For the first of her two-night performance as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival, the “Marshians” came out in full force to see Marsha Ambrosius. Now in its third year, the Blue Note Jazz Festival has continued to get bigger and better, with this year boasting 150 shows throughout the month of June, taking place at 16 venues throughout the NYC.
But I was particularly excited about the Marsha Ambrosius show, a Jill Newman Production, at the Blue Note. I mean, we’re talking about the woman who wrote the Michael Jackson hit “Butterflies” here. Not only is she a fantastic songwriter, but her voice does things to me physically — I get chills when I listen to her belt it out like the best of them, or take a song vocally to places where one would imagine angels and fairies reign. Sounds corny I know, but you must understand, I think this woman’s voice is just heavenly. Or should I just call her “one bad heffer” like Patti LaBelle did following Ambrosius’ tribute performance on the 2011 BET Awards?
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