Despite the the postponement and rescheduling of the 30th annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, Dave Kline, longtime radio personality and multi-genre musician, is producing and hosting a special 10-part podcast series celebrating the fest anniversary presented by Berks Arts Council.
The shows feature artist interviews by Dave and Diane Dayton’s Cool Jazz Cafe, interesting look-back segments by Mike Anderson, music of musicians set to perform at fest, and updates on the latest fest news.
Just click on links below to enjoy each show.

THE BIG 3-0 PODCAST: SHOW 10 (FINALE)
This is the final show in the 10-part Big 3-O series.
And what a journey it’s been from the first show to the finale.
We’ve progressed from pre-Covid 19 days to a time when the entire world seems to be shut off from person to person contact.
How is our Berks Jazz Fest family handling it?  With a smile and a progression towards the brighter days ahead.
In this show finale, you will hear some music that was performed live during livestream home studio concerts and we’ll hear from Berks Jazz Fest general manager John Ernesto about plans to offer fabulous concert videos from historic past festival performances.
We’ll also feature the music of Erich Cawalla, Bennie Sims (photo), Cliff Starkey, Brian Culbertson, Pieces of a Dream and New Foundation.
Mike Anderson will share some memorable BJF concert moments with The Turtle Island String Quartet and Big 3-O show host Dave Kline will have a great chat with Bennie Sims, the 2020 Berks Arts Council / Berks Jazz Fest Frankie Scott Award recipient.


THE BIG 3-0 PODCAST: SHOW 9
The ninth ninth show of The Big 3-O series features Pieces of a Dream, Diane Dayton getting Brian Culbertson to share something new about himself, Mike Anderson with a great musical memory of Bela Fleck performing with Bruce Hornsby (photo), an interview segment between BJF GM John Ernesto and host Dave Kline remembering fest participants such as Frankie Scott, Bennie Simms, Erich Cawalla, Mike Eben, Trading Four, Trey LaRue, Josh Taylor, Chris Heslop, Cliff Starkey, Al Leader, Hank Hoffman, Mike Anderson, Rev. Dr. Harry Serio and others.
We close with a set of music by Chuck Loeb. Enjoy and please share.


THE BIG 3-0 PODCAST: SHOW 8
Historic and unprecedented COVID 19 has changed many things including plans for the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest which has now been postponed from 2020 to 2021.
This almost two-hour show features interviews with Berks Arts Council’s executive director Meggan Kerber and Berks Jazz Fest general manager John Ernesto, who talk about COVID 19’s effect and their excellent plan to carry on.
On the lighter side, you’ll enjoy music by Berks County’s own Erich Cawalla (photo), plus, we’re offering a stellar live parlor concert recording by The Hot Club of Reading, featuring Josh and “Si” Taylor, Chris Heslop and Trey LaRue.  Diane Dayton welcomes Curtis Harmon with Pieces of a Dream into her Cool Jazz Cafe, and Mike Anderson serves up a memorable live recording made at the Chuck Loeb Memorial All-Star Jazz Jam.
Chillax, be at peace, and let the music take you to a stream of consciouseness that flows gently.


THE BIG 3-0 PODCAST: SHOW 7
For the seventh podcast show celebrating the 30th anniversary celebration of the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, Dave Kline features music of Boney James, Rick Braun (photo), Mike Anderson with Chris Botti, Diane Dayton with Maysa, Incognito, John Ernesto, some smooth jazz from Alp d’Huez in France, Zaccai Curtis, and Janis Siegel. Enjoy.


THE BIG 3-0 PODCAST: SHOW 6
For the sixth podcast show celebrating the 30th anniversary celebration of the Berks Jazz Fest, Dave Kline and Diane Dayton offer a jammed packed show of feature music and interviews with Carol Riddick, Pieces of a Dream (photo), Grammy Award winning guitarist David Cullen, Mike Anderson, Gerald Veasley, John Ernesto and others.


THE BIG 3-0 PODCAST: SHOW 5
For the fifth podcast show celebrating the 30th anniversary celebration of the Berks Jazz Fest, Dave Kline and Diane Dayton offer a jammed packed show of feature music and interviews with Boney James (photo), Gerald Albright, John Ernesto, Mike Anderson, Berks Horns, Meggan Kerber and more.


THE BIG 3-0 PODCAST: SHOW 4

For the fourth show celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Berks Jazz Fest, Dave Kline features the music of Keiko Matsui, Bela Fleck (photo), conversation with Berks Jazz Fest general manager John Ernesto, Diane Dayton’s Cool Jazz Cafe interview with Mindi Abair, Mike Anderson’s reflections on the fest history, and much more.


THE BIG 3-0 PODCAST: SHOW 3
For third show celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Berks Jazz Fest, Dave Kline features the music of Gerald Veasley, Chuck Loeb, The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, Boney James; Diane Dayton’s interview with Brian Bromberg (photo); and fest updates from Berks Arts Council executive director Meggan Kerber, Mike Anderson and others.


THE BIG 3-0 PODCAST: SHOW 2
Second show of Dave Kline’s series features special guest Nick Colionne (photo) in Diane Dayton’s Cool Jazz Cafe, plus more music and information on the 30th annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest.

 


THE BIG 3-0 PODCAST: SHOW 1
The first show of the commemorative and promotional series celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, features musical guests Erich Cawalla, Keiko Matsui, Kirk Whalum, Boney James; Diane Dayton’s Cool Jazz Cafe interview with Gerald Veasley, plus Mike Anderson’s reflections on the fest and his role with The Berks Horns (photo). Presented by The Berks Arts Council and Dave Kline, the executive producer of THE BIG 3-0 series.