Angélique Kidjo is a commanding stage presence. Like Diane Reeves, who performed on the same stage the night before, Kidjo's range, power, confidence and expressiveness gave her possession of the entire arena.
Kidjo's set was Afrobeat-focused, but the enthusiastic audience didn't seem to care about the lack of traditional jazz. Her backing band featured renowned jazz bassist Christian McBride.
Kidjo's appearance left an impression; throughout the rest of the evening, jazz fans who caught the set raved about it.
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