To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, the Berks Arts Council planned to produce a commemorative full-color magazine that included numerous artist features, the major and local concert schedules, and information on where to stay, shop, dine and play in the region.
The presses stopped when the virus forced postponement of the fest.
The good news is that the program will be updated and printed in time for the 30th annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest on April 9-18, 2021.
The 80-page magazine will distributed throughout Berks community during the fest at partner hotels, concert venues, restaurants, and clubs.
The magazine will be free for fest fans.
The cover story features Mike Zielinski’s profile of Grammy-nominated Maysa, the incomparable jazz, soul, R&B and funk vocalist who is doing triple duty spanning both weekends at the festival — appearing with Pieces of a Dream, Incognito, and in the Celebrating the Music of Stevie Wonder at 70! Concert.
Maysa’s selection for the cover is only fitting since the community is celebrating “Women in the Arts” this year.
The magazine includes profiles by Zielinski on trumpeter Chris Botti, violinist Damien Escobar, banjo legend Béla Fleck, bassist Marcus Miller, swamp blues multi-instrumentalist Kenny Neal, Dean Brown’s Summer of Love Evolution concert, bassist/trombonist Chris Brubeck recounting playing with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet along with his drummer brother Dan and carrying on the legacy of their late legendary father Dave Brubeck in his centennial year, leading Berks Jazz Fest ambassadors bassist Gerald Veasley and trumpeter/vocalist Rick Braun, and Berks County bassist/bandleader/composer/producer Bennie Sims – the winner of the 2020 Frank Scott Award.
Susan L. Peña shares her reflections on 30 years of the Berks Jazz Fest.
Zielinski also has a story on the Reading Pops Orchestra dedicating their Celebrates the Spirit of Django Reinhardt concert to the late beloved Berks Jazz Fest benefactor Jim Connors. Accordionist Julien Labro is premiering his 35-minute “The Django Fantaisie” concerto and dedicating it to Connors during the concert.
The magazine includes a welcome letter from Berks Arts Council executive director Meggan Kerber and an update by Mike Eben on Get JazzED, the educational arm of the Berks Jazz Fest.
Make sure you book up a copy during the fest.