Blue Note has outlasted the Bottom Line, the Village Gate and other revered (now shuttered) jazz venues in New York City’s bohemian Greenwich Village over the years. A factor in its success has surely been its top-flight music acts. Case in point: weeks ago, jazzy soul singer Kendra Ross heated things up in the 200-seat capacity club, selling out two sets and turning out tourists and R&B diehards alike.

Singing selections from her 2007 debut album, New Voice, Ross—decked out in a bright Christmastime red—held Blue Note patrons gently in the palm of her hand. Born in Ohio, raised in Pittsburgh, and currently reigning in Brooklyn, Kendra Ross has lent her vocals and songwriting skills to a wide swath of artists over the past decade. (Talib Kweli, Kanye West, Quincy Jones and Faith Evans can all testify.) She sprinkles in new tracks from her tentatively titled Sepia Tones—due out this spring—for the cocktail-sipping crowd before closing out her 60 minutes in style; many rise to their feet with applause, and rightfully so. — Miles Marshall Lewis

Follow all things Kendra Ross at her Facebook page and Twitter @lolaschild.

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