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24th annual
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest

March 28-April 6, 2014

Newsletter: Volume 9


Jason Miles' Sly Reimagined show features all-star lineup
Berks Jazz Fest fans have been entertained many times by Jason Miles-produced projects, including concerts featuring the music of Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, Ivan Lins, Luther Vandross, and Grover Washington Jr., programmer, producer Miles (left photo) is back this year to present his latest project under his Global Noize brand -- Sly Imagined: The Music of Sly & The Family Stone.
     The concert is set for Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Reading ballroom.
     As with his previous projects, Miles has assembled an all-star lineup of artists to perform the music of the legendary 1970s funk icon.
    Joining Jason Miles will be vocalists Nona Hendryx (photo at right), Maysa, Falu, and Maya Azucena; Karen Briggs, violin; Andy Snitzer and Jay Rodriguez, saxophone; Alex Bugnon,
keyboards; Will Bernard, guitar; Amanda Ruzza, bass; and JT Lewis, drums.
    It does not get any better than that.
    "We are really looking forward to the Berks Jazz Fest show," said Miles. "With this amazing lineup of artists, it's going to be a rockin,' funky night of music."
    CLICK HERE to view of video of a Sly Reimagined.
    CLICK HERE to read Jason Miles interview with Inside Jazz Magazine.

Preview series: Jeanette Harris headlines at Building 24
     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.
     Saturday, Jan. 25: Saxophonist Jeanette Harris (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.
     Friday, March 14: Contemporary jazz super group Four 80 East featuring Matt Marshak, 7:30 p.m.
     Call 610-375-2700 for tickets and dinner reservations.
     For more info on B24 Live, check out

Berks Jazz Fest updates:
Veasley's Boot Camp set

   Gerald Veasley's annual Bass Boot Camp will be held Friday, Feb. 28, Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2, at the Crowne Plaza Reading.
   Whether you're a seasoned bassist or novice, Gerald and his world-class faculty will plug you into the joy of bass playing -- technique, theory and of course, those funky bass lines!
   For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.
    The Crowne Plaza Reading, the host hotel of the fest, will be using a Mardi Gras theme again during the 10-day feat, featuring decorations, special menus -- and, of course, plenty of beads for guests and fest fans.
    WRTI-FM in Philadelphia is giving away two Berks Jazz Fest Weekend Getaway packages during its upcoming on-air fundraising campaign.
    Tune it and make a pledge on either Monday, January 27, and Wednesday, Feb. 5, between 6 p.m.-midnight and you could win a two-night stay, VIP tickets for the fest.

Video of the Week:
Ana Popovic
    The Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest schedule features a dynamic lineup of blues artists, including the amazing Ana Popovic.
    Popovic will be performing on Friday, April 4, 7:30 p.m., at the Inn of Reading.
    Opening the dynamic double-bill will be harpist Steve Guyger & The Excellos.
    Popovic -- the award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger -- blends smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals.
    Add to the mix her incredible stage presence, all of which makes her an irresistible force in the world of contemporary blues music.
    Ana has been nominated for the Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year.
    It is Popovic's fifth Blues Music Award nomination.
    All of Ana's albums have made it the top five of the Billboard blues charts.
    CLICK HERE to view video of a recent Ana Popovic performance.

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