It's becoming the new "Jazz Space"! Every first Thursday of the month, the Neag Planetarium at the Reading Public Museum features live jazz featuring a variety of local, regional and national artists in the area's most unique venue. The series, "Jazz Under the Stars," lets you enjoy great musical performances while experiencing the visually stunning images on the theatre's dome above.
In addition, the newly renovated foyer have food and beverages available for purchase, provided by VIVÁ Bistro & Tapas Lounge (CLICK HERE for menu), as well as a spacious area with seating and tables. Plus, while you are enjoying food and conversation in this area, you'll be able to see the musicians on our digital screens and hear them on the Planetarium's sound system.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m.
Price is $20 per person, payable at the door, or in advance. Call 610-371-5850 x264 for ticket reservations (strongly suggested — limited seating in the theatre area).
"The Chris Farr Quartet" — Thursday, March 6, 2014
A Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest preview concert!
Saxophonist Chris Farr is a highly sought after performer and educator. Chris is currently the head of the saxophone department at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He's a long-time member of Gerald Veasley's band, and has performed many times at the Berks Jazz Fest.
He can be found playing on the Philly jazz scene as well as nationally and internationally. Over the past years Chris has recorded, toured and/or performed with Maynard Ferguson, Randy Brecker, Dennis Chambers, Stanley Clarke, Diane Schuur, Jill Scott, Teddy Pendergrass, Mary J. Blige, Wyclef Jean, The Roots, Carl Thomas, Jaheim, Terell Stafford, John Swana, Joe Magnarelli, Jimmy Bruno, Lou Rawls, Larry Carlton, Joey DeFrancesco, "Papa" John DeFrancesco and, of course, Gerald Veasley.
Chris will be bringing his all-star talented group (including Kevin Hanson on guitar, Madison Rast on drums, and Erik Johnson on drums) to the "Jazz Space" as a prelude to the 24th annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest, giving you a chance to catch a "shining star" on his own and this unique and intimate setting.
"Dave Posmontier Trio with special guest Star Gerald Albright" — Friday, April 4, 2014 - 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 3:30 p.m.)
Our Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest tradition continues with this special Friday afternoon/evening concert/party! The versatile Dave Posmontier Trio is back and we're busy lining up a special guest "star"(or more) to sit in for a couple of numbers. What a great way to get warmed up for the second weekend of this world-class festival in an out-of-this-world venue.
It's a great prelude to one of the many concerts held later that evening as part of the 24th Annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest. Start your weekend in an unmatched "atmosphere" — right across the street from the Scottish Rite Cathedral, and nearby major hotels and Downtown Reading.
Dave's back for the fourth year! Listen to the music of his trio while enjoying the visually stunning images on the dome above. Our Planetarium theatre and lounge will be set up with tables, chairs, and plenty of room to mingle. Plus, while you're in the lounge, you'll be able to see and hear the musicians on our screens and sound system so you won't miss a beat!
Dave Posmontier has been playing piano since the age of seven and professionally for the past 40 years. A pianist, organist, composer, arranger and teacher, he has performed and recorded with many jazz artists including Christian McBride, James Moody, Chris Potter, Duane Eubanks, Mickie Roker, Bobbie Durham, John Blake, John Swana, Mike Richmond, Bootsie Barnes, Tony Williams (sax), Bob Howell, Larry McKenna, Steve Giordano, Grover Washington Jr., David "Fathead" Newman, and Johnny Hartman. Joining Dave will be noted musicians bassist Chico Huff and drummer Erik Johnson, no strangers to the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest.
Special Guest "Star" Gerald Albright Returns!
For the third year in a row, jazz superstar Gerald Albright will be sitting in with the trio for a couple of tunes! And with all the musicians in town this week, who knows who else will stop by?
Music became a part of Albright's life at a young age when he began taking piano lessons. However, his love for music really started when he first picked up a saxophone that belonged to his piano teacher. From then, his interest only continued to increase. Now, with fifteen CDs and one collaboration CD, he has sold over 1,000,000 albums in the U.S. alone. His music, which features him on bass guitar, keyboards, flutes, drum programming, and background vocals, is all self-produced.
Not only was his music nominated for several Grammy Awards, but Albright also played as one of the 10 featured saxophonists at President Clinton's inauguration. He was also featured at the Presidential Summit as well as a few private functions for the President. When Albright plays he truly stands in his own class. Albright gives his audience what they ask for – a great show. Start off your weekend right and come join us under the stars!
The regular "Jazz Under the Stars" series is presented by Hair On The Avenue, with the additional support of the 24th annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest and the Berks Arts Council. Food and beverages by ViVÁ Bistro & Tapas Lounge.