Berks Jazz Fest Celebrates 25 Years

Posted on April 23, 2015 by


The annual Berks Jazz Fest is presented by The Berks Arts Council, located in Reading, PA. Their mission is to cultivate, promote, and support the arts in the community. This year is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Berks Jazz Fest.

The Jazz Fest takes place from 10 April to 19 April. This includes Jazz, bebop, blues, funk, fusion, and gospel. There are fifty majorly ticketed concerts and over 125 musical performances.

The Crowne Plaza in Wyomissing is another hot spot for the Jazz Fest. They have an opening night party every year, and this year it featured saxophonist, Boney James.

Other big headliners include Fourplay, Will Downing, the Billy Cobham Spectrum 40 Band, Kirk Whalum, Yolanda Adams, Dianne Reeves, and Soul of Jazz. Berks Jazz is powered by more than 450 volunteers.

To celebrate the anniversary, a special book has been created. Berks Jazz Fest: Celebrating 25 Years combines photos and memories of the artists who have made the festival an unforgettable time.

“I have never been to Berks Jazz Fest, but I heard it’s a lot of fun,” sophomore Katie Walbert said.

“My dad used to do security for them every year. He told me that it sounded like an enjoyable music fest and the people really got into the jazz music,” Brandywine sophomore Ciara Diehl said.

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