Sunday, April 14 / 6:00 p.m.
Smooth Jazz JZZ presents
KIRK WHALUM’S GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAZZ CELEBRATION
with special guest TAKE 6
and KEVIN WHALUM, JOHN STODDART, DOXA GOSPEL ENSEMBLE
Scottish Rite Cathedral / West Reading
Tickets: $55 (Reserved Seating)
Kirk Whalum’s Gospel According to Jazz Celebration has become a staple as the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest finale.
Kirk Whalum, a peerless saxophonist and composer who brings a deep spirituality to everything he plays and is an ordained minister, once again has assembled an extraordinary group of musicians to explore gospel music, one of the roots of jazz.
Take 6 is the most awarded cappella group in history with 10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, Best Jazz Vocal Group honors for seven straight years in Downbeat’s Readers and Critics Poll, a Soul Train Music Award, Black Radio Exclusive Vocal Group of the Year, two NAACP Image Award nominations and induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Take 6 has global appeal, with stronghold favorite markets in the United States, Asia, South America, eastern and western Europe and has opened up new markets with debut tours of Australia and Canada.
Iconic songs from an iconic group, Take 6 offers up its interpretation of the songs that have inspired the group over the years in its latest release Iconic.
Legendary jazz keyboardist George Duke once described vocalist Kevin Whalum, the younger brother of Kirk, as “butter” in reference to Kevin’s smooth, sweet voice in covering gospel, soul, jazz or scat.
R&B/gospel vocalist and keyboardist John Stoddart is unquestionably one of the music industry’s most notable talents and is an accomplished artist, composer, writer, composer and instrumentalist.
Reading’s own DOXA Gospel Ensemble, whose name means “praise,” has been featured many times as guests with other artists, mostly notably in Kirk Whalum’s Gospel According to Jazz Celebration.
The vocal ensemble also has presented its own concerts, including one with special guest Gerald Veasley, the renowned bass player.