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24th annual
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest

March 28-April 6, 2014

Newsletter: Volume 7

Jessy J to perform with Élan Trotman at B24 Jazz Brunch
Saxophonist Jessy J has joined the lineup for the 24th annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest.
     Jessy J will perform with saxophonist Élan Trotman during the special Sunday Jazz Brunch at Building 24 Live on Sunday, March 30.
     Jessy replaces Jackiem Joyner who had to drop out of the fest because of a surprise schedule conflict.
     "Looking forward to performing with Jessy," said Trotman. "She is a perfect replacement for Jackiem. We have always wanted to do some shows together. Now we have the chance."
     Doors for the brunch open at 10 a.m., with the concert set to begin at 11 a.m. Concert tickets are $25. There will be a special a la carte brunch menu.

Lineup, schedule set; tickets on sale now for all concerts
     The star-studded lineup for the 24th annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest is set.
     The 10-day fest set for March 28-April 6, 2014 will feature the best in contemporary jazz, traditional jazz, blues, gospel, and more.
The lineup includes Chuck Loeb & Friends featuring Phil Perry, Everette Harp, Bobby Lyle, Carmen Cuesta, Lizzy Loeb; Lalah Hathaway with special guest Rashaan Patterson; Candy Dulfer; Oleta Adams, who will be part of Kirk Whalum's (photo) 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 Brecker.
     They all join the lineup that also includes Keiko Matsui a 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, Peabo Bryson, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Richard Elliot, Kevin Eubanks, Elan Trotman.
     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 (photo), Bonerama, Shemekia Copeland, Albert Cummings, Alexis P. Suter Band.
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Blues star Németh adds
The Bo-Keys to 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.


Video of the Week:
Madeleine Peyroux

“The only thing that matters is the song,” says singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux.
    That conviction along with a ‘one of a kind’ voice, has carried the jazz artist from busking on the streets of Paris, all the way to mainstream recognition.
    Peyroux is set to perform Friday, April 4, 7:30 p.m., at the Miller Center for the Arts during the Berks Jazz Fest.
    Through intensely distinctive renditions of old classics and modern tunes by the likes of Leonard Cohen and The Beatles, Peyroux has proved to be an uncannily insightful ‘interpreter’ with her consistently impeccable choice of material.
     CLICK HERE to check out the video of Peyroux performing her version of the classic "Smile."

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