The 58th Annual EIU Jazz Festival will be held on February 10 and 11, 2017. The festival will open on Friday, February 10 with a concert featuring the EIU Jazz Ensemble and a performance by vocalist, Vanessa Rubin, featuring music of Billie Holiday, Tad Dameron, and others.
On Saturday, February 11th, visiting bands will perform, compete, and participate in clinics during the day. Festival participants and audience members will also be treated to a midday performance by the EIU Jazz Ensemble and also by Jason Marsalis and the Vibes Quartet.
The due date for entries is Friday, January 13, 2017.
Endowed with the kind of liquid phrasing and sheer wisdom that comes from depth ofexperience on the jazz performance campaign trail, Vanessa Rubin is an ever-evolving classic singer. The development of a true jazz singer is a long-range prospect, laden with learning experiences that forge the voice into a true instrument, rich with passion, deeply invested in living through life’s joys and perils; such is the journey of Vanessa Rubin, jazz singer extraordinaire. Capable of employing the gamut of emotions, the mature Ms. Rubin can range from whisper to shout in the blink of an eye; from honey-laden ballads purring like a kitten, to up tempo swinging and scatting like a fluent saxophone, she delivers the goods. Instrumentalists have always been impressed by her way around a song, her willingness to flow with their muse, and her innate ability to swing that music.
The list of great musicians who have graced her recordings and bandstands is quite impressive. Most recently she has completed global tours with Herbie Hancock, the Woody Herman Orchestra, and the Jazz Crusaders.
The concert also features the EIU Jazz Ensemble.
This performance is supported by the Consolidated Communications Artists Series underwriting great jazz performances.