Jimmy Haslip, left, and Jeff Lorber — Grammy Award winners.


Jeff Lorber, who is appearing in the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest as presented by Berks Arts Council in April, has won a 2018 Grammy Award.

Jeff Lorber Fusion – which has longtime collaborators bassist Jimmy Haslip, drummer Gary Novak and band newcomer saxophonist Andy Snitzer joining Lorber – won for Prototype in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category.

Lorber, a Berklee College of Music alum who formerly majored in chemistry at Boston College, goes full throttle on Prototype, orchestrating like an alchemist in the lab concocting a majestic elixir of jazz, soul, fun, pop, R&B and gospel.

The multi Grammy-nominated pianist’s Prototype is a sterling example of his expansive musical roots, masterfully crafted harmonic and melodic sophistication, irresistible finger-popping grooves and intricate rhythmic sense.

The 60th Grammy Awards were held Sunday, January 28, in New York.

Lorber is a consummate artist who continues to push himself to new plateaus. A groundbreaking Fender Rhodes pioneer along with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample and Bob James, Lorber has triumphed as one of the most innovative musical minds in contemporary jazz.

Lorber along with Everette Harp and Paul Jackson Jr. will be performing in Jazz Funk Soul during the 28th annual Berks Jazz Fest in an April 8 Sunday brunch concert (doors 10 a.m., show 11:30 a.m.) at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Grand Ballroom.

Lorber also will be joining an array of signature artists in the Remembering Chuck Loeb concert on Sunday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at the Santander Performing Arts Center.

The Berks Jazz Fest lost a dear friend when Chuck Loeb passed away July 31 at 61 from cancer. Loeb was a prolific and peerless performer at the festival.