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23rd annual
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest

April 5-14, 2013

E-Newsletter: Volume 7

 

    Merry Christmas
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest Fans!

CLICK HERE to enjoy Kurt Elling
singing the jazz classic "Cool Yule"

 


CLICK HERE for the complete schedule of major Berks Jazz Fest concerts.
CLICK HERE for complete information on how to purchase fest tickets.

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for printable PDF copy of official fest brochure.



Red-hot Ana Popovic headlines festival's blues schedule
Jazz News magazine recently described Ana Popovic as "proof that the reincarnation of Jimi Hendrix is a woman."
Ana Popovic, a big fan of Jimi, was naturally honored, but she laughed and said: "There is only one Jimi, just like there is only one Stevie Ray Vaughan."
Ana was right, of course, but with her unique blend of blues, tinged with jazz, funk and rock, there is also only one Ana Popovic.
Popovic and her band are bringing their red-hot act to the Berks Jazz Fest, performing Saturday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., at the Inn at Reading. Steve Guyger & The Excellos will open the dynamic co-bill.
Popovic is coming off an amazing 2012. She was nominated for three Music Blues Awards: Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist; Best Contemporary Blues Album (Unconditional); best DVD of the Year (An Evening at Trasimeno Lake).
CLICK HERE to view the just-released world premiere of Popovic's new video Can You Stand the Heat, one of the songs from her upcoming album to be released in April, just in time for the fest!

 


Gerald Veasley joins Rick Braun's 'Homecoming' show
Allentown native Rick Braun has added Philly bassist Gerald Veasley as a special guest for his "Homecoming Concert" at the Musikfest Café in Bethlehem.
The concert, a special Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest Preview event, is set for Saturday, March 30, 7:30 p.m., at the Musikfest Café located on the SteelStacks complex.
Braun has never performed in his hometown of Allentown -- or the surrounding Lehigh Valley. Thanks to the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest and Musikfest Café management, that is changing with this concert.
"I'm really looking forward to performing in my hometown area," said Braun. "Really appreciate this opportunity. And I'm happy Gerald (Veasley) was available to be part of the show. It's going to be a great warm up for our numerous Berks Jazz Fest performances."
Tickets are on sale now!

Kim Waters, Chante Moore added to festival lineup
Saxophonist Kim Waters and vocalist 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 are on sale NOW!
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. He 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.
Berks Jazz Fest Radio available on Web, smart phones
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest Radio is back!
You can enjoy some great music 24/7 by simply going to berksjazzfest.com.
And now,
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.
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, multimedia offering that will be announced soon!

      Video of the Week:
           Cyrille Aimée



International chanteuse
to make Berks fest debut

The petite, curly-haired French jazz singer Cyrille Aimée & The Surreal Band will perform during the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest on Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., at the Miller Center of the Arts located on the Reading Area Community College campus.
Aimée is part of the "New Faces of Jazz" co-bill that also includes the amazing pianist Eldar and his trio.
Last year, Eldar created a buzz with his festival performance.
The voices inside Aimée, whose father is French and whose mother is Dominican, come from all over. One minute she is a French chanteuse, the next a playful salsa singer, the next she dabbles in Bobby McFerrin-like electronics with a loop pedal. Everything is connected and integrated into an internationalist concept of jazz that has no stylistic hierarchy.
CLICK HERE to view video of Cyrille performing with guitarist Diego Figueiredo.

 

    'Jazz Under The Stars'
     Thursday, January 3

Andy Roberts & Friends

Andy Roberts & Friends set
for Museum series concert

The Reading Public Museum's "Jazz Under the Stars at the Neag Planetarium" series continues Thursday, January 3, at 7 p.m.
Andy Roberts & Friends will perform a number of great jazz tunes that have a "space" theme, plus some original music, as well.
Roberts said "Swingin on the Moon," "How High The Moon," "Stars Fell on Alabama," and "Moonlight in Vermont" will be part of the performance.
Pianist Roberts arrived at his approach to music and composition through the absorption of musical styles from disparate eras. His influences range from jazz greats Fats Waller, Bud Powell, and Chick Corea to rockers like Professor Longhair and Rick Wakeman.
Vibraphonist Tony Miceli, whose playing has been compared with the legendary Milt Jackson and Gary Burton resides in Philadelphia, and has been working steadily on the jazz scene since 1980. As a group leader, sideman, and recording artist, he has performed with numerous top musicians worldwide.
Other members of the ensemble are Fred Griggs, drums, Nicole Roberts, vocals; Andy Alonso, bass.



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