Wednesday, March 30 / 7:00 p.m.
Special Berks Jazz Fest Preview/ CD Release Concert
ERICH CAWALLA: THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
26-PIECE BIG BAND & STRINGS
featuring opening act
THE GOVERNOR MIFFLIN HIGH SCHOOL STATESMEN JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Governor Mifflin Senior High School Auditorium
Tickets $15 in advance / $20 at door): CLICK HERE TO ORDER ONLINE
Info: www.erichcawalla.com or call 610-781-8312
Versatile vocalist and saxophonist Erich Cawalla has teamed up with his hometown Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest to present a rescheduled CD Release Concert featuring songs of The Great American Songbook.
The concert was originally scheduled to be presented in March 2020 but was put on extended hold due to Covid-19.
This album has been a dream of Erich’s since he started performing professionally at the age of 19. Produced by Bennie Sims, it features a 17-piece traditional big band, plus string orchestra performing some of the most memorable classics of the past 75 years.
Featured special guests on the album include legendary Grammy-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker, the immortal Leonard “Doc” Gibbs on percussion, and industry heavyweight and the “Lady in Red” Karen Briggs on violin, as well as some of the northeast’s most-versatile jazz musicians, including Steve Rudolph, Bennie Sims, Larry McKenna, Frank DiBussolo, Rob Stoneback, Craig Kenney, Marko Marcinko, Tom Strohman, Dave Shultz, and many more!
Erich is dedicating the release of this album to his arranger, good friend, and saxophone teacher David DePalma, who recently passed away of pancreatic cancer. Dave’s unique charts on this album are unmatched and it was his dream to be able to conduct this concert, which will now go unfulfilled.
Erich also is dedicating this album to Leonard “Doc” Gibbs, who we also just lost in 2021 and his mentor Bobby Mercer, who took him under his wing in 1998 at such a young age. Bobby passed away in October 2020.
The concert will take place at Governor Mifflin Senior High School on the exact same stage that Erich started performing on as a freshman in 1994 as a highly involved member of the Governor Mifflin Music Department.
The Governor Mifflin Senior High School Statesmen will open the show, the same group Erich performed with and won the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in 1997, exactly 25 years before.