About Us

Two Spirit Jazz

Two Spirit Jazz was co-founded by vocalist-rhythm guitarist-songwriter Suzanne Callaway and her partner, drummer Theresa Riccardi.  Together they perform with other musicians as “Two Spirit Jazz”.  Depending upon the venue, musicians include pianist Bill French, vibraphonist Connie Johnson, and a bassist.  The current repertoire comes from the American songbook and from the vast supply of American jazz and blues.  Vocalist Suzanne Callaway and other members are also active composers and often include some of their originals at performances.  The band currently plays in and around the Portland area.

 

Two Spirit Jazz is music created for healing. “Live Music” as medicine…

Given as entertainment and flavored sweet for the soul…

Musicians Suzanne Callaway and Theresa Riccardi created the band with this in mind…

We understand “how lucky” to play jazz… so we aspire to bring folks along…

“Two Spirit” is a Native American term we use to remind us of the power in accepting ours and others uniqueness, and the contributions to society made therein…”Two Spirit” alludes to feminine and masculine energies inherent to the whole, a duality accepted and made beneficial in many “Creatives” and “Healers”.

Two Spirit Jazz MembersWe also use the term “Two Spirit”  as a basic “shout out” to shift awareness toward the deeply healing culture of the Native Americans.  It seems timely as we learn to tread more lightly on Mother Earth, and keep breathable Father Sky, so with respect to that end, may we all do our bit…Blessings be…