Vicki Burns - Jazz Vocalist
Vicki Burns is a jazz singer who has been delighting audiences for years. A vocalist with impeccable taste, a sure sense of rhythm
and a glorious tone, she infuses each song with heartfelt expression, digging into the lyrics and melody to reveal their richness.
No wonder the great jazz drummer; Max Roach once described Vicki’s singing as “a gold mine”!
Some of Vicki’s performing highlights in New England include: singing with the great jazz drummer, Alan Dawson, for the Martin Luther King Jr. “Journey into a Dream” Concert series in Boston and opening for Billy Taylor and Max Roach in the “Bright Moments” Concert series in Amherst, MA.
She performed regularly at these Boston area jazz clubs: Ryles, 1369 Club, the Starlight Roof, The Hilton Boston Back Bay and the Turtle Café. She has also been featured on “Music America”, a syndicated WGBH broadcast hosted by Ron D’Ella Chiesa.
While still a student, she sang with a popular big band, The Clayton Poole Jazz Orchestra which toured throughout New England and was chosen by John Coltrane’s biographer Bill Cole among others for the New England Touring Arts program.
On the West Coast Vicki has performed at The Garden City in San Jose, The San Jose Museum of Art’s “Women in Jazz” series and had a featured spot in the San Jose Jazz Festival. In 1996 she sang at The Great American Music Hall with the Oakland Jazz Choir, Kimball’s East with Madeline Eastman and the Oakland Jazz Choir and the Fillmore Street Jazz Festival . She became a favorite performer at Enrico’s, San Francisco’s acclaimed beatnik haunt, establishing a firm fan base which included the infamous personality Carol Doda. She was featured at Yoshi’s with flautist Nika Rejto and at the Plush Room where she collaborated with acclaimed pianist, Ken Muir noted for his long association with Paula West.
In 2005, Vicki released her debut CD which features original music, lyrics and arrangements of both familiar and rare standards. Entitled Siren Song, it is produced by Vicki and the acclaimed flugal hornist, Dmitri Matheny, who also arranges some of the material. Matheny described her voice as a “wonderful, rich instrument”. Jazz critic Dan Ouellette said of her debut recording that she “succeeds with rapturous, mystical beauty”.
In October of 2008, Vicki released a second CD, Vicki Burns Quartet: Live At Anna’s Jazz Island. Receiving broad critical acclaim and airplay, it has served as a delightful introduction to the New York City jazz scene where she now finds herself. Recently, she has performed to enthusiastic audiences at the Iridium Jazz Club where she debuted in February 2010 and later performed in a vocal jazz festival in July 2010 and also in 2011 where she debuted her Anita O'Day Tribute Show, Birdland where she was a guest vocalist at Jazz Party with the John Hart Quartet, North Square in the Washington Square Hotel with her own Trio, Zeb's Vocal Jazz Series performing with Saul Rubin (who recently toured with the Sonny Rollins)on guitar and Zinc Bar an iconic jewel of a jazz venue in the heart of Greenwich Village. From 2013- 2018, Vicki performed regularly at the legendary Cornelia Street Cafe before it's untimely closure and also had a residency at The Stayton Room in the Lexington Hotel. She became a regular sub for Kat Gang at the Plaza Hotel's Rose Club in 2019 and also made her debut at The 55 Bar and at Mezzrow, the latest sensational jazz venue in the Village.
January 2020 found Vicki in the studio recording a new album, Bittersweet, which features songs which began as instrumentals with lyrics added later as well as original music, lyrics and arrangements. Two songs, Bittersweet and Lotus Blossom feature lyrics by Roger Schore and Carol Sloane (Lotus Blossom Days). The band includes Art Hirahara on piano, Sam Bevan on bass and arrangements, Billy Drummond on drums and Dayna Stephens and Masaru Koga on saxophone and flute, Josh Deustch on trumpet and Nick Vayenas on trombone.