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23rd annual
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
The 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 others.
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
Social 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 page.
The fest's social media staff posts news and updates on artists and concerts almost every day.
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 Orchestra.
This week, someone is going to win tickets to the Kim Waters featuring special guest Chante Moore concert.
Coming up will be special contests for front-row tickets and more.
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
The 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 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.

      Video of the Week:
          John Scofield

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.


        Arturo Sandoval
 remembers Dizzy

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 jazz.
Arturo Sandoval will perform during the Berks Jazz Fest on Sunday, April 7, at the Miller Center for the Arts, at 7:30 p.m.
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 compositions.
Dear Diz: Every Day I Think of You has received two Grammy Award nominations.
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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