The Kennedy Center

Vanessa Rubin



Biography

Vanessa Rubin (vocalist) offers a tribute to one of the most innovative arrangers, leaders and songwriters of the 1940s era, Tadd Dameron. Joined by an all-star horn section for the “Dameron Sound,” Rubin and music director Cecil Bridgewater will offer newly commissioned transcriptions of Dameron's works by his contemporaries Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, and Frank Foster. Ms. Rubin's repertoire includes sultry ballads, bebop scat solos, and "down home" blues. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Rubin was born to parents of Trinidadian and Louisiana descent. In Cleveland, she sang with and managed a popular jazz quartet and the moved to New York in 1982. Ms. Rubin studied with Barry Harris and Frank Foster at Harris' Jazz Cultural Theater, and she was influenced by the rhythms of Brazilian music, well as the work of Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan. In New York, she worked with Kenny Barron, Stanley Cowell, George Coleman, Pharaoh Sanders, Paul West, Frank Foster's Loud Minority, the Lionel Hampton Big Band, and the Mercer Ellington Orchestra. Having earned a BA from the Ohio State University School of Journalism, she supplemented her singing career by teaching, and serving as a Dean of Students in New York City's public school system. In 1991 Ms. Rubin signed with RCA/Novus , and her albums include: Soul Eyes, Pastiche, I'm Glad There is You, Vanessa Rubin Sings, and New Horizons. Her debut album, Soul Eyes, brought her wide recognition and respect in jazz circles and was cited by the Gavin Report as one of the best jazz albums in 1992. Language of Love and Girl Talk (Telarc International) followed. Ms. Rubin has established herself as a premiere vocalist at prestigious venues and music festivals around the world. She performed as part of Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center in 1997. Vanessa Rubin and Kevin Mahogany appeared together in the Terrace Theater on February 14, 2003.

April 2004
Vanessa Rubin