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23rd annual
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest

April 5-14, 2013

E-Newsletter: Vol. 2

Tickets going fast for the
'A Peter White Christmas'

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.
Tickets are available for the 7 p.m. show. Very few tickets remain for the 3 p.m. show (phone orders only).
If you are planning to attend this holiday tradition, get your tickets now!
Complete details on the show and how to get tickets at
Whalum, Butler, and McClurkin
to headline special Gospel show

The final concert of the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest will be a special "Gospel According to Jazz Celebration," that will be headlined by Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, and Donnie McClurkin.
The concert is set for Sunday, April 14, 7 p.m., at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.
"This is going to be an awesome concert," said Whalum, who will serve as musical director for the show that also will feature his band. "I really appreciate the Berks Jazz Fest for making it happen for the musicians and the fans."
Whalum and Butler have been blending jazz and gospel music throughout their outstanding careers.
Vocalist and minister Donnie McClurkin (photo) 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, a Dove award and a NAACP Image award for his work.

The complete lineup/schedule for the 23rd annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 25, at; in the Reading Eagle; and on Facebook.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m.
Fest headliners: Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding,
Keiko Matsui, Kurt Elling, Bobby Caldwell
, Phil Perry

The lineup and schedule for the 23rd annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest is close to being finalized -- and it's going to be 10 days of great music starting Friday, April 5.
In addition to Esperanza Spalding, other confirmed artists are Dianne Reeves, who will be performing with the Reading Symphony Orchestra; Keiko Matsui (photo); Will Downing; Najee with special guest Alex Bugnon, and Lee Ritenour with special guest Michael Lington.
The Dave Stahl Big Band featuring Bobby Caldwell and Andrew Neu; Kurt Elling; Arturo Sandoval; 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; Jonathan Butler; Maysa & Her Jazz Soul Funk Symphony; Marcus Johnson.
√Član Trotman & Friends; Marc Antoine; David Benoit, Brian Bromberg, Chuck Loeb and Eric Marienthal with the Reading Pops Orchestra; Dave Samuels & The Caribbean Jazz Project featuring the Catonsville High (Md.) Steel Drum Band; and many more.
Let us know your thoughts on the lineup. CLICK HERE to comment!

      Berks All-Star Jam

Incredible all-star lineup
set for concert at Crowne

The annual Berks All-Star Jazz Jam has become a must-see concert during the annual festival.
The 2013 "jam" lineup may be the best ever. The following are committed to perform Thursday, April 11, 8 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Reading ballroom.
Chuck Loeb (photo above), guitar
Norman Brown, guitar
Peter White, guitar
Marc Antoine, guitar
Rick Braun, trumpet
Gerald Veasley, bass
Brian Bromberg, bass
Gerald Albright, sax
Richard Elliot, sax
Eric Marienthal, sax
Jeff Lorber, keyboards
David Benoit, piano
Lionel Cordew, drums
Dave Samuels, vibes
Bobby Caldwell, vocals


           'A Pops Holiday'
Sunday, Dec. 9, Miller Center

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 located on the Reading Community College Campus.
The 3 p.m. concert will feature special guest Andrew Neu, the dynamic saxophonist who is 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 for the Pops holiday show.

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