Back in September, Brooklyn Comes Alive took over three venues in Williamsburg, New York City, offering up the characteristic tributes, supergroups, and all-around musical madness the event has become known for. On Sunday, September 23rd, a supergroup led by critically acclaimed saxophonist Skerik took over Schimanski mid-day, boasting a stacked lineup also featuring Reed Mathis, Alan Evans, Will Bernard, and Wil Blades. Skerik, Mathis, Evans, Bernard, and Blades absolutely tore up their performance, offering a masterclass in jazz-inspired improvisation.
One of the best parts of the show was watching the electric chemistry between the five musicians on stage, with grins abounding on stage and across the audience as the ensemble laid out an impeccable jazz-funk-fusion set. While predictably tight sonically, the all-star supergroup maintained a loose and playful vibe, allowing each member to shine and truly flex their musical muscles both as individuals and as a collective unit.
Thanks to Rex Thomson and Eric McRoberts, you can check out full video of Skerik, Reed Mathis, Alan Evans, Will Bernard, and Wil Blades’ outstanding performance at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive. Relive the magic for yourself below!
[Photo: Patrick Hughes]