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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

  • And more

You can read more of Vanessa’s Bio here:


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