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The 28th annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest as presented by Berks Arts Council once again will glitter with a galaxy of stars performing April 6-15, 2018.

The 10-day Jazz Fest will be epic in scope, talent and genres — with a multiplicity of concerts at venues large and small encompassing contemporary jazz, traditional jazz, pop, crossover, world, blues, roots, funk, R&B, gospel and unique concerts produced especially for the festival.

The Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest is recognized as one of the largest and most diverse music festivals of its kind in the country. Since 1991, the festival has been an important part of the Greater Reading’s community revitalization efforts as both an economic and cultural catalyst for positive change.

The festival gets off to a rousing start on Friday, April 6, with the Opening Night Celebration, Brian Culbertson: Colors of Love Tour, at 7:30 p.m. at the Santander Performing Arts Center. Culbertson, the award-winning multi-instrumentalist, mainly features his signature acoustic piano on his new romantic album Colors of Love due out on Valentine’s Day 2018.

Also at 7:30 on April 6 at The Inn at Reading will be the Special All-Stars featuring four musical heavyweights in guitarist Chieli Minucci, saxophonist Eric Marienthal, keyboardist Lao Tizer, violinist Karen Briggs and bassist Gerald Veasley.

That epic opening Friday will continue with a blockbuster 10 p.m. concert at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Grand Ballroom, acclaimed chart-topping trumpeter Rick Braun with superstar saxophonist Dave Koz, he of the nine Grammy Award nominations and nine No. 1 albums.

The Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest lost a dear friend when Chuck Loeb passed away July 31 at 61 from cancer. Loeb was much more than just a fabulous guitarist with incredible musicianship – the consummate arranger and composer. He also was a wonderful human being and a prolific and peerless performer at Berks Jazz Fest.

Chuck may be gone — but he will never be forgotten by his Jazz Fest family of volunteers and fans. The Remembering Chuck Loeb concert on Sunday, April 8, at 6 p.m. at the Santander Performing Arts Center will feature Eric Marienthal, Rick Braun, Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason, Kirk Whalum, Will Lee, Michael Franks, Dave Koz, Everette Harp, Jeff Lorber, Randy Brecker, Paul Jackson Jr., Chieli Minucci, Nick Colionne, Kim Waters, Gerald Veasley, Bill Evans, Mitch Forman, Brian Bromberg, Andy Snitzer, Lionel Cordew, Ron Jenkins, David Charles, Matt King and The Berks Horns.

Also gracing the stage will be Chuck’s wife Carmen and his daughters Christina and Lizzy Loeb. A portion of the proceeds will establish the Chuck Loeb Scholarship Fund.

Kirk Whalum’s Gospel According to Jazz Celebration has become a staple as the Berks Jazz Fest finale and this time will feature Take 6 plus Kevin Whalum, John Stoddart, Shelea Frazier and the DOXA Gospel Ensemble.

Berks Jazz Fest always has a plethora of brilliant artists and other notables in the 28th edition will include:

Sensational saxophonist Boney James with special guest vocalist Eric Roberson.

The celebrated Pieces of a Dream with special saxophonist Kim Waters, guitarist Nick Colionne and vocalist Eric Roberson.

The iconic group Fourplay with keyboardist Bob James, bassist Nathan East, drummer Harvey Mason and saxophonist Kirk Whalum.

The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, under whose production the group has released 22 albums, all of which have attained Top 5 Billboard status and sold over three million albums, plus saxophonist/singer Grace Kelly.

Rayford Griffin’s Reflections of Brownie: A Tribute to Clifford Brown by his nephew and volcanic drummer Rayford Griffin featuring trumpet maestro Rick Braun, ground-breaking bassist Brian Bromberg, keyboard master Hans Zermuehlen and sensational saxophonist Andy Snitzer.

EPK as in sizzling saxman Euge Groove, acclaimed guitarist Peter White and transcendent pianist Keiko Matsui.

Saxophone great Gerald Albright with special guest vocalists Selina Albright, his daughter, and sensational singer Kenny Lattimore.

Famed British funk/jazz/soul group Incognito featuring Maysa, she of the instantly identifiable honey-toned mezzo-soprano and an undeniably brilliant and magnetic stage presence.

Grammy Award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell teams up with jazz guitarist, vocalist and bandleader John Pizzarelli in a stunning tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.

Two-time Grammy-winning and legendary vocalist Lisa Fischer and her band Grand Baton.

Phenomenal blues guitarist/vocalist Ana Popovic plus Philadelphia-based blues vocalist/saxophonist Vanessa Collier, whose rise to the top has almost been meteoric.

In the Music of Rory Gallagher, who produced some of the greatest rock/blues albums of the 1960s, 70s and the 80s, the Band of Friends features seminal blues prodigy/guitarist /vocalist Davey Knowles; bass guitarist Gerry McAvoy, who played, recorded and toured with Gallagher for 20 years; and drummer Ted McKenna, who also played with Gallagher from 1978-81.

