Emory's Jazz Fest 2019 Features Vocalist Vanessa Rubin with Gary Motley, Kenny Davis, and Winard Harper

January 31, 2019

Revered as both a torchbearer and a storyteller, jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin possesses a voice hailed for crystalline clarity, hearth-like warmth, and playful lioness sass. The Cleveland native takes the stage on Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts with the Gary Motley Trio to kick off Emory University’s Jazz Fest 2019. Bringing a wealth of diverse influences to her vocal performance from both the Trinidadian/Caribbean roots of her mother and traditional jazz by way of her Louisiana-born father, Rubin is joined by pianist and band leader Gary Motley, bassist Kenny Davis, and Winard Harper on drums. 

The general public is also invited to observe free jazz master classes on Thursday and Saturday afternoon. Jazz Fest 2019 comes to a close on Saturday, February 9, 2019 with Emory’s Big Band, led by Gary Motley and joined by Kenny Davis and Winard Harper. Tickets to Saturday’s concert are free, but required.

Jazz Fest 2019 Schedule of Events:

Thursday February 7, at 2:30 p.m. – Vanessa Rubin vocal master class | Free; No tickets required

Friday, February 8, 2019 at 8 p.m. – Vanessa Rubin with the Gary Motley Trio in concert | Tickets $20

Saturday February 9, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. –  Jazz Rhythm Section master class with Gary Motley; Kenny Davis, bass; Winard Harper, drums | Tharp Rehearsal Hall | Free; No tickets required

Saturday February 9, 2019 at 8 p.m. – Emory Big Band with Gary Motley, featuring Kenny Davis and Winard Harper | Free; Tickets required

All events are presented in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts (1700 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta, GA 30322). Tickets are available through the Arts at Emory Box Office online at arts.emory.edu/boxoffice, in person, or by calling 404.727.5050 Monday – Friday, noon – 6 p.m.

The Schwartz Center for Performing Arts is committed to providing performances and facilities accessible to all. Accommodation requests should be made at least 24 hours in advance of the event to the Arts at Emory Box Office at 404.727.5050, or by email at boxoffice@emory.edu.

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