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Carol Riddick & Gerald Veasley will present their tribute to Nina Simone — “I Got Life” — Saturday, March 14, at the WCR Center for the Arts.

SPECIAL PRE-FEST CONCERTS
Tuesday, March 10 / 7:00 p.m.

Swinging at the Crowne
THE LAST BIG BAND
Crowne Plaza Reading / Goodnites Lounge
Ticket Info: www.readingcp.com

Wednesday, March 11 / 7:30 p.m.
Alvernia Performing Arts & Culture Series
GERMAINE INGRAM & THE RED ROSE COLLECTIVE
Francis Hall Theater / Alvernia University
Ticket Info: www.alvernia-edu/arts-culture

Saturday, March 14 / 7:30 p.m.
“I Got Life:” The Music of Nina Simone
CAROL RIDDICK & GERALD VEASLEY
with AARON GRAVES, TIM HUTSON
WCR Center for the Arts / Reading
Tickets: $30 (general admission)

Tuesday, March 17 / 7:00 p.m.
Swinging at the Crowne
JOHN ROZUM’S BIG BAND: THE MUSIC OF BUDDY RICH

Crowne Plaza Reading / Goodnites Lounge
Ticket Info: www.readingcp.com

Friday, March 20 / 7:30 p.m.
Berks Jazz Fest Night @ Jazz Upstairs Series
ERICH CAWALLA QUARTET
featuring BENNIE SIMS, STEVE RUDOLPH, MARKO MARCINKO
Miller Symphony Hall / Rodale Community Room / Allentown
Ticket Info: www.millersymphonyhall.org

Saturday, March 21 / 7:00 p.m.
Jazz on the Avenue Series
KELLY POWERS TRIO
Yocum Institute for Arts Education / West Lawn
Ticket Info:www.institute-of-arts.org

Wednesday, March 25 / 7:00 p.m.
The Great American Songbook CD Release
ERICH CAWALLA’S ALL-STAR BIG BAND & ORCHESTRA
featuring LARRY McKENNA, BENNIE SIMS, MARKO MARCINKO,
STEVE RUDOLPH
and more!
with special opening act
TULPEHOCKEN HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND
Crowne Plaza Reading Ballroom
CLICK HERE FOR TICKET INFO

 

Chris Botti opens the fest on Friday, March 27, at the Santander Performing Arts Center.

FESTIVAL CONCERTS
Friday, March 27 / 11:30 a.m.
Harold B. Leifer Memorial Kickoff Luncheon
THE GROOVEMASTERS
featuring BENNIE SIMS, CLIFF STARKEY and ERICH CAWALLA
The Peanut Bar Restaurant
Call 610-376-8500 for reservations

Friday, March 27 / 7:00 p.m.
Opening Night Celebration
CHRIS BOTTI
Santander Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $69 & $59 (Reserved Seating)

Friday, March 27 / 7:30 p.m.
Litchfield Jazz Camp Night
ZACCAI CURTIS & ALBERT RIVERA LATIN JAZZ BAND
with special guest TRADING FOUR
Club ECP at the DoubleTree
Tickets: $20 (General Admission)

Friday, March 27 / 7:30 p.m.
Special Reunion Concert
DANCE HALL DOCS
with special guest TOM BOWES
The Inn at Reading
Tickets: $25 (General Admission)

Friday, March 27 / 8:00 p.m.
Funky Friday
REGGIE BROWN & BUNCH-A-FUNK
Crowne Plaza Reading / Goodnites Lounge
Tickets: $15 at door

Friday, March 27 / 9:30 p.m.
Cheers Lounge Jazz Party
AL “DJ ACT” TAYLOR
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Cheers Lounge
Tickets: FREE

Friday, March 27 / 9:30 p.m.
Smooth Jazz JJZ presents
PIECES OF A DREAM with special guest MAYSA
and introducing JUSTIN-LEE SCHULTZ
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Grand Ballroom
Tickets: $56 (Reserved Seating)

Friday, March 27 / Midnight
GERALD VEASLEY’S MIDNIGHT JAM
featuring BLAKE AARON, TOM BRAXTON, ALBERT RIVERA, NICK COLIONNE, ANDREW NEU, ROB ZINN, TONY EXUM JR., NELSON RANGELL, MARC ANTOINE, DONALD ROBINSON, RICHARD WALLER and more
The Inn at Reading
Tickets: $30 (General Admission)

Rick Braun will host the 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert on Saturday, March 28, at the Santander Performing Arts Center.

