Vanessa Thomas | Songbird |
Known for her seamless four-octave range, she has delighted audiences for nearly a decade with every note she sings, and has an unusual command and versatility in many musical genres, including Big Band, Jazz, Classical and Music Theater.
Severinsen kept in the Dorsey tradition as the last of the big name big band leaders by featuring new vocal talent. In 1940 that was Frank Sinatra. In 2015 this is Vanessa Thomas. Her dramatic, silken amber voice improved on another movie title song with “Singin’ in the Rain” but the added surprise of Puccini’s aria “Un Bel Di” from Madame Butterfly was a revelation. Her song-ending, scalp-tingling, opera-owning high notes were enough, sans staging or supertitles, to convince anyone of her bright future. But all that combined with her soulful command of “Every Day I Have the Blues” and you know you’re hearing something new. Even “Summertime” from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess need not insist on suitable operetta delivery. Singing style selection of classical technique or jazz belt or some all of the above hybrid, with Vanessa Thomas is no longer a choice. It is only her voice. Having explained he discovered her at a benefit concert in Kansas, “Are you looking at a proud father?” Doc asked over one of several standing ovations.