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Vicki Burns

Vicki Burns has a pleasing wide-ranging voice, crystal clear diction, and she knows how to sing as if she means it.” Bebop Spoken Here 

“Avoiding the predictability of safe havens, her music brims with many more surprises and uncharted delights... Vicki Burns is irresistible.” Dr. Herbert Wong 

Jazz singer Vicki Burns is the complete package. With her three-octave range, sure sense of rhythm, and perfect intonation, she can scat convincingly, swing like a horn, and write hip songs worthy of attention from other vocalists.

She has produced three CDs as a leader: Siren Song (2005), Live at Anna’s Jazz Island (2008), and her 2022 release Lotus Blossom Days.  Jazz writer Marc Myers said, "Vicki's voice on Lotus Blossom Days is warm and round, sophisticated and optimistic with shades of blue. She also takes terrific risks that pay off.” 

As a performer, Vicki Burns has been delighting audiences for years with her impeccable taste and glorious tone. She has performed at some of the top jazz clubs and festivals around the country, such as  Ryles, 1369 Club, the Starlight Roof, and The Hilton Boston Back Bay in Boston, as well as The Garden City in San Jose, The San Jose Museum of Art’s “Women in Jazz” series, the San Jose Jazz Festival, The Great American Music Hall with the Oakland Jazz Choir, Kimball’s East, and the Fillmore Street Jazz Festival. She has opened for Billy Taylor and Max Roach in the “Bright Moments” Concert series in Amherst, MA., and she was featured on “Music America,” a  syndicated WGBH public radio broadcast. 

She grew up in Maine and has been singing just about her whole life. She decided at the age of six to be a singer and performed throughout her early years in school musicals and choirs. Her father, a college English professor and a bit of a bohemian, was a major influence, and she began writing plays and musicals when she was 11 years old. By the time she was 15, she was singing in a pop band that performed at school functions and casuals all around the state. She also started classical voice lessons and won 2nd place in a classical vocal competition. She became hooked on jazz when her father introduced her to Ella Fitzgerald’s music. 

Burns studied music at the University of New Hampshire. While in school, she became the vocalist for a professional big band that toured throughout New England. After graduating, she moved to Boston and performed in clubs around the city. 

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On Lotus Blossom Days, released July, 2022: 

 

“Burns comes out swinging and realizing a knockout punch.”  C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

https://www.allaboutjazz.com/august-2022-higher-ground-doa

 

“Happy days are here again for jazz aficionados, thanks to "Lotus Blossom Days," the warm and winning new album by Vicki Burns. Her vocals, subtle, sophisticated and appealing, achieve a rare level of intimacy and relatability. Her tone is engaging; her phrasing inventive, yet natural. With the first notes she sings, Burns will have you hooked and when you've reached the end of these delicious dozen tunes, you'll still be craving more.” 

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Primary Instrument

Vocals

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

MA Improvised Music, San Jose State University May 2000, BA Classical Performance, University Of New Hampshire, 1983 Currently teaching both private students and classes at Blue Bear School of Music, San Francisco, CA

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