Gospel According to Jazz Celebration

Kirk Whalum and Jonathan Butler
featuring special guest Donnie McClurkin
plus the DOXA Gospel Ensemble

Sunday, April 14, 7 p.m.
Scottish Rite Cathedral
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    As the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest committee planned the 2013 event, its goal was to create a special concert to end the 10-day festival.
    A conversation between Kirk Whalum and the fest management in January of 2012 planted a seed that has grown into what promises to be an amazing finale -- "Gospel According to Jazz Celebration."
    The concert will feature Whalum and his band, Jonathan Butler, and legendary gospel vocalist Donnie McClurkin, plus the Reading-based DOXA Gospel Ensemble.
    "This is going to be an awesome concert," said Whalum, who will serve as musical director for the show. "I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work and perform with Jonathan and Donnie. We definitely will end the Berks Jazz Fest on a high note."
    Whalum and Butler have been blending jazz and gospel music throughout their outstanding careers.
    Whalum, an ordained minister who has earned his Masters of Art in Religion, has released a series of three Gospel According to Jazz CDs, winning Grammy Awards along the way.
    Butler's latest CD -- Grace and Mercy -- delivers the kind of Biblically grounded, emotionally uplifting songs the guitarist has become known for, yet musically he says fans might be caught slightly off guard.
    “It’s going to surprise people a little bit coming from me because I think it’s much more of an edgier gospel record,” he says of the project. “It’s more urban."
    Vocalist and minister McClurkin is one of the biggest names in gospel music. He has won three Grammy awards, 10 Stellar awards, two BET awards, two Soul Train awards, a Dove award and a NAACP Image award for his work.
    His radio show, The Donnie McClurkin Show, is heard all over the United States.

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The Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest is presented by The Berks Arts Council