Susanne Alt
Susanne Alt


Video: Susanne Alt Organ Trio live in Bastia/Corsica


While I am still working on the video from Bimhuis, Amsterdam, here's the footage of our concert in Bastia, Corsica (France).
I play together with Cyril Directie on drums and Hans de Wild (organ). A new formation which is also available for bookings :-)
So we have the 5-piece band, consisting of sax, keys, bass, drums, percussion; and we have this more compact setting with sax, organ and drums. This setting is known as Organ Trio, inspired by Fred Wesley's band "Generations". Let me know what you think in a short comment on Youtube!

What you cannot see in this video is the stress I had from KLM who lost my suitcase and until 30 minutes before this concert I didn't have an outfit.. All my clothes were gone plus merchandise and everything else..
It was hard to shop for an outfit in Bastia because of 2 factors:
People are of a different body size (I am 1,83m/6 ft tall) and women have to choice of only 2 directions: either you have to shop for a gown of €1000 and up  in one of the fancy boutiques or there's office, casual or lounge wear. 
Thank god for Mango on 4 Bd Paoli! Thanks to the 2 dedicated staff members I could fix this lovely outfit.
So what happened to the suitcase then? Eventually, after several days, my suitcase got delivered, but at the wrong address, which lead to more work and change of plans. Guess what, when flying back to Amsterdam, my suitcase was lost again, but resurfaced after 1,5 hours waiting. 
In the end, everything was solved, I got the money back and I had my gear.

Note to self and to others: Always put your stage outfit and a part of your merchandise in your hand luggage!

Thank you so much Jazz Equinoxe for the lovely booking and I hope to be back! Thank you Michel Maestracci for the great hospitality! Because everything was taken care of, we could forget the trouble during the concert and focus on making music for the lovely audience in a sold out venue.


Radio: Venus Tunes Sessions #85 online now


My latest mix is now  online. 

Venus Tunes Sessions is a monthly mix by Susanne Alt on Freak31, aired every first Sunday of the month at 19:00h.
In addition, earlier Venus Tunes Sessions shows are repeated every Friday between 20:00-21:00 and Tuesday 21:00-22:00.
Freak 31 has around 250 daily listeners (less during the week, more in the weekend) and a total of +10.000 listeners every month. 

In addition to Mixcloud and Hearthis, all mixes are also available as podcasts on Deezer and iTunes.

It was in 2015 when I had my first official dj gig and since 2016 I started to perform regularly. This took place in Amsterdam's Skyybar, Floor17 and The Harbourclub Zuid... bit by bit, other places like Momo and W Amsterdam followed, leading to club bookings as a dj and festival bookings with Venus Tunes Live in the Netherlands and abroad.
All of this in addition to my "normal" life as a musician. I love dj'ing as it adds another facet to my musicianship.

Listen to all editions of the Venus Tunes Sessions where you like; choose your platform:


Venus Tunes Sessions is a monthly guest mix by Susanne Alt on Freak31, aired every first Sunday of the month at 1900h. Streaming Dance, straight from Amsterdam.


The Sit-Down Podcast with James Hurt-Susanne Alt-Saxophonist and Composer


Thank you James Hurt, not only for playing those great notes on my last album "Royalty for Real" but also inviting me for this conversation!
You could sit down and listen to it all at once or listen to it it bits... or take it with you while you are travelling...
German-born Amsterdam-raised alto saxophonist and composer Susanne Alt  joins us remotely for the next Episode of the Sit-Down Podcast to share her origins story of becoming an artist beyond compromise. The segment takes us from the earliest beginnings of Susanne as a young child with two educator parents that also happen to be musicians. From early experiences with music in the most holistic way in her home environment, to learning demands and expectations, Susanne takes us through the challenges of being taught by one's parents while also revealing through experience how learning styles can be drastically differ between young girls and boys. The layers continue as we explore the way in which saxophone informed Susanne's interest beyond the canon of classical music and into areas of American music such as gospel and later funk, soul, and jazz. A new recording celebrating Roy Hargrove, Royalty for Real, reveals a heavy influence the trumpeter had on the world, the Netherlands, and Susanne directly. Susanne also shares insights as to how one may realize one's full potential as a person who wears many hats as bandleader, marketeer, booking agent, producer, musician, and indie record label executive.  Background music by James Hurt.
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