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Sandra St. Victor @ The Blue Note, 8/30/2010

Singer, songwriter, producer, fashion goddess and diva extraordinaire Sandra St. Victor showcased her diverse talents to a full house on Monday night at the world famous Blue Note Jazz Club in the West Village.

Mixing old school rhythm and blues, jazz, funk and soul with a live band and turntablist (DJ Logic); Ms. St. Victor set the stage for a different kind of show –cool, fun and eclectic to be exact.

First performing the funky “Mack Diva,” the seductive “Come Over,” the sexy “Wet” and eventually the blues-infused “Knocked Up and Locked Down” from her 1996 debut solo album Mack Diva Saves The World, Ms. St. Victor displayed a confidence and sass every woman should grasp immediately. Rocking a black shredded off-the-shoulder ensemble with sky-high over-the-knee platform boots, the Mack Diva clearly has no issues in the self-esteem department.

Mixing it up with live scratching and classic hits such as “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” by The Spinners and the ever-popular ditty “American Pie” by Don McLean, the singer, along with Family Stand member V. Jeffrey Smith on guitar, performed a mash-up of their hit song “Ghetto Heaven” with a series of Bob Marley classics (“Exodus,” Waiting in Vain,” and “Jammin’”) to the tune of a near two-hour, non-stop set.

Nonetheless, having recorded and/or toured with so many legends such as Prince (her fellow Gemini), Smokey Robinson, Chaka Khan, Darryl Hall, The Temptations, Curtis Mayfield and Roy Ayers (who also appeared on her 2001 sophomore album, Gemini: Both Sides), Ms. St. Victor’s latest project, a dance EP entitled Sinner Child “at my spheres”, or the sinful inner child of SSV—is the first installment of a series of R&B, soul, funk, electro, and jazz EPs.

Sandra St. Victor is set to perform in Brooklyn at BAM Café on September 25, 2010.

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ND McCray is a former Brooklynite, now St. Louis-based writer, penning pieces on arts, culture and other stuff.
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