Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest
March 28-April 6, 2014
Newsletter: Volume 5
Karukas' holiday concert
Friday night at Building 24 Live
Gregg Karukas and Shelby Flint
bring all the warmth of the
season to Building 24 Live with
“Home for the Holidays," an
“unplugged” holiday jazz concert
featuring music from their CD
that immediately gained massive
air play on both mainstream, and
contemporary jazz formats upon
its initial release.
The concert is set for Friday, December 13, 7:30 p.m.
Call 610-375-2700 for
reservations and tickets.
features Gregg’s innovative trio
arrangements of holiday
classics, and four originals
written or co-written by
Shelby Flint (“Angel on my
Karukas is a Grammy winning keyboardist/composer, who
is undeniably one of the busiest
artists of the contemporary Jazz
genre. His latest high profile
gigs: musical director and
keyboardist for the Dave Koz and
Friends Music Cruises to Alaska
(2010) and Europe (2012 & 2013).
Joni Mitchell said of Shelby Flint: “I started out
copying a girl named Shelby
The simple song she wrote and sang as a teenager still
resonates as the prototype for
the entire female
singer/songwriter genre. Shelby
Flint's "Angel on My Shoulder"
became a hit on the radio in
1960 and launched a record
company. Another radio hit was
“Cast Your Fate to the Wind."
Joining Karukas and Flint will be Shannon Ford on drums
and Steve Zerlin on bass.
Lineup, schedule announced;
tickets go on sale Saturday
The star-studded lineup for the 24th annual
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest is
The 10-day fest set for March 28-April 6, 2014 will
feature the best in contemporary
jazz, traditional jazz, blues,
gospel, and more.
Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.
The lineup include Chuck Loeb
featuring Phil Perry,
Everette Harp, Bobby Lyle,
Carmen Cuesta, Lizzy Loeb; Lalah
with special guest Rashaan
Patterson; Oleta Adams (photo at
right) who will
of Kirk Whalum's Gospel
According to Jazz Celebration
that also features Rick Braun,
Gerald Veasley, Kevin Whalum,
John Stoddart and the DOXA
Gospel Choir; Eldar & Brian
Bromberg; Jeff Lorber Fusion
featuring Eric Marienthal,
Jimmy Haslip, Lionel Cordew
with special guest Randy
They all join the lineup that
also includes Keiko
Matsui and the
Reading Pops Orchestra; Chieli
Minucci & Special EFX featuring special
guests Steve Oliver and
Vincent Ingala; The Sax Pack
featuring Jeff Kashiwa,
Steve Cole, Marcus Anderson; Boney James, Spyro Gyra, Gregory Porter, Raul Midon,
BW3 featuring Rick Braun,
Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown,
Nick Colionne, Madeleine Peyroux,
Candy Dulfer, Peabo Bryson
(photo at left),
Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair,
Richard Elliot, Kevin Eubanks,
Jason Miles' Sly Reimagined: The Music of Sly & the
Family Stone featuring
Nona Hendryx, Maysa, Andy
Snitzer, Alex Bugnon, Falu, Maya
Azucena, Jay Rodriguez, Will
Bernard, Amanda Ruzza, JT Lewis.
Generation Next featuring Julian Vaughn, Nicholas
Cole, Lin Rountree, Lebron;
Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Ana Popovic, Bonerama,
Shemekia Copeland, Albert
Cummings, Alexis P. Suter Band.
Rick Braun comes 'home'
for special fest preview
concert at Musikfest Cafe
Friday, March 21 / 7:30
Last year, the
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest and Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem collaborated to present
a special festival preview concert featuring Rick Braun.
It was the first time that Rick performed in his hometown
area of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley.
Well, "Homecoming Concert II" is set for Friday, March 21, 7:30
p.m., at the Musikfest Cafe located on the SteelStacks complex in Bethlehem.
Tickets are available NOW.
For more information on the Musikfest Cafe and SteelStacks complex,
Video of the Week:
The Berks Jazz Fest is thrilled to have amazing
Gregory Porter as part of its lineup for
the 24th annual fest.
Porter will be performing Saturday, March 29, 7:30
p.m., at the Miller Center for the Arts.
With a voice that can caress or confront, embrace or
exhort, Porter exhibits such an incredible degree of vocal mastery, that Wynton Marsalis has gone on record to
call him “a fantastic young singer.”
Porter's three CD releases all received critcal acclaim and have made Porter one of the hottest acts in jazz and soul.
CLICK HERE to check out the video of Porter
performing "Good Hands."
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