Saba Smith Smooth Quartet-Set One

Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 at 7:30pm

Caffe Vivace
975 East McMillan Stree
Cincinnati, OH 45206

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Saba will be joined by Brandon Scott Coleman on piano, JT Thigpen on bass, and Yemi Oyediran on drums.

Sassy, irrepressible, and wonderfully profound…Cleveland native Camille “Saba” Smith—is a force to be reckoned with. A passionate, powerhouse of talent: Smith is the quintessential slash artist. Blessed with a five-octave vocal range—she is a brilliant, self-taught vocalist.

Singing is what brings her joy, and has kept her fascinated for decades! She is also known as the inspiring flow-poetess, “Saba Earth WordSpirit.” She is featured in a documentary called, Queen City Kings.

Smith is the founder of the musical ensemble “Saba Jazz,” as well as a number of other well-known groups. Always in-demand: Camille “Saba” Smith is a versatile studio vocalist and front person. She believes that the key to making great music is diversity in a variety of genres. Acutely sensing the changing needs of her listeners, her performances are a vehicle to connect with the divine.

This artist is also ablaze about connecting with people! She is an accomplished actress and humorist, as well as a griot and author. Smith hosted a weekly radio jazz broadcast entitled “Saba’s Jazz,” for several years on WAIF, 88.3 FM. She is a talented voice-over artist, emcee, and public speaker.

Smith sang with MUSE, Cincinnati Women's Choir—for over a decade. With MUSE she was a featured vocalist in the documentary, “Why we sing,” by Lawrence Dillion. She is also a member of The Martin Luther King Chorale, and of The Cincinnati Black Theater Company. She is also a member of St. John's UCC Chancel Choir,

Miss Smith is also a member of God's Earth with Love Gospel Ensemble, W/Phillip Brown. She is also a proud, dedicated member of Fluidity, a Creative Choral Community—based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her audience is beloved to her!

“...Singing, is in her life's blood!”


Due to COVID 19 social distancing restrictions, we will be selling all shows by the table and not per person. A chart is provided below to help you choose your seat package since selling by the table isn't a feature of the reserved seating chart of Eventbrite.

For parties greater than 4 we may be able to place an extra table in a row or put you together in the standing area in the back, but you must call ahead to see if we have the availability for any given show to make it work.

$10 drink minimum charged per person in the party if the total for beverages purchased by the party does not meet the minimum.

Important Notice #1: If you do not check-in by 15 minutes into the start of the set, we reserve the right to resale your seats with no refund to you.

Important Notice #2: All persons entering the cafe must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth. 

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