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Vanessa Collier

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SAX SELLS: Singer/songwriter and searing saxist Vanessa Collier plays rocking blues April 20.
Thursday April 20, 2023 08:00 PM EDT
Cost: $20 - $35+
CL Critic Hal Horowtiz Recommends:There aren’t many blues sax playing band leaders or singers, and even fewer that are women. Collier checks all those boxes as she blows tough and hard, fronting a solid outfit. A smoking new live album pulls together her funk, soul, roots rock, jazz, blues and surprisingly supple vocal talents, proving the choice to go solo after backing stars like Annie Lennox and Joe Louis Walker was a smart move. - HH

From the venue:

“There’s a young lady Vanessa Collier came onstage with me, I forget where I was, but she’s playing an alto saxophone, and man, she was amazing.”?
Those are the words of Buddy Guy in a recent issue of American Blues Scene, describing an impromptu performance with Vanessa Collier on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. If you haven’t been fortunate enough to meet Vanessa and witness one of her head-turning, fiery, and passionate performances, you should definitely make sure you do. As a master musician and multi-instrumentalist, Vanessa Collier, weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues into every powerful performance and she is downright impressive. With soulful vocals, searing saxophone, and witty songwriting, Vanessa is blazing a trail, racking up an impressive arsenal of honours, and has already singled herself out as an artist of distinction and one we would all do well to watch.
It’s not simply the accolades she has accumulated so far, although they’ve been many — two Blues Music Awards for “Horn Player of the Year”?, and a third BMA for “Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year”?, eight Blues Music Award Nominations (BMAs), a Blues Blast Award nomination, the Jammingest Pro Award bestowed by the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, First Place for lyrics in the International Songwriting Competition, Best of 2014 Blues Breaker on Dan Aykroyd’s BluesMobile — it’s the fact that she has accumulated all these honours even while her career is still in its infancy. A 2013 graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, she’s toured nationally and internationally, released four critically acclaimed albums (2014’s Heart, Soul & Saxophone, 2017’s Meeting My Shadow, and 2018’s Honey Up, 2020’s Heart On The Line. Honey Up spent 9 weeks atop the Billboard Blues Album Charts Top 15, 3 months on the Living Blues Charts at #10 and #23, and continues to be spun on Sirius XM’s B.B. King’s Bluesville radio station!

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