Sunday, March 30, 2008

Jazz Fest 2008 - Sunday, March 30

11am - Marty Mellinger Trio -
Jazz Lunch - L'Arte della Vita
Marty Mellinger is the keyboardist for the Ladies of Jazz, he has been a performer, composer, producer and arranger for almost twenty five years.Trained in both jazz and classical music, he was originally tapped by Bruce Springsteen as the original keyboard player for the East Street Band.Currently, he produces a roster of artists of all types, from jazz singers to classical pianists, writes, arranges and performs original music for artists, television and radio.

1:30pm - Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead -
The Miller Center

Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead shines spotlight on talented youth during the VF Outlet Berks Jazz Fest. Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead, a music residency program for young people, is coming to the Berks Jazz Fest. There is no cost for tickets. 610-898-1930 (

7pm - Grover Washington Tribute -
The Sovereign Center

To Grover With Love - with Patti LaBelle, Walter Beasley, Everette Harp, Kim Waters, Maysa, Phil Perry, Chuck Loeb, Will Lee, Buddy Williams, Ralph MacDonald, and music director Jason Miles

Legendary saxophonist Grover Washington Jr. may be gone in body, but his warm, uplifting spirit and the musical treasures he left behind are very much still a part of the contemporary jazz landscape.
Over eight years since his sudden passing in December 1999, top radio stations in the format continue to play his classics “Winelight,” “Let It Flow” and “Just The Two of Us,” and numerous genre artists have paid tribute to him on disc and on tour.
The show includes the highly revered singer and songwriter Patti LaBelle; triple threat of popular veteran smooth jazz saxophonists Walter Beasley, Kim Waters and Everette Harp; longtime Berks favorite, guitarist/producer Chuck Loeb; percussionist Ralph MacDonald, who produced Winelight and wrote “Mr. Magic”; legendary NYC drummer Buddy Williams; and the incomparable vocalists Phil Perry and Maysa.

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