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A Smorgasbord of Jazz at Reading Liederkranz Presented by Mount Penn Preserve Partnership

by Mount Penn Preserve Partnership

Feb 08, 2024

The Mount Penn Preserve Partnership (MP3) is pleased to announce an evening of jazz featuring the Mount Penn Preservation Jazz Band, Gourmet Gypsy Jazz Band, and So What. Special guests include Travis “The Mad Fiddler” Wetzel and Tammy Black. The event will take place at the Reading Liederkranz on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are available to purchase online at https://bit.ly/SmorgOfJazz24.

The Mount Penn Preservation Jazz Band, the region’s premier preservation jazz band, led by Berks County’s Dave Kline, was formed in 2020 to promote the Mount Penn Preserve Partnership through the performance of much-beloved Preservation Hall jazz classics augmented with some fun renditions and adaptations of music from other genres morphed into the jazz style.

The Gourmet Gypsy Jazz Band, led by Berks County’s Josh Taylor, is the region’s premiere Hot Club/Django Reinhart group of stylists taking the audience along for a theater-of-the-mind gypsy jazz experience. The experience beckons back to the iconic Bohemian era along the Seine River in Paris when musicians, deep thinkers, writers, poets, painters, and dreamers, sometimes fueled by the “Green Fairee of Absinthe,” packed nightclubs, cafes, and restaurants as they used jazz and free thinking to express themselves and change the world.

So What, led by Noah Gibney, is a trio of the region’s young jazz players. Their meteoric rise to prominence is directly connected to their jaw-dropping talent and ability to fluidly move through all styles of jazz music. Taking their name from jazz icon Miles Davis’ landmark song “So What,” the group mesmerizes audiences with their adept readings and jams.

Special Guests include Travis “The Mad Fiddler” Wetzel, who will bring his gob-smacking violin prowess from Nashville to Reading to dazzle the audience, and Chanteuse Tammy Black, principal of Berks Opera, who will treat the audience to several engaging French language jazz classics.

All of the Smorgasbord of Jazz troupe will showcase their individual band style plus interact with each other as the night progresses toward the Grand Finale Jam, at which time the evening will reach its zenith for this once-in-a-lifetime gathering of musicians.

The Smorgasbord of Jazz troupe is Tammy Black, Ken Gehret, Noah Gibney, Chris Heslop, Ken Kemmerer, Dave Kline, Trey LaRue, Alan Rochlin, Esteban Ruiz, Dexter Sales, Chuck Steinle, Josh Taylor, and Travis Wetzel.

The Mount Penn Preserve Partnership (MP3) is a nonprofit organization established by collaborative efforts of five different governments in which the Mount Penn Preserve spans Alsace and Lower Alsace townships, Mount Penn Borough, the City of Reading, and Berks County. The mission is to protect, promote, and enhance the natural beauty, heritage, and attractions of the Mount Penn Preserve.

The annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, celebrating 33 years in 2024, is one of the most prolific festivals of its kind, drawing nearly 30,000 visitors from all over the world. Musicians from all backgrounds, locales, and genres convene annually for the festival, which features dozens of concerts at venues across the region.

The mission of Berks Arts is to Inspire, Engage, and Unite our community through arts education, collaboration, and presentation. Today, in everything Berks Arts does and supports, the organization seeks to make Berks County a more creative, desirable, and resilient community.

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