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Berks Jazz Fest | Jazz enthusiasts around the world return to Greater Reading every year for 10 music-packed days and unique concert experiences. 'Saturday Night with Marcus Miller & Friends'featuring special guest Gregory Porter, plus Patrice Rushen and the Saturday Night BandSATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 / 10 P.M. (EST)www.saturdaynightwithmarcusmiller.comBoscov's Berks Jazz Fest is proud to supportthis exciting, original streaming concert series! Among the many pastimes lost to the pandemic has been live music, for both the fans and the artists. The fans miss seeing shows at clubs, theaters and festivals, and the artists desperately miss playing together for audiences. Zoom sessions with solo performances from living rooms and kitchens help, but don't fill the void for the musicians or the listeners. Entertainment Cruise Productions (ECP) is unveiled a new remedy to fill that void with the launch of "Saturday Night with Marcus Miller & Friends," a 90-minute Original Streaming Concert Series featuring the very best music, lively conversation and a chance to sit back and enjoy a Saturday Night as you might have done many months ago. Multi-Grammy Award winner Marcus Miller hosts the show, assisted by his longtime friend, comedian Alonzo Bodden as emcee. Miller, together with music director Eric Marienthal, will lead the Saturday Night Band, along with notable special guests during each episode. In association with SiriusXM Real Jazz and Watercolors channels, the series continues Saturday at 10:00 p.m. (ET) on October 17, with special guest Gregory Porter, a two-time Grammy winner. The concert on October 17 also will feature the Saturday Night Band -- musical director Eric Marienthal, Patrice Rushen, Paul Jackson, Jr., and more. Best of all, they're playing together in real time and on one stage. Taped at Pro Systems in Southern California and featuring a 7-camera shoot with world-class sound and lighting, Saturday Night with Marcus Miller & Friends will be streamed in HD on desktop, mobile, tablet or Smart TV at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday nights starting October 10. If fans are unable to watch on Saturday night, they have 36 hours to enjoy the show after it airs. The series was created by Miller in partnership with Entertainment Cruise Productions, producers of The Smooth Jazz Cruise and The Jazz Cruise. The two iconic jazz cruise programs will return to sailing in 2022 with The Smooth Jazz Cruise's 28th, 29th and 30th sailings as well as the 21st edition of The Jazz Cruise. "Entertainment Cruise Productions continues to look for quality ways to bring our music to our fans," explains Michael Lazaroff, ECP Executive Director of Jazz. "Like with all our ventures, we will try to do these streaming shows better than anyone else. That is our challenge and what made the opportunity attractive." Lazaroff says that Miller was far and away the best choice to host such a series. "Marcus Miller is special to us at Entertainment Cruise Productions," says Lazaroff. "If he were a baseball player, we would call him a five-tool player -- lead musician, composer, host, arranger and music director. He has the ability to envision great lineups and special music and to attract superstars to share the stage with him. Our goal is that when you see the names Entertainment Cruise Productions and Marcus Miller together, you know that the event will be first class, exciting and well produced." For his part, Miller points to his experiences with the jazz cruises, as well as with Night Music, the famous music variety network TV show of the 80s, as inspiration for this new series. "All of these inspirations overlap," Miller says. "The Night Music episodes have endured the test of time and become classics. "Great musicians coming together and doing their thing never really goes out of style. We've actually had Night Music based programs on the cruises -- sets that start at midnight and pair up musicians who have never played together before. This was one of the cool concepts from Night Music and it's also one of the coolest things about the cruises -- having all of these great musicians who for one week are suspended in time and away from their busy tour schedules, coming together to jam nightly. The musicians enjoy these jam sessions as much as the cruisers. So we're trying to bring some of that into these shows." Keyboardist Patrice Rushen will be special guest in "Saturday Night" band. Miller is excited by the possibilities of bringing together gifted musicians and feels that a high standard has been set by the expectations of the audience for the jazz cruises that ECP produces. "With the cruises, we've got a huge family of music lovers -- smooth jazz fans, contemporary jazz fans, traditional jazz fans -- it's a large community of folks who are serious about their music and who schedule their plans around the cruises," he explains. "So we want to present artists that they know and love while also introducing them to some artists we feel they NEED to know. "For example, the first show will feature George Benson, with Joey DeFrancesco and Patrice Rushen sitting in with the band. That's gonna be killer. Joey is just an amazing musician that the Smooth Jazz crowd may not know about but should. "Patrice had a huge solo career back in the 1980s and people will remember her hits, but they may not realize what an outstanding musician she is. I'm talking a MUSICIAN'S musician who everyone respects and loves to play with. So that's going to be fun." For more information, including the show schedule with lineup and ticket information, go to www.SaturdayNightWithMarcusMiller.com