Berks Jazz Fest 2008: Brian Simpson

Berks08_Simpson.jpgThursday evening we were in for another treat by the double bill of keyboardist Brian Simpson and guitarist extraordinaire Nick Colionne at the ballroom of the Abraham Lincoln hotel. The show was opened by Brian Simpson who had his portable keyboards strung around his neck and moved into the audience more than once during his performance. He was supported by Dwight Sills on guitar plus the bassist and drummer from Nick Colionne's band. During his 30 minutes warming-up set he performed several of his signature tunes, among them his biggest hit "It's All Good" that went down very well with the crowd, proving his superior artistry. Too bad he had to leave so early, but this was the contract as he said, people certainly would have enjoyed to hear him playing longer.