Music & Events

Oct. 6, Erie Art Museum, 8 p.b.

October 6     Vanessa Rubin and Don Braden     Erie Art Museum, 5th St. entrance,     8:00 p.m.,

Suggested donation $20, JazzErie members $15.  Co-ssponsored with the Erie Art Museum.

Vanessa RubinCleveland-born, now internationally famous vocalist Vanessa Rubin will join saxophonist Don Braden and others for a performance at the Erie Art Museum on Oct. 6.

Duncan McMillan -- Hammond B-3 organ

Perry Hughes -- guitar

Gayelynn McKinney -- drums

Vanessa Rubin

Born in Cleveland, OH, Rubin's mother was from Trinidad, her dad from Louisiana.  Both were musical, and contributed roots to  her own music upbringing..  Tubin describes herself as a storyteller, and loves music rich with history.  After establishing her reputation in the Cleveland area, Vanessa moved to NYC in 1986 and soon was playing regular gigs with Kenny Barron, Mercer Ellington and others.  She is also a certified teacher by profession and a jazz educator.  She has been an adjudicator for the Thelonious Monk Institute and Jazz At Lincoln Center. 

Rubin has created eight recordings as a leader.  The sidemen she has chosen on the four most recent gove some idea of the scope of her interests and the high level of her talent.  In addition to "Full Circle", her most recent (with the Don Braden Quartet,  she recorded  "Girl Talk," with Eric Alexander - saxophone, Steve Davis - trombone, Javon Jackson, Lewis Nash drums, the late Cedar Walton - piano David Williams - bass, and others.  Before that, came "New Horizons" with Cecil Bridgewater - trumpet and Patrice Rushin - piano and others.  And before that, "Vanessa Rubin Sings," with Kevin Eubanks, Robert Hurst, "Smitty " Smith, Steve Turre and Toots Thielsmans. 

Don BradenDon Braden

Don Braden is a Jazz musician of the highest caliber.  For over 30 years he has toured the world leading his own ensembles on saxophone and flute, as a special guest, and as a sideman with Jazz greats Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes, and many others. 

He has composed music for ensembles ranging from duo to full symphonic orchestra, in many styles, for recordings (including 20 CDs as a leader and over 80 as a sideman), film, and the television networks NIckelodeon and CBS.  Braden is a leading arranger of contemporary standards, and has built a solid collection of newer American songs into his Jazz repertoire.  

He is also a world renowned educator, having spent over two decades giving master classes at countless schools and universities, and running first class educational programs such as the Litchfield Jazz Camp, NJPAC's Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens, and most recently, the Harvard University Monday Jazz Band.  He is an imaginative, technically excellent, soulful saxophonist, and his harmonic and rhythmic sophistication give him a unique approach to improvising as well as composing and arranging.

  Most important of all: he has a beautiful sound, and he swings!  All this combines with his joyous yet disciplined personality to make him one of the most important musicians working today.

More information on Don Braden is available at


August 20, 2017