Vanessa Collier, vocals & sax | Chris Vitarello, guitar | Scot Sutherland, bass | Andrew McNeil, drums

Vanessa Collier

The explosive blues of acclaimed saxophonist and singer Vanessa Collier returns to JazzAscona!

Backed by an outstanding band featuring guitarist extraordinaire Laura Chavez, in her JazzAscona 2023 debut, U.S. saxophonist, singer, songwriter, and blueswoman Vanessa Collier has been an absolute sensation. The two live performances made fans go wild with and earned her the AET MY CHOICE – Audience Award at JazzAscona 2023. Two concerts that had, in short, fully confirmed the value of this artist, who in recent years has racked up awards at the Blues Music Awards, winning, among other things, the title of “Horn Player of the Year” for 2 consecutive years (2019 and 2020) and that of “Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year” in 2022.

Since 2017, she has been nominated eight times for Blues Music Awards, winning three, two as “Horn Player of the Year” (in 2019 and 2020) and one in 2022 as “Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year.” A 2013 graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, she has toured the United States and internationally, releasing four critically acclaimed albums (most recently 2020’s Heart On The Line), which have also topped the Billboard Blues Album Charts.

Vanessa Collier mixes funk, soul, rock and blues in her songs, delivering explosive and exciting performances every time. A powerfully soulful voice, glowing saxophone and witty writing skills make her one of the most interesting artists of the new generation.
Her return to Ascona on the first three days of the festival is not to be missed!

Vanessa Collier
20 – 22.6 2024




Blues, soul, funk