Vanessa Rubin featuring Danny Grissett
152 King's Road
Influenced by Nancy Wilson, singer Vanessa Rubin combines warmth, clarity and sheer sass.
Vanessa Rubin is revered as one of the great jazz vocalists in the world today. She possesses a voice hailed for crystalline clarity, hearth-like warmth and sass. She brings a wealth of diverse influences to her singing style from both the Trinidadian/Caribbean roots of her mother and traditional jazz by way of her Louisiana-born father.
As a Cleveland native she was strongly influenced by Nancy Wilson. Other sources of inspiration include late great trumpeter Blue Mitchell, and the legendary vocal trio Lambert Hendricks and Ross, as well as her love of the Motown Sound. Once she made the inevitable move to New York she was discovered and mentored by many great veterans like Barry Harris and Pharaoh Sanders.
In 1992, Rubin signed to Novus/RCA Records and recorded five albums, three of which reached #1 in radio charts. Her all-star sextet included jazz legends Frank Foster and Cecil Bridgewater and she worked closely with such jazz luminaries as Kenny Burrell and Grover Washington Jr.
As an actress Rubin received a 2011 nomination for a Kevin Klein Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical, 'Yesterdays' An Evening with Billie Holiday - a one-woman show about the life and music of the legendary jazz vocalist.
One of her current projects is highlighting and interpreting well-known, obscure and new lyrical works of composer/arranger/pianist Tadd Dameron.
Pianist Danny Grissett established himself on the LA Jazz scene in the 90's. Under guidance of drummer Billy Higgins, he began performing with distinguished artists such as George Coleman, Jackie McLean, and Ralph Moore. In 2002 he joined drummer Roy McCurdy in the trio of John Heard. Danny performs all over the world with such notables as Benny Golson, The Mingus Big Band, Vincent Herring, Marcus Strickland, Russell Malone, Buster Williams, and is a member of the Tom Harrell Quintet.