Cecile McLorin Salvant at Rochester International Jazz Festival

Day One 2015: Free parking is getting harder and harder to find in Downtown Rochester. I dropped Peggi off near City Blue and went on the hunt for a spot. When I reconnected with her she was standing in a long line between two rows of port-o-johns on Barrett Place. But she had already talked to the vocalist, Cecile McLorin Salvant, telling her, "We're looking forward to your performance" as she walked by. We brought our dinner, a green salad, rice dish and two Sam Adams and before we knew it we were inside Kilbourn Hall.

At twenty three Salvant has a voice way beyond her years and a fabulous piano, bass and drums trio. She opened accompanied by only the bass player with a song called "Lonely Town." Then "Glitter and Be Gay" and three Cole Porter songs. Most of her songs are from a long time ago. She is very theatrical and musical but just didn't draw us in with her readings of these classic songs. I would prefer a more personal stamp.

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