Monday, September 21, 2009

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, September 18-26, 2009

The 9th annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival is underway this week, with dozens of great jazz performances on tap throughout Boston and Cambridge from September 18-26, 2009.

Twenty bands and over 130 musicians are slated to perform at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC), Scullers Jazz Club, Regattabar, Wally’s Café, Berklee’s Café 939, and David Friend Recital Hall through the week.

See complete schedule here.

This year’s artistic director is Terri Lyne Carrington, a world-renowned jazz drummer, Berklee faculty member and past performer at the Festival. She has toured extensively with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Al Jarreau, and was nominated for a Grammy for her album, Real Life Story, and as producer for the Dianne Reeves album, That Day.

Highlights of this year's BeanTown Festival include three-time Grammy-winning saxophonist and Berklee alumnus Branford Marsalis (September 23, BPC); Kickin' the Blues, a concert featuring six-time Grammy-winning saxophonist David Sanborn and vocalists Amina Claudine Myers and Kevin Mahogany (September 25, BPC); multi-Grammy-nominated vocalist Kurt Elling (September 25-26, Scullers); influential pianist/composer Ahmad Jamal (Sept. 18-19, Regattabar); and Love and Hunger, an original play about the life and work of Billie Holiday, written and performed by Berklee students (September 24, David Friend Recital Hall).

The BeanTown Festival culminates on Saturday, September 26 with a free, outdoor festival from noon to 6:00 p.m., on three stages, in Boston’s South End neighborhood, at the corner of Mass Ave and Columbus Ave. In addition to continuous live performances, the six-block festival features more than 80 vendor booths with arts, crafts, accessories and food, as well as family events, including inflatable attractions, photos, face painting, temporary tattoos, coloring and crafts, free food and beverage snacks and a musical instrument petting zoo.

For more information, please contact 617 747-2261 or visit beantownjazz.org.

About the Festival:

Nine years ago, Darryl Settles (partner of the Beehive Jazz Club in Boston's South End and several other venues) produced the South End's first jazz festival and had a surprise turnout of nearly 10,000 people. From this beginning, The BeanTown Jazz Festival has grown to become Boston's most popular outdoor festival, attracting large crowds to the festival grounds on Columbus Avenue each year.

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