Kutztown University Jazz Ensemble I

Dr. Kevin Kjos will direct the Kutztown University Jazz Ensemble I and the Berks High School All-Star Jazz Band.

Wednesday, April 10 / 7:30 p.m.
Get Jazzed Appreciation Day
directed by KEVIN KJOS

The Inn at Reading / Wyomissing
Tickets: Donation at door

Get JazzED is a music-in-education program of Berks Jazz Fest, dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance and developing new audiences.

Kutztown University Jazz Ensemble I performs with and receives clinics from many of the greats in jazz performance and education and its Get JazzED Appreciation Night performance showcases what the student musicians have learned.

The group is under the direction of Kevin Kjos, Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Trumpet at Kutztown University.

KU Jazz Studies fosters an atmosphere of cooperation and the exchanging of ideas among its students while offering them performing opportunities with the demands and exactness they will find in the professional world.

KU Jazz Studies represents a vital part of the university as a whole. The ensembles and classes offered as part of Jazz Studies are open to all students, regardless of major. Performance standards are such that future musicians, educators and listeners establish attitudes toward music and performance that will be of critical importance in their musical and cultural endeavors. Jazz Studies at Kutztown University is designed with the hope of perpetuating an art form both unique and indigenous to the American people.

The Berks High School All-Star Jazz Band, also directed by Kevin Kjos, exemplifies the outstanding talent that young jazz musicians in the county possess.

Wednesday April 10 is Jazz Appreciation Day in Reading.

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. Loeb was a peerless performer and creative force with the fest in many ways for nearly 20 years.

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 winners will be present at the concert.