SUE MATSUKI is an award-winning singer/songwriter, producer, host, educator and author. She is the co-author, along with David Sabella, of “So You Want To Sing Cabaret” (Rowman & Littlefield, June 2020). Sue is also a contributor, interviewer, and a columnist (“Sue’s Views”) here on Cabaret Hotspot.
Matsuki has taught Cabaret classes at: Fordham University (NY), The Ridgefield Theater Barn and UCONN (CT), MAC-to-School and Cabaret Hotspot (NY) and for the Canadian School of Performing Arts.
Matsuki’s most cherished awards come from winning the Bistro Award for Outstanding Collaboration celebrating her 25th year of working with Music Director, Gregory Toroian; getting her poster up on Don’t Tell Mama’s “Wall of Fame” for her show “How’s That for Openers?” celebrating the 33rd Anniversary of singing at the club and being selected personally by the late Julie Wilson as the very first Julie Wilson Award Recipient, given by the Mabel Mercer Foundation.
Matsuki is an 11-time MAC Award Nominee and a 3-time Winner (in eight different categories). Her wins include: Female Jazz/Pop/R&B Vocalist; Special Productions/Jazz Duo with her Musical Director Gregory Toroian; and for Specialty Song (“One Stop Shopping” by Page/Toroian/Matsuki).
This jazz/Cabaret/comedy veteran has played every NYC Cabaret room including: Feinstein’s at the Regency, Feinstein’s 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, Arci’s Place, Town Hall, Don’t Tell Mama, Pangea, The Algonquin, The Laurie Beechman Theater, 88’s, and has even played Carnegie Hall! She’s also played legendary Jazz Clubs: The Village Gate, Birdland, The Iridium and Sweet Rhythm. She has performed in Alaska, Los Angeles, Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, Nyack, Maine, Fire Island, Florida, Providence and Las Vegas!
Her jazz CD, A New Take, was nominated for a MAC Award for Best Recording and her Christmas CD, Sue & Edds FABULOUS Christmas both receive air play across the country and internationally. She is also featured on folk singing legend Christine Lavin’s original music Christmas compilation CD, Just One Angel with a song that she co-wrote with Paul Stephan called “Christmas Angel”.
Matsuki was a Super and “Diva Double” at the Metropolitan Opera where she has been featured for five seasons in “Moses und Aaron”; “Tristan und Isolde”; “Norma”; and “Il Travatore”.
She has served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs). She, along with Gregory Toroian, her long time Music Director, now host a monthly Jazz Brunch Open Mic at Pangea. Matsuki currently produces benefits and corporate events and is the Producing Manager for Urban Stages’ Winter Rhythms series where she also hosts a Vlog called Urban Stages’ Artists Chat.
For more information please visit: www.SueMatsuki.com