Eric Marienthal

Rick Braun

Mitch Forman

Lionel Cordew

Brian Bromberg

Tuesday, April 10 / 7:30 p.m.
WRTI 90.1 FM presents

Club ECP: The Jazz Cruises of Entertainment Cruise Productions
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading
Tickets: $36 (General Admission)

Eric Marienthal, Rick Braun, Brian Bromberg, Mitch Forman, Paul Bollenback, and Lionel Cordew salute the music of Cannonball Adderley, one of the great alto saxophonists and an iconic performer in the hard bop era of the 1950s and 1960s.

Adderley is remembered for his 1966 soul jazz single “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” composed by Joe Zawinul that was a crossover hit on the pop charts as well as for his work with famed trumpeter Miles Davis, including the epochal album Kind of Blue.

Citing Cannonball as one of his chief influences, saxophonist extraordinaire Eric Marienthal has in many ways carried on that great tradition, inspiring the passion of smooth jazz listeners with a style that incorporates seductive, funky R&B, melodic pop and the improvisational elements of jazz.

Marienthal’s 1998 album Walk Tall: Tribute to Cannonball Adderley was a brilliantly realized tribute to his musical idol featuring fresh renditions of seven tunes popularized by Cannonball and new pieces inspired by Adderley’s rich legacy.

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. His sound is superlative across jazz, jazz fusion, smooth jazz and pop genres.

Known for his impeccable technical chops, melodic wizardry and keen compositional prowess, acclaimed chart-topping trumpeter, composer and producer Rick Braun has been thrilling audiences for decades.

His eclectic influences have allowed him to collaborate across genres with some of the biggest names in music, including the late Tom Petty, the late Natalie Cole, Rod Stewart and REO Speedwagon. He also has collaborated with all the brightest stars in contemporary jazz.

Braun’s 2017 album Around the Horn features special guests Peter White, Till Bronner, Lindsey Webster and John Stoddart. Braun drew inspiration for the album from unexpected sources including Africa, Brazil, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez.

Brian Bromberg is one of the world’s most ground-breaking and diverse bassists of our time, pushing the barriers of the acoustic and electric bass to their limits.

Commonly using as many as 10 or more basses on his recordings, using different tunings, string configurations, acoustic basses, electric basses, piccolo basses etc., Bromberg has taken the bass and truly turned it into a vehicle for him to make music, write melodies, and be the lead melodic voice as well as the rhythmic foundation of the music.

Keyboardist Mitch Forman has worked with Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, John McLaughlin, Wayne Shorter and many other luminaries. Besides being a marquee sideman, he fronts his own band and records albums.

Cliff Tinder of Musician Magazine said of Forman: “A pianist and composer of formidable technical facilities … able to integrate poignantly introspective, impressionistic feelings into sophisticated structures that cohere so naturally it’s easy to overlook their inherent complexity and formal logic.”

Lionel Cordew, a righty who plays drums left-handed, is a versatile, high energy drummer with an instinct for rhythms, perhaps stemming from his Caribbean heritage.

He has broad musical interests and a particular zeal for contemporary jazz, fusion, R&B, blues, rock, pop, classical, and modern percussion. He has toured, performed and/or recorded with a galaxy of headliners.