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Friday, April 1 / 7:00 p.m.
Opening Night Celebration
Santander Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $79, $69, $59 (Reserved Seating)

When Wynton Marsalis headlined at the first Berks Jazz Fest in 1991, he was already a famous crusader for jazz on the cusp of age 30. Now, at 60, he is a legendary trumpet master, composer, author, speaker, educator and founder of Jazz at Lincoln Center and its orchestra.

This year he is opening Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest on Friday, April 1, in the Santander Performing Arts Center in a concert with JALCO, which features 15 of the finest jazz players in the world.

In 1997, Marsalis was the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music, for his evening-length jazz oratorio, “Blood on the Fields.” Since then, he has composed major, ground-breaking works such as “Blues Symphony,” “Swing Symphony,” “All Rise,” “Congo Square” and, in 2020, “The Democracy! Suite.”

Marsalis has appeared in Berks Jazz Fest with JALCO in 2010 and 2015 for the 20th and 25th anniversary celebrations.

In May 2021, Marsalis appeared in Reading at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading with the JALCO Septet, for one of the first live performances in the area since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

If you missed that extraordinay concert, now is your chance to make sure you hear Marsalis and the full ensemble.