on: Lyric Connection, Phrasing, Show Construction, How to Write Patter, How to Put a Show Together and the Business of Cabaret in the Tri-State area, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
She may be hired to Direct or Creatively Consultant on a show if you just want a seasoned 2nd eye or you can hire her as a Project Manager. As your Project Manager, she offers help in PR and getting your show listed on the various sites, preparing your Press Release and Song List, and any other administrative tasks that you may not have time to do. She can create your Tech Sheet. She may also be hired to help write a show. While she cannot guarantee an actual review, she is very successful in inviting reviewers to attend your show.
Need a show organizationally produced? She may also be hired to produce a benefit or group show, organize a Silent Auction as part of that show for additional fundraising and promote the event to all the cabaret outlets.
Sue is a 35-year, multi-award winning, veteran singer; an award winning songwriter; host; producer, writer and reviewer. Please check out her column, Sue’s Views, here on Cabaret Hotspot and read her full bio below.
For more information, please visit: http://www.SueMatsuki.com
To contact her please send an email to: Sue@cabarethotspot.com
Sue Matsuki – Bio
Sue Matsuki is a 11-time MAC Award Nominee and a 3-time Winner (in 7 different categories) as follows: 2002 MAC Award Winner for Female Jazz/Pop/R&B Vocalist; 2002 MAC Award Nominee for Best Female Recording for her first Jazz CD, A New Take; 2004 MAC Award Nominee for Duo/Group (with Marcus Simeone); 2006 MAC Award Winner for Jazz Duo/Special Productions for 10 Years in the Making with her Musical Director Gregory Toroian; 2007 & 2010 MAC Award Nominee for Female Vocalist; 2008, 2011 & 2012 MAC Award Nominee for Duo/Group (with Edd Clark); and the 2008 MAC Award Winner for Specialty Song, “One Stop Shopping” (Matsuki/Toroian/Page); and the 2020 MAC Award Nominee for Major Female Vocalist.
Her most cherished awards come from winning the 2020 Bistro Award for Outstanding Collaboration celebrating her 25th year of working with Gregory Toroian; getting her poster up on the “Wall of Fame” for How’s that for Openers? on the 33rd Anniversary of singing at Don’t Tell Mama and being selected personally by the late Julie Wilson as the very first 2004 Julie Wilson Award Recipient, given by the Mabel Mercer Foundation.
This 35-year veteran Cabaret/Jazz singer and comedian has played legendary jazz clubs: The Village Gate, Birdland, The Iridium, Sweet Rhythm; she’s played Carnegie Hall and every New York City Cabaret including: Feinstein’s 54 Below, Feinstein’s at the Regency, The Birdland Theater, The Algonquin, The Metropolitan Room, The Laurie Beechman, Pangea, The Beach Café, Town Hall, Arci’s Place, Don’t Tell Mama, 88’s, Judy’s, Danny’s, Jan Wallman’s, The Duplex, The Triad, Caroline’s Comedy Club, Helen’s Hideaway Room and Broadway Baby in New York; The Cosmopolitan Room and Odette’s in PA; The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska; The Gardenia Room in LA; The Palace (Waterbury), The Magnolia Room (Norwalk), the Westport Library (Westport) and The Standing Room Only Cabaret (Hartford) in CT; The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, Voices for Charity, Trumpets & Le Dome at The Manor in NJ; Maureen’s Jazz Club, The Rockland Cultural Arts Center & Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway Series in Nyack & Town Hall in Tarrytown, NY; the CabaretFest in MA; Boothsbay Harbor Opera House in Maine and The Four Seasons in Las Vegas where she produced a show for the Special Warriors Foundation (now the Wounded Warriors). Ms. Matsuki was named a “Best of Connecticut” by The Connecticut Magazine and, as such, did a benefit for the March of Dimes at the Foxwood’s Casino.
Matsuki has 2 CDs: her MAC nominated, jazz CD, A New Take and Sue & Edd’s FABULOUS Christmas (with Edd Clark). She also sings on folk singer, Christine Lavin presents Christmas Angel featuring her original song “Christmas Angel” (Sue Matsuki / Paul Stephan) and on Miranda Music’s A New York Holiday CD with the incomparable bassist, Tom Hubbard. All CDs may be purchased at: www.cdbaby.com or www.amazon.com or downloaded on iTunes©.
She was a Super and “Diva Double” at the Metropolitan Opera where she was featured in Moses und Aaron (Voice of God); Tristan und Isolde (Braganea double); Norma (Druid Princess); and Il Travatore (Court Lady & Leonora double). She was also invited to sing with the Met chorus in a special presentation of After the Ball by Noel Coward starring the late, great Irene Worth.
Matsuki is the Managing Partner, Co-Editor, Reviewer and a Columnist (Sue’s Views) for an on-line entertainment magazine www.Cabaret Hotspot.com! She was formerly a contributing columnist for Cabaret Hotline and for Nightlife Exchange. She teaches classes in Cabaret performance, lyric connection, the art of and the business of Cabaret in New York for Cabaret Hotspot and MAC-to-School; at The Ridgefield Theater Barn and UCONN’s Osher’s Lifelong Learning Institute in Connecticut; and for the Vancouver School of Performing Arts. She has just co-authored her first book with David Sabella, So You Want to Sing Cabaret (Rowan & Littlefield, June 2020) soon to be available on www.amazon.com and through www.cabarethotspot.com.
Matsuki has served on the Board of Directors for MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) as the Treasurer; was on the Board of The Salon and is a member of the Dutch Treat Club. She is often affectionately referred to as “The Godmother of Cabaret” for all the support that she gives to the community. She, along with Gregory Toroian, now host a monthly Jazz Brunch Open Mic at Pangea along with Skip Ward (bass) and David Silliman (drums).
Ms. Matsuki currently lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with her beloved husband of 36 years, Kenro Matsuki.