February 3, 2006

Superstar Chuck Mangione joins FirstEnergy Berks Jazz Fest Lineup

Following is the latest press release concerning additional performers being added to the Berks Jazz Fest. Included here is ticket information as well as the complete lineup of major concerts so far, for those of you still trying to decide which tickets to purchase!

ChuckMangione.jpgREADING, PA -- February 2 – The legendary Chuck Mangione has joined the star-laden lineup of the 16th annual FirstEnergy Berks Jazz Fest.

For more than five decades, Mangione's love affair with music has been characterized by his boundless energy, unabashed enthusiasm and pure joy that radiates from the stage. His wondrous talents and crisp charisma will be on display on Friday, March 24, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $20.

The Berks Jazz Fest runs March 17-26 at multiple venues throughout Berks County and is presented by the Berks Arts Council.

The festival already has a bright constellation of stars such as Dianne Reeves, Joe Sample, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Ramsey Lewis, Brian Culbertson, David Benoit, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Gerald Veasley, Kurt Elling and the Robert Cray Band, among many others.

The 10-day lineup featuring over 130 concerts once again is an amazing palette, showcasing a diversity of musical styles that includes contemporary jazz, traditional jazz, big band, blues, Latin jazz, swing jazz, and more.

The Berks Jazz Fest prides itself on producing one-of-a kind all-star ensemble shows, and there are three marquee tributes this year to Marvin Gaye and Motown, Brazilian legend Ivan Lins and guitar great Wes Montgomery.

And now Chuck Mangione, known as the "Cat in the Hat," adds considerable marquee star power to the festival. He has released more than 30 albums during his venerable and laudable career.

His Berks Jazz Fest concert will be dedicated to the Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps to celebrate its 2005 Drums Corps Associates (DCA) world championship. The Buccaneers, in winning their fifth DCA title, swept all judged categories en route to the second-highest score of any championship corps in the 41-year history of the DCA.

Mangione has an avid interest in drum and bugle corps, making the tribute to the Bucs a natural. The Buccaneers have had a long association with the Berks Jazz Fest. Their yeoman volunteer efforts in facilitating the loading in and loading out of equipment at multiple concerts at varied venues make it possible to have a festival of such scope.

Mangione and his flugelhorn achieved international success with his jazz-pop single, "Feels So Good", in 1977. A 1980 issue of Current Biography called "Feels So Good" the most recognized tune since "Michelle" by The Beatles.

Recently, jazz stations throughout the United States have recognized Mangione's "Feels So Good" as their all-time No. 1 song.

Early in his career, he was a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, for which he filled the trumpet seat, which had previously been held by greats such as Clifford Brown, Kenny Dorham, Bill Hardman, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard.

Mangione won his first Grammy Award in 1976 for his album Bellavia, named to honor his mother. The Children of Sanchez double-album soundtrack won the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globe Award, then earned him a second Grammy in 1978.

When Chuck performed in Poland for the 1999 Film and Jazz Festival, the “Children of Sanchez” track brought the audience to its feet. Unbeknownst to the composer, the piece had become somewhat of an anthem during the struggle for democracy and many in the audience were in tears, holding their hands over their hearts.

His song, "Give It All You Got," was the theme to the 1980 Winter Olympics held in Lake Placid, New York. He performed live at the closing ceremonies.

He also has a recurring role on the animated television series “King of the Hill”, portraying himself as a celebrity spokesman for Mega Lo Mart. The first episode of “King of the Hill” featuring Mangione originally aired on Valentine's Day 1998. The episode featured an original score specifically recorded for the occasion.

FirstEnergy Berks Jazz Fest concert tickets can be purchased by:
Stopping by the Sovereign Center Box Office, Seventh and Penn streets, Reading, to place your order in person.
Box Office hours
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
Stopping by the Sovereign Performing Arts Center Box Office, 136 N. Sixth St., Reading, to place your order in person.
Box Office hours
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Ordering online at www.berksjazzfest.com
Call Ticketmaster at 215.336.2000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Have a credit card ready.
For more information on the festival, click on www.berksjazzfest.com
For more information on the Berks Arts Council, a nonprofit organization that promotes all the arts in an effort to enrich the quality of life in Berks County, click on www.berksarts.org

Major FirstEnergy Berks Jazz Fest concerts

Friday, March 17 -- Dianne Reeves plus Joe Sample, Sovereign Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., $45 and $38

Friday, March 17 -- The Inn of Blues: Mose Allison plus Guy Davis, Inn at Reading Ballroom, 8 p.m., $28

Friday, March 17 -- Pieces of a Dream, Wyndham Reading Hotel Ballroom, 10:30 p.m., $30

Saturday, March 18 -- Gerald Albright and Kirk Whalum, Wyndham Reading Hotel Ballroom, 2 p.m., $38

Saturday, March 18 -- The Inn of Blues: Marcia Ball plus Clarence Spady Band with special guest Lou Pride, and Deb Callahan Band, Inn at Reading Ballroom, 7 p.m., $35

Saturday, March 18 -- Michael Manring, Tracy Silverman and David Cullen, Gerald Veasley's Jazz Base at the Sheraton Reading Hotel, 7 p.m., $12

Saturday, March 18 -- Ramsey Lewis & David Benoit with the Reading Pops Orchestra, Sovereign Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., $45 and $38

Saturday, March 18 -- Gerald Albright and Kirk Whalum, Wyndham Reading Hotel Ballroom, 10:30 p.m., $38

Sunday, March 19 -- Jazz Goes to Church featuring Cyrus Chestnut, Kevin Mahogany and Kendrick Oliver & The New Life Jazz Orchestra, Wyndham Reading Hotel Ballroom, 2 p.m., $35

Sunday, March 19 -- Kyle Eastwood and his band, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts theater, 4 p.m. $20

Sunday, March 19 -- Robbi K & Friends, PAL Center for the Arts, 6 p.m., free community concert.

