Saturday, July 22, 2017

Jazz Pianist Paul Broadnax & Friends Perform at Maudslay Arts Center in Newburyport on July 23


Well-known jazz pianist Paul Broadnax and Friends perform at the Maudslay Arts Center in Newburyport from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, 2017. 

Tickets to the show are $20 and can be purchased online through Eventbrite.

Broadnax has performed throughout the world, and has played with well-known jazz artists like Clark Terry, Cab Calloway, Donna Byrne, Rebecca Parris and Lionel Hampton.

The Maudslay Arts Center has a full summer program of great music.

Find year round details on jazz in Massachusetts at MassJazz.com.

To find out about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Chris Lydon's Meditation on Transcendentalists and Jazz Artists


Open Source host Christopher Lydon has a great riff on the connections between the 19th century transcendentalist philosophers and the 20th century jazz artists.

Both Ralph Waldo Emerson and Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington were gods of their respective centuries, Lydon says, and "liberators of individual geniuses" around them.

Both Emerson and Ellington were "itinerant performers" traveling the country, and both were "inescapably American."

Lydon also likens Henry David Thoreau to jazz singer Billy Strayhorn.

Here is the full video.



Open Source is doing a series of radio broadcasts in celebration of the 200th anniversary birth of Henry David Thoreau.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Berkshires Jazz Presents 100th Birthday Salute to Buddy Rich with the Greg Caputo Big Band on July 22


Berkshires Jazz celebrates the 100th birthday of jazz drummer legend Buddy Rich with a concert by the Greg Caputo Big Band at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Lee Meeting House Congregational Church in Lee, MA.

Tickets to the show are $25 in advance and can be purchased online.  The price at the door on the night of the concert is $30.

The Congregational Church is located at 25 Park Place in Lee.

Caputo is considered a leading ambassador for classic swing and big band jazz.  He has performed with Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Nelson Riddle, Benny Goodman , Sheila Jordan, Sammy Davis Jr. and many others.

Find year-round jazz in Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

For tourist information, go to MassVacation.com.




Monday, July 17, 2017

Jazz + Blues Music Festivals in Massachusetts Through October 2017


The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) has compiled its 2017 schedule of jazz + blues music festivals taking place throughout the Commonwealth this summer and fall.

See the entire MassJazz Festival season here.  In addition to jazz and blues, the festival schedule also includes related musical genres such as American roots, Brass Bands and Latino.

MassJazz.com was created with MOTT in 2009 as a way of highlighting the robust live jazz and blues scene in Massachusetts.  You can find details on jazz clubs, radio stations, college courses, concert venues and events-by-month at MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com.





Wednesday, July 12, 2017

2017 Betances Festival Celebrates Boston's Latino Music, Dance, Cuisine and Culture



Festival Betances is one of New England's most popular Latino festivals, offering musical and dance performances, cuisine, heritage and culture for families.  Named for Ramon Emeterio Betances, a 19th century Purto Rican who founded a hospital and advocated for his fellow citizens, the festival represents the diversity of Latino culture.

This year's musical line-up features top salsa stars such as Vinny Rivera, Alexander Faria Orchestra, Jorge Arce and the Humano Multicultural Project, the Eric German Orchestra, Zayra Pola & 3nity, Ray De La Paz Orchestra, and Johnny Rivera.  Here are descriptions of the performers.

Find year round jazz in Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

For visitor information go to MassVacation.com.





Sunday, July 9, 2017

Tanglewood Holds Centennial Celebration Concert Honoring Ella Fitzgerald on July 9

Photo courtesy of EllaFitzgerald.com 

A centennial concert in honor of jazz great Ella Fitzgerald is taking place at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood.  Tickets range from $12 to $55 and can be purchased at the venue.

Featured  guests include Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano; Lee Musiker, piano; members of the Boston Pops; and TMC vocal fellows.

Ella Fitzgerald was born in 1917, and became one of the most influential vocalists of the 20th century.  Known as the First Lady of Song, Fitzgerald won 13 Grammys and sold over 40 million albums.

Here is a schedule of performances at Tanglewood this summer.

For year round details on jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com.






Friday, July 7, 2017

JAZZ IN JULY Returns to UMass Amherst Campus on July 10-21


The annual Jazz in July Summer Music Program is taking place on July 10-21, 2017 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Founded over 30 years ago by the UMass/Amherst music department, Jazz in July brings together top jazz performers and educators to work with students for an intensive week of jazz instruction and improvisation.

In addition to the classes, the instructors and students also stage a series of concerts open to the public.  Here is a schedule of performances.

