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. 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.
singing, scatting or chatting, jazz
vocalist Vanessa Rubin sounded as if she
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
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)
Vanessa Rubin Press Photo #1
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Rubin - Hey There (from "Full Circle" w/ Don
Braden 2013 mp3 Sample)
Rubin - Lover Man (from "Full Circle" w/ Don
Braden 2013 mp3 Sample)
Rubin - Hold It Right There (from "Full Circle"
w/ Don Braden 2013 mp3 Sample)
performs "Speak Low" w/ Harry Pickens on Piano
interview w/ Brian Pace (2011)
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