Berks Jazz Fest 2010: Brian Bromberg & Friends

Late Saturday night, Brian Bromberg & Friends - who was promoting his current It Is What It Is CD - was appearing at the Crowne Plaza Reading Ballroom. The bass player was backed by the great Will Kennedy on drums, Gary Meek on sax, Alec Milstein on bass and Thomas Zink on keyboards, plus the Berks Jazz Fest Horns, with an array of top-notch friends lined up to bring us lots of good music. Additionally, the show was broadcasted on TV. On keyboards was Jeff Lorber who provided many cool solos during the evening, they opened the show with "Mr. Miller" which provided some heavy bass slapping and horns, bringing things up to speed. The first guests were Chuck Loeb on guitar and newcomer Cindy Bradley on trumpet playing the uptempo groover "It Is What It Is". Then saxophonist Michael Lington performed "You And I" from his last CD Heat mellowing things out a little bit, later followed by saxophonist Marion Meadows doing his own "Dressed To Chill". The funked up version of "Theme from Sanford & Son" featuring Gary Meek went down very well with the crowd, then Cindy Bradley played her current single "Bloom", before Chuck Loeb was leading one of his songs, followed by Michael Lington and Marion Meadows doing "Through The Time". Another highlight was Brian Bromberg's version of the B-52's hit "Love Shack". The concert - which lasted over 2 hours - was concluded with Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon" having all artists on stage for a rousing finale.