Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pink Martini Performs at Cary Hall in Lexington on October 19

Pink Martini, the internationally acclaimed ensemble that fuses jazz, pop and show tunes into a multi-lingual celebration, performs at Cary Memorial Hall in Lexington at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2017.

Purchase tickets online or at the venue.

Led by vocalist China Forbes, Pink Martini has just released its ninth album, Je Di Oui!.  Here is information on the band.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts from Spectacle Management.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Jazz Legend Pharoah Sanders Headlines John Coltrane Memorial Concert on October 7 at Northeastern Universty

Jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders is performing at the 40th anniversary John Coltrane Memorial Concert at Blackman Theatre, Northeastern University, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the venue.

The annual concert is put together by the Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert, a non-profit organization of jazz musicians and scholars devoted to the music of Coltrane.

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HONK! Festival of Activist Bands in Somerville & Cambridge this Weekend

Don't miss the annual HONK! Fest taking place in Davis Square, Somerville and Harvard Square, Cambridge the weekend of October 7-8, 2017

Here is the full schedule of bands participating. 

On Sunday, a parade of bands go from Davis Square to Harvard Square between noon and 2 p.m., followed by music on the main stage of the Oktober Fest until 6 p.m..

HONK! Fest is free and open to the public.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Free Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival Takes Place on Saturday, September 30

Story on Beantown from MassJazz Guide 

Don't miss the free annual Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017 in Boston's South End neighborhood.

The festival features dozens of jazz performances, plus a marketplace of food vendors, artisans, and jazz organizations.

You can pick up a free copy of the MassJazz Guide from the WGBH, JazzBoston and Berklee College of Music exhibit booths.

On the festival site, check out Darryl's Corner Bar + Kitchen, which offers live jazz year round.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Jazz Festivals in Massachusetts this Fall

Check out these great jazz festivals taking place in Massachusetts in September and October, 2017, taking place from Boston and Cambridge/Somerville to Falmouth, Cape Cod and Pittsfield in the Berkshires.

You can find more details on Massachusetts' robust jazz scene through the newly published MassJazz Guide, a 40 page magazine listing festivals and concerts, nightclubs and jazz brunches, college courses and radio stations and much more. 

Read MassJazz Guide online or pick up a free copy at one of these outlets.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Newton Jazz Festival, September 24, Features Gypsy Jazz 400 Group

The annual Newton Jazz Festival takes place from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2017 and features the Gypsy Jazz 400, featuring jazz violinist Tomoko Iwamoto.

The festival is free and open to the public, and is the first of several jazz festivals in Massachusetts this fall.

Find more about the live jazz scene in Massachusetts by picking up a free copy of MassJazz Guide, 2017-2018, a free, 40 page magazine with profiles of artists, schedules of concerts, and other resources such as jazz brunches, concerts, college courses, nightclubs and more.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017


(Boston) - The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) has released its 2017-2018 MassJazz Guide showcasing the Bay State’s vibrant year-round jazz scene of festivals, concerts, night clubs, jazz brunches, college courses and radio programs.

The free, 40-page MassJazz Guide includes stories on celebrated jazz musicians such as bassist Esperanza Spalding and pianist Yoko Miwa, jazz singer and radio executive Amanda Carr of WICN-FM and the New England Jazz Hall of Fame in Worcester. Berklee College of Music’s new partnership with the Shanghai Conservatory in China is covered, along with the upcoming Beantown Jazz Festival and other festivals in Massachusetts this fall.

Read the online version here.

Jazz promoters such as Fred Taylor, Berkshires Jazz, Woods Hole Jazz Series, Northampton Jazz Series, John Coltrane Memorial Concert and Mandorla Music are profiled, along with WGBH-FM’s award-winning jazz programs.

The 2017-2018 issue features notable Boston jazz clubs such as Les Zygomates Wine Bar, Darryl’s Corner Kitchen + Bar and Slade’s Bar & Grill, while also listing jazz brunches throughout the state.

The free MassJazz Guide is available at visitor kiosks, college campuses, and venues where live jazz is heard year-round.  See Distribution here.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

All Star Jazz Musicians Perform at the Fred Taylor Scholarship Fund Concert at Berklee Performance Center on September 12

An all-star ensemble of jazz and blues musicians are performing a benefit concert for the Fred Taylor Scholarship Fund at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. 

