Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest
April 5-14, 2013
E-Newsletter: Volume 9
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Benoit, Loeb, Bromberg,
Marienthal set for Pops shows
Reading Pops Orchestra has been a major part of the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest for
many years, performing with many major artists, including the New York Voices,
Chuck Mangione, Jim Brickman, Ramsey Lewis, Dianne Schurr, Rick Braun, and
This year, the
Reading Pops, under the direction of Dr.
Willis Rapp (photo at right), will be collaborating with an all-star ensemble
featuring David Benoit on piano, Chuck Loeb on guitar, Brian Bromberg on bass,
and Eric Marienthal on saxophone for two concerts that are being hailed as "one
of a kind" and a "first" in contemporary jazz.
Not only will Benoit, Loeb, Bromberg and Marienthal comprise the Pops' rhythm
section for the entire program, they each will contribute orchestra charts for
the two concerts set for Saturday, April 13, 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 14, 3
p.m., at the Miller Center for the Arts.
"This collaboration will be a first," said Brian Bromberg. "As artists, having
the opportunity to perform with the Reading Pops Orchestra is very special.
Having the opportunity to work with the other special guests and the Pops is
very, very special.
"David, Eric, Chuck and myself are really looking forward to collaborating with
Will (Rapp) and the entire Reading Pops Orchestra."
Check out fest's 'Facebook' page
to win concert tickets
media is a great way to stay
connected with Boscov's Berks
Jazz Fest fans.
To stay up on the latest news
and updates, you need to check
out the festival's Facebook
The fest's social media staff
posts news and updates on
artists and concerts almost
Also, to reward our loyal
Facebook followers, the fest has
decided to start a weekly
contest where fans can win
concert tickets by just clicking
the "like" button and responding
to a question.
Last week, a lucky fan won two
tickets to the opening night
concert featuring Dianne Reeves
and the Reading Symphony
This week, someone is going to
win tickets to the Kim Waters
featuring special guest Chante
Coming up will be special
contests for front-row tickets
It pays to stay connected to the
Berks Jazz Fest!
SPECIAL OFFER: Spalding giving
free download of song
to fans who purchase tickets to Berks Jazz Fest concert
dynamic Esperanza Spalding will be one of the major headliners during the
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
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.
Video of the Week:
Legendary guitarist remains
master of jazz improvisation
John Scofield's guitar work has been
influencing the jazz world since the late 1970s -- and that influence is still
going strong today.
John Scofield's Hollowbody Band,
featuring Mike Stern, Bill Stewart and Ben Street, will perform at the Berks
Jazz Fest on Friday, April 5, at Gerald Veasley's Jazz Base at the Crowne Plaza
Reading. Two shows are set for 7 and 10 p.m.
Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity,
John Scofield, better known as "Sco" to his
legion of fans, is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls
somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R&B.
CLICK HERE to view video of "Sco"
performing with his trio at a European concert in 2010.
Some artists love to form a new group just for fun, as was the case with the
Hollowbody Band project Scofield is bringing to the Berks Jazz Fest.
Scofield will be joined by Stern, Street and Stewart, who fit seamlessly into
Scofield's musical adventures.
Improvisation is the keyword, but the group also plays arrangements that allow
complete freedom for the orchestral possibilities of the guitar.
Trumpeter's latest project
thoughtful tribute to Gillespie
A protégé of the legendary jazz master
Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Cuba in 1949, just two years after
Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American
Arturo Sandoval will perform during the
Berks Jazz Fest on Sunday, April 7, at the Miller Center for the Arts, at 7:30
Sandoval pays tribute to Dizzy with his latest CD -- Dear Diz: Every Day I
Think of You -- which showcases many of the bebop legend’s greatest
Dear Diz: Every Day I Think of You has received two Grammy Award
Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of 12. He has since evolved
into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.
Sandoval has won 11 Grammy Awards; 6 Billboard Awards; and one Emmy Award, the
latter for his composing work on the entire underscore of the HBO movie based on
his life -- “For Love or Country” -- starring Andy Garcia.
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