TUPPER SAUSSY “NOT A MAN TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY.” ~ THE GUARDIAN
 
HONEST THINGS
 

Tupper Saussy, 1936-2007

A week before a concert celebrating the release of his newest CD (and first album in 38 years), Tupper Saussy unexpectedly left us. THE CHOCOLATE ORCHID PIANO BAR captures the man in all his voices-- romantic, anguished, mocking, wistful. An intimate portrait of an unrepeatable individual, THE CHOCOLATE ORCHID features Tupper alone at the piano, singing original compositions dating from the 1960s to 2007. The subtleties of his art emerge from the elegant, minimalist format of the solo recital no less than they did in the rich orchestration of his 1960s albums. (Those pathbreaking recordings have been reissued by Rhino Handmade under the apt title "Brilliant Colors.")

A man of many careers, Tupper died while hard at work on several new projects. If the modern-day Book of Life is a digital one, Tupper departed this world as he lived in it, making his mark. His friends, family and musical partners hail the newest Tupper while bidding a loving farewell to the old one. May his voice ever continue to move and amuse us.

TUPPER’S STORY
IN 3 MINUTES
 
1957:  Tupper studies piano with Oscar Peterson at the School of Jazz, and is discovered by Dave Brubeck at Music Inn near Tanglewood, Massachusetts.
 
1958:  Tupper moves to Nashville, teaches English, jams with Hank Garland, Chet Atkins, and Boots Randolph in Printers Alley.
 
LONG-AWAITED CD 
The Chocolate Orchid Piano Bar is a cycle of songs by Tupper Saussy creating the ideal piano bar ~ a place where the music and lyrics are so fascinating and hypnotic that conversation is unthinkable, a place where every song is brand new yet as familiar as a close friend.        .. .Read moreMusic.htmlshapeimage_1_link_0
LEARN WHERE
THE BUCK STOPS

"Tupper Saussy is beyond cutting edge.  He's tomorrow today."

- Fred Foster, producer: Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton 

  The London Times regrets that the Chocolate Orchid Piano Bar won't be coming to South Bank.. read more

A National Public Radio “Weekend Edition” segment by Craig Havighurst reflects on "Tupper Saussy, The Elusive Nashville Cat" read more...

It's painful to have to label myself "artist" or "composer" or "writer" or "musical director." Yet I was gifted with abilities to do what these persons do. Can't I do the things without taking the names? One day the answer came in a letter from a Texas student of my works: "I'm not attracted to your uniqueness. I am attracted to the Substance of your uniqueness which is 'Christ in you.' It's His workmanship that attracts me."

-Tupper Saussy