The Jazz Session #467: Helen Sung

Pianist Helen Sung‘s new album is Sung With Words, a collaboration with poet Dana Gioia that features both spoken word and also Gioia’s words set to music. In this interview, Sung talks about how they met and decided to work together; why she is constantly trying to learn new skills; her faith and how it impacts her music; and her upcoming projects. Learn more at

Concert Note: Catch the official release party for Sung With Words at The Jazz Standard in New York on Dec. 13, 2018. The band will be: Helen Sung (piano), Cecile McLorin Salvant (voice), Carolyn Leonhart (voice), John Ellis (saxophone), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Reuben Rogers (bass), Kush Abadey (drums), and Samuel Torres (percussion). Click for tickets.

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Author: Jason Crane