Sunday, April 9 / 6:00 p.m.
Scottish Rite Cathedral
KIRK WHALUM’S GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAZZ CELEBRATION
KEVIN WHALUM, JOHN STODDART, DOXA GOSPEL ENSEMBLE
plus very special guest
Tickets: $49 (Reserved Seating)
Kirk Whalum’s The Gospel According to Jazz Celebration has become a staple as the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest finale as presented by the Berks Arts Council.
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.
Music listeners around the world know multiple Grammy winner Fred Hammond as a gospel superstar – and then some.
He is a songwriter, bassist and vocalist affectionately dubbed “the Baby Face of gospel.” He is also known throughout the music industry as a gifted musical arranger and producer. Hammond has been active both as a member of the gospel-performing group Commissioned and as a solo artist.
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.
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.
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 The 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.