This special event is part of the 2022 Montco Jazz Festival at Rivet.
The band led by Bennie Sims will be performing a set of Jazz Fusion in the vein of Stanley Clarke, Herbie Hancock and Grover Washington Jr. to name a few. The band will also feature area A-list talents: Jimmy Fingers (Keys), Rick Tate (sax), Selara Mann (drums) and more.
Music has been the strongest adhesive in Bennie Sims’ life. He and his bass, upright or guitar, are tethered to each other. For him, going through life without a bass makes as much sense as going to the hunt without a gun. “When I first remember hearing music, it wasn’t good enough to just listen to it,” he said. “I had to do it. I was just intrigued by the feeling that playing music gave me; the joy that it brought. It was funny how the notes would speak to you—whichever musical phrase you played, the emotion it would evoke. It moved me in a way that I wanted to experience as much as I could. It still is that way for me.”
That passion fueled him to become a highly regarded bassist, performer, music director, bandleader, producer, composer, and educator. Sims, originally from Pottstown, has worked with countless A-list artists throughout his career, including Al Jarreau, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Dizzy Gillespie, The Spinners, The Temptations, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Tower of Power, Pieces of a Dream, and The Three Degrees.
Bennie spent years touring the world as a performing artist and was the music director of The Three Degrees for 28 years prior to retiring from them three years ago, when he pulled back on touring. He still writes and produces top-selling jazz albums. Sims was part of the number-one jazz album by Pieces of a Dream, On Another Note (2019). He co-wrote one of the songs, and co-produced one. He has worked on many albums with them over the years, as a performer, writer and producer. All the records on which he collaborated with them were in the top five or six on the jazz charts.
Table space is limited. We are sorry we can not accommodate phone requests or requests through email on our site. All unreserved seating is on a first come, first served on the evenings of the shows.
238 E. High StreetPottstown, PA 19464