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23rd annual
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest

April 5-14, 2013

E-Newsletter: Volume 11


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Encore! Incognito
featuring Maysa set for festival encore

    Incognito featuring Maysa is back!
    The legendary United Kingdom-based band is recognized as one of the best funk/jazz/soul ensembles in the world, a pioneer of the acid jazz movement who has delighted fans for decades.
    Last year, Incognito made its first appearance at the Berks Jazz Fest and left fans wanting more.
    So, by popular demand, the fest committee decided to invite the band back to be part of the fest.
    Incognito featuring Maysa will perform Saturday, April 6, at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center. Show hits at 7 p.m.
    Incognito is a 15-piece ensemble formed in 1980 by Jean Paul 'Bluey' Maunick, who has been at the core of the band ever since.
    Their debut album, Jazz Funk, was released in 1981, with 14 more albums following, the last of which, Surreal, was released in 2012.
    Surreal is Incognito's look into the future, featuring two of the brightest young stars on the British soul scene, Mo Brandis, who is being hailed as England's John Legend, and soul diva Natalie Williams.
    Longtime Incognito lead singer, the incomparable Maysa, will be part of the show.
Maysa has been thrilling R&B and Jazz audiences for decades. She released her latest solo offering, Motions of Love, in 2011. This album represents the pinnacle of Maysa brilliant recording career.

Check out Facebook page to win FREE concert tickets
    Social media is a great way to stay connected with Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest fans.
    To stay up on the latest news and updates, you need to check out the festival's Facebook page.
    The fest's social media staff posts news and updates on artists and concerts almost every day.
    Also, to reward our loyal Facebook followers, the fest has started a special "Front-Row Friday" promotion where fans can win front-row seats to see their favorite artists.
    Last week, a lucky fan won front-row tickets to the Brian Culbertson concert. This week someone will win front-row seats to the Jazz Attack! concert.
    It pays to stay connected to the Berks Jazz Fest!

Braun, White, Elliot, Lorber ready to 'attack' on April 12
    What do you get when you bring together saxophonist Richard Elliot, trumpeter Rick Braun, guitarist Peter White and keyboardist Jeff Lorber?
    One serious JAZZ ATTACK! And one great concert!
    This special all-star lineup was put together just for the Berks Jazz Fest. The show is set for Friday, April 12, 7 p.m., at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.
    Elliot has partnered in the past with Braun on the many RnR tours. When they get together, you know it's going to be a hot show and a lot of fun.
    Over the years, White has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists in contemporary jazz. Armed with an unparalleled combination of lyricism and energy, he combines elements of jazz, pop and classical guitar to create a sound that is unique and accessible to a broad audience.
    Jeff Lorber was a pioneer in the jazz fusion movement in the 1970s. After leading his own group, The Jeff Lorber Fusion, he went on to pioneer the smooth jazz genre.
    You do not want to miss this show!

      Videos of the Week
  (Click on artist's name to view video)

Kurt Elling

Dave Samuels

Keiko Matsui


 Gospel According to Jazz

Whalum, Butler, McClurkin
set for dynamic fest finale

    When the fest committee planned the 2013 lineup/schedule, its goal was to create a special concert to end the 10-day event.
    A conversation with Kirk Whalum planted a seed that has grown into what promises to be an amazing finale.
   The "Gospel According to Jazz Celebration" concert is set for Sunday, April 14, 7 p.m., at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.
    It will feature Whalum and his band, Jonathan Butler, and legendary gospel vocalist Donnie McClurkin, plus the Reading-based DOXA Gospel Ensemble.
    Whalum and Butler have been blending jazz and gospel music throughout their outstanding careers.
    Whalum has released a series of three Gospel According to Jazz CDs, winning several Grammy Awards.
    Butler's latest CD -- Grace and Mercy -- delivers the kind of biblically grounded, emotionally uplifting songs that have made the guitarist famous.
    Vocalist McClurkin is one of the biggest names in gospel music. He has won three Grammy awards, 10 Stellar awards, two BET awards, two Soul Train awards, and a Dove award.

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