Snarky Puppy


Branford Marsalis & Kurt Elling


Chuck Loeb

Four artists appearing in the 2017 Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest  have been nominated for 2017 Grammy Awards.

The Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling were nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Upward Spiral.

Marsalis, a multiple Grammy winner, and his acclaimed ensemble of pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner teamed up with fellow Grammy winner Elling, one of the world’s foremost jazz vocalists, on Upward Spiral. Elling blended seamlessly on the CD, becoming fully one with the group and making it truly a quintet album.

Marsalis and Elling will be appearing in a post Berks Jazz Fest concert on Wednesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Kutztown University’s Schaeffer Auditorium in conjunction with the KU Presents! Series.

Acclaimed guitarist and producer Chuck Loeb for Unspoken and the stylistically unbound instrumental funk band Snarky Puppy for Culcha Vulcha both were nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

Unspoken features guest appearances by Brian Culberston, Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, Eric Marienthal and Will Lee plus vocals by Carmen Cuesta, Loeb’s wife.

As usual, Loeb is making multiple Berks Jazz Fest appearances in 2017. As part of the super group Fourplay, he is performing on Saturday, April 1, at 7 p.m. at the Santander Performing Arts Center. Loeb also is performing in the Berks Bop Night on Wednesday, April 5, at 7:30 Building 24 Live; the Berks All-Star Jazz Jam on Thursday, April 6, at 8 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading; and Chuck Loeb & Friends on Saturday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Building 24 Live.

Snarky Puppy has won two Grammy Awards and Culcha Vulva is its first true studio record in many years with no studio audience or guest star collaborators. Returning to its roots as an instrumental ensemble, the group spent a week in the middle of a pecan orchard at the remote sonic Ranch Studios in Tomillo, Texas.

Snarky Puppy’s Berks Jazz Fest appearance is Sunday, April 2, at 6 p.m. at the Santander Performing Arts Center.

The Recording Academy will present the 59th Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, live from Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. ET.