The Tadd Dameron vocal project is finally recorded and mastered! Just awaiting a release date! My deepest gratitude to everyone who participated, especially the musicians and Systems Two Recording Studio in Brooklyn, NY. This has been a project that I have wanted to do for so very long! I know you will enjoy it once released. See the Dameron page at vanessarubin.com for many photos and more details about Tadd and his music. Clevelanders especially, hear me and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra November 9 & 10 perform some of the pieces from the project. See my Upcoming Events for details of these dates and others!
For many years I have touted the music of Tadd Dameron, also a fellow Clevelander, and have been developing an all vocal recording project of some of his well known and obscure vocal tunes. Already a celebrated arranger, band leader and pianist during the bebop era, Tadd’s genius was further highlighted in 1955 with the most profound recording of his classic, If You Could See Me Now, by the great Sarah Vaughn. There have been many instrumental recordings of Tadd’s music over the years, but what makes this project unique is that it will be the first all vocal recording of Tadd’s music. I sincerely, hope this project will not only shed a brighter spotlight on a phenomenal musician deserving greater recognition and who was also dubbed “the romanticist of the bebop period”, but most importantly I hope it will encourage singers to sing more Dameron.! Tadd said and I am sure you will agree, “Sure it’s got to be beautiful, but it has to swing.”
My summer performances were a lot of fun especially with my Motor City Jazz Collective. This is the organ-based Trio from Detroit that I am scheduled to perform with in the near future! Special thanks to Max Wagner and The Estes Park Jazz Festival in Colorado for having me back for a second time. And to the promoters of the Rochester Jazz Festival. It was my first time in Rochester and there was standing room only for both performances! It was huge honor to perform at the Pappy Martin Legacy-Martin Jazz Festival in Buffalo, NY. Continued thanks to everyone who came out and even others who offered their support through social media. Hope you enjoyed the photos on Facebook! Check out my “Times to Remember” page to see the moments you missed.
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