The spirit of improvisation brings Susan to her current passion—jazz.

Susan plays from the heart, infusing creativity and music-making into each moment. A contemporary violinist and vocalist of world styles, Susan performs with several bands in the Boston area, including her own jazz combo. Common to her performances is her trademark warmth and wit, and her conviction that music deepens our connection to the world around us.

We are musicians, we are part of the emotional fabric of the world.”

– Susan Reed

Listening, crafting a musical line in the moment—a musical line that makes everyone in your band sound better—that is the joy.”

– Susan Reed

Improvising is addicting, invigorating, thrilling...so alive.”

– Susan Reed

A musical moment is a reflection. The clearer the heart and mind, the truer the reflection.”

– Susan Reed

Improvising is taking the risk to sound exactly like yourself.”

– Susan Reed

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Jazz is Susan’s latest exploration. A direct link to her classical, fiddle and Klezmer backgrounds, jazz provides her a fresh and dynamically interpretive platform. In jazz and all her performances, Susan combines musical artistry with storytelling, crafting original shows that celebrate our humanity. She is equally adept in collaboration, adding her lyrical line to the musical mix of the moment.

Susan’s palette of strings includes guitar, banjo and dulcimer.

She has composed hundreds of songs and stories to teach and share with her own children growing up, and to share with families all over the world. Her nationally renowned discography and children’s books have garnered national awards. She is most proud to have recorded these songs and stories with her family. Together with her daughters, she performs world music with the dynamic string trio Tatu Mianzi.

A second-generation musician, Susan has a BM and MM in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy from Cleveland Institute of Music. She teaches nationally and internationally and also trains new teachers in her Teach Smart workshops.


Happy Spring Everyone! I’m looking forward to some upcoming Jazz Trio shows in the greater Boston area, and it’s workshop season. I’m enjoying working with this new generation of string players and adventuring “off book”…  love it…

In other news, I’ve got some new tunes in the works. This week I wrote a new blues, Approachable, and a modal tune, Komorebi. I’ll try and record them soon. Stay tuned!

March 15 – Jazz Trio, Feather and Wedge, Rockport, MA

March 15-16 – Hartt Suzuki Workshop, Hartford CT
          …teaching fiddle, jazz improv, and songs and stories!

March 18 – Jazz Trio concert, Newton, MA

March 31 – Jazz Trio concert, Milton, MA

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