Sunday, March 19 -- 16th Anniversary Concert: The Music of Marvin Gaye & Motown featuring Jason Miles, Bobby Caldwell, Peter White, Candy Dulfer, Kevin Mahogany, Guida DePalma, Mike Mattison, Nick Colionne, Jay Beckenstein, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Bashiri Johnson, Gene Lake, Sherrod Barnes, Jonathan Maron, Dominick Farinacci, DJ Logic and more, Sovereign Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m., $45 and $38

Monday, March 20 -- U.S. Air Force Rhythm In Blues Jazz Ensemble with special guest Tom Coster plus Berks High School All-Star Jazz Band, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 7 p.m., free community concert

Monday, March 20 -- The Young Faces of Jazz: Taylor Eigsti and Julian Lage plus Liz Longley, Albright College Wachovia Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $15

Tuesday, March 21 -- U.S. Air Force Rhythm In Blues Jazz Ensemble with special guest Tom Coster plus Berks High School All-Star Jazz Band, Boyertown Senior High School, 7 p.m., free community concert

Tuesday, March 21 -- The Music of Sinatra & Friends: City Rhythm Orchestra, Wyndham Reading Hotel Ballroom, 7:30 p.m., $15

Tuesday, March 21 -- Mulgrew Miller Trio, Albright College Wachovia Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $20

Wednesday, March 22 -- Berks Jazz Fest Fantasy Camp Faculty Concert: Mulgrew Miller, Kurt Elling, Christian McBride, Jimmy Bruno, Bob Mintzer, John Swana and Steve Smith, Wyndham Reading Hotel Ballroom 7:30 p.m., $25

Wednesday, March 22 -- Joe McBride & The Texas Rhythm Club, Peanut Bar Restaurant, 9 p.m.

Thursday, March 23 -- Joe McBride, Wyndham Reading Hotel, 5 p.m.

Thursday, March 23 -- Gene Ludwig Trio featuring Dave Stryker and Vince Ector, Gerald Veasley's Jazz Base at the Sheraton Reading Hotel, 7 p.m., $10

Thursday, March 23 -- Chieli Minucci & Special EFX featuring Ken Navarro and the Berks Jazz Fest Horns, Wyndham Reading Hotel Ballroom, 7:30 p.m., $30

Thursday, March 23 -- Berks All-Star Jazz Jam featuring Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Chuck Loeb, Gerald Veasley, Chieli Minucci, Ken Navarro, Joe McBride, Kenny Blake, Steve Smith, Tom Coster, Eric Darius and more, Sheraton Reading Hotel Ballroom, 10 p.m., $30

Friday, March 24 -- Joe McBride and Kenny Blake, Wyndham Reading Hotel, 5 p.m.

Friday, March 24 -- Gerald Veasley with special guest Kurt Elling, Gerald Veasley's Jazz Base at the Sheraton Reading Hotel, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., $35

Friday, March 24 -- An Evening With Rick Braun & Richard Elliot, Sovereign Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., $45 and $38

Friday, March 24 -- Chuck Mangione, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 7:30 p.m., $25 and $20

Friday, March 24 -- Jimi Hendrix Tribute: The Carl Filipiak Group, Wyndham Reading Hotel Ballroom, 9 p.m., $15

Friday, March 24 -- Najee, Sheraton Reading Hotel Ballroom, 10:30 p.m., $30

Saturday, March 25 -- Larry Carlton & The Blue Sapphire Band plus Richard Smith & Freddie Ravel Power Quartet featuring special guest Kim Waters, Sheraton Reading Hotel Ballroom, 1 p.m., $35

Saturday, March 25 -- Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Wyndham Reading Hotel Ballroom, 2 p.m., $25

Saturday, March 25 -- Joe McBride and Kenny Blake, Wyndham Reading Hotel, 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 25 -- Triad featuring Steve Oliver, Michael Paulo and Gerald Veasley, Gerald Veasley's Jazz Base at the Sheraton Reading Hotel, 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., $35

Saturday, March 25 -- Ivan Lins & Friends featuring Ivan Lins, Jason Miles, Jane Monheit, Brenda Russell, Candy Dulfer, Eliane Elias, Romero Lubambo, Leonardo Amuedo, Cafe, Vinny Colaiuta, Will Lee, Tom Harrell, Chuck Loeb and more, Sovereign Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m., $45 and $38

Saturday, March 25 -- The Robert Cray Band, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 7:30 p.m., $40 and $35

Saturday, March 25 -- Brian Culbertson with special guest Eric Darius, Sheraton Reading Hotel Ballroom, 10:30 p.m., $35

Sunday, March 26 -- WJJZ Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch: Paul Jackson Jr., Sheraton Reading Hotel Ballroom, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., $35

Sunday, March 26 -- Bona Fide featuring Slim Man, Gerald Veasley's Jazz Base at the Sheraton Reading Hotel, 3 p.m., $20

Sunday, March 26 -- Be Still My Soul: Michell and Brian Culbertson, Atonement Lutheran Church, Wyomissing, 4 p.m. free will offering

Sunday, March 26 -- Tribute to Wes Montgomery: Chuck Loeb, Pat Martino, Paul Jackson Jr., Larry Carlton, Russell Malone, Earl Klugh and Jimmy Bruno plus a rhythm section of keyboardist Larry Goldings, drummer Vinny Colaiuta and bassist Will Lee, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 7 p.m., $40 and $35

Happy Jazzin'

Beverly Packard
Jazz Circle Member of the Berks Arts Council
MyGirlSunday22@aol.com

Posted by Beverly J. Packard at February 3, 2006 10:01 PM