Tucson’s Fox Theatre presented an evening with Jon Secada on November 20, 2015 that was intimate, passionate, and sexy! Jon Secada has been known as a hit making bilingual singer for twenty years, but what the public may not be aware is that he has been a prolific songwriter for even longer. He has written 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 introduced the show by saying he would be singing in both English and Spanish. He mentioned that he is a ‘cross-over’ artist who has enjoyed great success world-wide. 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 has great admiration for the Latin American sound and 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.” Jon 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 Sinatra. 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, Tony Bennett was highly influenced by Sinatra, too.
Mr. Secada gave the crowd a taste of his Broadway experience. Cabaret was the show that he performed. Secada said, “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 setlist was a combination of Jon’s hits, songs he has written for other artists, and song standards. Kudos for the band! They were able to keep up with the shifting from love songs to the up-tempo songs. The crooner sang a lot of standards during the set. For a complete set list, click here.
Jon Secada has an outstanding audience rapport and his music is ageless. The show ended with everyone wanting more.