Berks Jazz Fest 2014: Peabo Bryson & Smooth Jazz All-Stars

Saturday evening, it was an all-star event tagged as WDAS/JJZ Night, featuring Peabo Bryson plus saxophonists Mindi Abair, Richard Elliot and Gerald Albright, plus keyboardist Brian Simpson. The rest of the band consisted of Third Richardson on drums, Nate Phillips on bass and Gerey Johnson on guitar. They opened with an sax led instrumental, before Peabo Bryson did one song, singing "By The Time The Night Is Over", before he disappeared again leaving the stage to the instrumentalists. They were alternating between each other with Gerald Albright doing his "Bermuda Nights", Richard Elliot did his version of "Keep On Trucking" (complete with doing the vocals part on the EWI), Mindi Abair did a song from her current release Wild Heart (leaning a bit more into a rock direction) and her biggest hit "Lucy", while Brian Simpson played his radio hits, among them "Let's Get Close", plus a host of other songs. One song done together was the EWF classic "Reasons" from their Summer Horns release. We had to wait until the end of the concert, to get another slice of Peabo Bryson who returned to do a few more songs, among them "Show And Tell", to conclude an entertaining show.