Saturday, March 28 / 6:00 p.m.
30th Anniversary All-Star Celebration
RICK BRAUN, PETER WHITE, MINDI ABAIR, NICK COLIONNE,
LARRY BRAGGS, BRIAN BROMBERG, EUGE GROOVE
Santander Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $59 & $49 (Reserved Seating)
The Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest All-Star Celebration glitters with a constellation of marquee artists.
Rick Braun, Euge Groove, Peter White, Mindi Abair, Nick Colionne, Larry Braggs and Brian Bromberg contribute their signature talents into making this a concert to remember.
When Berks Jazz Fest began with a few concerts over a three-day weekend in 1991, it was unimaginable that it would grow into a sprawling 10 days of high-quality entertainment throughout Berks County, featuring hundreds of concerts in venues ranging from small churches and clubs to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Reading, the Santander Performing Arts Center, the Miller Center for the Arts and the Scottish Rite Cathedral.
Indeed, Berks Jazz Fest has become one of the premier jazz festivals on the East Coast.
Rick Braun, an Allentown native who moved to the West Coast years ago, is notable for his high-energy enthusiasm on stage.
Known for his impeccable technical chops, melodic wizardry and keen compositional prowess, the acclaimed chart-topping trumpeter, singer, composer and producer has been thrilling audiences for decades.
Euge Groove is a quadruple threat: saxophonist, composer, producer and DJ. He has built an impressive career as a free spirit who remains true to his own artistic vision. It is no wonder the charismatic saxophonist has been able to record a string of No. 1 hits and garner a devoted family of fans.
Groove is a sensational smooth jazz saxophonist with a strong Top 40 background. He did not record his first solo album until 2000. Prior to that, he had replaced Richard Elliot in Tower of Power when Elliot decided to pursue a solo career, and Groove also did session work with various pop acts, most noticeably the Miami girl group Exposé.
If you send out for a smooth jazz artist, central casting likely will dispatch Peter White. He plays his guitar like it is a velvet cravat wrapped lightly around a slender neck.
White’s grooves, lyrical lines and musical inventiveness are a joy to listen to. The affable Englishman’s charm and playfulness come through his music, giving his style of smooth jazz a liveliness unmatched in the genre.
One of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists/vocalists, two-time Grammy nominee Mindi Abair has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and utter command of the saxophone since her debut album in 2000.
No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music, with a raucous tone and dynamic stage presence no matter the genre of music – jazz, funk or blues.
With a jazz style that is both urban and contemporary, guitarist Nick Colionne has blazed a trail to the top of the ranks of today’s stars. Combining jazz, R&B, blues and funk, he has an unmistakable sound and vibe that is instantly recognizable. Colionne takes the guitar to unexpected places during his performances and his rich baritone vocals delight his audiences.
As for his showmanship, unparalleled musicianship and a natural comedic flair, you have to experience a Colionne show for yourself.
Vocalist Larry Braggs has one of the most notable voices in the business. With a vocal range over three octaves and a command of the stage like no other, the passionate, powerful and spiritual Braggs is an electrifying entertainer.
Whether as the long-time lead singer for the legendary soul band Tower of Power or the lead singer for the iconic Motown Rock and Rock Hall of Fame group The Temptations or now as a solo artist, the two-time Grammy-nominated Braggs is praised by fans and peers all over the world for the amazing attributes of his voice.
Brian Bromberg is considered to be one of the world’s most groundbreaking and diverse bassists of our time, pushing the barriers of the acoustic and electric bass to their limits.
Commonly using as many as 10 or more basses on his recordings, using different tunings, string configurations, acoustic basses, electric basses, piccolo basses etc., Bromberg has taken the bass and truly turned it into a vehicle for him to make music, write melodies and be the lead melodic voice as well as the rhythmic foundation of the music.