As released on the BerksJazzFest.com site, the Abraham Lincoln Hotel will be one of the "hot spots" for late-night jazz during the Berks Jazz Fest. The Lincoln management will transform the L'Arte della Vita restaurant into a jazz cabaret on both weekends of the festival, featuring top-notch entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 10 p.m.
Headlining on March 16 and 17 will be outstanding pianist Rachel Z and Berks County saxophonist Tim Price, who will team up with Rachel Z's trio for some great late-night jazz. No strangers to Berks Jazz, these two have given us marvelous shows at Gerald Veasley's Jazz Base in recent years.
Through the course of her career, Rachel Z has always managed to have it both ways. On the one hand, her recorded work presented an accomplished piano stylist with a gift for improvisation; on the other she marketed herself with the savvy of a rock performer. That is hardly surprising given her other gig as keyboardist to innovative rock artist Peter Gabriel. Z managed to present the music of Wayne Shorter and Joni Mitchell on successive albums in a way that gave equal musical weight to each and which matched its musical voice to its subject completely.
In the last few years, Tim Price has had the good fortune to have bands of his own featuring world-class players like Lew Tabackin, Rachel Z, Allison Miller, and Scott Lee. His stature at the North Sea Jazz Festival couldn't have been more prestigious with a backup band of Bennie Green on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, and Carl Allen on drums. Tim's special guest that night at the end of his set was Dutch superstar tenor titan Hans Dulfer.
Make your reservations now. Call 610-372-3700.
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Beverly J. Packard
Jazz Circle Member of the Berks Arts Council
Photos courtesy of : Michael Packard and the Berks Jazz Fest