Collins serenaded the audience with eight live jazz
selections as she delivered the vocals accompanied by a live
band. Her band consisted of her long-time saxophonist Mark
Lemle, bass player Jay Ronquillo, pianist Josh Silver and
drummer Brandon Benson.
She opened with a selection called “Fall,” with the
saxophonist providing the opening instrumental followed by
vocals delivered by Collins and musical arrangements by the
full band. Additional selections included: “Sack Full of
Dreams,” “Summertime,” “Tell Me When,” “School of Hard
Knocks,” “Changes in Life,” and “Route 66.”
She closed the live show by thanking her band, the audience
and singing “What’s Going On,” which included a piano
instrumental and full band.
The Black & White Transportation Bistro Series continues
this season with “A Tribute to Slim and Slam” in May
celebrating the music of Slim Gaillard and Slam Stewart by
guitarist Chris Buzzelli, bassist Kevin Eikum and others,
followed by a June appearance by the Ann Arbor-based group,
Los Gatos in June.
The Toledo Jazz Orchestra also hosts the Valentine Theatre
Series. Coming in December is the “Annual Holiday Concert:
The Ellington Nutcracker.”