Sunday, April 15 / 10:00 a.m. doors; 11:30 a.m. show
Smooth Jazz JJZ Sunday Brunch
STEVE COLE & FRIENDS
featuring NICK COLIONNE, KEVIN WHALUM, JAY ROWE, JJ SANSAVERINO, DAVID DYSON, CARL ANDERSON
The Inn at Reading Ballroom / Wyomissing
Tickets: $49 (General Admission)
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Saxophonist Steve Cole is one of the most celebrated players in contemporary jazz.
Cole’s catchy singles from a succession of well-received albums make him a radio favorite. He consistently cranks out chart-topping music that deploys big, vibrant pop hooks.
He also is a founding member of Sax Pack, an all-star sax combo consisting of rotating members Jeff Kashiwa, Marcus Anderson, Kim Waters and Jackiem Joyner.
Since breaking through to contemporary urban jazz stardom in the early 2000s, guitarist Nick Colionne has been one of the genre’s most dynamic and tireless performers.
He has headlined hundreds of shows, energizing fans across the U.S. and Europe with his sizzling blend of jazz, R&B, funk, blues and soulful, seductive vocals.
Legendary jazz keyboardist George Duke once described vocalist Kevin Whalum as “butter” in reference to Kevin’s smooth, sweet voice in covering gospel, soul, jazz or scat.
An in-demand backup singer, he records and performs with his famous brother, jazz legend Kirk Whalum.
Talented pianist/keyboardist Jay Rowe performs with a constellation of contemporary jazz stars and in major jazz festivals across the globe. As a solo artist, he has recorded and released six albums – his latest Smooth Ride in 2016.
Rowe also is the founder of Smooth Jazz for Scholars, Inc., a non-profit organization which puts on fundraising concerts for public school music education.
Guitarist JJ Sansaverino is an incredible performer. He has a “take no prisoners” performance attitude and his musical style is a mix of R&B, smooth jazz and fusion ala Santana meets Benson. He has reached millions with his music, touring the world for the last 25 years. He has worked with the best in the business in a wide range of idioms, both live and in the studio and has appeared on hundreds of recordings.
David Dyson has earned quite a reputation as a bassist, songwriter, arranger and producer. He continues to strive for excellence as one of today’s most promising artists. In January 1989, he was called to audition for Maurice Starr (producer of New Kids On The Block) and landed the gig. Eventually, earning the position of musical director, David helped to take their live show to an unprecedented pinnacle.
He has performed with an array of artists including Meshell Ndegeocello, Lalah Hathaway, Pieces of a Dream, George Duke, Regina Bell, Jonathan Butler, Najee, Candy Dulfer, Rick Braun, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Bobby Lyle and Doc Powell.
Rounding out the ensemble is drummer Carl Anderson.