The Southwest Florida stop coincided with a vacation visit with relatives on Florida's east coast. She came to the Gulf Coast on Thursday, February 26, to perform as a special guest of pianist Mac Chrupcala's trio at the Venice Art Center. The concert was part of the South County Jazz Club's matinee series.
The band's music was exceptional all afternoon - and Collins stole the show - earning standing ovations at the end of each set. This young singer has great chops, a very strong ability to engage her audience, and a wide-ranging jazz repertoire.
|Mac Chrupcala, John Lamb|
- Their unusually funky, bluesy romp through "Summertime" that turned the otherwise tired tune into something fresh and vibrant
- Collins' knowing and poignant interpretation of "Blame It On My Youth"
- The trio's instrumental version of "Have I Stayed Too Long at the Fair?"
- And the two set closers: Bonnie Raitt's dirty blues "Love Me Like a Man" and their gospel-imbued take on Billy Holiday's "God Bless The Child"
|Morgan, Lamb, Chrupcala, Collins|