Saturday, March 28 / 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. (Two Shows)
SOUTH Kitchen & Jazz Parlor presents
GERALD VEASLEY UNSCRIPTED AT BERKS
featuring NELSON RANGELL, ALEX BUGNON, MARC ANTOINE
Club ECP at the DoubleTree
Tickets: $40 (General Admission)

Saturday, March 28 / 1:30 p.m.
WDIY 88.1 FM presents Blues at the Inn
KENNY NEAL & THE NEAL FAMILY REVUE
with special guest FRANK BEY
The Inn at Reading
Tickets: $49 (General Admission)

Saturday, March 28 / 2:00 p.m.
Smooth Jazz JZZ presents
KEIKO MATSUI & KIRK WHALUM
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Grand Ballroom
Tickets: $56 (Reserved Seating)

Saturday, March 28 / 3:30 p.m.
A2Z Jazz Party
ANDREW NEU & ROB ZINN
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Cheers Lounge
Tickets: FREE

Saturday, March 28 / 6:00 p.m.
30th Anniversary All-Star Celebration
RICK BRAUN, PETER WHITE, MINDI ABAIR, NICK COLIONNE,
LARRY BRAGGS, BRIAN BROMBERG, EUGE GROOVE

Santander Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $59 & $49 (Reserved Seating)

Saturday, March 28 / 7:00 p.m.
WDIY 88.1 FM presents
READING POPS ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES
THE SPIRIT OF DJANGO REINHARDT

featuring JULIEN LABRO, FRANK VIGNOLA, VINNY RAINOLO,
JOSH TAYLOR, TOM STROHMAN

Miller Center for the Arts
Tickets: $49 (Reserved Seating)

Saturday, March 28 / 9:30 p.m.
Cheers Lounge Jazz Party
AL “DJ ACT” TAYLOR
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Cheers Lounge
Tickets: FREE

Saturday, March 28 / 9:30 p.m.
Dynamic Violinist
DAMIEN ESCOBAR
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Grand Ballroom
Tickets: $49 (Reserved Seating)

Saturday, March 28 / Midnight
GERALD VEASLEY’S MIDNIGHT JAM
featuring BLAKE AARON, TOM BRAXTON, ALBERT RIVERA, NICK COLIONNE, ANDREW NEU, ROB ZINN, TONY EXUM JR., NELSON RANGELL, MARC ANTOINE, DONALD ROBINSON, RICHARD WALLER and more
The Inn at Reading
Tickets: $30 (General Admission)



Bela Fleck & The Flecktones will be making their eighth appearance at the fest on Sunday, March 29, at the Santander Performing Arts Center.

Sunday, March 29 / 10:00 a.m. (doors, buffett/11:30 a.m. show)
Smooth Jazz JZZ Sunday Brunch
JAZZ FUNK SOUL
JEFF LORBER, EVERETTE HARP, PAUL JACKSON JR.

DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Grand Ballroom
Tickets: $52 includes buffet (Reserved Seating)

Sunday, March 29 / 1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. (Two Events)
DOC MULLIGAN GET JAZZED DAY
1:00 p.m. MIDDLE SCHOOL BIG BAND FESTIVAL
6:00 p.m.: HIGH SCHOOL BIG BAND FESTIVAL
Miller Center for the Arts
Tickets: Adults $10 / Students $5 at the door. Cash only.
Tickets good for both festivals.

