KCSM Reviews: Cecile McLorin Salvant on stage, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, Sun Aug 14.

Fred Witt | August 17th, 2016

16_08_15_KCSM_CecileSCecile McLorin Salvant’s show Sunday had a lot of American songbook numbers in it like Wives & Lovers and I Get A Kick Out Of You, along with modern numbers like Fog.  There was other Americana like Somehow I Never Could Believe (opera Street Scene, K. Weill).

Despite the aspects of producing music from the Main Stage, McLorin Salvant was a happy event for the festival-goers. She had a warm and open stage presence.  Comments from critics in the audience included: “….good singer, good voice, a crowd pleaser.”   Even after the show audience comments kept coming: “Hubby and I were strolling to check out a few of the smaller stages, and ran into her on the street, what a sweetheart !”  KCSM marks Cecile as one to follow.

See below for the set list from Sunday’s show. Also, click here to see KCSM’s introductory article with further background on McLorin Salvant, and here for another sample of her music.

We will all have another chance when Cecile is back in the area for the Monterey Jazz Festival in September (Friday the 16th at 7:30 pm). Click here to see all her tour dates and places.

Set List from Sunday Aug 14, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest:

(Song from Funny girl – unknown title)
Wives and Lovers
Sam Jones Blues
Cole Porter set:
– I get a kick out of you and
– So in Love
Devil May Care
What A Little Moonlight Can Do (extended arrangement with trio doing solos)
Somehow I Never Could Believe (from opera Street Scene, Kurt Weil/Longston Hughes)
Nothing Like You Has Been Seen Before
Trolley Song
Something Coming (from West Side Story)

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