2/16/2011, 12:59 a.m.
Friendship… Tony Terry (l) and Elan Trotman pose for...
Tony Terry (l) and Elan Trotman pose for a photo at The Hi-Hat in Providence on Feb. 13. Stevenson Boyce

Elan Trotman and Tony Terry

I headed down to the lovely city of Providence for a “Valentine’s Show to Remember” with saxophonist Elan Trotman and RandB crooner Tony Terry at The Hi-Hat.  It was a fantastic show with a performance by local singer Ray Greene who beautifully covered the songs — Quincy Jones’ “The Secret Garden” and Ne-Yo’s “Miss Independent.”  

As always some comedy was thrown in for good measure with Boston’s Bad Boy of Comedy, Jonathan Gates.   As I comfortably sat in an armchair, Trotman made his grand entrance winding through the audience as he played his sax. He hit the stage and began a blistering set backed by a red-hot four-piece band before Terry made his way to the stage. Terry sounded great after all these years.  The last time I saw him perform was during my WILD days when he came to town to promote his single “Lovey Dovey.” What a blast from the past!

He didn’t sing “Lovey Dovey” this time around, but he made it a special night performing his ballads “Everlasting Love” and of course, the piece de resistance, “With You.” It was a night to remember indeed.

Coming Up….

Tonight (Feb. 17), the hit Broadway musical “Mary Poppins” begins its run at the Boston Opera House through March 20. The Gypsy Kings, featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo, are also in town at the Citi Performing Arts Center.

Scullers Jazz Club presents Lizz Wright for one night this Friday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

On Feb. 23, French singer/songwriter Violette plays at Berklee’s Café.

Berklee’s Africana Studies Concert Series presents “Sing Song with Bobby McFerrin” on Feb. 24 at the Berklee Performance Center.

The Wilbur Theatre presents Sinbad on Saturday, Feb. 19 and Tracy Morgan on Saturday, Feb. 26.

World Music/CRASHarts presents Acoustic Africa featuring Habib Koité, Oliver Mtukudzi and Afel Bocoum on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre.

Roxbury Community College Black History Month Movie Series presents “Sally Hemings: An American Scandal” on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

Saxophonist Elan Trotman performs at Scullers Jazz Club, Tuesday, March 1, in support of his new CD “Love and Sax.”

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