Sunday, March 29 / 2:30 p.m.
Smooth Jazz JJZ presents
SOUL PATROL: LARRY BRAGGS, AARON BLAKE, TOM BRAXTON
The Inn at Reading
Tickets: $42 (General Admission)

Sunday, March 29 / 3:00 p.m.
Manhattan Transfer Founding Member
JANIS SIEGEL with JOHN DI MARTINO
WCR Center for the Arts / Reading
Tickets: $30 (General Admission)

Sunday, March 29 / 6:00 p.m.
XPN Welcomes
BELA FLECK & THE FLECKTONES
VICTOR WOOTEN, ROY “FUTUREMAN” WOOTEN, HOWARD LEVY
Santander Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $59 & $49 (Reserved Seating)

Monday, March 30 / 7:00 p.m.
Get JazzED / Reading Musical Foundation Night
RMF PROJECT PENSKE JAZZ JAM
hosted by MIKE EBEN, ALBERT RIVERA, GERALD VEASLEY, BRIAN BROMBERG, ERIC MARIENTHAL, AUBREY LOGAN, BOBBY LYLE
The Inn at Reading
Tickets: Donation at the door

Tuesday, March 31 / 7:00 p.m.
Reading Eagle Community Concert
U.S. AIR FORCE RHYTHM IN BLUE JAZZ ENSEMBLE
featuring special guest ERIC MARIENTHAL
plus BERKS HIGH SCHOOL ALL-STAR JAZZ BAND
directed by ALBERT RIVERA
Exeter Senior High School
Tickets: FREE (General Admission; tickets will be distributed Monday, Feb. 10)

Tuesday, March 31 / 7:00 p.m.
Jazz at the Abe
BOBBY LYLE & THE LADIES OF SONG
featuring TONI LYNNE, ANNETTE HINES and more
The Abraham Linoln
Tickets: $20 (General Admission)



Jazz legend Randy Brecker will be part of the 30th Anniversary Berks Bop Big Band concert on Wednesday, April 1, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading.

Wednesday, April 1 / Noon
Reading DID MidDay Jazz Cafe
U.S. AIR FORCE RHYTHM IN BLUE JAZZ ENSEMBLE
featuring special guest RANDY BRECKER
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Grand Ballroom
Tickets: FREE (General Admission; tickets will be distributed Monday, Feb. 10)

Wednesday, April 1 / 7:00 p.m.
WDIY 88.1 FM presents Blues at the Inn
ERIC CLAPTON RETROSPECTIVE
as performed by CRAIG THATCHER BAND
The Inn at Reading
Tickets: $20 (General Admission)

Wednesday, April 1 / 7:00 p.m.
30TH ANNIVERSARY BERKS BOP BIG BAND
featuring ANDREW NEU, ERIC MARIENTHAL, GERALD ALBRIGHT, EVERETTE HARP, RANDY BRECKER, RICK BRAUN, SKIP SPRATT,  BRIAN BROMBERG, JEFF LORBER, SHERRIE MARICLE, AUBREY LOGAN, GIL PARRIS, CRAIG KENNEY, TONY DESANTIS,  PAUL ARBOGAST, JARRED ANTONACCI, DAVE CIANCI,
plus BERKS HIGH SCHOOL ALL-STAR JAZZ BAND
directed by ALBERT RIVERA
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Grand Ballroom
Tickets: $45 (Reserved Seating)

Thursday, April 2 / 7:00 p.m.
CHUCK LOEB MEMORIAL ALL-STAR JAZZ JAM
RICK BRAUN, GERALD VEASLEY, BRIAN BROMBERG, DEAN BROWN, CHRIS “BIG DOG” DAVIS, RANDY BRECKER, ERIC MARIENTHAL, ANDREW NEU, NICK COLIONNE, CHIELI MINUCCI, ERIC DARIUS, AUBREY LOGAN, BOBBY LYLE, GERALD ALBRIGHT, TONY MOORE, RAY FULLER
plus CHUCK LOEB MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Grand Ballroom
Tickets: $58 (Reserved Seating)

