Vanessa Racci’s 2017 debut album, Italiana Fresca, heralds the breakthrough of a fresh sound in jazz: a sweet-and-sour, wide-ranging contralto with a passion and sex appeal born of her Italian-American heritage. On this recording, Vanessa puts a jazzy spin on the Italian songs she sang with her grandfather as a child; “Al Di La”, “Buona Sera”, “C’e La Luna”, “Return to Me” and the lot. The songs are re-invented with modern jazz arrangements ranging from jump swing to lush string ballads to Louisiana Street. Several songs are updated with Vanessa’s own English lyrics. Her producer, the renowned bassist David Finck, has raved about her “natural sense of rhythm and flow, and her wonderful ability to communicate both musical and poetic language.” The songs were arranged by Yaron Gershovsky, long time Musical Director for The Manhattan Transfer and NYC pianist, Glafkos Kontemeniotis.
Birdland, the legendary New York jazz club, debuted Vanessa’s show to a sold out audience June 4th, 2017, which received rave reviews. See some of these below and in the press section.
“Racci gives [the songs] imaginative jazz vocal makeovers”
- Alex Henderson, NYC Jazz Record
“A full plate of Neopolitan flavors”
– George Harris, Jazz Weekly
"Vocalist, Vanessa Racci, lovingly delivers creative arrangements of Italian classics, interpreted in a Jazz style on her excellent new album, Italiana Fresca. Highly Recommended!"
- Mark Morganelli, Executive Director, Jazz Forum Arts
"I absolutely love the idea behind this album. Vanessa, with her clear, mellow alto, has taken songs treasured for generations and completely redefined them. A wonderful, warm-hearted listen from top to bottom.”
– Jane Monheit, Acclaimed Jazz Vocalist