Berks Jazz Fest 2011: Nick Colionne & Brian Simpson

Sunday we got the Smooth Jazz 92.7 Sunday Brunch show featuring guitarist Nick Colionne and keyboardist Brian Simpson, along with Jeff Kashiwa on sax. I went to the later show at 1pm, there were tables set up in the Crowne Plaza ballroom and we got a nice buffet, followed by the show. They started with a Jeff Kashiwa track, followed by "Southbeach" featuring Brian Simpson with the keyboards strapped around his neck, then it was Nick Colionne's turn with two tracks, one of them his great rendition of "Rainy Night In Georgia" featuring his velvety voice. Then Jeff Kashiwa took over playing "Blue Jeans" with a swaying Reggae rhythm, followed by Brian Simpson getting into a laid-back latin vibe with "Brazilian", then getting romantic with "Let's Get Close" with his trademark keyboard playing. Nick Colionne kicked it up a notch with his version of "Hurry Up This Way Again", Jeff Kashiwa keep things up with "Hyde Park" with some audience participation.The other players were Tim Gant on keys, Frank Richardson III on drums and John Dillard on bass. The band was called for an encore and did a blues shuffle, bringing a very entertaining concert featuring some of our favorite smooth jazz artists to a rousing end.