This was my first time seeing Terrace Martin live, I hadn’t really listened to his albums prior to the show and to be honest had forgotten I’d purchased the tickets until a few days prior. I wasn’t sure what to expect I knew Terrace had a diverse catalogue of music so I wentwith an open mind and left the show relaxed and reenergised.
The intimacy of the Jazz Cafe matched the intimate performance perfectly. Terrace told stories of his upbringing, growing up in Long Beach and how Hip Hop helped guide him out of trouble. How he came up through the music industry, being mentored by Snoop Dogg and his musical influences - he took it way back! And how he met his band members, with a few jokes throughout it felt like we were having a conversation.
From the outset the atmosphere in the room felt energetic but laid-back at the same time, you could feel the crowd came to enjoy themselves. Terrace held the stage with a live band with himself on saxophone and keyboard. Although he headlined he gave centre stage to his band members too, allowing you to appreciate each instrument. The night was Jazz and soul throughout, I’d been invited to a jam session, and the band together collectively made it night that will stay long in the memory