Sunday, August 10 / 6:00 p.m.
RICK BRAUN & GERALD ALBRIGHT with special guest JEFF LORBER
Scottish Rite Cathedral
Tickets: $59 (Reserved Seating)
Two mega-popular musicians will give a rousing finale to Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest on Sunday, April 10 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Allentown native Rick Braun has shared his stunning trumpet and flugelhorn stylings and his impressive vocals at nearly every festival, and saxophonist/bassist Gerald Albright has perennial appeal to returning fans.
Braun and Albright will be joined by iconic keyboardist Jeff Lorber.
Braun began developing his jazz chops as part of a jazz-fusion band at the Eastman School of Music in the 1970s. After graduating he entered the pop world as a singer and a successful songwriter for other artists. Then, returning to the trumpet, he worked as a session and touring musician with Natalie Cole, Sade, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, War and others.
His debut album as a soloist, “Intimate Secrets” (1992) launched him as a band leader, and he released his 18th, “Crossroads,” in 2019. Braun also performs in the band BWB with saxophonist Kirk Whalum and guitarist Norman Brown.
Albright joined a tour with singer/pianist Patrice Rushen as a saxophonist soon after graduating from the University of Redlands; halfway through the tour, he replaced the bassist who left suddenly, enabling Rushen to fulfill the remaining engagements. He also worked with Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones, The Temptations and many others.
His 1987 debut album, “Just Between Us,” came during the infancy of the “smooth jazz” genre, and he continued to play a prominent role in this as a member of many all-star tours.
During the 1990s, Albright also fronted a band and toured with Phil Collins. He has released 16 more studio albums, eight of which were Grammy-nominated, and two successful collaborations: “24/7” (2012) with guitarist Norman Brown, and “Summer Horns” (2013) with Dave Koz and Friends.