The annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest holiday concert as presented by Berks Arts Council will be held on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Miller Center for the Arts.
The special show is billed “Tidings of Jazz & Joy” starring Keiko Matsui & Euge Groove featuring Lindsey Webster & Adam Hawley.
Tickets will go on sale in June.
Keiko Matsui is the transcendent pianist/composer whose music with the luscious melodies is adored around the world.
Matsui is acclaimed for her signature lyricism and warm harmonies. The familiar elements of her music are new age, world beat, light classical and contemporary jazz all presented in an East-meets-West fashion.
Her Journey To The Heart CD in 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of her recording debut and her 27th recording as a leader. And that doesn’t count the several albums she did before moving from Japan to the United States in 1987.
Euge Groove is a sensational smooth jazz saxophonist with a strong Top-40 background. Groove did not record his first solo album until 2000. Prior to that, he had replaced Richard Elliot in the Tower of Power when Elliot decided to pursue a solo career, and he also did session work with various pop acts, most noticeably the Miami girl group Exposé.
His 10th solo project came out in 2016, the album Still Euge.
Groove has backed up such luminaries as Joe Cocker, Eurythmics, the Gap Band, Huey Lewis & the News, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Eros Ramazotti, and Richard Marx.
Lindsey Webster is a soul/R&B vocalist whose song Fool Me Once reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Songs chart in February and March 2016.
From the first note, Webster captivates listeners. Her rich, soulful voice enchants a dedicated following who connect with the raw emotion she shares with them. She combines an admirable natural talent with a genuine, accessible stage presence.
Her third album Back To Your Heart in 2016 shows a real transition and beautiful growth for Webster as an artist. While humbled her voice has been compared to R&B royalty Sade, Mariah Carey, and Anita Baker, Webster looks to bring her distinct style to soul/ R&B and continue to make music that resonates with her fans.
It was an exciting 2016 for guitarist Adam Hawley, whose debut album Just The Beginning was released in March and its first single “35th St. ft Eric Darius” had the longest run at No. 1 on Billboard (five weeks) that year.