Jamecia began the show promising to "sing you stress-free." She acknowledged that it's been a rough couple of weeks in Minneapolis, with the recent death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright at the hands of police, and the ongoing trial for the murder of George Floyd which just a few days earlier delivered a guilty verdict on all three counts. But "music is healing," and "jazz is musical conversation," and that's what she delivered in her show - music, healing, conversation, and community.
Over two-plus hours, Jamecia performed a number of jazz and blues standards and originals with a fabulous six-piece band and three backup singers. Included in her band were several musicians from McNally Smith College of Music, which closed a few years ago. Jamecia could perform with literally any musicians in town, but she chose to support these young musicians, all of whom are incredibly talented. She also gave space for her nephew (either actual or metaphorical), the drummer, to share his work as well. It's pretty great to see a legend of the local music scene supporting the next generation of artists.
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