Thursday, April 2 / 7:00 p.m.
THE PETER ROGAN BAND: NASHVILLE EDITION
featuring special guest PHIL MADERIA
and CLIFF STARKEY, FRED MOREADITH, JOHN FUNDAGA, CHARISE ROGOSKY, DAWN BLANFORD, CHARLENE HOLLOWAY
The Inn at Reading
Tickets: $20 (General Admission)

Thursday, April 2 / 7:00 p.m.
CALIENTE: LATIN JAZZ NIGHT
Crowne Plaza Reading
Tickets: $12 at the door (includes buffet)

Thursday, April 2 / 7:30 p.m.
KU Presents!
THE FABULOUS EQUINOX ORCHESTRA:
BIG BAND FOR A NEW GENERATION

Kutztown University Schaeffer Auditorium
Tickets/Info: www.kutztown-edu/events/ku-presents

Thursday, April 2 / 9:30 p.m.
Cheers Lounge Jazz Party
AL “DJ ACT” TAYLOR
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Cheers Lounge
Tickets: FREE

Dean Brown brings his Summer of Love Evolution show to the fest on Friday, April 3, at the Miller Center for the Arts.

Friday, April 3 / 6:00 p.m.
Smooth Jazz JJZ presents
BONEY JAMES
Scottish Rite Cathedral
Tickets: $58 (Reserved Seating)

Friday, April 3 / 7:00 p.m.
Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz Night
PAT BIANCHI QUARTET
featuring JOE LOCKE, PAUL BOLLENBACK, BYRON LANDHAM
Club ECP at the DoubleTree
Tickets: $30 (General Admission)

Friday, April 3 / 7:00 p.m.
Classic Music from 1968-1972
DEAN BROWN’S SUMMER OF LOVE EVOLUTION
featuring RANDY RECKER, ERIC MARIENTHAL, HONEY LAROCHELLE, KEITH CARLOCK, JIM BEARD, SCHUYLER DEALE, DEVRON PATTERSON, MINO CINELU, THE BERKS HORNS
Miller Center for the Arts
Tickets: $49 (Reserved Seating)

Friday, April 3 / 7:30 p.m.
Soulful Blues at the Inn
BILLY PRICE CHARM CITY RHYTHM BAND
The Inn at Reading
Tickets: $20 (General Admission)

Friday, April 3 / 8:00 p.m.
WDIY 88.1 FM Funky Friday
FELIX PASTORIUS & HIPSTER ASSASSINS
Crowne Plaza Reading / Goodnites Lounge
Tickets $20 (General Admission)

Friday, April 3 / 9:30 p.m.
Cheers Lounge Jazz Party
AL “DJ ACT” TAYLOR
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Cheers Lounge
Tickets: FREE

Friday, April 3 / 9:30 p.m.
Smooth Jazz JJZ presents
GERALD ALBRIGHT & JONATHAN BUTLER
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Grand Ballroom
Tickets: $56 (Reserved Seating)

Friday, April 3 / Midnight
GERALD VEASLEY’S MIDNIGHT JAM
NICK COLIONNE, GLENN JONES, RAGAN WHITESDIE, RAY FULLER, TONY MOORE, TOM ZINK, ANDREW NEU, BOBBY LYLE, CHIELI MINUCCI, JAZMIN GHENT, BRIAN BRIMBERG, DONALD ROBINSON, RICHARD WALLER and more
The Inn at Reading
Tickets: $30 (General Admission)

Marcus Miller brings his Laid Black Tour to the fest, headlining the Blue Note at Sea Cruise Night concert on Saturday, April 4, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.

