March 20, 2006

Berks Jazz Fest 2006: New Life Jazz Orchestra, Robert Glasper, Kevin Mahogany

Berks2006_KevinMahogany.jpgSunday afternoon's show was tagged "Jazz Goes To Church" and was supposed to bring together jazz and gospel. Backbone of the event was The New Life Jazz Orchestra led by Kendrick Oliver who kicked off the show with some fiery big band jazz. Several of the members stood out as soloists and provided the foundation for what was to come later. Replacing Cyrus Chestnut who was ill we got Robert Glasper on piano supporting the orchestra. They gave us their renditions of traditionals like "Amazing Grace" and "Wade In The Water" among other gospel songs. In between songs conductor Kendrick Oliver chatted to the crowd and took over the role of the MC. The second half of the show featured the very capable singer Monica Lynk who performed a beautiful rendition of "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child" and other songs before the eagerly anticipated singer Kevin Mahogany joined the show, for me his version of the Donny Hathaway composition "Someday We'll All Be Free" turned out to be a highlight of the concert. This show was another nice addition the Berks Jazz Fest with its unique combination of elements and different artists.

Posted by Peter Böhi at March 20, 2006 3:57 PM