Berks Jazz Fest 2012: Jazz In Pink!

At 10pm, the all-female Jazz In Pink! band led by keyboardist Gail Jhonson was playing in the Crown Plaza ballroom. This loose aggregation of bi-coastal players who only do a handful of gigs each year set out to prove that women can play too, and so they did. During the concert that lasted over two hours, several great female players entered the stage, all nicely clad in pink, each playing a couple of songs from their catalog, providing an entertaining and varied show. The opening track featured Gail Johnson on keys, next was saxophonist Paula Atherton who did a heartfelt sax track, followed by the vocal "There Ain't Nothing". Next was songstress Lynn Fidmont, doing "Free", then flautist Althea Rene kicked it up a notch with two great flute tracks, he energy and playing was just great. Things slowed down a bit with electric harpist Mariea Antoinette, before trumpet player Cindy Bradley got back to business, she is truly outstanding and one of the emerging instrumentalists of smooth jazz. Things went through the roof when violinist Karen Briggs entered the stage, the energy, technique, scope and virtuosity of this woman is simply breathtaking, she did a cover of Minnie Ripertons "Loving You" which was the highlight of the whole show for me. After that, the last song reunited all the players on the band, bringing a fun show to a rousing end.