Find year round jazz in Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Darryl's Corner Bar + Kitchen features live jazz with trumpeter Darren Barrett on Sunday, July 9

Darren Barrett 

Darryl's Corner Bar + Kitchen in Boston's South End has a full line-up of live music this week, featuring rhythm and blues musicians from Berklee College of Music; a classic big band; and Canadian Grammy Award winning trumpeter Darren Barrett.  Here is the schedule below:

Thursday July 6 : Aaron Venable & Co. (7:00 p.m.)
Friday, July 7 : Briana'Lise & The Fellas (7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, July 8 : DCBK House Band (7:00 p.m.)

Sunday, July 9 : Darren Barrett Band (6:00 p.m.)

Here is the menu at Darryl's

Find year round jazz in Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com


Bobby Keyes Jazz Trio Performs at Maudslay Arts Center in Newburyport on July 8


The Maudslay Arts Center presents the Bobby Keyes Trio in concert at the  at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2017.  Tickets to the show are $28 and can be purchased online or by calling 978 499-0050.

Bobby Keyes is a versatile guitarist who blends a range of music - jazz, r&b, country, pop and swing - into a distinct American sound.   His newest album is Dojogobo.

Located in Newburyport, the Maudslay Arts Center is now in its 25th year of staging live music through the summer.  Here is the upcoming schedule.

Find more about jazz in Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Jason Palmer Performs at NEC's Jordan Hall on June 28


Jazz trumpeter Jason Palmer is performing at the Jazz Lab at the New England Conservatory of Music at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2018. The concert takes place at Jordan Hall and is free and open to the public.

Palmer is a well-known musician, composer and educator who performs regularly at Wally's Cafe in Boston's South End when he is not on national or world tours.

The Jazz Lab provides opportunities for motivated students to spend a week on campus working with like-minded musicians, a world class faculty and renowned guest artists.

Find year round jazz in Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com.





Thursday, June 22, 2017

Jazz Trumpeter Chris Botti Performs with Boston Pops at Tanglewood on June 24


Jazz trumpet player Chris Botti & the Boston Pops Orchestra perform at Tanglewood at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, 2017.   Special guest conductor is Lawrence Loh.

Tickets to the show start at $23 and can be purchased online or at the venue.

Here are directions to Tanglewood.

Winner of numerous Grammy Awards, Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumentalist artist, selling more than four million albums.

Here is a schedule of jazz, pop and rock concerts taking place at Tanglewood this summer.

To learn more about jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Jazz Singer Tierney Sutton Performs at Regattabar in Harvard Square on June 22


Jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton and her band perform at the Regattabar at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

Tickets to the show are $35 ($27 for students) and can be purchased online or by calling 617 661-5000.

Sutton, a seven-time Grammy nominee, has been performing and recording for 20 years, and has released nine CDs.  She is performing from her latest CD, The String Variations.  

Here is a recent interview with Tierney Sutton.

See calendar of upcoming events at Regattabar.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.




Friday, May 26, 2017

Jazz Singer Amanda Carr Becomes Executive Director of Jazz Radio Station WICN in Worcester



Congratulations to jazz artist Amanda Carr, who has been named as executive director of WICN-FM(90.5) in Worcester. 

“It’s an honor to be taking on this new and exciting leadership position at WICN,” Carr said in an announcement. “This station gave me my first interview as a jazz artist over 20 years ago, and I have been a loyal contributing member ever since, with a closeness to many of the hosts and staff. I’m looking forward to being an integral part of the emerging and exciting Central Massachusetts arts scene along with WICN.”


WICN is a National Public Radio affiliate now in its 47th year.  It has a full schedule of jazz, 24/7

Find out more about jazz in Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

For details on visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com

Friday, May 19, 2017

Fred Taylor's Jazz & Heritage Series at the Cabot


Jazz impresario and jazz hero Fred Taylor has launched a new Jazz & Heritage Series at  The Cabot Theatre in Beverly.

The series kicks off on Saturday, June 3, with Joey DeFrancesco & The People, and the Grace Kelly Group, and finishes up on Friday, December 8 with the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra.

For more information and to order tickets, call 866 811-4111.

Here is a full schedule of events at The Cabot.

Find year round information on the jazz scene in Massachusetts at MassJazz.com.

For details about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Mother's Day Weekend at Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen features Tia Fuller, Troy Durden and Valerie Stevens


Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen in Boston's South End is featuring a great line up of live jazz and blues over Mother's Day weekend.

On Friday, May 12, blues and pop singer Troy Durden takes then stage, then on Saturday, May 13, renowned saxophonist Tia Fuller performs.  Then on Sunday, May 14, jazz and blues singer Valerie Stevens performs during brunch.

Here is a full schedule of live music at Darryl's this spring.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

For visitor information go to MassVacation.com.