January 7, 2017 | D&L
Show date: Wednesday January 4th
As we entered the first week of a new year, it was straight on to the live music scene, as US artist and well known R&B star, Jon B, hit the stage at London’s Jazz Café.
The last night of a two date special saw R&B lovers of real music with a 90’s vibe, fill the venue for a mid week live music special and with good vibes from the crowd all round, needless to say they were not left disappointed.
Nicely warming up the crowd for JB was UK artist, Emmavie, whose confidence, passion for music and comfortable rapport with the crowd left you smiling and vibing off her fresh sound.
Although she experienced some brief technical difficulties during her set, there was no stopping this artist and her band, as their improvisation was second to none.
Following problems up with a humorous freestyle and a self professed sexy tune, the 90’s vibe definitely had people ready for JB’s performance. Ending her set with a track about not getting over an ex and an impromptu game of I Spy, it was time for the man of the night to hit the stage.
Now when you have such an impressive catalogue of tunes spanning 20 years, just how do you decide what songs to include in your set?
Arriving on stage to loud cheers and marking a 10 year history performing at Camden’s hot spot, JB joined his UK band and vocal artist, as he kicked things off with a L’ART favourite, ‘Are U Still Down?’ featuring the late 2Pac. Briefly covering the rapper’s verse, the singer took a moment to send some love up for his friend before taking to the keyboard for a smooth rendition of ‘Pretty Girl’.
As he took a moment to address his die hard fans and reminisce on his 20 years in the game, Jon shared his feelings of being on a high and being able to re-charge his creative batteries in London ready for the year ahead. Now a husband and father of two, Jon’s music now means even more to him as a grown man, something which he professed before proceeding to perform tracks from his first two albums, Bonafide and Cool Relax; the content of which he feels set the standard for his future albums to come.
Taking us back with the likes of the Tribe Called Quest produced ‘Cool Relax’, ‘Don’t Say’, ‘I Do’, ‘They Don’t Know’ and ‘Someone to Love’, where Jon got to collaborate with his mentor Babyface, he went on to show appreciation for his musical influences, as he covered the likes of Maxwell’s ‘Ascension’, Maze’s ‘Joy & Pain’, Sade’s ‘The Sweetest Taboo’ and New Edition’s (NE) ‘Can You Stand the Rain’. Particularly wanting to make music like NE’s track as a teenager, Jon revealed his feelings of missing the 90’s music era, much to the agreeance of the crowd. It was definitely an era that gave us some great R&B.
Bringing his set to a close with ‘I Ain’t Going Out’, ‘Cocoa Brown’ and ‘Shine’, Jon soon had everyone moving and even joined the crowd with ‘Don’t Talk’, later returning to the stage for a very fitting tribute to George Michael, where the crowd joined him for a rendition of ‘Freedom’.
Overall the night was a great start to the year and definitely set the standards for live music nights for the remainder of the year.
Were you at the Jon B concert? How was your night?
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