Berks Jazz Fest 2017: Kirk Whalum's Gospel According To Jazz Celebration

The closing concert of the festival traditionally took place at the Scottish Rite Cathedral with Kirk Whalum's Gospel According To Jazz Celebration featuring Kevin Whalum, Doxa Gospel Ensemble, Lindsey Webster, Tamika Patton plus special guest Fred Hammond. The band consisted of Kevin Turner on guitar, Marcus Finnie on drums, Braylon Lacy on bass and musical director John Stoddart on keys and vocals. This event has become a festival favourite and always sells out. The band started out with "Do You Feel It" and an instrumental that gave each member some solo time, before the singers came out, first Kevin Whalum did "Somebody, Somewhere", before Lindsey Webster and Tamika Patton each did a great song, then it was time for the main guest Fred Hammond to take over with a string of his hits, plus some preaching in between songs. The night was concluded with the rousing "Love Is The Answer" joining all the artists for the finale, having everybody on their feet.