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Programs and Affiliations


Monnette Sudler Quartet

Ladies NIght Out

Sisters in Poetry and Music

Monnette Sudler's Philadelphia Guitar Summit


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P.A.E.P. The Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership

American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter

NARAS, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

BMI, Broadcast Music Inc.

PRS for Music, International

Leeway Foundation

Harry Fox Agency

Monnette Sudler


Monnette’s loves music by classic jazz guitarists like Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, and Bolo Sete. She continues to be inspired by her family, colleagues and the communities where she has either lived or been of some service. Monnette grew up listening to Nat King Cole and the Motown sounds. Her first teacher was a positive influence that taught folk music of different eras, Paul Simon, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell and Mississippi Reds. Later Monnette was influenced by the music of John Coltrane, Yuseef Lateef, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter and Miles Davis.


Monnette’s music reflects her diverse exposure and love of varied genres. Monnette's first recording was with the group Sounds of Liberation with Byard Lancaster and Khan Jamal. This group has released a current CD called Unreleased on Dogtown records with Brewerytown Beats. Her initial CD’s as a leader were recorded for Steeplechase records staying within the instrumental jazz genre with straight ahead, funky grooves on guitar and an occasional sultry vocal styling. Later CD’s on MSM-Records and Discograph reflect a more eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary jazz, soul and poetry. Monnette plays bass as well as lead guitar, drums and various African string and/ percussion instruments. She is a prolific composer and songwriter/poet who has  to scored and or arranged for various ensemble configurations.

JAZZ Philadelphia

Hometown Hero

Monnette Sudler

Article March 2021