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BERKS JAZZ FEST

Jazz Gets the Blues

Featuring Steve Cole, Nick Colionne, Eric Darius, Clarence Spady,
Pat Bianchi, Alexis P. Suter, Vicki Bell and the Berks Horns

Sunday, April 2, Jazz Brunch at 10 a.m. (Doors) and 11:15 a.m. (Show), DoubleTree by Hilton Reading

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azz Gets the Blues is precisely that and put together especially
for the Berks Jazz Fest. It is a true jazz and blues mix - the
latter provided by Clarence Spady and Alexis P. Suter.

This super concert blends blues classics with burning chops, funky
grooves and high-energy performance.
Saxophonist Steve Cole is one of the most celebrated players in
contemporary jazz, and one of the most original voices as well.

Organist Pat Bianchi brings a reverence for the old, masterful
touch with grooving left-hand bass lines and a scorching righthand technique.

With a style that is both urban and contemporary, Nick Colionne
takes the guitar to unexpected places and delights audiences with
his rich baritone vocals.

Vicki Bell is a backup singer in Suter's band and will add to the
blues dimension.

Noted for his searing and unrelenting passion and energy, saxophonist Eric Darius is taking the idiom to scintillating new heights.

The Berks Horns are Mike Anderson on saxophone, Rob Diener
on trumpet and John Loos on trombone.

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Spady plays with a depth and
sensitivity that can't be taught, effortlessly combining blues, jazz,
funk, Latin and rock into his own unique style characterized by
his moving guitar play and rough street-edged vocals.

Mike Eben's

From the Hip Nonet

Saturday, April 1 at 1 p.m., SOUTH Jazz Parlor at
Berks, DoubleTree by Hilton Reading

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he essence of saxophonist Mike Eben's From the Hip
Nonet is groove, soul and swing. That's what From the
Hip is all about, playing classic soul jazz and hard bop
along with funk and fusion.

The inspiration comes from the Hip - the great jazz artists like
John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver,
Freddie Hubbard, Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan. A nonet, by the
way, connotes there will be a combination of nine instruments in
the performance. SOUTH Kitchen & Jazz Parlor in Philadelphia
has been honored by Downbeat Magazine as one of the Great Jazz
Venues of 2015 and this special concert is capturing that ambience
with the SOUTH Jazz Parlor at Berks.
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Suter primarily is a blues vocalist who transcends styles and genres.
When the great bluesman B.B. King first heard her sing, he shook
his head and remarked, "It's a rare thing to share the stage with
great talent like that young lady." A true vocal phenomenon, Suter
has an extraordinary bass/baritone voice coupled with an amazing
and powerful stage presence.

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