This press release from Beth Renfro, Marketing/Public Relations Director for the Berks Arts Council:
READING, PA -- October 21 � The Berks Arts Council announces a line-up change for the �Remembering Grover Washington Jr.� concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, in the Miller Center for the Arts on the campus of Reading Area Community College in downtown Reading. Special guest sax man Eric Darius will replace Walter Beasley in the original lineup, joining bassist Gerald Veasley, a member of Grover's band and a longtime friend. This special concert also features keyboardist Donald Robinson, who was musical director for Grover's band for years, and saxophonist Chris Farr, musical director for Veasley's band.
No stranger to Berks audiences, Darius took the contemporary jazz world by storm with his 2004 Narada Jazz debut, Night on the Town. He followed that success with Just Getting Started. His latest release is Goin' All Out, which peaked at No. 9 on Billboard�s Top Contemporary Jazz chart.
The show, a rousing kick-off event for the milestone 20th annual VF Outlet Berks Jazz Fest, March 19 to 28, will feature many of Grover's classic hits as well as music from Grover's holiday CD, Breath of Heaven. Tickets are on sale now, and are $40. All seats are reserved, and only 500 tickets are available for this special show.
Grover Washington Jr. was probably the most successful contemporary jazz artist of his generation. His blend of R&B, soul, pop and jazz earned him a glowing reputation with music lovers and DJs. His discography boasts three decades of creative and heartfelt albums. Breath of Heaven, a funky yet serene holiday release, was nominated in 1998 for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance.
Gerald Veasley is the founder of Gerald Veasley�s Jazz Base at the Crowne Plaza Reading.
For tickets contact CD Exchange, 360 E. Wyomissing Ave., Mohnton, PA, or call, 610-777-2310 to order by phone.
The 20th Anniversary VF Outlet Berks Jazz Fest will be presented by the Berks Arts Council March 19 to 28, 2010. For complete jazz fest information, visit www.berksjazzfest.com.
We hope to see you at what is sure to be a memorable show.
Beverly J. Packard
Jazz Circle Member of the Berks Arts Council