Mood Indigo


Take a simple idea: two-part harmony and an acoustic guitar. Add the sophistication of Ellington, the Gershwins and Cole Porter, the rhythmic complexity of Jobim and the playful spirit of Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau and Stevie Wonder, and you have Mood Indigo. Dubbed, “a glass of champagne in a room full of beer” by artist David Adickes, this popular Houston duo blends the simplicity and lyricism of the folk idiom with the harmonic complexity of jazz to create a wholly unique and engaging sound. 


Performing together as Mood Indigo since 1984, Susan Elliott and Joe Romano are noted for their unique arrangements of classic, contemporary, and Latin jazz melodies and beautiful, close harmony, accompanied by acoustic guitar, harmonicas and hand percussion. Voted “Best Vocal Ensemble” in the 1992 Public News Readers Poll, and named one of "Houston's 10 Best Bands With Only Two Members" by the Houston Press in June of 2014, these Houston natives have delighted audiences from New York to Newport Beach and across their home state of Texas.

The duo’s repertoire includes popular songs from the 1920’s to the present, as well as some little-known gems and an extensive collection of Christmas and holiday music.


Over the past thirty years, Mood Indigo has performed at many of Houston’s finest restaurants and nightclubs, including long-term engagements at The Four Season’s Deville, Annabelle’s, The Savoy Room, The Daily Review Café, and Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston. They are equally at home giving large public concerts and intimate house concerts, playing for weddings, festivals, and private parties. Some of their most memorable performances include the Trinity Jazz Festival, DStv Performing Arts Festival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a 75th birthday celebration for former President George H. W. Bush, at the home of his friend, Robert Mosbacher, the opening night of Vice President Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth book tour at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, A Prairie Home Companion’s “Great American Duet Sing-Off” at Town Hall in New York, and six years of Sunday nights with friends on the back patio of the Daily Review Café.


“Both low key and impossibly wonderful… It's like Bobby McFerrin meets Paul Simon, but with just enough rhythm to keep it moving like a dance. Mood Indigo approaches what they do with moderation and an eye for whimsy, and that's what makes them so engaging.”


                                                Jef With One F – The Houston Press


The duo's music tends toward the organic "Hot Club" type: largely acoustic, and elegantly wrought. …Romano's robust acoustic guitar and harmonica play perfect foil to Elliott's joyful alto.”

                                                C. Michael Bailey – All About Jazz


“Great singing and playing. Great Brazilian feel. …Thanks for taking such care with your material, including my songs.”  


Dave Frishberg - Pianist, Composer and Lyricist


“Susan Elliott and Joe Romano are Mood Indigo, a fantastic duo singing and playing some of the greatest tunes in American music with grace, proficiency and talent galore.”


                                                Ray Benson – Asleep at the Wheel


A Foggy Day

Ain’t Misbehaving


All the Things You Are

As Time Goes By

A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

Aquellos Ojos Verdes                   

Autumn Leaves

Barefoot in the Park

Besame Mucho                                      

Better Than Anything

Bim Bom                     

Blizzard Of Lies                                     


Bye Bye Blackbird





Don’t Get Around Much Anymore


Feeling Groovy 

Good Cat 

Hang On Little Tomato                      

Hit That Jive, Jack

I Don’t Know Enough About You

If That Doesn’t Do It

I'm Beginning to See the Light                             

In a Mellow Tone                       

In a Sentimental Mood

Instant Love                                 

In the Still Of the Night                                  

It Had to Be You

Java Jive

Joy Spring                          

Just In Time

Just The Way You Are

La Vie En Rose


Like a Lover

Little Boat

Little Trip to Heaven


Love You Madly                                     

Lullaby Of Birdland

Lush Life                      



Mood Indigo                          

Moonlight in Vermont


Moon River

My Attorney Bernie

My Foolish Heart

My Funny Valentine

My One And Only Love

My Romance

Night And Day                                      

One Note Samba

Our Love is Here to Stay

Our Love Rolls On

Over the Rainbow

Pennies From Heaven


Route 66

Sabor A Mi                

Satin Doll

Save the Bones for Henry Jones

Scotch And Soda

Sentimental Journey

Senza Fine


Someone to Watch Over Me

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most                  

Squeeze Me                           


Stars Fell On Alabama

Straighten Up And Fly Right


Sunny Side of the Street

Sweet Happy Life

Takin’ a Chance on Love

The Girl From Ipanema

The Nearness of You                      

The Shadow of Your Smile

There Will Never Be Another You                              

They All Laughed

They Can't Take That Away From Me

‘Til There Was You

Time In A Bottle                    

Try to Remember


Two For The Road

Underneath  the Apple Tree                                        

Watch What Happens

Waters Of March


What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life

When You Wish Upon a Star

Wink and a Smile

Wish Me a Rainbow


Wonderful World                                    


It Had to Be You
Baby It's Cold Outside
In A Sentimental Mood
There Will Never Be Another You
Better Than Anything
Squeeze Me
One Note Samba
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Santa Baby
Waters of March
It Had to Be You