Berks Arts Council has released the following on an upcoming holiday show to be held In Reading, Pennsylvania, home of the Berks Jazz Fest:
The late saxophonist and Philadelphia native Grover Washington Jr. touched the lives of so many -- music lovers and musicians alike. He was an inspiration, and his legacy lives on through many of today's top players.
"Remembering Grover Washington Jr.," a concert paying tribute to the legend and presented by the Berks Arts Council, is set for Friday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., at the Miller Center for the Arts on the campus of Reading Area Community College in downtown Reading. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. and are $40. All seats are reserved, and only 500 tickets are available for this show.
The 10th anniversary of Grover's passing is in December, so it's fitting to have a tribute concert hosted by a longtime friend and member of Grover's band, bassist Gerald Veasley. A Berks Jazz Fest favorite, Veasley will be joined by special guest Walter Beasley. Also joining them that night will be Veasley's band, featuring keyboardist Donald Robinson, who was musical director for Grover's band for years; and saxophonist Chris Farr, musical director for Veasley's band.
The show, a rousing kick-off event for the milestone 20th annual VF Outlet Berks Jazz Fest, will feature many of Grover's classic hits as well as music from Grover's holiday CD, Breath of Heaven.
Grover 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.
This heartfelt tribute to one of the most influential jazz musicians of our time is a must-see show.
360 E. Wyomissing Ave.
610-777-2310 to order by phone
Dana L. Hoffman
VF Outlet Berks Jazz Fest
Marketing/Public Relations Director
Berks Arts Council
Beverly J. Packard
Jazz Circle Member of the Berks Arts Council