Berks Jazz Fest 2010: Tribute to Grover Washington, Jr.

Saturday evening one of the first true highlights took place with the "Remembering a Legend: Music of Grover Washington Jr." show put together by Jason Miles, a true labor of love dedicated to the great late saxophonist who hailed from Philadelphia, his wife Christine was in the audience also. Jason Miles summoned some of Grover's old cohorts like Buddy Williams on drums, Neil Jason on bass and - most notably - Ralph MacDonald on percussion, who was with Grover for a long time and composed several of his greatest hits. The show was aptly kicked off with "Winelight", featuring Gerald Albright on saxophone, followed by a great rendition of "East River Drive" giving Jeff Golub the opportunity to shine on the guitar. Then it was the turn of Walter Beasley to deliver "Reaching Out". Next was Ada Rovatti on sax, later joined by husband Randy Brecker on trumpet playing the cool "Loran's Dance". Then it was time for songstress Chante Moore to sing "Just The Two Of Us" along with Gerald Albright on the sax, followed by "The Look Of Love" supported by Jeff Golub on guitar with some spirited interaction between the two. Later in the show, they delved into "Black Frost" from the seminal Mr. Magic album, "Inner City Blues" featuring Chante Moore and at the end - inevitably - Grover's signature track "Mr. Magic" joining everybody on the stage, bringing another great Jason Miles project to a rousing end.