Women Music March 2022 — Day 1 — Vanessa Collier

Vanessa Collier photo by TrinidadSteve

There’s a young lady came onstage with me, I forget where I was,
but she’s playing an alto saxophone, and man, she was amazing.
–Buddy Guy

from Vanessa’s website:

Those are the words of Buddy Guy in a recent issue of American Blues Scene, describing an impromptu performance with Vanessa Collier on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. If you haven’t been fortunate enough to meet Vanessa and witness one of her head-turning, fiery, and passionate performances, you should definitely make sure you do. As a master musician and multi-instrumentalist, Vanessa Collier, weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues into every powerful performance and she is downright impressive. With soulful vocals, searing saxophone, and witty songwriting, Vanessa is blazing a trail, racking up an impressive arsenal of honours, and has already singled herself out as an artist of distinction and one we would all do well to watch.

Vanessa N. Collier is an American blues, funk, and soul saxophonist, singer and songwriter.

Collier was born in Dallas, Texas, United States and grew up in Columbia, Maryland.

Her influences include Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, The Wood Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Ray Charles, Snooks Eaglin, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Professor Longhair, and Cannonball Adderley.

She has been nominated for seven Blues Music Awards and won one of them in 2019 and another in 2020.


Year Title Record label
2014 Heart Soul & Saxophone

Phenix Fire Records

2017 Meeting My Shadow

Ruf Records

2017 Blues Caravan 2017

Ruf Records

2018 Honey Up

Phenix Fire Records

2020 Heart on the Line

Phenix Fire Records

Official website: here

One thing to share: I wasn’t able to find a lot of other information on Vanessa other than the above.  Benn Bell, who had been to one of her live shows, shared this video that immediately won me over. She is stunningly talented.  

7 Comments Add yours

  1. trentpmcd says:

    Those two ladies didn’t seem to know what to think when she sat down between them and started to play directly to them…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I know 🙂 Nobody is safe in front row seats. She is an amazing performer and what a talented backup band!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Her voice is great and her sax playing has so much soul.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for listening. She makes it look easy. What do you think of the backup band?

      Liked by 1 person

      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        I loved the guitar player’s part when he led off and when they all kicked in they sounded so full…

        Liked by 1 person

  3. memadtwo says:

    Good old fashioned blues. And a soulful sax. (K)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you like her, Kerfe 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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