Jazz Ensemble I & II (11.07)

8pm | Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Jazz Ensemble I & II
Harkness Chapel (11200 Bellflower Road)

Featuring Vanessa Rubin, vocalist
Paul Ferguson, director

Free and open to the public. Paid parking available in the Ford Avenue parking garage or at the meters along Bellflower Road and East Blvd.

Jazz Ensemble 2
Castle House Rag, James Reese Europe
The Straight Answer, Paul Ferguson
Rhapsody in Blue, George Gershwin, arr. Billy Strayhorn
Dreamsville, Henry Mancini
Rocks in My Bed, Duke Ellington
After You’ve Gone, arr. Bill Holman

Jazz Ensemble 1
It’s About Time, Nick Puin
Good Bait, Tadd Dameron
If You Could See Me Now, Tadd Dameron, arr. Allyn Ferguson
On A Misty Night, Tadd Dameron
Soultrane, Tadd Dameron, arr. Paul Ferguson
Lady Bird, Tadd Dameron

Vanessa Rubin was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, to parents from Trinidad and Louisiana, and grew up in a musical household. She achieved her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Ohio State University. Soon after moving to New York City in 1982, she performed at Sweet Basil and the Village Vanguard with the Pharoah Sanders Quartet and began studies with pianist Barry Harris at his Jazz Cultural Theatre. Since that time she has worked with Kenny Barron, Lionel Hampton, the Mercer Ellington Orchestra, Cecil Bridgewater, Etta Jones, Toots Thielemans, Steve Turre, Cedar Walton, and Grover Washington, Jr. More recently she has completed international tours with Herbie Hancock, the Woody Herman Orchestra, and the Jazz Crusaders. Vanessa will join the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra at the Cleveland Museum of Art this Friday at 8PM, celebrating Tadd Dameron and “The Jazz Age”.

Paul Ferguson is Artistic Director of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and Trombonist and Arranger  for the Cleveland Pops. A versatile musician, he has performed with Tony Bennett, Buddy Rich and the big bands of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey, as well as classical groups including the Cleveland Orchestra and Apollo’s Fire. A graduate of the Eastman School, he has taught at CWRU since 1988.