Sunday, April 2 / Jazz Brunch
Doors/buffet at 10 a.m.; show at 11:15 a.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Grand Ballroom
JAZZ GETS THE BLUES
featuring STEVE COLE, NICK COLIONNE, ERIC DARIUS, CLARENCE SPADY, PAT BIANCHI, ALEXIS P SUTER, VICKI BELL and the BERK HORNS
Tickets: $49 (Reserved Seating; Includes Brunch)
Jazz Gets the Blues is precisely that and put together especially for the Berks Jazz Fest.
It is a true jazz and blues mix – the latter provided by Clarence Spady and Alexis P. Suter.
This super concert blends blues classics with burning chops, funky grooves and high-energy performance.
Saxophonist Steve Cole is one of the most celebrated players in contemporary jazz, and one of the most original voices as well.
With a style that is both urban and contemporary, Nick Colionne takes the guitar to unexpected places and delights audiences with his rich baritone vocals.
Noted for his searing and unrelenting passion and energy, saxophonist Eric Darius is taking the idiom to scintillating new heights.
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Spady plays with a depth and sensitivity that can’t be taught, effortlessly combining blues, jazz, funk, Latin and rock into his own unique style characterized by his moving guitar play and rough street-edged vocals.
Suter primarily is a blues vocalist who transcends styles and genres. When the great bluesman B.B. King first heard her sing, he shook his head and remarked, “It’s a rare thing to share the stage with great talent like that young lady.” A true vocal phenomenon, Suter has an extraordinary bass/baritone voice coupled with an amazing and powerful stage presence.
Organist Pat Bianchi brings a reverence for the old, masterful touch with grooving left-hand bass lines and a scorching right-hand technique.
Vicki Bell is a backup singer in Suter’s band and will add to the blues dimension.
The Berks Horns are Mike Anderson on saxophone, Rob Diener on trumpet and John Loos on trombone.