Performing a special brand of music that encompasses multiple genres, the Victor Wooten Trio is led by world-renowned bassist Victor Wooten, a five-time Grammy Award winner and a founding member of Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. The trio features drummer Dennis Chambers and saxophonist Bob Franceschini. The opening act is Teen Town, a young, impressive fusion/jazz/funk trio out of Williamsport.

Chilean-born tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, who at the tender age of 24 won the prestigious 2013 Thelonious Monk Competition. She later became a recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Jazz at Lincoln Center and a double recipient of the Altazor Award, Chile’s highly prestigious national art prize.

Jazz Funk Soul with pianist Jeff Lorber, saxophonist Everette Harp, and guitarist Paul Jackson Jr.

The Heart & Soul of Sax featuring Kirk Whalum and Everette Harp with special guests Maceo Parker, Dee Dee Bridgewater and The Berks Horns.

The Caribbean Connection with former New York Yankees star outfielder and guitarist Bernie Williams, saxophonist Elan Trotman, flutist Nestor Torres and Kareem Thompson on steel pans.

The inspiring all-star pairing of pianist David Benoit and guitarist Marc Antoine.

Steve Cole & Friends featuring Nick Colionne, Kevin Whalum, Jay Rowe, JJ Sansaverino, David Dyson and Carl Anderson.

Saxophonist Eric Marienthal, trumpeter Rick Braun, bassist Brian Bromberg, keyboardist Mitch Forman and drummer Lionel Cordew salute the music of Cannonball Adderley, one of the great alto saxophonists and an iconic performer in the hard bop era of the 1950s and 1960s.

The Berks All-Star Jazz Jam, Berks Bop Night and the four Gerald Veasley’s Midnight Jams are perennial festival favorites showcasing multitudes of performers.

The Slam Allen Band, a slamming hit at the inaugural Reading Blues Fest presented by Berks Arts Council in October, returns to Berks to showcase Slam, one of the most dynamic and original blues and soul artists on the scene today.

The Billy Price Band with special guest Johnny Rawls, a soul-blues singer, guitarist, and keyboardist.

Hard-swinging, rocking bluesman Popa Chubby.

Distinctive guitarist Dave Stryker, accomplished tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and his Organ Quintet with special guest Steve Nelson, one of today’s most revered jazz vibraphonists.

The Royal Scam, the world’s premier Steely Dan tribute band, playing more than 40 of Steely Dan’s masterpieces and keeping the compositions of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker and the enthusiasm of fine musicianship alive.

Greg Hatza ORGANization. Hatza, a Reading native is a Hammond B3 organ master and the possessor of a fiery technique and a seemingly innate feel for jazz phrasing.

Cullen & Company, populated with local and regional marquee artists, features guitarist/vocalist David Cullen, drummer Matt Cullen, guitarist/vocalist Craig Thatcher, bassist Chico Huff, pianist/vocalist Cliff Starkey and saxophonist/harmonica player Pete Fluck.

The Reading Pops Orchestra with Berks County’s own instrumentalist and vocalist Erich Cawalla.

Reading Symphony Orchestra presents Glorious Gershwin featuring pianist Simon Mulligan, bass-baritone Kevin Deas, and soprano Julie-Ann Whitely Green.

The GetJazzED Night Jazz Jam hosted by GetJazzED chairman Mike Eben, Eric Marienthal, Albert Rivera, Gerald Veasley and the Lars Potteiger Trio.

Mike Eben’s From the Hip Nonet with special guest Albert Rivera.

The Hot Club of Reading featuring Josh Taylor, Chris Heslop, Ken Gehret, Trey LaRue and Josiah Taylor with special guest accordion virtuoso Julien Labro.

The U.S. Navy Band Commodores in two free community concerts, one with the Berks High School All-Star Jazz Band.

KU Jazz Jazz Ensemble I and After Hours Jazz Chorus.

There also will be Berks Jazz Fest Night pre-fest concerts … the Hot Club of Philadelphia March 14 at Alvernia University; the Eric Mintel Quartet March 16 in Allentown; and Mary Stallings March 25 in Lancaster.

A post-fest concert will be the Joey Alexander Trio April 20 at Kutztown University.

April 6-15, 2018

For information on the complete lineup of performing artists and ticket information, please visit

Berks Jazz Fest is a project of Berks Arts Council, a local arts agency whose mission is to cultivate, promote, and support the arts in our community through collaboration, education, and presentation. In addition to the Berks Jazz Fest and Reading Blues Fest, Berks Arts Council presents the Bandshell Concert Series, Fast Lane Art, the Pagoda Awards, administers the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grant program, and provides art exhibition and marketing opportunities for local artists. Visit them at




The Winter Park Jazz Festival 2017 features

Saturday, July 15, 2017 – 11:00 am

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, R&R: Rick Braun & Richard Elliot, Nick Colionne, Jessy J

Sunday, July 16, 2017 – 11:00 am

Marsha Ambrosius & Eric Benét, Brian Culbertson, Pieces of a Dream, Dotsero, Selina Albright

Hideaway Park, Winter Park, Colorado 80482

Friday, June 09, 2017

7pm — 2nd Wind

8pm — Jackiem Joyner & vocalist Selina Albright

9:15pm — West Coast Jam with Rick Braun, Norman Brown & Richard Elliot

Saturday, June 10, 2017

7pm — Deuces Musik

8pm — Vocalist Eric Roberson

9:15pm — Remembering George Duke with vocalist Chante Moore, Brian Simpson and Everette Harp

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, 151 W 5th St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202


Fort Sam Houston Theater, 2250 Stanley Rd, San Antonio, Texas 78234


Experience the 5th Annual Phil Denny & Friends Christmas Collective!

