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Jazz on the Avenue

A monthly jazz concert series brought to you by the Yocum Institute for Arts Education.

Let’s be honest – it’s hard to find those moments of personal escape, and sometimes we have to schedule them into our lives. Yocum Institute takes you to a place where the imagination is thriving, and our new Jazz on the Avenue series allows you to invest in yourself while supporting the quality of life and arts education in our community.

We strive to make the arts accessible to all and our sponsors allow us to keep ticket prices low. Thank you for supporting our sponsors.

LOCATION: All concerts are held inside the Schumo Theater at the Yocum Institute for Arts Education.
TICKETS: to order, visit: yocumartsevents.ticketleap.com
PARKING: Free

A Tremendous Thank You to our Jazz on the Avenue Sponsors


Upcoming Concerts

Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Mike Eben
presents Tribute to Doc Mulligan
featuring Rob Diener, John Loos, Greg Wilson, Carl Zeplin, Marty Mellinger, Steve Meashey, Dave Lazorcik

Saxophonist Mike Eben has assembled an all-star ensemble for a special tribute to the music of Robert “Doc” Mulligan.

Joining Eben will be Rob Diener on trumpet; John Loos on trombone; Greg Wilson on sax; Carl Zeplin on guitar, Marty Mellinger on piano, Steve Meashey on bass, and Dave Lazorcik on drums.

The ensemble will be performing Doc’s arrangements of music from the Great American Songbook.

Tickets: $20, At the door: $25

Purchase tickets: Jazz on the Avenue: Mike Eben presents a Tribute to Doc Mulligan Tickets in West Lawn, PA, United States (ticketleap.com)


Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Three Flights Up

featuring Aaron Rudderow, Isaiah Nygard, Cormick Costello

The award-winning trio Three Flights Up is back together again.

Drummer Aaron Rudderow, bassist Cormick Costello and pianist Isaiah Nygard are coming home from their respective colleges for the holiday break, allowing them to reunite and perform together for the first time since their 2021 Jazz on the Avenue performance.

Three Flights Up was the 2021 winner of the prestigious Chuck Loeb Memorial Scholarship presented by the Reading Musical Foundation and the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest.

Tickets: $15, At the door: $20

Purchase tickets: Jazz on the Avenue: Aaron Rudderow Band Tickets in West Lawn, PA, United States (ticketleap.com)


Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
The Hot Club of Reading
featuring Josh Taylor, Chris Heslop, Ken Gehret, Trey LaRue, Mike Nikolidakis

Celebrate the holiday season with a swinging evening of hot jazz.

In addition to the music of legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, The Hot Club of Reading blends in early New Orleans jazz such as Louis Armstrong and his counterpart on soprano saxophone and clarinet, American-turned-Frenchman, Sidney Bechet.

Tickets: $20, At the door: $25

Purchase tickets: Jazz on the Avenue: The Hot Club of Reading Tickets in West Lawn, PA, United States (ticketleap.com)


Friday, Feb. 24, 2023 7:00 p.m.
Seth Ebersole Quartet

featuring Gina Benalcazar, Colin Mekell, Jack Synoski, Austin Wagner

Concert will be a homecoming for saxophonist Seth Ebersole, a Governor Mifflin graduate who now is a member of the prestigious U.S. Air Force’s Airmen of Note based in Washington, D.C.

In early 2022, Technical Sergeant Ebersole became the baritone saxophonist with the Airmen of Note,

Seth holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Saxophone from Temple University, where he studied with Dick Oatts and Timothy Warfield. He earned a Master of Music degree from Michigan State University

Tickets: $20, At the door: $25

Purchase tickets: Jazz on the Avenue: Seth Ebersole Quintet Tickets in West Lawn, PA, United States (ticketleap.com)


Past Concerts

Sunday, May 15, 2022 – An Evening of Acoustic Fusion with One Alternative

Saturday, April 30, 2022 – Reading Pops Orchestra Big Band

Sunday, April 10, 2022 – Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Presents John Rozum: Tribute to Buddy Rich

