Smooth Jazz Festival Mallorca 2014: Jessy J

Friday night was opened by saxophonist Jessy J who delivered a very laid-back smooth jazz set with a lot of latin ingredients, relating to her Mexican heritage. The supporting band consisted of the tried and tested house players, we got Lutz Deterra on keys, Günter Asbeck on bass, Andy Pilger on drums and Jörg Lenhardt on guitar. She opened her set with the nice "Remember The Night" that featured her smooth tenor sound, before she did her first vocal with the Brazilian classic "Manha De Carnaval". Next was her own "Sin Ti (Without You)", keeping things nicely grooving along, with the pace picking up again with Sergio Mendes' "Mas Que Nada" complete with audience participation, the song was also spiced up by a nice bass and drums solo with some interesting interplay between Andy Pilger and Günter Asbeck. Then she went back to her debut album from 2008 and did one of her biggest hits, the great "Tequila Moon" that suited her playing style very well, wandering in the audience to the delight of her fans. Then she invited her special guest, keyboardist Gregg Karukas, to the stage to do the easy swaying "Tropcial Rain" with her, before it was time to raise the heat with the Tito Puente classic "Oye Como Va" where she had Nick Colionne on guitar joining in to add some serious guitar playing. They wrapped up the show with her own "Hot Sauce" which segued into "Baila!", having the audience get up and clap and dance along. One encore was demanded and given, she played the Gloria Estefan hit "Conga" that brought a nice show to an end.