Rising star performs ageless material

Vocalist Andrea Superstein brings her band of top Vancouver jazz musicians to play the Vernon Jazz Club Saturday, April 7.

Jazz vocalist Andrea Superstein  brings a varied repertoire to the Vernon Jazz Club Saturday.

Jazz vocalist Andrea Superstein brings a varied repertoire to the Vernon Jazz Club Saturday.

Sultry and sublime, charming and playful, rising star vocalist Andrea Superstein appears at the Vernon Jazz Club Saturday.

Superstein embodies smoky blues and sassy swing, leading you into a fantastical world of dimly-lit speakeasies and lavish nightclubs.

Joining Superstein on the journey is Victor Noriega on piano, Rene Worst on bass, and Andrew Millar on drums.

Superstein’s “not-so-standard” standards and edgy renditions of contemporary tunes combine a masterful blend of jazz, Latin, and blues.

“Modern vintage is how my style’s being dubbed these days,” said Superstein. “I’m doing something that’s fresh and original with a nod to the throwback years.”

Superstein’s eclectic mix of songs includes the standards Love Me or Leave Me and Tonight You Belong to Me, the Eartha Kitt classic I Want to be Evil, and Radiohead’s Karma Police.

With a voice described as “old school,” Superstein finds inspiration everywhere.

“Inspiration comes from so many places – like Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday. Ella Fitzgerald inspires me because she is just perfect and I love Blossom Dearie too.  I also look to more contemporary artists like The Beatles and Paul Simon for the pure joy I feel when I listen to their music,” explained Superstein.

Superstein’s jazz career is rooted in her childhood musical theatre performances.

“Later, I sang in a vocal quartet and many songs brought to the table were dubbed jazz.  I thought, ‘Wait a second! I know these songs!’  Many of them were from the Great American Songbook that I loved so much in my youth,” said Superstein.

Superstein burst onto the jazz scene at the 2010 Vancouver International Jazz Festival, earning her standing room only performances, rave reviews, and a Galaxie Award nomination for Emerging Talent.

Superstein’s 2011 debut CD, One Night, was received with great acclaim. Two songs from the album were selected to appear on a Women in Jazz compilation CD.

Pianist Noriega is one of the finest jazz pianists and composers to emerge in the past decade. He has won several Earshot Jazz Awards including the 2006 Northwest Instrumentalist of the Year and Recording of the Year. Recently, Noriega was commissioned to compose a piece for the Oakland East Bay Symphony, which will debut this April.

Worst has been a professional bassist for over 40 years, known on the Canadian music scene for his virtuosic and supportive playing.  Gifted on both the fretless and acoustic bass, Worst has recorded and performed with numerous jazz greats like Jack Sheldon, Tommy Banks, Herb Ellis, and Freddie Hubbard.

Worst last appeared at the VJC in 2009 with top jazz artist Jennifer Scott.

Only 18 years old, Millar has already performed and recorded with some of Canada’s greatest jazz icons including Mike Murley, Bruno Hubert, Steve Wallace, Bill Coon, Ross Taggart, and Mike Allen.

Kalamalka Secondary student Morgan Hillis opens for Superstein at 7:15. She plays drums in the highly regarded school jazz band and has also performed in Our Kids Have Talent and at Vernon’s Rarearth Music Festival.

Saturday’s concert at the Vernon Jazz Club starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($15 VJS members) available at the Bean Scene and Bean to Cup.