The 5th Annual Phil Denny & Friends Christmas Collective brings together an exciting artist roster to collaborate on fresh, lively arrangements of holiday favorites and original music. The evening is led by International recording artist and saxophonist Phil Denny and aims to be an uplifting night of entertainment for the entire family to enjoy.

This year, we welcome featured vocalist Selina Albright (Texas), guitarist David P. Stevens (Pennsylvania), sax man Danny Kusz (Minnesota) and opening solo flutist Brandon Marceal. There are always exciting surprises as part of the production as well as our praised youth artist feature.

Come celebrate the spirit of the holiday season at the 5th Annual Phil Denny & Friends Christmas Collective; a show many now consider a Lansing holiday tradition. An accommodating staff will greet you, your family and friends and the stage decoratively set and ready to deliver a memorable night of music.

Saturday, December 03, 2016 07:30 PM

Hyatt Place Lansing/Eastwood Towne Center, 2401 Showtime Dr, Lansing, MI 48912



The 4-day Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival begins


Thursday, October 13, 2016 – 8:00 pm

8 pm at the Performing Arts Theater at Cape Henlopen High School — Vocalist Patti Austin, Kim Waters, Brian Simpson & Eric Darius open the show


Friday, October 14, 2016 – 7:00 pm

8pm at the Performing Arts Theater at Cape Henlopeon High School — Nat King Cole Tribute featuring Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli

8pm at The Rusty Rudder — Brian Simpson, Matt Marshak & Marcus Anderson

7-9pm at the Cove Restaurant below the Baycenter Theater — Najee Pre-Show Dinner Buffet

10pm at The Baycenter at Ruddertown — Najee with guests Nick Colionne & Alex Bugnon

10pm at the Rusty Rudder — Matt Marshak CD Release Party | Free event!


Saturday, October 15, 2016 – 8:00 pm

1pm in the Performing Arts Theater at Cape Henlopen High School — BWB featuring Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum and Rick Braun

1pm at The Rusty Rudder Deck — Club Phred

2:30pm at the Epworth United Methodist Church — An Afternoon with Ramsey Lewis

2:30pm at The Rusty Rudder Deck — JJ Sansaverino and Will Donato | Free event!

3pm in the Performing Arts Theatre at Rehoboth Beach Elementary School — InGratitude: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire

4pm in The Baycenter at Ruddertown — Vocalist Jeffrey Osborne with special guest Gerald Albright

6pm at the Rusty Rudder — Marcus Anderson and Jeanette Harris

6pm in the Performing Arts Theatre at Rehoboth Beach Elementary School — Jeff Lorber Fusion featuring Chuck Loeb, Jimmy Haslip and Gary Novak

7-10pm in The Baycenter at Ruddertown — Pre-Show Dinner Buffet – Jazz Meets James

7:30pm in the Performing Arts Theatre at Cape Henlopen High School — Rehoboth Beach All Stars featuring Brian Simpson, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Steve Cole, vocalist Jeffrey Osborne & Kirk Whalum

8:30pm at the Epworth United Methodist Church — John Pizzarelli sings the Great American Songbook

9:30pm at the Rusty Rudder — Jackiem Joyner & vocalist Selina Albright with special guest JJ Sansaverino

10pm in The Baycenter at Ruddertown — Jazz Meets James featuring Nick Colionne, Rick Braun, Alex Bugnon, Steve Cole, Eric Darius, Matt Marshak, Art Sherrod, Jr & Kim Waters


Sunday, October 16, 2016 – 10:00 am

10am at The Rusty Rudder — Art Sherrod, Jr’s Gospel Brunch

1pm at the Performing Arts Theater at Cape Henlopeon High School — The Rippingtons with special guest Gerald Albright

5pm in The Baycenter at Ruddertown — The 2016 Final Grand Jam featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Alex Bugnon, Steve Cole, Nick Colionne, Eric Darius, Matt Marshak, Art Sherrod, Jr & Kim Waters under the musical direction of Brian Simpson

7pm at The Rusty Rudder — 2016 Closing Party featuring Alex Bugnon, Jeanette Harris, Jackiem Joyner, Matt Marshak, Art Sherrod, Jr & JJ Sansaverino

Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Hwy, Lewes, Delaware 19958


The 3-day Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival lineup on the Main Stage

Saturday, September 10, 2016

4:30 pm — Chelsey Green & The Green Project

6:00 pm — Art Sherrod, Jr featuring Althea René

7:30 pm — Peter White

Sunday, September 11, 2016

4:30 pm — Four80East featuring Marcus Anderson

6:00 pm — Marion Meadows featuring vocalist Selina Albright

7:30 pm — Spur of the Moment

Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N Front St, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110