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23rd annual
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest

April 5-14, 2013

E-Newsletter: Vol. 5

Kim Waters featuring special guest Chante Moore replaces
Will Downing on fest schedule; tickets go on sale Friday

Kim Waters and Chante Moore have been added to the lineup for the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest.
The "Kim Waters featuring special guest Chante Moore" concert is set for Saturday, April 6, 10 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Reading ballroom.
Waters and Moore replace Will Downing, who had to cancel his performance due to an unexpected conflict with his schedule.
Tickets for the Waters-Moore concert go on sale Friday, December 14, at 10 a.m.
If you purchased tickets for the Will Downing concert online, Ticketmaster will notify you regarding refunds. If you purchased tickets at the box office, you must go to the box office to get a refund.
Kim Waters is no stranger to Berks Jazz Fest fans, having performed several times with his own band and as a member of The Sax Pack.
Kim Waters has been heralded as “simply one of the planet’s best saxophonists” by JazzTimes and touted as a “romantic pied piper” by The Washington Post. Waters has built an impressive and enviable career giving his fans what they want, along the way garnering praise from critics and fans.
Since the release of her 1992 debut CD -- Precious -- Chante Moore has been a mainstay R&B diva, her popularity spreading around the world. She has outlasted lesser female artists with her own mix of soul and jazz, and has the ability to set your heart racing with her looks and lyrics.
Moore continues to enjoy success, winning Soul Train Music, American Music and NAACP Image awards.
Although her style has changed over the years as she explored different artistic styles, Chante is known best for her classy, soulful R&B style that harkens back to the music that she refers to in her hit Old School Lovin' -- the sounds of Motown and Philly.

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Berks Jazz Fest Radio available free for mobile phones
Berks Jazz Fest Radio is back and available at
It also is available free for smart phones -- iPhone and Android.
Fest fans can enjoy the music of their favorite artists who will be performing during the 10-day festival -- at any time of the day.
In addition to the website, the Berks Jazz Fest Radio APP can be downloaded FREE at the iTunes App Store and Android Market.
Get ready for the fest by enjoying the music of Dianne Reeves, Najee, Rick Braun, Brian Bromberg, Brian Culbertson, Incognito, Nick Colionne, Lee Ritenour and many more!
The festival is working on another major, multi-media offering that will be announced soon!
SPECIAL OFFER: Spalding giving free download of song
to fans who purchase tickets to Berks Jazz Fest concert
Esperanza Spalding is one of the major headliners for the 23rd annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest.
The young bassist, vocalist and 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 has won the award.
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.

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 an NAACP Image award for his work.


          Bobby Caldwell
         ready to swing

Vocalist, Andrew Neu guests
with Dave Stahl Big Band

Legendary singer/songwriter Bobby Caldwell is set to headline a special, swinging night of big band during the festival.
Bobby Caldwell will perform with the popular and dynamic Dave Stahl Big Band on Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Reading ballroom.
Caldwell and band leader/trumpeter Stahl will be joined by another special guest, saxophonist Andrew Neu.
From blue-eyed soul to pop, R&B and standards singer/songwriter, Caldwell is one of the most respected artists in the music industry.
Caldwell's live performances are always electrifying. Drawing from his vast repertoire of rousing R&B, intimate jazz stylings and big band songs, Bobby has the ability to entertain at any venue, for fans of all ages.

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