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 regular 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 x264 for ticket reservations (strongly suggested — limited seating in the theatre area).
Annual Party and Concert — Special Day, Special Time!
"Dave Posmontier Trio with 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 Jazz 5 Pack" — Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
In May, we're back to our "First Thursday" format with the return of a popular and talented band. Their show here last May was well-received and well-attended.
The Jazz 5 Pack is an instrumental group of musicians from the Philadelphia, Lancaster and Reading areas. They play the beautiful and timeless melodies from the Great American Songbook, as well as bebop from the 1940s with an emphasis on traditional jazz harmonies and improvisation.You'll hear the music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Miles Davis, Benny Golson, Duke Ellington and many more of the other prolific composers from this exciting time in music history.
The band includes co-leaders Rob Diener on trumpet and John Loos on trombone, as well as Paul Gallello on drums and John Clionsky on keyboards. Philadelphia's own Bob Whit is filling in for Mike Gordon on bass for this performance.
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.