January 2018 – from the family of a saxophone student:
“Happy birthday Carol! This card is perfectly stated! This is how we see you! Thank you for all the love and kindness you show us. We adore you. You make playing the sax fun.Love, Kristi, Lucas and family.” …and this is the text of the card they gave me: “What makes you different is what makes you special. Nobody can do what you do exactly the way you can do it. What makes you different is what the world needs, the original way you see things. Your exciting story, your unique strength. What makes you different is what’s worth celebrating today, your big heart, your brave life, your one-of-a-kind spirit.:
Thursday, January 5, 2018 – Swing Pub, Molfetta – posted by Gianluca de Bari (guit), written either by him or the club owner:
Credo che il complimento più bello che si possa fare ad un musicista, specialmente se a farglielo sono altri musicisti, sia “inspiring”. In italiano non so come verrebbe. Fatto sta che ieri sera si è provato qualcosa di inspiring: si è vista gente con gli occhi lucidi su Old Folks e si sono sentiti applausi alla fine di tutti i soli su tutti i brani, neanche fossimo al Village Vanguard NYC: magia dell’inspiring appunto; che ha contagiato il resident trio e ha catturato il pubblico. Carol Sudhalter is a very inspiring musician. Ed era anche il suo compleanno, con annesso tantiauguri. Grazie a Giuseppe Lasorsa ed al suo staff, al fotoreporter NicoVito Bufi ed ai musicisti Francesco Paolo Luiso, Attanasio Mazzone e Gianluca de Bari ed un arrivederci presto a Carol Sudhalter a cui auguriamo un sereno rientro al fresco di NYC…
I think that the greatest compliment one can give to a musician, especially if it’s fellow musicians who are giving the compliment, is the word ‘Inspiring”. In Italian I don’t know how it would be phrased.
Yesterday evening those present experienced something inspiring: Folks with tears in their eyes at “Old Folks”; applause at the end of every solo on every tune, and we weren’t even at New York’s Village Vanguard: the magic of inspiring, that spread to the resident trio and captivated the public. Carol Sudhalter is a very inspiring musician. And it was also her birthday, with big wishes to her. Thanks to Giuseppe Lasorsa and his staff, to photo reporter NicoVito Bufi and to the musicians Francesco Paolo Luiso, Attanasio Mazzone and Gianluca de Bari; and an “arrivederci see you soon” to Carol Sudhalter whom we wish a serene return to the cold of NYC.
…and a continuation by an audience member, Gennaro Pansini:
“Allo Swing Pub di Molfetta (Bari) si continua, e si continuerà, all’insegna del live jazz internazionale. Condivido i contenuti del post di Gianluca sulla serata di venerdì 5 gennaio 2018. In italiano potremmo dire: infondere ispirazione…catalizzare…avvolgere con la propria personalità, il proprio carisma sia il divenire musicale della serata, sia i musicisti del resident trio (Gianluca de Bari, Francesco Paolo Luiso e Attanasio Mazzone), che hanno dato il giusto climax, la giusta interpretazione alla musica della speciale “inspiring musician” ospite: Carol Sudhalter. L’eccellente Carol ha catturato il pubblico sia con la sua discorsiva, straordinaria espressione al flauto, al sax tenore ed al canto, sia con la sua simpatia: ad un certo punto è scesa dal palco, si è inoltrata nel locale con il suono del suo sax, fra spettatori in piedi e seduti ai tavoli. Carol seguiva attenta e divertita i soli dei tre musicisti accompagnatori, apprezzando, in tante fasi della performance, la crescita della tensione ritmica, gli stimoli dell’efficace groove che i tre partner intessevano. L’affiatamento dei tre musicisti si notava da tempo, nella capacità di ciascun solista, di ripetere brevi cellule ritmico-melodiche con spostamento del beat: il tutto crea un bel “ciclo” musicale che si conclude sull’uno della battuta risolutiva, sulla quale si ritrovano tutti e tre: bel giuoco…bel play…Era anche il compleanno di Carol e Giuseppe Lasorsa ha offerto una gustosa torta alla crema chantilly. 💐🌸😊👏👏👏”
Tuesday, August 14th 2012
This is a new, complimentary review by Marc Lichtman: of a house concert we gave on November 23, 2014, in Forest Hills, Queens:
I was one those who went. I’ve known Carol Sudhalter for 40+ years, but I hadn’t seen her play in… I don’t know how long. The two CDs of hers that I bought at a concert are both dated 2002, but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen her play somewhere in between.
Carol Sudhalter looks pretty much like she always did, is just as thin (eat your heart out), but her playing is even better. A 2 hr. set of love songs, Carol on baritone sax and flute. She plays much of the time in Italy, and a bunch of her Italian musician friends were there (every musician except her and the drummer). There were two bass players (one who substituted when the other played flugelhorn), a vocalist on some numbers, plus piano.
A really fine concert; too bad it was a small audience. The weather was bad, but not nearly as bad as predicted. A nice club too.
July 15, 2012: I was listed in DOWN BEAT Magazine in the 77th Jazz Reader’s Poll as nominee for best jazz musician in the flute category! Bill Russo, radio personality, wrote this:
I voted for you where you where listed. I wrote your name in where your name was not listed in categories where I felt it was appropriate.
I hope you get the recognition you deserve for your years and years of creating, performing, collaborating and mentoring in world of music. We are all better for what you do and you have such a great legacy of entertained listeners and enhanced musicians. Bill Russo
January 2, 2012, from Erik Lawrence, saxophonist, after an evening of both of us sitting in with the great David Amram at Cornelia Street Cafe:
“What better way to celebrate Frank Wess’ birthday than to hear melodic, swinging inventive, creative and burning flute by someone with Something to Say. Bless you Carol Sudhalter! Thanks for that.”
July 4, 2011: From Milt Robertson, long-time companion of the great singer Ruth Brisbane:
“Hi Carol,Great job. As soon as I heard the flute I knew it was you. What a sound.
The two British gentlemen sitting next to me were immediately impressed with your
sound. They just arrived on the QE2. They inquired of the Jazz trio working the ship;
where may we listen to some jazz. They told him about “Small’s Jazz Club”. They
showed up and liked what they heard. They came early and remained until the show
following Ruth. We all like your work.
Thanks for sitting in. Good work. “Milt”
July 6, 2011: From Jerry Bergonzi, one of the greatest sax players in the world:
“Carol. You are the best. I still remember u sounding so great on I’ll remember April. Your friend, Jerry”
July 10, 2011 From Meredith Gardner, Ph. D.
” If people could only hear you, they’d come off their anti-depressants and other meds.
I’m the privileged one here….Thanks so much for your companionship and….talent.
My soul and ears are grateful. Fondly, “Merry Lee”
August 15, 2016, from singer Toby Altman after her yearly barn-bash featuring such luminaries as Marcus McLaurine, Eric Lemon, Doug Richardson, Linda Ciafolo and more:
“Hey carol, I was just about to write you to thank you for the most uplifting energy plus talent that you bring every time……it simply isn’t the same without you,,,,I was so pleased with the music we made,,,,,it was smoking in there in every way,,,xoxo toby”