Vanessa Collier is perhaps the most talented young voice in blues and soul. The Berklee graduate not only plays the saxophone superbly, but also has a great voice and is also an excellent songwriter. Vanessa is in great demand and we are proud to present her in two different projects at the Groove Now Blues Weeks Basel. With recordings and stirring live performances. Vanessa has won the US Blues Music Awards Best Saxophonist award in 2019 and 2020. The band she is joined by Groove Now is spectacular. Anson Funderburgh and Rusty Zinn, two great guitarists, join her on stage. Vanessa also brings along her keyboard player. The well-rehearsed rhythm section with Jon Penner and Corey Keller will lay down a grooving carpet. Vanessa Collier promises a concert evening that will sweep the audience off their feet. We are convinced that Vanessa is on her way to becoming an asbolute star and will play on the big stages of this world in the future. Thus, the concert at perhaps the most exciting and exclusive blues festival in the world should not be missed.
Vanessa is a very sought-after musician despite her young age. Many great musicians in the field of blues and soul rave about her and praise her in the highest tones. She is already a regular guest on the legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise in the USA. With her great voice, her great playing on the saxophone and her talent as a songwriter and entertainer, Vanessa will undoubtedly soon be one of the great musicians in the field of blues and soul, who will play in major concert halls around the world.
At the beginning of 2018, Vanessa will be nominated for a US Blues Music Award for the first time. Namely, as the best contemporary blues artist. The second nomination she receives as the best wind player of the year. In 2019 and 2020, she already wins Best Saxophonist at the US Blues Music Awards. In 2022, she will be awarded Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist.
Vanessa loves to communicate with the audience. Feeling the energy of the audience and bringing them joy drives her. Seeing the joy on the face of her audience makes her happy. She regularly releases new music. It is worth listening to her three studio CDs so far and the new live CD. They are peppered with catchy blues, soul, funk and R'n'B numbers that immediately settle in the memory of the listener.
Vanessa has high standards for the musicians in her band. That's why the line-up consists of the 'who's who' in blues and soul. With Anson Funderburgh, surely the best and most tasteful blues guitarist next to Jimmie Vaughan is on stage next to Vanessa. Rusty Zinn is perhaps the eternal insider tip in international blues. He released a couple of great records in the 80s and then devoted himself to other styles of music. Lately, he's been playing more blues again. Rusty is also a great singer.
This concert will certainly remain in the memory of all visitors for a long time. Vanessa live on the stage of a music club - it definitely doesn't get more authentic than this. And will perhaps soon no longer be possible in this format.
Vanessa Collier - Saxophone, Vocals
Anson Funderburgh - Guitar
Rusty Zinn - Guitar, Vocals
Deyquan Bowens - Keyboards
Jon Penner - Bass
Corey Keller - Drums
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Atlantis, Klosterberg 13, Basel
Door opening: 20 h
Concert start: 20.30 h
Tickets: CHF 69
no seat guarantee!
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