Dayton's Cool Jazz Cafe Artist Interviews
year marks Diane Dayton's 13th year covering the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest
with Cool Jazz Cafe!
Diane and the Cool Jazz Cafe crew go behind the scenes to get up
close and personal TV interviews with artists, capture moments
with concert goers and check out the many shows.
The Cool Cast Podcast interviews highlight artists scheduled to appear at
this year's Fest, a one-on-one conversation that gives a look at
the artist and a taste of what to expect in their shows.
Cool Jazz Cafe TV is airing in the Reading and Lancaster areas.
The shows give a glimpse of the passion and excitement that is
Berks Jazz Fest, from artists who will be appearing this year.
Interviews and concert clips are included.
In Lancaster, check local listings on Blue Ridge Cable 11 and
LCTV Comcast Channel 66.
Artist interviews are also on Diane's You Tube channel at
This year's Berks Jazz Fest provides a stellar lineup and Diane
and her crew will be there! Until then, check out the Cool Casts
and TV shows and clips.
Rick Braun talks to Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz Café
about his performances at Berks Jazz Fest starting with the
All-Star Jazz Jam on Thursday, April 3 at 8 p.m., in the Crowne
Plaza Reading Ballroom, fun for the artists and the audience.
Rick also talks about the BWB show with Kirk Whalum and
Norman Brown and their No. 1 from their Human Nature
album, on Friday April 4 at 7 p.m., at the Scottish Rite
Cathedral; also there on Sunday April 6, to close out the fest
with the show Gospel According to Jazz IV Celebration at 7 p.m.;
and thoughts on his new upbeat and funky album Can You Feel
It available on July 22.
Gerald Alright talks to Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz Cafe
about his performances at Berks Jazz Fest, including the
refreshing spontaneity of the Berks Bop show on Wednesday April
2, at 7 p.m. in Jazz Base at the Crowne Plaza, and the Berks
All-Star Jazz Jam on Thursday April 3, 8 p.m. in the Crowne
Plaza Reading Ballroom.
Gerald also talks about what to expect with the WDAS/JJZ
Celebration show on Saturday, April 5, 7 p.m. at the Scottish
Rite that also includes Peabo Bryson, Mindi Abair, Richard
Elliot and Brian Simpson; and details about his new solo
recording in the works for this summer.
Mindi Abair talks to Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz Café
about her performance at Berks Jazz Fest.
Mindi shares the back story about her new record
Wild Heart, and the CD Release party at Berks on Saturday,
April 5, Noon, at the pool at the Crowne Plaza Reading; the
Grammy nomination for the Summer Horns album and playing
at the pre-Grammy telecast; what we'll hear on Saturday, April
5, 7 p.m. at the Scottish Rite when she plays with Peabo Bryson,
Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot and Brian Simpson; and the Berks
Jazz Fest experience!
Blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland shares time with Diane
Dayton of Cool Jazz Café.
Shemekia shares thoughts about her show and her band
performing at Berks Jazz Fest on Saturday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.,
Inn at Reading Ballroom.
Shemekia talks about her new album 33 1/3; life
lessons learned with her father, Texas blues guitarist and
singer, Johnny Copeland; and what the blues is all about.
Guitarist, composer, arranger, producer Chuck Loeb
catches up with Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz Café and shares about
his performances at Berks Jazz Fest.
Chuck talks about the idea and musicians that are a
part of "Chuck Loeb & Friends" on Saturday, March 29, p.m.,
Crowne Plaza Reading Ballroom; "Berks Bop" the show, Wednesday,
April 2, 7 p.m.. Jazz Base Crowne Plaza Reading and the
recording for a cause; his new CD Silhouette, the concept
of influences, experiences and relationships; and the amazing
Berks All-Star Jazz Jam at the Berks festival.
Gyra's Jay Beckenstein Interview
Jay Beckenstein of the iconic group Spyro Gyra talks to
Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz Café about the band's performance at
the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest on Sunday, March 30, 2:00 p.m., at
the Crowne Plaza Reading Ballroom.
Jay shares his thoughts on the band's 40 years together
and the 35th anniversary of Morning Dance; their new
recording The Rhinebeck Sessions; musical influences; the
band's team approach; music forms dancing together; and the
feeling of performing at the Berks Jazz Fest.
Grammy-award winning vocalist Gregory Porter shares
thoughts with Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz Café about his
performance at Berks Jazz Fest on Saturday March 29, 7:30 p.m.,
Miller Center for the Arts.
Gregory reflects on his experiences growing up,
recording with Hubert Laws, time on Broadway, how it feels to
perform and this gift of music.
Saxophonist Boney James talks to Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz
Café about his upcoming show at the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest on
Friday March 28, 7:30 p.m., at Santander Performing Arts Center
in downtown Reading.
Boney details some of the songs on his Grammy nominated album
The Beat, shares his thoughts on a special with Al
Jarreau that will pay tribute to the late George Duke, and gives
his thoughts about performing to an audience.
Nick Colionne checks in with Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz
Café about his Berks Jazz Fest show on Saturday April 5, 2 p.m.
at the Crowne Plaza Reading ballroom.
The show is a co-bill with The Sax Pack, featuring Jeff
Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Marcus Anderson.
Nick is bringing his band from Chicago and they will
also play music from his new album Influences. He also
explains the concept of the album and who is in his band, and
the wonderful experience of the various jams at the Berks Jazz
fest for the artists and the attendees.
Gerald Veasley shares thoughts about Berks Jazz Fest
with Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz Café.
Gerald hosts the Midnight Jams on Friday and Saturday
nights on both weekends.
Gerald also talks about the All-Star Jam on Thursday,
April, 8 p.m. at the Crowne; his Generation Next Sunday Jazz
Brunch show on April 6, 11 a.m. at the Crowne; the Gospel
According to Jazz Show to close out the fest at 7 p.m. at
Scottish Rite Cathedral; his Bass Boot Camp; his recording of
"Sounds of Philly;" as well as the energy and unique festival
that is Berks Jazz Fest!
Chieli Minucci grabs some time with Diane Dayton of
Cool Jazz Café to talk about his performance at the Boscov's
Berks Jazz Fest.
Chieli will present a special 30th anniversary concert
with Special EFX, featuring special guests Steve Oliver and
The concert is set for Friday, March 28, 10 p.m. in the
Crowne Plaza Hotel ballroom.
Jason Miles shares time with Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz
Café about his show "Sly Reimagined: The Music of Sly & The
Family Stone," scheduled at Berks Jazz Fest on Saturday, March
29, 10 p.m., in the Crowne Plaza Reading ballroom.
Jason talks about how the Sly Reimagined project came about,
the musicians who are a part of it and how he approaches his
ever evolving musical collaborations.
Saxophonist Élan Trotman talks with Diane Dayton of Cool
Jazz Café about his Sunday Jazz Brunch concert with Jessy J
on Sunday, March 30, 11 a.m., at Building 24 Live located at
The Works Complex in Wyomissing.
Élan also offers his thoughts on finding his own sound;
a new album project in the works; and the combination of
Latin Jazz, Caribbean and World Music that will be part of
the jazz brunch concert with fellow saxophonist Jessy J.
Brian Culbertson talks to Diane Dayton of Cool Jazz Café
about his "Another Long Night Out" 20th anniversary concert
on Saturday, March 29, 7 p.m., at the Santander Performing
Arts Center in Reading.
Culbertson also offers his thoughts about his latest recording
Another Long Night Out; the new Culbertson Pinot Noir; and
playing at Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest!