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28 June 1963, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Born into a musical household, Sutton listened to and appeared in numerous local productions of musical comedies and operas, usually as a member of the chorus. While studying Russian at Wesleyan University, she encountered Bill Barron, head of the music department, and artist-in-residence, Ed Blackwell. She also heard several leading visiting jazz musicians, including Betty Carter, the Heath Brothers and Billy Taylor. All of this imbued her with the desire to become a jazz singer and she was soon singing a regular gig at a leading local jazz club. She was awarded a scholarship to the Berklee College Of Music in Boston and while there sang at clubs in New England and also at festivals. She also visited Europe, all the while honing her developing talent.
Settling in Los Angeles, Sutton sang with artists such as Shelly Berg, Al Tootie Heath, Joe LaBarbera, Roy McCurdy, Thom Rotella, Jack...