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Live Jazz: Vanesse Perea


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Vanessa Perea is a jazz vocalist who embodies the tradition of the masters. Having been influenced by many different styles of music, she has a sound all her own. She began her musical journey at the age of 10 when she started taking piano lessons with her church organist and choir director. Shortly after, she began taking voice lessons with classical vocalist, Evelyn Bleeke, in Cranford, NJ. She then attended Colonia High School where she performed in the school choirs and musicals. She also was the cantor at her church. And, in a desire to continue pursuing her passion of music, Vanessa attended New Jersey City University and studied with Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist, Roseanna Vitro and operatic-soprano Donna Connolly, while also obtaining a BA in Music Education. After graduating in 2010, Vanessa started working as a jazz vocalist in the NY/NJ area performing with numerous ensembles. In 2014, she released her debut album entitled, Soulful Days, released on ZOHO Music. She lives in NYC and is getting ready to record a new album soon. She is a member of the band called, The Ladybugs, where she sings and plays drums & percussion and with whom she recently traveled to China with for a three-week residency at Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai. You can see Vanessa singing at jazz clubs all over NY & NJ.