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Jon Secada
Fox Theatre
Tucson, AZ
November 20, 2015
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Review and photos by Mary Andrews

An evening with Jon Secada was intimate, passionate, and sexy! He is well known as a hit making bilingual singer for more than twenty years, but what the public may not be aware is that he has been a prolific songwriter for even longer. He has penned hit songs for Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Mandy Moore and Earth, Wind, and Fire. This show found Mr. Secada displaying his multi talents and successes throughout his career.

The two-time Grammy winner said he would be singing in both English and Spanish. He mentioned that he is a 'cross-over' artist who has enjoyed great success worldwide. He has utilized the rhythms of Latin America that are very dear to his heart. He was proud to say he was raised in America, but also has great admiration for Latin America as well. He has chosen to fuse all of the sounds he grew up hearing. The set started with "Do You Believe in Us?" "Que, Sera, Sera" and "Cuando, Cuando." Secada's voice is flawless and he sounds as good as he did when he started in show business.

It was obvious that one of the proudest moments in his career was being asked by the legendary Frank Sinatra to record a duet with the legendary singer. Secada did as close of a reenactment as possible without Sinatra. They played Sinatra's tract while Jon sang along live. It was very clear that Mr. Secada has intonations of not only Sinatra's voice but also there were some Tony Bennett influences as well. Maybe Bennett was highly influenced by Sinatra, too.

Mr. Secada gave the crowd a taste of his Broadway Cabaret experience. With that, he mentioned, "I really had to become something I'm not." He gave a flawless portrayal of the 'Master of Ceremonies' using hand and arm gestures! He sang with a German accent as well.

Secada invited one of the very willing ladies of the audience on stage to be his 'romantic' interest as he sang "Spanish Eyes." There were a lot of volunteers from the women in the crowd. He demonstrated Latin passion at its best.

The set list was a combination of Jon's hits, songs he has written, and song standards. Kudos for the band! They were able to keep up with the shifting from love ballads to the up-tempo songs. The crooner sang a lot of standards during the set.

Jon Secada has an outstanding audience rapport and his music is ageless. And with any great show you gotta leave them wanting more!
Set List:
1. Intro
2. Do You Believe in Us
3. Que será será
4. Cuando Cuando
5. Angel
6. The Best Is Yet To Come
7. Wilkommen/Cabaret
8. My Way
9. I'm Free
10. Evil Ways
11. Ballad Medley
12. Spanish Eyes
13. Free
14. Coming Out of the Dark
15. She's All I Ever Had
16. Always Something
17. After All/September
18. If You Go
19. Just Another Day
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