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The Legendary Billie Holiday featuring Vanessa Rubin


Vanessa Rubin is the great lady of song, Billie Holiday, in this spectacular tribute to Billie Holiday. Vanessa presents many of Billie's well known classic pieces as well as some rarely heard songs in concert settings!  No one else can create the magic of Billie Holiday like Vanessa Rubin.  Capable of employing the gamut of emotions, Vaness can range from a whisper to a shout in the blink of an eye; from honey-laden ballads purring like a kitten, to up tempo swinging numbers.  Vanessa Rubin delivers the goods.

Vanessa Rubin

Vanessa Rubin
                        2013Endowed 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.  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 lifeís 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.

    One of the surest tests of a jazz singer is her acceptance by skilled players; the relationship between instrumentalist and vocalist is so often fraught with distrust.  Vanessa Rubin has never experienced such travails.  From the time she joined the New York jazz community in the early 80s, under the guidance of such grandmasters as Barry Harris and Frank Foster, Rubinís acceptance has been universal.  Instrumentalists have always been impressed by her way around a song, her willingness to flow with their muse, and her innate ability to swing that music.  

The list of great musicians who have graced her recordings and bandstands is quite impressive: 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 whoíve lent their skills to support Ms. Rubinís artistry.  More recently she has completed auspicious global tours with Herbie Hancock, the Woody Herman Orchestra, and the Jazz Crusaders.


"Whether singing, scatting or chatting, jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin sounded as if she were
performing for a small group of friends
- Mike Joyce, The Washington Post

"Rubin is an expert in telling a story. The way she doles out the words and the drama in her pacing is sassy with punch.  She can breathe new life into old standards, and with flair..."
- Chai Wai-fat, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong

 "Vanessa Rubin sings of timeless fundamental verities - love, relationships and loss, and the pain, ambivalence and self-knowledge that they engender. True to post-feminist principles, the veteran diva refuses to
carry a torch, that said, she is reticent to wear her heart on her sleeve."
Ted Panken, Down Beat Magazine

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Vanessa Rubin Bio (pdf)


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Mp3 Samples

Vanessa Rubin - Hey There (from "Full Circle" w/ Don Braden 2013 mp3 Sample)

Vanessa Rubin - Lover Man (from "Full Circle" w/ Don Braden 2013 mp3 Sample)

Vanessa Rubin - Hold It Right There (from "Full Circle" w/ Don Braden 2013 mp3 Sample)

YouTube Videos

Vanessa Rubin performs "Speak Low" w/ Harry Pickens on Piano (2010)

Vanessa Rubin interview w/ Brian Pace (2011)

Artist Web Pages


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