Jazz vocalist Vicki Burns brings her piano/bass/sax jazz trio to Manhattan for two sets on Wednesday, June 28 for two sets at (8 PM and 10 PM) on the East Side of midtown Manhattan, 66 Park Avenue near 38th Street, at Jazz at Kitano. The players are Art Hirahara on piano, Sam Beven on bass and Hashem Assadullahi on saxophone.
The show will include rarely heard gems from the Great American Songbook, fresh lyrics to jazz instrumentals and original music. A vocalist praised for her impeccable taste, a sure sense of rhythm, and a glorious tone, she infuses each song with heartfelt expression, digging into the lyrics and melody for their richest interpretation. No wonder the great jazz drummer Max Roach once described Vicki’s singing as “a goldmine!” While still a student, Vicki sang with the popular big band, The Clayton Poole Jazz Orchestra and was chosen by John Coltrane’s biographer Bill Cole for the New England Touring Arts program.
Some of Vicki’s performing highlights in New England include singing with the great jazz drummer Alan Dawson for the Martin Luther King Jr. Journey into a Dream concert series in Boston and opening for Billy Taylor and Max Roach in the Bright Moments concert series in Amherst, MA. She performs regularly in Boston area jazz clubs such as Ryles, 1369 Club, the Starlight Roof and the Turtle Café and was featured on Music America, a syndicated WGBH broadcast hosted by Ron D’Ella Chiesa.
On the West Coast, Vicki has performed at Garden City in San Jose, The San Jose Museum of Art’s Women in Jazz series, in a featured spot at the San Jose Jazz Festival , The Great American Music Hall with the Oakland Jazz Choir, Kimball’s East with Madeline Eastman and the Oakland Jazz Choir and the Fillmore Street Jazz Festival. She became a favorite performer at Enrico’s, San Francisco’s acclaimed beatnik haunt, establishing a firm fan-base which included the infamous Carol Doda, was featured at Yoshi’s with flautist Nika Rejto and at the Plush Room, where she collaborated with acclaimed pianist Ken Muir, noted for his long association with Paula West.
In 2005, Vicki released her debut CD which featured original music, lyrics and arrangements of both familiar and rare standards. Entitled Siren Song, it is produced by Vicki and the acclaimed flugelhorn player Dmitri Matheny, who also arranges some of the material. Matheny described her voice as a “wonderful, rich instrument” and jazz critic Dan Ouellette said of her debut recording, that she “succeeds with rapturous, mystical beauty.”
In October of 2008, Vicki released a second CD, Vicki Burns Quartet: Live at Anna’s Jazz Island, which received broad critical acclaim and airplay, serving as a delightful introduction to the New York City jazz scene where she now finds herself. She performed to enthusiastic audiences at Iridium Jazz Club, where she debuted in February 2010 and later performed in a vocal jazz festival in July 2010. In 2011, she debuted her Anita O’Day Tribute Show, sang at Birdland as a guest vocalist at Jazz Party with the John Hart Quartet, at North Square in the Washington Square Hotel with her own Trio, in Zeb’s Vocal Jazz Series, performing with Saul Rubin on guitar and at Zinc Bar in Greenwich Village at Cornelia Street Cafe and The Lexington Hotel at which she has had a residency for two years.
There is a $17 cover per set and everyone is required to pay a $20 minimum per set.
Location: 66 Park Avenue, East 38th Street, Manhattan