Queen Latifah performed at the beautiful Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.
As you heard the house bells ring for the start of the show, you could see everyone hurrying to their seats for the anticipated arrival of the Queen. I’m not talking about the Queen of England or the Queen of Soul. I am talking about Queen Latifah! She came to the stage with the audience showing a very warm Tampa Bay welcome. She greeted the audience and told us we were headed for a musical journey from Jazz to Blues to R&B to Hip Hop. She also shared with us that she has a new TV talk show coming in 2013. She was wearing black boots with black spandex leggings, a flowing white shirt trimmed in black, beautiful jewelry and her hair was done in an elegant long pony tail.
Her band consisted of a Saxophone, Trumpet, Percussion, Drums, Bass, Upright Bass, Keyboard, Guitar and two lovely female background singers. She began strong and maintained that vocal strength throughout the night. The sound was incredible! Her keyboard player’s sound was crisp and clear – when he played, he took you on his own musical journey within her journey. Her background singers were dressed in all black and were synchronized in their moves and vocals. Those women had voices like angels.
Read the full review at Smooth Jazz Magazine.