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24th annual
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest

March 28-April 6, 2014

Newsletter: Volume 8


Candy Dulfer kicks off U.S. tour at Berks fest on April 5
Saxophonist Candy Dulfer and her band will be touring the United States this spring, kicking off the tour at the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest on Saturday, April 5, at the Crowne Plaza Reading, 10 p.m.
    "We are really looking forward to playing at Berks again," said Dulfer, who last played the festival in 2008. "It is a great fest and a great way to start our American tour."
    Dulfer and her band have been busy touring Japan, Europe, and Russia.
    When not touring, Dulfer keeps herself very busy.
    She started a collaboration with leading fashion brand Mexx, launching "Mexx by Candy" in 2013. She has played in-store shows at stores across Europe.
    Also, Candy was a judge on the Dutch TV edition of X Factor.

Building 24 Live to host Berks Jazz Fest Preview series
     With 12 weeks remaining until the start of the Berks festival, fans will be able to 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, starting with the Lao Tizer Band with special guest Karen Briggs on Friday, January 17, 7:30 p.m.
     Other scheduled preview concerts:
     Saturday, Jan. 25: Saxophonist Jeanette Harris, 7:30 p.m.
     Saturday, Feb. 8: Remembering Frank Scott featuring Tim Warfield, 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.
     Friday, March 14: Contemporary jazz supergroup Four80East featuring Matt Marshak, 7:30 p.m.
     Call 610-375-2700 for tickets and dinner reservations.
     For more info on B24 Live, check out
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Eldar, Brian Bromberg
teaming up for concer


   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.


Video of the Week:
Raul Midon

    Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón has earned renown as one of music's most distinctive and searching voices.
     He is "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus," according to The New York Times.
     Midón's most recent release is the captivating Invisible Chains: Live from NYC. Attuned listeners can hear the inspirations of Donny Hathaway and Richie Havens in his work, as well as Sting and Paul Simon. But Midón's questing musicality makes him, as the Huffington Post put it, "a free man beyond category."
    Midón is set to perform Sunday, March 30, 2 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Reading in a co-bill with Spyro Gyra.

to check out the video of Midon performing "Sunshine, I Can Fly."

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