About Sue Edwards
Sue Edwards has a multi-faceted arts career spanning nearly 30 years in the music industry.
From 1990 – 2005 she was producer of Freestage and Outdoor Music Events at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre in London, programming and coordinating over 4,000 jazz performances, including London Jazz Festival Freestage events, two-piano festival ‘Take Two’ and the renowned ‘Commuter Jazz’ Series. She also originated and shaped ‘the Write Stuff’ – a week-long writing workshop for aspiring jazz critics, which takes place each year as part of the London Jazz Festival’s education programme, the first jazz writing workshop of its kind.
In addition, Sue has programmed events in many other UK venues including six seasons of performances at Cabot Hall, Canary Wharf, London and a jazz series for Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London.
Relocating to New York in 2005, Sue focused on project-managing major British jazz events in North America, including a showcase of 120 British jazz musicians at the IAJE in Toronto, Canada. Additionally, she has project-managed British jazz showcases in Europe and Dubai (funded by the British Council).
Sue has extensive experience as a production manager, including live radio broadcasts at WNYC radio station (New York), the multi-venue Midsummer Mozart Festival (San Francisco 2007/8 seasons) and concert dates in the UK and USA.
Sue was a Director on the Board of Jazz Services Ltd, London from 1997 – 2005 and vice-chair of the Jazz Services touring panel from 1995 – 2005. She also served on the PRS Foundation/Jazz Services Jazz Promoter Awards panel and the Parliamentary Jazz Awards panel for several years. On her return to the UK, Sue was re-appointed as a Trustee on the Board of Jazz Services and a member of the International Touring Advisory Panel.
In recent years Sue has increasingly been called upon as a consultant for artists – advising on career development for jazz musicians and acting as producer/co-producer on recordings, and for venues – assessing a wide range of indoor and outdoor spaces for use as venues and recommending suitable artistic programmes.
Since 2009 Sue has worked as project manager for ‘Made in the UK’ –a jazz concert series in which nine British jazz groups showcase at Rochester International Jazz Festival in the USA each June. In 2012 the series expanded to include the Canadian summer Jazz Festival circuit.
Now based in London, after spending nearly six years in the USA, Sue brings a wealth of international experience and a far-reaching and diverse network of contacts to the collaborations that she values the most – working closely and creatively with musicians in an enabling and inspiring role.
Sue was nominated for the 'Services to Jazz' award at the 2017 UK's Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
‘Sue was one of a small handful of people who believed in me a long time before the rest of the industry. She backed up that belief by taking chances and risks that all paid off. A year after I met her, I was playing the Royal Festival Hall!’
‘Sue was the natural choice to co-produce my third CD, Obsession, when my nickname for her became “the essential Sue”. Her support and belief in me since the beginning has been a total inspiration to me, and I totally trust her instincts on every level.’
‘Sue’s production advice, attention to detail and sympathy with my artistic direction during the recording of my solo album Behind Every Word was of immeasurable value. Her contribution led to me making a much better record than I’d have been capable of on my own.’