Vanessa Rubin: Yesterdays - An Evening with Billie Holiday
"Vanessa Rubin is one of the most gifted jazz vocalists of her generation"
"Vanessa Rubin brings honesty, vulnerability and musicality to the table. She slides into pitches with impeccable precision, playing her way around a melody and rhythm so that the feeling of the song is always what comes through first. It's a fine performance!"
-Karen Bovard, Hartford Advocate
Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin sings the songs Billie Holiday made famous; accompanied by Levi Barcourt on piano, Bernard Davis on drums, and David Jackson on bass,the trio bring this late great songstress to life.
Yesterdays was written by Ms Reenie Upchurch and directed by Woodie King, Jr.
Set in May 1959 in a small nightclub, Yesterdays: An evening with Billie Holiday is a fictional dramatization with music depicting Billie's last performance as envisioned by playwright Reenie Upchurch who had seen the jazz singer perform near the end of her tumultuous career in Philadelphia.
Songs with stories of her troubled life along with historical moments from the 1930's and 1940's jazz scene, including Bessie Smith, Artie Shaw, and Louis Armstrong are interspersed The show includes such favorites as "You've Changed", "Strange Fruit", "Them There Eyes", "Foolin' Myself","Deep Song", "Good Morning Heartache", "God Bless the Child", "Lover Man", "Don't Explain", Pig's Foot", and “Yesterdays"
Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to see a fantastic musical drama as legendary as the singer herself.