Berks Jazz Fest 2014: The Gospel According To Jazz IV Celebration

Sunday night, the festival closed with The Gospel According To Jazz IV Celebration featuring Kirk Whalum and friends. The show was opened with Rick Braun playing "Ave Maria" solo on trumpet from the audience, with Kirk Whalum joining him doing "Amazing Grace" on the saxophone, then the pace picked up with the band joining in, playing "Amen, Amen" in New Orleans style with the audience clapping along. The band consisted of Kevin Turner on guitar, Marcus Finnie on drums, John Stoddart on keyboards and Braylon Lacy on bass. Kevin Whalum joined in for "Can't Stay Blue" which was a swinging jazz track with Kevin singing and scatting along. Bassist Gerald Veasley joined in for one bass led track. Next was special guest Keiko Matsui on keyboards to do "Affirmation" (which she recorded with Kirk Whalum on her The Road... album), then they played "Sunday's Best" by the late Wayman Tisdale, before Kevin Whalum did a great version of "Wade In The Water" having the audience sing along. John Stoddard was featured on his own "Put Love, Love, Love In It", then Oleta Adams joined the stage to do Kirk Whalum's "It's What I Do", followed by her own "Holy Is The Lamb", just accompanying herself at the keyboards. After that it was time for the DOXA Gospel Ensemble to come onto the stage, they did "God Has Smiled On Me" and "Holy, Holy", providing a true gospel feeling. The highlight of the show came with the instrumental version of "I Will Always Love You" featuring Kirk Whalum on saxophone and Keiko Matsui on keyboards. The show was finished with Rick Braun joining on trombone with everybody to do Todd Rundgren's "Love Is The Answer", providing a great climax and worthy end of another remarkable gospel show.