Saturday, April 2, 2022 – Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest: A Night of Gypsy Jazz Jason Anick & Henry Acker Quartet Plus The Hot Club of Reading Featuring Josh Taylor, Chris Heslop, Ken Gehret, Trey Larue, Josiah Taylor

Friday, March 25, 2022 – Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest: A Night of Brazilian Jazz Minas Presents Beatles In Bossa Nova Featuring Orlando Haddad, Patricia King with Special Guests Andrew Neu, John Swanna and Jim Stager, Tom Cohen

Friday, February 18, 2022 – The Nathan Bellott Trio, Featuring Nathan Bellott, Simon Wilson, and Evitar Slivnik

Friday, January 28, 2022 – Dynamic Piano-Bass Duo with Alex Kauffman & Steve Meashey

Sunday, December 19, 2021 – A Jazzy Holiday with Trading Four, Featuring Isaiah Nygard, piano; Joel Evans, drums; Cormick Costello, bass; Sashank Sridhar, saxophone

Friday, November 12, 2021 – Evening of Swinging Bop, Mike Eben’s From the Hip, Featuring Roger Morgan, trumpet; Mike Byrne, guitar; Marty Mellinger, keyboards; Terry Bortman, bass; Dave Santana, drums; and Mike Eben, saxophones.

Friday, October 15, 2021 – A Night of Piano Jazz, Lars Potteiger Trio, featuring Jerry Laboranti, saxophone; and Tom Hilliker, bass.

Friday, August 6, 2021 – Three Flights Up Featuring Isaiah Nygard, piano; Cormick Costello, bass; and Aaron Rudderow, drums. The trio were the recipients of the 2021 Chuck Loeb Memorial Scholarship.

Sunday, December 27, 2020 – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
Chuck Loeb Memorial Scholarship Winners, Trading Four featuring Sashank Sridhar, Joel Evans, Isaiah Nygard, and Cormick Costello

Sunday, December 20, 2020 – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
The Hot Club of Reading featuring Josh Taylor, Ken Gehret, Chris Heslop,Trey LaRue, and Josiah Taylor

Saturday, March 28, 2020 – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Concert, ROARING 20s JAZZ ORCHESTRA and BEN MAUGER’S VINTAGE JAZZ BAND

Saturday, March 21, 2020 – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
Berks Jazz Fest Night, Kelly Powers Trio

Saturday, February 22, 2020 – Dixieland Jazz, PARIS WASHBOARD

Friday, January 17, 2020 – Get JazzED, NATHAN BELLOTT BAND

Friday, December 27, 2019 – Swinging Holiday Show, The Hot Club of Reading featuring Josh Taylor, Ken Gehret, Chris Heslop,Trey LaRue, and Josiah Taylor

Friday, November 15, 2019 – Music from Landmark Jazz Album, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool Tribute featuring Mike Eben, Ken Kemmerer, Chris Heslop, Marty Mellinger, Dave Lazorcik, Bob Meashey, Steve Meashey, Rob Stoneback, Al Stokes, and Rob Diener

Saturday, November 9, 2019 – Dynamic Piano Duo: Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi

Friday, October 18, 2019 – Celebrating Dave Brubeck’s Centennial, Eric Mintel Quartet featuring Nelson Hill, Jack Hegyi, and Dave Mohn

Friday, September 27, 2019 – An Evening of Jazz Standards, Lars Potteiger New York Trio featuring Dmitry Ishenko and Rob Mitzner

Friday, August 9, 2019 – Chuck Loeb Memorial Scholarship Winners, Trading Four featuring Sashank Sridhar, Joel Evans, Isaiah Nygard, and Cormick Costello

Friday, July 19, 2019 – CD Release Concert, Mike Eben’s From the Hip featuring Marty Mellinger, Roger Morgan, Dave Santana, Terry Bortman, and Mike Byrne

Friday, June 21, 2019 – The Monnette Sudler Quartet featuring Sumi Tonooka, Richard Hill, and Leon Jordan, Sr.

Friday, May 17, 2019 – Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo

Thank you to our
Jazz on the Avenue Sponsors