Berks Jazz Fest 2009: Take 6 / Wayman Tisdale

In the evening, we got the double bill of accapella vocal group Take 6, followed by bassist Wayman Tisdale & band, the concert took place at the Scottish Rite Cathedral and was tagged Smooth and Soulful.

The six male vocalists of Take 6 are masters of vocalese, the art form of just singing and using the voice to create sounds, that brought them 10 Grammies over the years. They did a very entertaining show, from gospel to rock to r&b, everything was covered in a convincing way. The audience was excited, especially the trip down memory lane where every member featured some of his favorite music of the past, yielded great renditions of songs by Michael Jackson, Boys To Men, The Doobie Brothers and Stevie Wonder. Apart of that, several originals by the group were performed that showed their unique vocal skills, leaving the audience in awe.

After a short intermission, it was time for bassist Wayman Tisdale to take the center stage. As you may know, Wayman Tisdale had been battling bone cancer for the past two years, he has completed therapy and is getting better now, but the disease has left its mark on him. He has visibly lost weight and needs a cane and an assistant to walk. He performed sitting, but all these handicaps didn't prevent him from delivering a great show backed by a top-notch band, among them bassist Andre Berry. He played many great covers of those "old school" songs like "Can't Hide Love", "Ain't No Stopping Us Now", "Get Down On It", a great funk-medley, among them "Fire", I also like the inclusion of a vocoder to his bass allowing him to communicate. Despite his physical problems, Wayman Tisdale proved that he is willing to play and continue to bring the music to his fans, providing another great show. I wish him all the best!