Gospel According to Jazz Celebration
Kirk Whalum and
featuring special guest
plus the DOXA
Sunday, April 14, 7 p.m.
Scottish Rite Cathedral
As the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest committee planned the 2013
event, its goal was to create a special concert to end the
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
"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
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
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.
The Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest is presented by The Berks Arts Council