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24th annual
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest

March 28-April 6, 2014

Newsletter: Volume 12


PBS39 'Faces of Jazz' series airs again Saturday night
     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 features Berks Jazz Fest artists
Gerald Veasley, Chuck Loeb and Eldar.
     The series continues this Saturday with the Chuck Loeb segment airing at 6 p.m., and Eldar at 6:30 p.m.
     The 30-minute programs feature performances 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), 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. 26; March 12, March 19 and March 26.

John Németh & The Bo-Keys will perform at Building 24 Live on Wednesday, April 2.

 John Németh & The Bo-Keys highlight of blues schedule
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 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.
Here is the complete schedule of blues shows during the fest.
    Friday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.: Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King (photo at right) and Bonerama (opening act), Building 24 Live.

    Saturday, March 29, 2 p.m.: "Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute" featuring Tommy Katona & Texas Flood, Building 24 Live.
    Wednesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.: John Nemeth & The Bo-Keys, Building 24 Live.
    Thursday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.: Berks All-Star Blues Jam featuring Blues Factor & Friends, Building 24 Live.
    Friday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.: Ana Popovic and Steve Guyger & The Excellos (opening act), The Inn at Reading.
    Saturday, April 5, 2 p.m.: Allman Brothers Tribute featuring Craig Thatcher and Mike Dugan.
    Saturday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.: Shemekia Copeland and Albert Cummings (opening act), The Inn at Reading.
    Sunday, April 6, 10 a.m. (buffet)/11 a.m. (concert): WDIY presents Sunday Gospel Blues Brunch featuring Alexis P. Suter Band.

Kenny Blake and Joe McBride
set for 'James Street East'
late-night shows at Crowne

   The popular late-night concerts at "Craig Poole's James Street East" at the Crowne Plaza Reading are back for this year's fest.
    Headlining on Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, will be Kenny Blake and Joe McBride. Shows start at 11 p.m.
    Headliners for Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, will be announced next week.
   James Street was a major jazz club in Pittsburgh for many years, which was owned and operated for over 17 years by Craig Poole, the general manager of the Crowne Plaza Reading and a strong supporter of the Berks Jazz Fest.
   The Prime restaurant area is transformed into the late-night jazz club in the tradition of James Street.
   "Having 'James Street' part of the Berks Jazz Fest and at the Crowne Plaza is really special to me," said Poole. "Last year, the festival fans loved the concept.
    "It was a great late-night spot to just relax with friends and enjoy some great music."


"When Sousa Meets Jazz!"
Ringgold Band, Hesse's Hot 3
teaming up for special show
The Berks Jazz Fest has a long history of presenting unique concerts.
    This year, the historic Ringgold Band, directed by Jim Seidel (left) and Hesse's Hot 3, headed by Chris Heslop are joining musical forces to present "When Sousa Meets Jazz!"
    The one-of-a-kind concert is set for Sunday, March 30, 4 p.m., at the Miller Center for the Arts.
    The concert will feature familiar tunes from ragtime, cakewalks, marches, New Orleans parade music, early concert band music, and more.
    The Berks County-based Ringgold Band, formed in 1852, is proud to be one of America’s first community bands.
    Hesse's Hot 3 is a trio of tuba, banjo, and clarinet/saxophone, specializing in early jazz, or “hot jazz.”
    This unlikely partnership will be further energized with a performance by the Reading Theater Project.
    The precision of the Ringgold Band, the spontaneity of Hesse's Hot 3, and the theatrics of Reading Theater Project will make this a memorable concert.

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