Kirk Whalum

Take 6

Sunday, April 15 / 7:00 p.m.
Traditional Festival Finale
KIRK WHALUM’S GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAZZ CELEBRATION
featuring TAKE 6
plus KEVIN WHALUM, JOHN STODDARD, SHELEA FRAZIER, DOXA GOSPEL ENSEMBLE
Scottish Rite Cathedral / West Reading
Tickets: $52 (Reserved Seating)
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Kirk Whalum’s Gospel According to Jazz Celebration has become a staple as the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest finale.

Kirk Whalum, a peerless saxophonist and composer who brings a deep spirituality to everything he plays, once again has assembled an extraordinary group of musicians to explore gospel music, one of the roots of jazz.

An ordained minister, he has a Masters of Arts degree in Religion.

Take 6 is the most awarded a cappella group in history with 10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards (Gospel Music Awards), Best Jazz Vocal Group honors for seven consecutive years in Downbeat’s prestigious Readers and Critics Poll, a Soul Train Music Award, BRE (Black Radio Exclusive) Vocal Group of the Year, two NAACP Image Award nominations, induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and countless other musical and humanitarian citations.

The group sings contemporary R&B style, integrating jazz influences with spiritual or inspirational lyrics. They have collaborated with such artists such as Ray Charles, Nnenna Freelon, Gordon Goodwin, Don Henley, Whitney Houston, Al Jarreau, Quincy Jones, k.d. lang, Queen Latifah, Brian McKnight, Luis Miguel, Marcus Miller, Joe Sample, Ben Tankard, CeCe Winans, The Manhattan Transfer and Stevie Wonder.

Legendary jazz keyboardist George Duke once described vocalist Kevin Whalum, the younger brother of Kirk, as “butter” in reference to Kevin’s smooth, sweet voice in covering gospel, soul, jazz or scat.

R&B/gospel vocalist and keyboardist John Stoddart is unquestionably one of the music industry’s most notable talents and is an accomplished artist, composer, writer, composer and instrumentalist.

Shelea Frazier is a singer, songwriter, pianist and producer who has composed for Chante Moore, served as a background vocalist on recordings by the Avila Brothers, Tilly Key and Fantasia, toured with Stevie Wonder and headlined at Q’s (owned by Quincy Jones) in Dubai.

Reading’s own DOXA Gospel Ensemble, whose name means “praise,” has been featured many times as guests with other artists, mostly notably in Kirk Whalum’s Gospel According to Jazz Celebration. The vocal ensemble also has presented its own concerts, including one with special guest Gerald Veasley, the renowned bass player.