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Join in the celebration as we count down to the 20th anniversary of the VF Outlet Berks Jazz Fest!

We have many great events planned leading up to the 10-day, milestone festival.

Below is a schedule of special events. Keep checking back; more are in the works!

Saturday, March 13
Berks Jazz Fest Night at Reading Royals
with post-game auction of jazz-themed jerseys
Reading Royals vs. Toledo Walleye

Sovereign Center
7:05 p.m.

CLICK HERE for complete information.

T100 Years of Djangouesday, March 23
Frank Vignola's Hot Club:
Celebrating 100 Years of Django Reinhardt

Miller Center for the Arts
7:30 p.m.

Guitar virtuoso Frank Vignola has made a lot of fans in the Berks area following his two amazing concerts at Gerald Veasley's Jazz Base during 2009.

It was during those concerts that Vignola developed the plan to put together Frank Vignola's Hot Club to celebrate Django Reinhardt's 100th birthday in 2010.

A leading proponent of Reinhardt's gypsy jazz style of playing, Vignola has assembled a dynamic quintet for a searing tribute to one of his earliest musical influences.

Frank Vignola's Hot Club: Celebrating 100 Years of Django Reinhardt concert is scheduled for Tuesday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., at the Miller Center for the Arts on the Reading Area Community College campus.

Frank Vignola's Hot Club evolved from 20 years of commitment to the Django legacy, including gypsy jazz appearances with musicians from Bireli LeGrene and Babik Reinhardt (Django's son) to Mark O'Connor and Tommy Emmanuel, as well as a five-year stint with Reinhardt friend and enthusiast Les Paul.

Only a musician the caliber of Frank Vignola, an accomplished and influential guitarist in his own right, could dare tackle the monumental task of honoring the centennial of the legendary Django Reinhardt.

Special preview! Check out YouTube videos of Frank Vignola's Hot Club performing live at The Wagon Shed:
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