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23rd annual
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest

April 5-14, 2013

E-Newsletter: Vol. 1

Holiday tickets going fast;
7 p.m. show still available

The annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest holiday show is a red-hot ticket.
"A Peter White Christmas featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair" will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Miller Center for the Arts located on the campus of Reading Area Community College.
There will be two shows -- 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Very few tickets remain for the 3 p.m. show; great seats still are available for the 7 p.m. show. If you are planning to attend this holiday tradition, get your tickets now!
Complete details on the show and how to get tickets at
Festival lineup nearly finalized;
Esperanza Spalding headliner

Esperanza Spalding -- the young bassist, vocalist, composer -- will be one of the major headliners during the 23rd annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest.
The date, time and venue will be announced Sunday, Nov. 25.
Spalding was one of the biggest breakout stars of 2011 -- not just in jazz, but in all genres of music. Her receipt of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best New Artist was unprecedented -- the first time a jazz musician had won the award.
Esperanza Spalding will be touring with her 11-piece Radio Music Society ensemble -- also the name of her current CD -- featuring a seven-piece horn section.
After reviewing Esperanza's concert, Rick Nowlin of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently wrote: "Let's cut to the chase. If you ever have the chance to see Esperanza Spalding in concert, consider it a bargain at twice the price."
Other headliners: Dianne Reeves, Will Downing, Najee, Lee Ritenour, Fourplay, Incognito, Kirk Whalum, Maysa
The lineup and schedule for the 23rd annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest is close to being finalized -- and it's going to be a great 10 days of music.
In addition to Esperanza Spalding, other confirmed artists are Dianne Reeves, who will be performing with the Reading Symphony Orchestra; Will Downing; Najee with special guest Alex Bugnon, and Lee Ritenour with special guest Michael Lington.
Kurt Elling; Arturo Sandoval (photo); Keiko Matsui; Gerald Veasley's Sounds of Philly featuring Phil Perry, Nick Colionne, Carol Riddick and Kindred The Family Soul; Fourplay with special guest Lalah Hathaway.
Incognito featuring Maysa; Gerald Albright & Norman Brown; Brian Culbertson; Jazz Attack featuring Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Peter White and Jeff Lorber; John Scofield's Hollowbody Band; Steve Smith & Vital Information/NYC Edition; Brecker Brothers Band Reunion; Kirk Whalum and Kevin Whalum; Marcus Johnson; and many, many more to be announced.
Let us know your thoughts on the lineup. Complete lineup and schedule will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 25.
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March 1-3, 2013

Crowne Plaza Reading
will host annual camp

Gerald Veasley's Bass BootCamp offers attendees an experience unlike any other music seminar.
Veasley's bootcamp program is the ultimate experience for bassists -- of all ages and skills -- looking to grow and develop during a dynamic weekend getaway.
The participants learn, perform and are exposed to leading bass players as well as bass-related music concerts in Gerald Veasley Jazz Base at the Crowne Plaza, including a Bootcamp Jam.

Confirmed instructors for the 2013 camp are Michael Manring, Adam Nitti, Patrick Pfeiffer, and Anthony Wellington, with more bassists to be added to the staff.
CLICK HERE for complete details and how to register!


           'A Pops Holiday'

Reading Pops Orchestra,
Andrew Neu join forces

The Reading Pops Orchestra continues its popular Sunday with the Pops series with the annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Miller Center for the Arts.
The 3 p.m. concert will feature special guest Andrew Neu, a regular performer at the Berks Jazz Fest.
Pops conductor Dr. Willis Rapp and Neu have put together an outstanding program of holiday classics and several selections from Neu's songbook.
From his appearances with Peter Nero & The Philly Pops and the Philadelphia Orchestra to his live performances touring with Bobby Caldwell, Diane Schuur and Smokey Robinson, Andrew Neu is one of the most exciting multi-genre musicians today.
CLICK HERE for complete details and how to purchase tickets.

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