by Val Vaccaro
If you are a jazz fan, the place to be this April is the 2015 Berks Jazz Fest to see a whole host of great smooth jazz, contemporary jazz, fusion, bebop, big band, swing, and blues concerts performed by music legends, favorite artists and talented newcomers from Wynton to Whalum and beyond. The 2015 Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest celebrates its 25th anniversary for ten days from Friday, April 10 to Sunday, April 19 in the Reading, Pennsylvania area. This year Berks Jazz Fest is sponsored once again by Boscov's - America's largest family-owned department store chain headquartered in the fest's hometown.
The 2015 Berks Jazz Fest has 50 major ticketed shows and over 100 local free music events. Here's an overview of the stellar lineup of artists performing at major concerts at the 2015 Berks Jazz Fest: trumpeter Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, vocalists Dianne Reeves, Jeffrey Osborne, Will Downing, Phil Perry, Maysa, and Yolanda Adams, trumpeter Rick Braun, saxophonists Boney James, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Everett Harp, Eric Marienthal, Andrew Neu, Najee, Marion Meadows, Paul Taylor, and Elan Trotman, guitarists Chuck Loeb, Nick Colionne, Chieli Minucci, Marc Antoine, the Pat Martino Trio with Pat Bianchi and Carmen Intorre, bassists Gerald Veasley, Brian Bromberg, and Ron Jenkins, keyboardists Jeff Lorber, Alex Bugnon, Brian Simpson, Bobby Lyle, keyboardist/trombonist Brian Culbertson, Pieces of a Dream, Incognito, Urban Jazz Coalition, Fourplay with Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason, and Chuck Loeb, Jazz Attack featuring Rick Braun, Peter White, Euge Groove and special guest Elliot Yamin, Mindy Abair & The Boneshakers featuring Sweet Pea Atkinson, Strings Attached with Larry Coryell, Jimmy Bruno, Vic Juris, Jack Wilkins and Joe Cohn, the Billy Cobham Spectrum 40 Band, the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia directed by Terell Stafford, the Tedeschi-Trucks Band featuring Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, The Berks Horns featuring saxophonist Mike Anderson. trumpeter Rob Diener, and trombonist John Loos (performing at shows with Mindy Abair, Nick Colionne, and the Dance Hall Docs featuring Brent Carter), Greg Hatza and Tim Price Organ Quartet, the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors featuring Eric Marienthal with the Berks High School All-Star Jazz Band, the Reading Pops Orchestra, and many more.