Vocalist, emcee, comedienne, percussionist, recording artist, talent
agent—all this and more describes the incredible "Big Mama"
Born in the 20th century (the exact date was never
recorded), Sue has been an entertainer since she was old enough to stand
in front of a microphone. After earning degrees in literature and music from the
University of California at Davis, she embarked on a career which started in
musical theater and has led her through just about every type of musical performance
style in existence.
Although she wears many musical hats (sometimes quite literally), Sue is
renowned for her expertise in traditional jazz. Influenced by great jazz
and blues singers like Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, Sue has
performed and recorded with scores of other well known jazz musicians,
and has been a headliner at countless jazz festivals around the world,
including being honored as the 2005 Musician of the Year at
She is considered by many to be one of the most recognizable figures in
Dixieland jazz. She is also considered by many to have one of the
most recognizable figures in Dixieland jazz.
"Big Mama" Sue Kroninger founded her production company in
1988 (officially becoming a corporation in 1990), as a way to promote her music and the music of a select group of
musicians from the central California area, through live
performances and recordings.
Located in Santa Cruz, California, Big Mama Sue Productions provides: