It's 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.
The series is presented by Hair On The Avenue.
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 x230 for ticket reservations (strongly suggested — limited seating in the theatre area).
The regular "Jazz Under the Stars" series is presented by Hair On The Avenue, with the additional support of the 25th annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest and the Berks Arts Council. Food and beverages by ViVÁ Bistro & Tapas Lounge.
NEW TIMES AND DAYS IN 2015!
Beginning in 2015, our "Jazz Under The Stars" series will now be the SECOND Thursday of each month. The shows will start earlier with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and showtimes beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Food & drink will be available for purchase provided by ViVÁ Bistro & Tapas Lounge.
Thursday, January 8, 2015 – 6:30 p.m.
Temple Avenue is a young swing & blues quintet, featuring the dynamic vocalist Chelsea Reed. The group, consisting mostly of jazz majors who are seniors at Temple University, brings a fresh and energetic perspective to their repertoire. Chelsea, who hails from Easton, is joined by fellow Temple students Seth Ebersole (saxophone) from Mohnton, Jack Synoski (bass) from Hazleton and Austin Wagner (drums) from Lancaster. Completing the group is Colin Mekeel (piano), also from Lancaster, who attends HACC.
Thursday, February 12, 2015 – 6:30 p.m.
Erich Cawalla Quartet
Start your Valentine's weekend out early! The Erich Cawalla Quartet performs The Great American Songbook - Vocalist/Saxophonist Erich Cawalla serves as Leader of Reading's own The Uptown Band featuring. himself and Jenifer Kinder (www.theuptownband.com). The band has been a featured act at hundreds of events throughout the Northeast and its last radio release SJ3 reached as high as #9 Nationally on the Groove Jazz Radio Chart. The group's current release Close to You was the #2-Added song in the country on Contemporary Jazz stations reporting to Billboard Magazine. Cawalla's true love is singing and playing Jazz Standards and he claims some of his biggest influences to be Kenny Rankin, Bobby Caldwell, Hank Crawford, and Frank Sinatra. He plans on releasing a Jazz Standards CD in the next year or two. When not performing, Cawalla also runs Anjoli Productions, a full-service entertainment booking agency for national, regional, and local artists (www.anjoli.com ).
Cawalla will be joined by an All-Star group of noteworthy musicians with national and international acclaim including Cliff Starkey, piano; Bennie Sims, bass; and Marko Marcinko, drums.
Thursday, March 12 – 6:30 p.m.
The Harry "Butch" Reed Quartet, 2015
Harry a.k.a "Butch" Reed started playing drums at a very early age. He has toured with several well known musicians including John Blake, The Onus, The Andrew Neu Group and The Electric Mingus Project. He has also been a member of the Philadelphia Clef Club Jazz Big Band and the Don Wilson Big Band.
Butch has been a member of various performing groups including , Lynn Riley & The World Mix, Electric Mingus Project, Andrew Neu Group and presently Manifest III. He can be heard on the recording projects of Mike Boone, Gerald Veasley, Shawn Qaissaunce, Pearl Williams, The Onus, and Electric Mingus Project. You can also find him on stage providing the foundation for many vocalist like Ella Ghant, Barbara D. Mills, Pearl Williams and Sharon Sable to name a few.
On saxophone tonight is Greg Riley. He is an Associate Professor at West Chester University, and has performed with The Los Angeles Opera, The Music Theater of Southern California, Keiko Matsui, The Quincy Jones Orchestra, and The Ray Charles Orchestra. Dr. Riley is currently touring with Cook, Dixon & Young formally known as "Three Mo' Tenors." He has recorded with various artists including, Craig Horton, Frank Lenz, Crystal Lewis, John Tesh, Keiko Matsui, Leslie Paula, Sarah Shannon, Sound Assembly, The Bayou Brass Band, Chris Whynaught, and Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band.
Also on tonight's gig, Nimrod Speaks is a well trained bassist, composer and educator both on electric and double bass. While obtaining a B.A in Music Education from Kutztown University and a Masters in Jazz Studies from Rutgers University, he has played with with renowned artists of today, including Boostie Barnes, Ronnie Burrage, Doc Gibbs, Hannible Lokumbe including performance at premier jazz venues such as the Blue Note in NYC and the kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
Thursday, April 9 – 6:30 p.m.
The James Supra & Sarah Ayers Quartet, 2015
Celebrate the onofficial kickoff of the 25th annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest with a night of the finest blues! James Supra and Sarah Ayers, two Lehigh Valley award-winning musicians –– each fronting their own perspective bands –– unite in this dynamic acoustic format, delivering soulful harmonies and powerful solos. Featuring Andy Killcoyne on acoustic guitar and Mitch Shelly on upright bass. The chemistry and stage presence Supra and Ayers share is unprecedented and very entertaining. It's a performance not to be missed!