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Sutton Named Associate Professor at The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Jazzed Magazine • News • June 29, 2017

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The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has appointed jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton to be associate professor of music in jazz studies, effective August 1.

Sutton’s background in music is both astounding and versatile; she has netted 8 Grammy nominations and received a Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy nomination for every project she has released in the last decade.  For more than 20 years she has fronted The Tierney Sutton Band, which includes Christian Jacob, Trey Henry, Kevin Axt and Ray Brinker.

Sutton also works as a studio vocal producer and a vocal educator. Last year, she worked with Clint Eastwood on the music for Sully, and her lyrics were featured in “Flying Home,” the end-title song.

“Her visit to IU was electric,” said Gwyn Richards, David Henry Jacobs Bicentennial Dean. “She performed with faculty and students, and they were struck by her talent, her connection with the text and to her audience, and by the breadth of her knowledge. The fall semester cannot arrive soon enough for students and faculty alike.” 

“We could not be more pleased to have Tierney Sutton joining the Jazz Studies faculty,” said Tom Walsh, chair of the Jazz Studies Department. “Tierney is a world-class jazz vocalist, and there is so much she will bring to the Jacobs School—not only her incredible musicianship and wealth of experience, but also her creative values and new ideas for our students.” 

Sutton has previously taught at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and served as head of the vocal department at Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena, California for six years.

“I am thrilled to be joining the faculty of the legendary Jacobs School of Music,” said Sutton. “I’ve been bowled over by the skill, vision and character of every person I have met who is part of the Jacobs family and look forward to this next, surprising, chapter.”

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