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24th annual
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest

March 28-April 6, 2014

Newsletter: Volume 11


PBS39 'Faces of Jazz' series kicks off Saturday, Feb. 8;
Gerald Veasley, Chuck Loeb, and Eldar featured artists

     The Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest and WLVT PBS39/Lehigh Valley are collaborating to produce a special series of jazz programs.
     The program is called the "Faces of Jazz"
and will feature Berks Jazz Fest artists Gerald Veasley, Chuck Loeb and Eldar.
     The series starts this Saturday with the Gerald Veasley segment airing at 6 p.m., and Chuck Loeb at 6:30 p.m.
     The 30-minute programs feature performances by the respective artists and up-close-and-personal interviews. The series was recorded at the PBS39 studios in Bethlehem last December.
     "We are pleased to be collaborating with PBS39 on this project," said Karen Haver, executive director of the Berks Arts Council. "The 'Faces of Jazz' series will be a great way to showcase Gerald, Chuck, Eldar and the entire festival to a large audience."

'Faces of Jazz' Schedule / WLVT PBS39 (Check local channel listings)
     Saturday, Feb. 8: Gerald Veasley, 6 p.m.; Chuck Loeb, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15: Eldar, 6 p.m.; Gerald Veasley, 6:30 p.m., Feb. 22: Chuck Loeb, 6 p.m.; Eldar, 6:30 p.m.
     Tuesday, Feb. 25: Gerald Veasley, 9 p.m.; Chuck Loeb, 9:30 p.m.; Eldar, 10 p.m.
     Tuesday, March 25: Gerald Veasley, 9 p.m.; Chuck Loeb, 9:30 p.m.; Eldar, 10 p.m.
     Also, the programs will be aired on PBS39's Create TV (Channel 266 Comcast) on the following Wednesdays at 7 p.m. -- Feb. 19; Feb. 26; March 12, March 19 and March 26.


Preview series: Frank Bey at Building 24 Live on Feb. 7
     While waiting for the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest, fans can get their jazz and blues fix at Building 24 Live located in Wyomissing just outside of downtown Reading.
     The festival and B24 Live have teamed up to present a special series of preview concerts, featuring the best in jazz and blues.
     Friday, Feb. 7: Soul, Blues icon Frank Bey (photo), 7:30 p.m.
     Saturday, Feb. 8: "Remembering Frank Scott" featuring Tim Warfield Organ Band with special guest Bootsie Barnes, 7:30 p.m.
     Thursday, Feb. 27: Blues guitarist Popa Chubby, 7:30 p.m.
     Thursday, March 6: Iconic blues band Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, 7:30 p.m.
     Saturday, March 8: Blues vocalist Dana Fuchs, 7:30 p.m.
     Friday, March 14: Contemporary jazz super group Four 80 East featuring Matt Marshak, 7:30 p.m.
     Saturday, March 22: Banjo master Tony Trischka, 7:30 p.m.
     Call 610-375-2700 for tickets and dinner reservations.
     For more info on B24 Live, check out

The Bo-Keys join Németh
for rockin' blues concert

    John Németh is a rising blues star.
    He is a singer steeped in the tradition and reminiscent of B.B. King, Ray Charles and Junior Parker.
    And he is a harmonica player of riveting intensity and virtuosity.
   John Németh is bringing his red-hot show to the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest on Wednesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m., at Building 24 Live.
   And Németh has made his show even hotter for blues fans by adding the legendary Memphis Soul band The Bo-Keys to be part of what promises to be a must-see concert.
    The Bo-Keys feature legendary Stax/Volt and Hi Records session players.
    In 2010, The Bo-Keys were featured on Cyndi Lauper's Grammy nominated "Memphis Blues" album.

Eldar, Brian Bromberg
set for Jazz Base shows

   Two virtuosos are teaming up for a special concert during the Berks Jazz Fest.
   Pianist Eldar (photo) and acoustic bassist Brian Bromberg will blend their considerable talents when they take the stage on Saturday, March 29, at The Jazz Base, Crowne Plaza Reading. Two shows: 7 and 10 p.m.
   Eldar and Bromberg performed together for the first time during a Midnight Jam at last year's fest. Afterwards, both said they should work together again. That sentiment also was shared by the packed house who witnessed that performance.
   "Brian and I had a great time performing at the jam," said Eldar. "I am really happy that we were able to get together again for the festival."
   Joining Eldar and Bromberg will be Philly saxophonist Chris Farr and a to-be-named drummer.

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