 ·         Grammy-winning percussionist and composer Terri Lyne Carrington 
·         Grammy-winning jazz vocalist, composer, and lyricist Kurt Elling
·         Grammy-winning jazz pianist, composer, and educator Danilo PĂ©rez 
·         Grammy-winning bassist and composer John Patitucci
·         Acclaimed chart-topping jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell, 
·         Rising saxophonist, singer, and composer Grace Kelly 
·         Renowned jazz piano virtuoso and composer Monty Alexander
·         Rising trumpeter and composer Jason Palmer, 
·         Singer-songwriter Kat Edmonson
·         Longtime Boston trumpeter and bandleader Bo Winiker
·         Blues legend James Montgomery

Robin Young  of WBUR-FM, Boston's NPR news station, will host the event along with Kelly.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Les Zygomates September Lineup of Live Jazz & Blues on South Street in Boston

Don't miss great local jazz and blues at Les Zygomates Wine Bar on South Street in Boston's Leather District, just moments away from South Station.  The year-round music calendar features some of Boston's finest jazz and blues artists, as well as visiting musicians.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The 10th Annual Martha's Vineyard Jazz & Blues Summerfest in Oak Bluffs, September 1 - 3

The 10th Martha’s Vineyard Jazz & Blues Summerfest takes place at Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, September 1 to Sunday, September 3, 2017.

The annual 3-day concert series is produced by Shelia Baptista, President of Lewis and Kirk Music, Inc. 

Tickets are available online.

The main goal of Martha’s Vineyard Jazz & Blues Summerfest is to empower women in the music and art industry and empower women to fight cancer. The event donates funds to two breast cancer organizations – The Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Group and Support Connection of NY.

The 2017 lineup includes:

Friday, September 1

SAGE is an all-women’s jazz blues and contemporary ensemble featuring Bernice Brooks, Tia Fuller, Kersten Stevens, Miriam Sullivan, Ragan Whiteside, and Miki Hayama.

Etana, a Jamaican-born singer, debuted in 2006 as one of the most powerful and distinctive voices in reggae.

Saturday, September 2

Jazzmeia Horn is a Nubian jazz singer, winner of the 2015 Thelonius Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition, and known as one of New York’s rising stars.

Phyllis Yvonne Stickney is a stand-up comedian, motivational speaker, published author, poet, writer, Founder/Executive Director for the non-profit community based organization Alternative Careers in the Arts, and named one of the 200 African American Women who has changed the world by Essence Magazine.

Sunday, September 3

Grace Kelly is a 24-year-old saxophonist, singer, and composer who wrote her first song at age seven, and recently won “Jazz Artist of the Year” in the 2016 Boston Music Awards and “Alto Saxophonist of the Year” by NYC Jazz Fans Decision 2016.

Wayna is a Grammy-nominated, Eithiopian-born, sing/songwriter who was called “a standout on the indie front” by Billboard Magazine.

Full bios are available here.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Boston Jazz Fest at Seaport Marine Park is Saturday, August 26

The annual Boston Jazz Fest takes place from noon to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 26 at the Flynn Marine Park in South Boston.

Among the featured performers:  Elan Trotman, Sivani Arbel, Matt Savage, Pat Braxton, Erena Terakubo and Groovalottos.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

2017 Salem Jazz & Soul Fest is August 19-20

The 11th Salem Jazz and Soul Festival takes place on August 19-20, 2017 along the sandy shores of Salem Willows.  The event is free and open to the public.

This year's festival kicks off on Saturday, August 19 with the Salem H.S. Jazz Band and ends with The A-beez, a Boston-based music collective dedicated to soul, funk and R&B.

On Sunday, the festival opens with the North Shore Jazz Project All-Stars and closes with the BT/ALC Big Band.  Here is a full schedule of performances.  

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Friday, August 11, 2017

New Black Eagle Band Performs at The Firehouse Center for the Arts on August 12

New Black Eagle Jazz Band performs at The Firehouse Centerfor the Arts in Newburyport at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online.

New Black Eagle Band formed in 1971 and is known for their New Orleans Style Jazz, gospel, and blues sound.

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Rebecca Parris Performs at The Maudslay Arts Center in Newburyport on August 12

Rebecca Parris performs at The Maudslay Arts Center in Newburyport at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

Tickets can be purchased online.

Rebecca Parris is a Massachusetts native, and Grammy nominated jazz vocalist known for having emotion and authenticity in her voice. 

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Boston's Les Zygomates Offers Tasty Jazz, Blues and Cuisine Year Round

Check out the August 2017 jazz schedule at Les Zgyomates at 129 South Street in Boston's Leather District.

Conveniently located in Boston’s Leather District across from the South Station Train and Bus terminal on South Street, Les Zgyomates offers live jazz and blues performances during dinner for Tuesday-Saturday evenings

Among the regular performers are Yoko Miwa, Mark Greel, Yvonne Aubert and Joe Bellomo. 

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