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23rd annual
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest

April 5-14, 2013

E-Newsletter: Vol. 4

Lineup, schedule announced for 10-day Berks Jazz Fest;
individual concert tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.

From its preview concert, "Jazz Under the Stars," in the Reading Public Museum Neag Planetarium on to the grand finale, "The Gospel According to Jazz," the 23rd annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest will emphasize community, collaboration and, most importantly, a great variety of music.
Tickets for all the major concerts will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. for the annual festival, presented by the Berks Arts Council.
CLICK HERE for the complete schedule of major concerts.
CLICK HERE for complete information on how to purchase festival tickets.
Berks Jazz Fest fans will find much to choose from in a lineup that features everything from smooth to straight-ahead jazz, blues to be-bop, big band to Latin. And, of course, midnight jams on both weekends.
The official opening night of the festival, Friday, April 5, will feature two concerts by past festival favorites -- pianist Keiko Matsui at the Miller Center for the Arts and, performing with the Reading Symphony Orchestra during their 100th anniversary season, singer Dianne Reeves (photo above) at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center.
READING EAGLE: Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest -- community, collaboration, variety
READING EAGLE: The faces of Berks Jazz Fest 2013
A Peter White Christmas: Tickets remain for 7 p.m. show
The annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest holiday show is set for this Sunday.
"A Peter White Christmas featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair" will be presented on Sunday at the Miller Center for the Arts located on the campus of Reading Area Community College.
Shows are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets available for 7 p.m. show.
Limited tickets remain for the 3 p.m. show (call CD Exchange at 610-777-2310 for availability). You do not want to miss this jazzy holiday tradition.
Complete details on the show and how to get tickets at
SPECIAL OFFER: Spalding giving free download of song
to fans who purchase tickets to Berks Jazz Fest concert
Esperanza Spalding will be one of the major headliners during the 23rd annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest.
The young bassist, vocalist, composer will be performing on Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., at the Scottish Rite Cathedral Performing Arts Center.
That's the good news!
Now for the better news!
Esperanza Spalding is offering a free download of the song "City of Roses" from her Radio Music Society CD to all fans who purchase tickets to her Berks Jazz Fest concert. Now that is a win-win deal.
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."

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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