Every musician owes a debt of gratitude to those who have been an inspiration or influence to them. For vocalist Vanessa Rubin, some of those mentors include the likes of Frank Foster, Barry Harris, Carmen McRae, and Tadd Dameron. She released an album featuring the music of Mr. Dameron… “The Dream Is You.” Of course, she shares more than just a musical connection with him; in fact, both of them called Cleveland, Ohio, home. That’s where we start our conversation as Vanessa Rubin explores her family roots. More at vanessarubin.com.