Friday, April 13 / 7:00 p.m.
WDAS 103.5 FM presents
THE HEART & SOUL OF SAX
featuring KIRK WHALUM, EVERETTE HARP
with special guests MACEO PARKER, DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER
plus THE BERKS HORNS
Scottish Rite Cathedral / West Reading
Tickets: $52 (Reserved Seating)
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The Heart & Soul of Sax will captivate your heart and soul.
Kirk Whalum is a peerless saxophonist and composer who brings a deep spirituality to everything he plays. Soulful, passionate and stirring are the words most often used to describe his music. His big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his.
Whalum grew up in Memphis, soaked in gritty blues and soul music. The full force of Memphis’ pull on him remains.
Memphis soul soared in popularity due in part to Stax Records, which found worldwide fame by offering a soul-with-grit counterpoint to Motown’s soul-with-sunshine version.
Everette Harp started playing piano at age 2 and began practicing saxophone at age 4. Working as an accountant for a short time, Harp played in local bands before moving to Los Angeles in 1988. He immediately toured briefly with Teena Marie, and then internationally with Anita Baker. A meteoric rise was predictable because the man plays a smooth, real smooth, sax that conveys powerful emotions via lyrical playing, beautiful melodies and sensuous rhythms.
Maceo Parker is an American funk and soul jazz saxophonist, best known for his work with James Brown, George Clinton and Prince. He was a prominent soloist on many of Brown’s hit recordings and a key part of his band, playing alto, tenor and baritone sax. He has collaborated with Ray Charles, James Taylor, Dave Matthews Band and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Over the course of a multifaceted career spanning four decades, Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics. For 23 years, the 2017 NEA Jazz Master was the host of National Public Radio’s syndicated radio show JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater. She is a United Nations Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization.
The Berks Horns are Mike Anderson on saxophone, John Loos on trombone and Rob Diener on trumpet.