Thursday, April 11 / 7:00 a.m.
Smooth Jazz JJZ presents
CHUCK LOEB MEMORIAL ALL-STAR JAZZ JAM
featuring RICK BRAUN, GERALD VEASLEY, BRIAN BROMBERG, RANDY BRECKER, NICK COLIONNE, PETER WHITE, RAY FULLER, RICHARD ELLIOT, KIM WATERS, ART SHERROD, ANDY SNITZER, EVERETTE HARP, ALTHEA RENE, CHRIS “BIG DOG” DAVIS, TOM ZINK, JASON MILES, TONY MOORE, CHRIS WALKER, PHIL PERRY
plus CHUCK LOEB MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Grand Ballroom
Tickets: $55 (Reserved Seating)
Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest lost a member of its family when the beloved guitarist/composer Chuck Loeb passed away in 2017 after a two-year battle with cancer.
Chuck was a creative force with the fest in many ways for nearly 20 years. He exuded a lyrical grace as a man and a musician, making him a beloved, prolific and peerless performer at Berks Jazz Fest.
Loeb was the musical director of the annual Berks All-Star Jam, turning it from a loose jam session into a well-produced concert without losing any of its improvisational characteristics.
Chuck may be gone but he never will be forgotten by Berks Arts Council with the establishment of the Chuck Loeb Memorial Scholarship. To continue Loeb’s legacy, the scholarship fund annually supports Berks County students who plan to continue their music education after high school.
The Chuck Loeb Memorial Scholarship winners will be honored on stage and will perform before jam.
In his honor, the Berks All-Star Jam has been rechristened the Chuck Loeb Memorial All-Star Jam. The Jam is an annual must-see and must-hear event. It certainly is understandable why.
Having a stage full of some of the top contemporary jazz artists in the world interacting, improvising and collaborating is a magical musical experience for the audience.
After all, the art of jazz is improvisation in which jazz musicians create spontaneous art every time they play. Having them doing it collectively and simultaneously enhances the art exponentially.