The 27th annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest marks Diane Dayton’s 16th year of coverage with her various Cool Jazz Café platforms.
Diane’s Cool Casts are produced podcasts featuring artist interviews — one-on-one conversations that give fans a look at the artist and a taste of what to expect during their shows.
Diane’s Cool Jazz Café goes behind the scenes during the Berks Jazz Fest to get up-close-and-personal interviews with artists and get a different perspective on the shows.
Experience the passion and excitement of the festival — from the artists who have performed at the event on Diane’s You Tube channel and while you are there, subscribe so you don’t miss out!
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Interview: Nick Colionne
Guitarist Nick Colionne talks to Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz Cafe. Nick, who performs on Saturday, April 1, along with Eric Darius, 1:30 p.m., at DoubleTree by Hilton, shares a story of is working relationship with Eric. He is excited about the Sunday Brunch, April 2, Jazz Gets the Blues concert featuring Steve Cole, Darius, Clarence Spady, Alexis P Suter, Berks Horns and more at DoubleTree by Hilton at 11:15 a.m. Nick will also be joining the fun at Gerald Veasley’s Midnight Jams at Building 24 Live, Friday and Saturday nights on March 31 and April 1. Nick shares thoughts about recent recording projects and playing at Berks.
Interview: Jason Miles
Grammy winner Jason Miles shares time with Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz Cafe. Jason Miles presents Celebrating the Music of Weather Report on Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m., in the Miller Center for the Arts during the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. Jason has put together an amazing group of musicians for this unforgettable performance: Jeff Coffin, Theo Croker, Gerald Veasley, Karen Briggs, Mino Cinelu, Carter Beauford and Shaun Martin. Jason also talks about his upcoming project “Blue is Paris.”
Interview: Keiko Matsui
Pianist, composer Keiko Matsui shares time with Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz Cafe before she returns to the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest on Friday April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Miller Center for the Arts. Keiko talks about her 27th album Journey To The Heart, her first acoustic project; where her music comes from, her inspiration and her bond with her fans. Keiko shares some unique concert experiences including ones from South Africa and Russia and performing with the Air Force Band.
Composers, vocalists and instrumentalists Orlando Haddad and Patricia King Haddad of Minas take time to talk with Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz Cafe about their performance at the Berks Jazz Fest on Sunday, April 9, 3 p.m., at the Miller Center for the Arts. Minas is presenting “Jazzin’ Up the Pops: Symphony in Bossa” with the Reading Pops and special guest Andrew Neu. They explain more about Symphony in Bossa and what we will hear, how they met and decades of life and music together.
Interview: Gerald Veasley
World-renowned jazz bassist Gerald Veasley shares time with Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz Cafe about his appearances at the Berks Jazz Fest. Gerald talks about his preview concert Electric Mingus Project on Thursday, March 16, at SOUTH Jazz Parlor in Philadelphia; the events at the new SOUTH Jazz Parlor at Berks/DoubleTree by Hilton; the Midnight Jams at Building 24 Live Fridays and Saturdays both weekends; playing with Jason Miles and his show Celebrating the Music of Weather Report on Saturday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., in the Miller Center for the Arts; and details about Bass Boot Camp.
Interview: Gerald Albright
Saxophonist Gerald Albright takes time with Diane Dayton to talk about his appearances at the Berks Jazz Fest. Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m., at Santander Performing Arts Center, Gerald kicks off the fest with Patti Austin and Jonathan Butler; then Wednesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m., in Building 24 Live, Gerald is a part of the Berks Bop Night, a popular annual performance; and also Thursday’s Berks All-Star Jazz Jam at 8:00 p.m., at DoubleTree by Hilton; Friday, April 7, 7 p.m., in the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Gerald and Will Downing take to the stage for a very special show. This year marks Gerald’s 30th year as a recording artist, he shares thoughts about a special CD project to celebrate this landmark.
Interview: Brian Culbertson
Multi-instrumentalist and extraordinary entertainer Brian Culbertson shares thoughts with Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz Cafe about bringing the funk to his Berks Jazz Fest show on Saturday, April 8, at 7 p.m., in the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Brian talks about his next album having a more romantic feel; what we can find on his website including vinyl, a cartoon, a booblehead, his new wines and his west coast Napa Valley Jazz Getaway; and the feeling of homecoming at Berks!
Interview: Selina Albright
Vocalist Selina Albright talks to Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz Cafe about her CD release party at Berks Jazz Fest this year! Selina’s first full length CD “Conversations” will be featured at her CD Release on Thursday, April 6, at 6 p.m., at DoubleTree by Hilton in Reading. Selina shares thoughts on the personal aspect of her song writing, the musical styles that have influenced her sound, the fabulous musicians that are a part of this project, including her father Gerald Albright on flute and saxophone, and her excitement about the recording process.
Interview: Chuck Loeb
Grammy nominated guitarist, composer, arranger, producer, educator and recording artist Chuck Loeb shares time with Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz Cafe about his Berks Jazz Fest appearances. Chuck talks about playing with Fourplay on Saturday, April 1, 7 p.m., at Santander Performing Arts Center; the signature Berks Bop Night on Wednesday, April 5, 7:30 p.m. in Building 24 Live; and his show Chuck Loeb & Friends including special guest Bobby Lyle on Saturday, April 8, 7:30 p.m. at Building 24 Live. Chuck talks about new projects with Michael Franks and his wife, Carmen Cuesta Loeb’s upcoming CD of all original songs; and an update on both of his daughter’s musical careers.
Interview: Bob Baldwin
Jazz pianist and radio show host, Bob Baldwin catches up with Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz Cafe and talks about his appearance at Berks Jazz Fest on Friday, March 31, at 10 p.m. at DoubleTree by Hilton Reading/Grand Ballroom. Bob’s show “The New Urban Jazz Party,” features Walter Beasley, Marion Meadows and Tom Browne and he talks about how they met and their long relationships. Bob explains his radio background and how he started New Urban Jazz Lounge and where to find it. His latest CD, The Brazilian-American Soundtrack is a double with 26 cuts and Bob tells us how it came about and the artists that are a part of this project.
Interview: Everette Harp
Saxophonist Everette Harp shares thoughts with Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz Cafe about his appearances at Berks Jazz Fest. Everette talks about his love of bop and what this show means to him and other jazz artists at Berks Bop Night on Wednesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m., at Building 24 Live; he also offers insight into the popular Berks All-Star Jazz Jam on Thursday, April 6, at 8 p.m., at Building 24 Live. Everette gives heartfelt thoughts on his “Remembering George Duke” show on Saturday, April 8, at 1:30 p.m., at DoubleTree by Hilton Reading/Grand Ballroom. He explains how the show came together, the relationship with all of the artists in the show, including Chante’ Moore, Phil Perry, Brian Bromberg and Brian Simpson, how they met and the relationship, the bond and life lessons learned from George Duke.
Interview: Pat Martino
One of the greatest jazz guitarists, Pat Martino, shares time and thoughts with Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz Cafe. Pat talks about his show Pat Martino Organ Trio with Horns, featuring Pat Bianchi, Carmen Intorre, Adam Niewood, and Alex Norris with performances on Saturday, April 1, at 7 and 9:30 p.m., in the new South Jazz Parlor at Berks/DoubleTree by Hilton Reading. Pat expresses his feelings about the guitar as his favorite toy, the joy it brings to him to play and the audience as a part of the moment. Pat also explains the story behind his new Benedetto signature guitar.
Diane Dayton’s Video Interview: Keiko Matsui and Gerald Veasley
Diane Dayton’s Video Interview: Michael Manson