Light Refreshments Will Be Served
Ring in Spring with a fresh serving of Italian American Classics from Museum member and vocalist, Vanessa Racci.
Joining last August, Vanessa Racci is bringing her swinging, 5 piece band to the Italian American Museum to sneak preview her show before the official album release performance at Birdland Jazz Club NYC. It will be a fun evening celebrating Italian American music, culture and personal stories that everyone will relate to. It's a perfect way to celebrate Mother's day!
About the album:
Vanessa Racci’s 2017 debut album, Italiana Fresca, heralds the breakthrough of a fresh sound in jazz: a sweet-and-sour, wide-ranging contralto with a passion born of her Italian-American heritage. On this recording, Vanessa puts a jazzy spin on the Italian songs she sang with her grandfather as a child; “Al Di La”, “Buona Sera”, “C’e La Luna”, “Return to Me” and the lot. The songs are re-invented with modern jazz arrangements ranging from jump swing to lush string ballads to Louisiana Street. Several songs are updated with Vanessa’s own English lyrics. Her producer, the renowned bassist David Finck, has raved about her “natural sense of rhythm and flow, and her wonderful ability to communicate both musical and poetic language.” The songs were arranged by Yaron Gershovsky, long time Musical Director for The Manhattan Transfer and NYC pianist, Glafkos Kontemeniotis.
Saturday, May 13th, 6:30 PM
RSVP Code: VR0513