By Val Vaccaro
Paul Jackson Jr., Rick Braun, and Gerald Veasley at the 2017 Berks Jazz Fest [photo by BazPix]
The world-renowned Berks Jazz Fest celebrates its 28th anniversary from Friday, April 6 to Sunday, April 15, 2018 in the friendly, historic town of Reading, Pennsylvania (just a few hours' drive from New York City). Billed as "Spring Break for Jazz Lovers," the 2018 Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest offers a great range of over 50 concerts and special events featuring top music legends, popular acts, and talented newcomers in smooth jazz, contemporary jazz, jazz standards, bebop, blues, funk, Latin jazz and more.
The Berks Jazz Fest is run by General Manager John Ernesto, presented by the Berks Arts Council, and is sponsored once again by the Boscov's department store chain. The Fest is supported by the community including sponsor companies, media, venues, hotels, restaurants, educational institutions, and hundreds of volunteers.
Key ticketed concerts featuring great artists performing at the 2018 Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest include: Brian Culbertson, Rick Braun with guest Dave Koz; Kirk Whalum, Boney James, Gerald Veasley, Nick Colionne, Brian Bromberg, Gerald Albright, Everett Harp, Eric Marienthal, Jeff Lorber; Maceo Parker; The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman plus Grace Kelly; Pieces of a Dream with special guests Kim Waters, Nick Colionne and Eric Roberson; Incognito featuring Maysa; Fourplay with Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason, and Kirk Whalum; Steve Cole, Jay Rowe, Selina Albright, Bernie Williams, Kevin Whalum, Kim Waters, Special EFX All-Stars with Cheili Minucci, Eric Marienthal, Lao Tizer, Karen Briggs, and Gerald Veasley; David Benoit and Marc Antoine; EPK featuring Euge Groove, Peter White, and Keiko Matsui; Jazz Funk Soul with Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, and Paul Jackson Jr.; Ana Popovic plus Vanessa Collier; Nestor Torres, Andy Snitzer, Elan Trotman, The Berks Horns with Mike Anderson, Rob Diener, and John Loos; Dave Stryker, Bob Mintzer Organ Quintet; Victor Wooten Trio; Greg Hatza Organization; Melissa Aldana Quartet; Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton; John Pizzarelli, and many others.