Saturday, April 4 / 9:30 a.m. registration); 10:30 a.m. auction
BERKS JAZZ FEST AUCTION
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Lobby
Tickets: FREE

Saturday, April 4 / 1:00 p.m.
SOUTH Jazz Kitchen & Jazz Parlor presents
GERALD VEASLEY’S UNSCRIPTED AT BERKS
featuring BOBBY LYLE, CHIELI MINUCCI, JAZMIN GHENT
Club ECP at the DoubleTree
Tickets: $40 (General Admission)

Saturday, April 4 / 1:00 p.m.
WHUR 96.3 FM Day
CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF STEVIE WONDER AT 70!
hosted by CHRIS “BIG DOG” DAVIS
featuring RICK BRAUN, MAYSA, KIMBERLY BREWER, ERIC DARIUS, NICK COLIONNE, ART SHERROD JR., RAGAN WHITESIDE, GLENN JONES, DOXA GOSPEL ENSEMBLE and more!
DubleTree by Hilton Reading / Grand Ballroom
Tickets: $56 (Reerved Seating)

Saturday, April 4 / 1:30 p.m.
WDIY 88.1 FM presents Blues at the Inn
TAB BENOIT
plus GREG STOVER BAND
The Inn at Reading
Ticket: $49 (General Admission)

Saturday, April 4 / 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. (Two Shows)
Music of Steely Dan
THE ROYAL SCAM with THE RS HORNS
Crowne Plaza Reading / Goodnites Lounge
Tickets: $25 (General Admission)

Saturday, April 4 / 3:30 p.m.
Brazil & Chill Jazz Party
ANN WALSH & TOM ZINK
featuring BRIAN BROMBERG and special guests
DoubleTree by Hiltn Reading / Cheers Lounge
Tickets: FREE

Saturday, April 4 / 6:00 p.m.
Blue Note at Sea Cruise Night
MARCUS MILLER LAID BLACK TOUR
featuring SURPRISE SPECIAL GUESTS
Scottish Rite Cathedral
Tickets: $58 (Reserved Seating)

Saturday, April 4 / 7:00 p.m.
WDIY 88.1 FM presents
THE BRUBECK BROTHERS CELEBRATE
DAVE BRUBECK’S CENTENNIAL

Miller Center for the Arts
Tickets: $49 (Reserved Seating)

Saturday, April 4 / 9:30 p.m.
Cheers Lounge Jazz Party
AL “DJ ACT” TAYLOR
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Cheers Lounge
Tickets: FREE

Saturday, April 4 / 9:30 p.m.
40th Anniversary Tour
INCOGNITO with MAYSA
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Grand Ballroom
Tickets $56 (Reserved Seating)

Saturday, April 4 / Midnight
GERALD VEASLEY’S MIDNIGHT JAM
NICK COLIONNE, GLENN JONES, RAGAN WHITESDIE, RAY FULLER, TONY MOORE, TOM ZINK, ANDREW NEU, BOBBY LYLE, CHIELI MINUCCI, JAZMIN GHENT, BRIAN BROMBERG, DONALD ROBINSON, RICHARD WALLER and more
The Inn at Reading
Tickets: $30 (General Admission)

Brian Culbertson closes out the 30th anniversary fest on Sunday, April 5, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.

Sunday, April 5 / 10:00 a.m. doors, buffet / 11:30 a.m. show
Smooth Jazz JJZ Sunday Brunch
BRIAN BROMBERG’S UNAPOLOGETICALLY
FUNKY BIG BOMBASTIC BAND
featuring EVERETTE HARP, RAY FULLER, TONY MOORE, TOM ZINK,
THE BERKS HORNS

The Inn at Reading
Tickets: $50 includes buffet  (General Admission)

Sunday, April 5 / 3:00 p.m.
Smooth Jazz JJZ presents
DAVID BENOIT & LINDSEY WEBSTER
Miller Center for the Arts
Tickets: $49 (Reserved Seating)

Sunday, April 5 / 6:00 p.m.
30th Anniversary Finale
BRIAN CULBERTSON: THE XX TOUR
Scottish Rite Cathedral
Tickets: $58 (Reserved Seating)