Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, and Chopin may not be known for jazz standards, but, then again, they didn't live long enough to meet Tessa Souter. A captivating singer whether performing standards or originals, Souter made a bold move with her latest album. She took some of the greatest melodies in the history of classical music, wrote lyrics to them, and performed them in jazz arrangements. Amazingly, it worked; these tunes feel like standards. Souter has enchanted sold-out crowds at three Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festivals. When she takes the stage at Lovin' Cup, she will be accompanied by the excellent John Nyerges Trio.
Tessa Souter performs Saturday, June 8, 9 p.m. at Lovin' Cup, 300 Park Point Drive. $12. lovincup.com, 292-9940.