Suzanne Cloud, writer, historian, and jazz singer appearing with Philadelphia's top musicians, received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in American Studies. Cloud has authored six young-adult history books, contributed to the African-American National Biography Project at Harvard, contributor to the Broad Street Review, and was the founding director of Jazz Bridge, a nonprofit aiding musicians in crisis. Her play Last Call at the Downbeat was part of the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. Cloud, a past Commonwealth Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and recipient of the Rutgers University Chancellor's Award for Civic Engagement in 2015, conceptualized Vision Song: Our Hearts, Our Future, Our Voices, a commission for jazz orchestra for Kimmel Center performances April 2016. Cloud has recorded critically acclaimed albums on the Dreambox label, which recently reissued her political 1995 release With a Little Help from My Friends. Currently, director of the Philadelphia Jazz Legacy Project to establish a Philadelphia jazz archive.



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