Dec
23

Vanessa Rubin w/ Larry Willis Trio New York City vocalist extraordinaire celebrates the holidays in a one-night-only return to BLU Jazz+ featuring the inimitable pianist, Larry Willis, and his all-star band!

Saturday, December 23


Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio to parents from Trinidad and Louisiana, Vanessa arrived steeped in great musical traditions. After achieving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Ohio State University, Rubin taught school for a number of years, all the while with both feet squarely in the jazz lexicon on a path towards a career in music. Along the way she played the regional joints and concerts, dabbled in band management, and continued to hone her skills.
 

 
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.
 

Pianist Larry Willis (of Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, Hugh Masakela, Cannonball & Nat Adderley, Stan Getz, Art Blakey, Art Taylor, Clifford Jordan, Carmen McRae, and Shirley Horn) and his trio will join Rubin in her not-to-miss return to BLU!

Vanessa has performed with some of the most prolific artists in the jazz genre, including: Monty Alexander, Cecil Bridgewater, Kenny Burrell, Frank Foster, Billy Higgins, Etta Jones, Lewis Nash, Houston Person, Patience Higgins, Don Braden, Toots Thielemans, Steve Turre, Cedar Walton, Grover Washington, Jr., and James Williams are just a few of the masters who’ve lent their skills to support Ms. Rubin’s artistry. More recently she has completed auspicious global tours with Herbie Hancock, the Woody Herman Orchestra, and the Jazz Crusaders.
 
Join us as Vanessa fronts a truly all-star ensemble in her return to the Rubber City! Get your tickets now as this is sure to be one of our biggest events of the year!
 

8:00 pm

$20

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