The Jazzcat

Vanessa Rubin at Charlie O's with the John Heard Trio!

by on Jan.14, 2005, under News


music can be presented many ways. Elegant, soulful and straight ahead

are just a few of the adjectives that have been used to describe this

music. But, when a group of players who have not played together in a

long time reunite, it all amounts to the biggest fun!


Long time friend Vanessa Rubin made it from Brooklyn to Long Beach

to The Inglewood Park Casino and ended at Charlie O’s for a show that

was just like a musical family reunion. John Heard lead a trio that

featured the world renowned Roy McCurdy on drums and LA native Danny Grissette, by way of Brooklyn. These cats have the best time when playing together. You can feel so much love in the music.


I walked in and Vanessa was tearin’ it up! She is

as real a person as she is a singer and her personality beams like the

true sister of jazz that she is. Pianist Nick Smith, CEO and magazine

publisher Miller London along with producer Andre Fischer and others

traveled some miles to have the opportunity to spend some time checkin’

out Vanessa do her thing.


The set was down home and loose as a jam session

but, certainly tight when it comes to delivery. Danny has made the

pilgrimage to the Big Apple and it has served him well. Playing even

more confident than he ever has with the old school cats that put it

down today and back in the day! Big fun and jazz were synonymous

tonight! It is always a pleasure when East comes together with West for

the best in jazz music!


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LeRoy Downs


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