Blues/Funk/Soul Saxophonist, Songwriter and Singer Vanessa Collier has been creating quite a stir in the Blues world, performing in many Blues festivals all over the country, being nominated for Blues and Songwriting Awards and receiving accolades from Blues Blast Magazine, and epic Blues artists such as Buddy Guy and Joe Louis Walker.
Vanessa has released two critically acclaimed albums (2014’s Heart, Soul & Saxophone and 2017’s Meeting My Shadow), and released her highly anticipated third album, Honey Up, in July 2018. Honey Up spent 9 weeks atop the Billboard Blues Album Charts Top 15, 3 months on the Living Blues Charts at #10 and #23.
There’s so much more she’s accomplished in such a short time- we’ll have the link to her Bio in the show notes.…
In this show, we talked about
Her experiences studying with the late great Chris Vidala
Her performing experiences with Bluegrass/Country artist Kathy Mattea
An influential songwriting teacher from Berklee College of Music
How to keep good time when performing with others
The role of the instruments in a band, and how it influences your soloing choices
The importance of tracing the lineage
How studying voice helped her saxophone sound
How to comp & vary the texture
You can read more of Vanessa’s Bio here: https://www.vanessacollier.
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She’s fantastic. Would really love to hear her in a live show. Maybe her and Camille, and Deanna as a triple play?! Vanessa has a great attitude and outlook. I enjoyed the playing tips she gave and also checked her discog and Facebook page, after finishing up this podcast. Thank for another great interview.
Vanessa is terrific Live – that’s how I met her.
She’s really sweet and is the real deal – thanks for your Comment, laura!