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Festival Review: Hampton Jazz Festival 2015

 

June 30, 2015   Photos By: James Vincent Henderson

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Review By: Shena M. Ross-Fortson

 


This year the Hampton Jazz Festival tradition celebrated its 48th year with an electrifying rendition! The festival not only gave audience members, as well as the artists who performed, the ability to experience in a bit of euphoric nostalgia in the sharing of several classics tunes from seasoned performers such as  The Whispers and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, but it also added some new sounds from stellar performers like KEM and Fantasia. The festival also featured Jill Scott, Trombone Shorty, Eric Benet, and Avery Sunshine.

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On Saturday, the second day of the event, despite the tremendous down pour of rain in the Hampton Road area, the wet weather did not damper the energy from the live shows, nor the enthusiasm from eager fans and couples.  Myrna Smith started the evening followed by The Whispers, who brought the house down. The degree of fan participation literally transformed the coliseum into one big sing-a-long.  KEM, arrived decked out in all white Dolce and Gabbana from head to toe performed his hits, “Share My Life” and "I Can't Stop Loving You." Song after song KEM made certain to capture the affection of all the ladies. During parts of his act, he interacted with both men and women as they sang key parts of his songs, per his direction.