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23rd annual
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest

April 5-14, 2013

E-Newsletter: Vol. 3

A Peter White Christmas: Tickets remain for 7 p.m. show
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 are two shows -- 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets are available for the 7 p.m. show. Limited tickets remain for the 3 p.m. show (call CD Exchange at 610-777-2310 for availability).
If you are planning to attend this holiday tradition, get your tickets now!
Complete details on the show and how to get tickets at
Fest headliner Sandoval wins
Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy

The Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest is proud to present legendary Cuban trumpeter and composer Arturo Sandoval during the 23rd annual event.
Sandoval and his band will perform Sunday, April 7, 7:30 p.m., at the Miller Center for the Arts located on the Reading Area Community College Campus.
The concert will include music from Sandoval's  latest CD project -- Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You) -- which won the Best Latin Jazz Album category at the Latin Grammy Awards ceremony held last weekend in Las Vegas.
Dear Diz also won the Grammy for Best Engineered Album.
The Dear Diz project is Sandoval’s tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, with whom Sandoval was touring when he defected from his native Cuba in 1990.
Arturo also won a Latin Grammy for Best Tango Album -- Tango Como Yo Te Siento -- last weekend, raising his career Grammy total to 12.

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.
Festival artists: Fourplay featuring Lalah Hathaway,
Rick Braun, David Benoit, Incognito featuring Maysa

The lineup and schedule for the 23rd annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest has been finalized.
The star-studded lineup means it is going to be another 10 days of great music starting Friday, April 5.
One of the major headliners will be the jazz super group Fourplay (photo right).
Joining Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason and Chuck Loeb for the Berks Jazz Fest performance will be special guest vocalist Lalah Hathaway (photo left).
In addition to Fourplay and Hathaway, other confirmed headliners are Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, who will be performing with the Reading Symphony Orchestra; Keiko Matsui; 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; Gerald Veasley's Sounds of Philly featuring Phil Perry, Nick Colionne, Carol Riddick and Kindred The Family Soul.
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.
Élan 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!

Gospel According
to Jazz Celebration

Whalum, Butler, McClurkin
to headline festival finale

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.
Whalum and Butler have been blending jazz and gospel music throughout their outstanding careers.
Vocalist and minister 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, a Dove award and a NAACP Image award for his work.


          'A Pops Holiday'
           Sunday, Dec. 9

Reading Pops Orchestra joins
forces with saxophonist Neu

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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