Karen Briggs, Chieli Minucci, Lao Tizer

Eric Marienthal

Gerald Veasley

Friday, April 6 / 7:30 p.m.
Smooth Jazz JJZ presents
SPECIAL EFX ALL-STARS
featuring CHIELI MINUCCI, ERIC MARIENTHAL, LAO TIZER, KAREN BRIGGS, GERALD VEASLEY
The Inn at Reading Ballroom / Wyomissing
Tickets: $40 (General Admission)
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Guitarist, composer, and arranger Chieli Minucci is the longtime leader of the Grammy-nominated jazz fusion group SPECIAL EFX, a major force on the jazz and world music scene for 35 years.

Combining Latin and African rhythms with the light textures of MOR jazz, Special EFX emerged as one of the most prominent world fusion groups of its era. Formed in New York in 1982, Special EFX was essentially a duo comprised of Minucci and Hungarian-born drummer/percussionist George Jinda who recruited other musicians to help flesh out their state-of-the-art sound

Saxophonist extraordinaire Eric Marienthal is a multiple Grammy winner who has performed in over 75 different countries, recorded 14 solo albums and played on hundreds of records, films, television shows and commercial jingles.

Keyboardist/composer Lao Tizer and The Lao Tizer Band are rising stars in the world fusion genre. Establishing themselves in the contemporary jazz world over the past few years, LTB has spurred comparisons of a modern twist to the 1970s and 80s heyday of jazz fusion when trailblazing ensembles Return To Forever and Weather Report set the aesthetic standard.

Karen Brigg’s over-four-decade span through genres as a violinist includes an eclectic range and fusion of world musical influences.  All mostly linked by improvisation and embellishment, her audio/visual signature has become popular and sought after for a variety of live events and recorded projects both domestic and international.

Renowned bassist and formidable composer Gerald Veasley needs no introduction to Berks Jazz Fest Fans. He has appeared in multiple Jazz Fest concerts and projects most years spanning a lot of years. He is the former bassist for Grover Washington Jr. and Joe Zawinul.