Vanessa Rubin

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Vanessa Rubin
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Background information
Born (1957-03-14) March 14, 1957 (age 62)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
GenresJazz, R&B
Years active1980s–present
LabelsTelarc, RCA, Novus
Associated actsClark Terry
Cecil Bridgewater
Pharoah Sanders

Vanessa Rubin (born March 14, 1957) is an American jazz vocalist.


Rubin was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to parents from Trinidad and Louisiana and grew up in a musical household. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Ohio State University. A standing ovation while she performed "God Bless the Child" at the Miss Black Central Ohio Contest convinced her to pursue a career as a singer.

Rubin returned to Cleveland, where she began singing in clubs and hotels. She formed a band of organ, guitar, vibes and drums. After she moved to New York City in 1982, she performed at Sweet Basil and the Village Vanguard with the Pharoah Sanders Quartet. She then began to study with pianist Barry Harris at his Jazz Cultural Theatre[1]

She has worked with Kenny Barron, Lionel Hampton, the Mercer Ellington Orchestra, Cecil Bridgewater, Etta Jones, Toots Thielemans, Steve Turre, Cedar Walton, and Grover Washington, Jr. More recently she has completed international tours with Herbie Hancock, the Woody Herman Orchestra, and the Jazz Crusaders.


Year Title Genre Label Billboard
1992 Soul Eyes Jazz Novus/RCA 9[2]
1993 Pastiche 10
1994 I'm Glad There Is You: A Tribute to Carmen McRae 22
1995 Vanessa Rubin Sings
1997 New Horizons R&B, Jazz RCA 48
1999 Language of Love Jazz Telarc
2001 Girl Talk
2013 Vanessa Rubin & Don Braden Full Circle Creative Perspective
2019 The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron Nibur