For jazz fans longing to break their live music fast, there could not be more delicious fare than the legendary trumpet master and inspirational jazz advocate, Wynton Marsalis.

Along with the superb Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet, Marsalis will appear in a live concert, presented by DoubleTree by Hilton Reading in the Grand Ballroom, on Thursday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $65 and go on sale Monday, May 3. To order tickets, call the DoubleTree at 610-375-8000.

The concert will follow appropriate COVID protocols, including masks, social distancing, and limited, intimate seating.

Craig Poole, president of Reading Hospitality and DoubleTree general manager, said: “We are honored to have this unique opportunity to present the extraordinary Wynton Marsalis and his septet at the DoubleTree.

“We all are ready for the return of live music in our lives. If you are a jazz fan, it does not get any better than enjoying Wynton Marsalis live in concert. The DoubleTree team is excited and ready to do its part to create a memorable musical evening for the community.”

Under music director Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs a vast repertoire, from rare historic compositions to Jazz at Lincoln Center‐commissioned works, including compositions and arrangements by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, and many others.

The DoubleTree performance will showcase Marsalis and the septet in a rare small-group configuration that will leave audiences inspired and uplifted with the full vigor, vision, and depth of America’s music.

Members of the septet are Victor Goines (alto/soprano sax), Ted Nash (tenor/soprano sax, clarinet), Elliot Mason (trombone), Dan Nimmer (piano), Carlos Henriquez (bass) and Obed Calvaire (drums, tambourine).

Marsalis is no stranger to the Reading area, having been the headliner for the first Berks Jazz Fest in 1991; he and the JALCO returned for the 20th and 25th anniversary festivals. Efforts to have him perform for the 30th anniversary of Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest were unsuccessful because of scheduling conflicts.

“Although we were unsuccessful programming Wynton for the original fest scheduled for 2020, we are thrilled that Wynton now is available to kick off the 30th anniversary celebration in May,” said John Ernesto, Berks Jazz Fest general manager, who is producing the concert with the DoubleTree team.

“We have had ongoing discussions with the Jazz at Lincoln Center team since last September exploring opportunities to present Wynton in a COVID-friendly, limited-seating setting.
“Just thankful those discussions have paid off with this concert.”