NYC jazz icon, vocalist Vanessa Rubin, returns to her native Ohio for an evening at BLU Jazz+ with special guest, pianist & Concord Jazz recording artist, Helen Sung

December 19, 2014 -

AKRON, OH – NYC vocalist extraordinaire celebrates the Holidays at BLU with All-Star Quartet, featuring Concord Jazz recording artist Helen Sung (piano), Peter Dominguez (bass) & Ray Porrello (drums)!
Endowed with the kind of liquid phrasing and sheer wisdom that comes from depth of experience on the jazz performance campaign trail, Vanessa Rubin is an ever-evolving classic singer in the making. The development of a true jazz singer is a long-range prospect, laden with learning experiences that forge the voice into a true instrument, rich with passion, deeply invested in living through life’s joys and perils; such is the journey of Vanessa Rubin, jazz singer extraordinaire. Capable of employing the gamut of emotions, the mature Ms. Rubin can range from whisper to shout in the blink of an eye; from honey-laden ballads purring like a kitten, to up tempo swinging and scatting like a fluent saxophone, she delivers the goods.
Joining Vanessa Rubin is an award-winning classical pianist, Houston, TX, native Helen Sung went on to graduate from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and win the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition.
Since establishing herself in New York City, she has worked with such luminaries as Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Steve Turre, the legendary Wayne Shorter, and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter; and, in addition to her own band, can currently be seen with fine ensembles including the Mingus Big Band & Dynasty Band, the T.S. Monk Group, and Terri Lyne Carrington’s Grammy-winning Mosaic Project.
Enjoy this wonderful performance and interview with Vanessa and Helen from earlier this year as featured on “The Sound of Applause” program on 90.3 WCPN ideastream. The two discuss some of the finer points of jazz improvisation, pursuing a career in professional music, and more!
GET TICKETS to the Vanessa Rubin All-Star Quartet performance at BLU Jazz+ on December 27, 2014



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