Dan Singer for In Tune International

Vanessa Racci updates the popular songs that she grew up with.  These 13-songs are mostly familiar to Italians growing up in the 1950s favouring their hits by Italian vocalists. She has gone one step further in her masterful updating by writing some brand new English lyrics.  How delightfully you become entertained song-after-song being reminded of those great times. "Se Tu M'ami" (Pergolesi) is cooed by Vanessa in a sly and bewitching take. Finally there is "Tik-A-Tee, Tik-A-Tay" (Andre/Feola), she really carries this one off to spectacular proportions.  Vanessa's new CD is just sizzling.

Interview on Italian Radio Show

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Listen to Vanessa's interview, starting at 1:16:50

Mark Holston, for JAZZIZ

Thanks to her grandfather's obsession with Italian popular music of the 1950s, vocalist Vanessa Racci grew up with a heartfelt appreciation for the parade of radio hits recorded by Dean Martin, Louie Prima, Connie Francis and other Italian-American singers of that era.  Racci updates a dozen of those tracks on Italiana Fresca, which she dedicates to la mia famiglia - especially to her nonno, Frank, who died last year at the age of 102.  Read more

George W. Harris, for Jazz Weekly

Vanessa Racci brings a rich and enthusiastic voice in both English and Italian as she serves a full plate of Neopolitan flavors mixing jazz with traditional sounds and spices. She teams up with Glafkos Kontemeniotis-Yaron Gershovsky/p-arr along with David Finck/b, Cliff Almond/dr and an occasional vibrant horn section or dreamy string team. She sounds easy to love as she relaxes on a buoyant “Al Di La” while getting into a New Orleans groove with John Fedchock’s trombone on the high stepping “Guaglione.”  Read more

Alex Henderson, for NYC Jazz Record

At Italian-American festivals on the East Coast, alongside the pizza fritte and sausage and peppers, one often hears a combination of crooner-associated American standards of the ‘40s-60s and traditional songs from Southern Italy. New York City-based Vanessa Racci, herself an Italian-American, delves into that type of repertoire on Italiana Fresca, celebrating the folk traditions of Southern Italy and paying homage to Italian-American artists like Dean Martin (né Dino Paul Crocetti), Louis Prima and Connie Francis (née Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero). Racci takes chances with the material, embracing postbop arrangements and incorporating elements of AfroCuban or Brazilian jazz.  Read more (Page 20)

Magda Katz, for Times Square Chronicles

There are many singers keeping the Great American Songbook alive, but few singers keep the Great Italian Songbook alive. There was a time when popular Italians songs could be heard on top ten radio stations sung by Dean Martin, Al Martino, Bobby Rydell Jerry Vale.  Today’s generation have never heard these wonderful songs sung. Last Sunday night Vanessa Racci released her Italiana Fresca CD at Birdland and demonstrated that the Great Italian Songbook is in good hands.  Read more

Lynn DiMenna, for Cabaret Scenes

On the cover of her CD, looking like she was plucked right out of a piazza in Naples or, at the very least, a scene from La Dolce Vita, Racci describes her first recorded effort as a “jazz-inspired twist on Italian-American classics.” For me, her colorful interpretations of this unique and impressive song list go down like the refreshing blend of a signore’s Negroni and a signora’s Aperol spritzer…part bitter, part sweet, smooth and fizzy, with an abundance of orange and lemon peels thrown in for added kicks.  Read more

All About Jazz

Vanessa Racci, A Stunning New Pop-Jazz Voice Gives Italian-American Classics A Jazz Spin On Debut Recording "Italiana Fresca".  Read more

Midwest Record

A modern gal from an old school New York Italian household heard her grandpa play his old records around the house all day long. In anti diva mode, she refashions these tunes easily into being at home on "Mob Hits" compilations for hipsters. Viola, she's made them fresh and fun for everyone in the process.  Read more

ePR News

Praised for her “truly remarkable voice and style” (Mike Bennett, WHUD radio), Vanessa has used big-band, small-group, and Afro-Cuban jazz as well as lush strings to give that music an exciting new sound.  Read more

Interview on The Paul Leslie Hour

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Published on May 24, 2017

Jazz Singer & Recording artist Vanessa Racci joins Paul Leslie to talk about her debut album "Italiana Fresca" featuring her interpretations of songs from the Italian-American Songbook.

Gary Vercelli, for Capital Public Radio

Vanessa explores the Italian-American songbook, originally pioneered by Connie Francis, Dean Martin, Al Martino, and Louie Prima. The arrangements on this album offer a unique blend of American jazz and Mediterranean roots.  Read more