This year's Boscov's Berks Jazz Festival was kicked off by guitarist Jeff Golub at Gerald Veasley's Jazz Base at the Crowne Plaza hotel, an intimate club setting which was just perfect for this concert. As you may be aware, one year ago Jeff Golub lost his eyesight almost completely - just being able to discern shapes and having limited peripheral vision - so he had to be led on stage and performed the concert sitting on a bar stool, wearing sun glasses. Fortunately, his playing has not been afflicted by this condition, he opened the show with "Dangerous Curves", before he played a number of blues tracks from his current CD The Three Kings, among them were "Three Kings", "I'll Play The Blues For You" and "Help The Poor" (featuring the soulful singing of drummer Josh Dion). His band consisted of keyboardist and vocalist Henry Butler, who collaborated on the "Three Kings" CD with him and - ironically - is blind as well since birth, plus drummer Josh Dion, bassist Ron Jenkins, and the three piece Berks Jazz Fest horns, who did a great job as always, providing not only top-notch brass, but credible solos as well. At the end of the show, Golub went back to his jazz-funk repertoire, wrapping up the show with "Pick Up The Pieces" plus an encore. The show was well received, and I am glad to report that Jeff Golub manages to stay on top of his game despite the burden of his near-total vision loss.
Jeff Golub will appear two more times at this year's Berks Jazz Fest. On Thursday, March 29, he will be part of the Berks All-Star Jazz Jam, and on Friday, March 30, he will be one of the special guests of saxophonist Mindi Abair (along with David Pack).