Susan Lamont, a native New Yorker and the youngest of seven, grew up in St. Albans, Queens, listening to her mother’s Ella Fitzgerald records.
Now, she offers an enthusiastic tribute to Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan on the song "There Will Never Be Another You," a track on a three-song demo. Lamont tosses in a playful scat when singing about Fitzgerald and then drops her voice low in a nod to Vaughan. It’s a spirited time.
On "It Might As Well Be Spring," she works in the upper register of her voice and sings with a slight vibrato. It is a bit idiosyncratic to appeal to everyone, but the performance is lively and animated. There’s an innocent, girlish quality to the number. She sticks to a more straightforward approach on "Darn That Dream."
It will be interesting to see what Lamont does next. Will she accentuate the high, fluttery qualities of her voice that distinguish her from other singers or will she keep to a more traditional style? Perhaps, she will do both.
Lamont is not only a singer, but a music educator. She visits schools to teach children about the history of jazz music. She discusses jazz in the context of today’s music. In one of her lessons, she demonstrates how a song can be performed in a variety of styles. Each of her educational programs ends in a live performance. A Brooklyn resident, Lamont has also performed in numerous clubs in New York.