Friday, July 9, 2010

Massachusetts issues summer Jazz Guide


(Boston) - Massachusetts has released its second annual MassJazz Travel Guide, a round-up of jazz festivals, concerts and musical events taking place across the Bay State from July through October 2010. The 32-page magazine is available free to visitors and residents at tourism kiosks, in hotels and nightclubs, and on college campuses.

Some of the biggest names in jazz and blues are performing in Massachusetts this summer, including Herbie Hancock, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Ahmad Jamal, B.B. King, Esperanza Spalding, Paula Cole, Chris Botti, Kurt Elling and more.

The Guide includes a welcome greeting from Governor Deval Patrick, as well as stories on Boston jazz promoter Fred Taylor and the 25th annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert at Northeastern University.



“Jazz is part of our state’s cultural richness and vitality,” says Betsy Wall, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, a partner in the MassJazz initiative. “We invite visitors from near and far to experience Massachusetts Jazz in one of America’s cultural capitals.”

This summer, several local festivals are celebrating New Orleans – the birthplace of jazz – to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this August, says Michael P. Quinlin, founder of MassJazz.

Paulie’s New Orleans Jazz & Blues Festival in Worchester (July 16-17), Provincetown Jazz Festival (August 13-14) and the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival (September 15-25) are featuring New Orleans jazz masters like Charles Neville, Paul Sanchez and Terence Blanchard.

In addition to festivals and concerts, MassJazz Travel Guide lists dozens of nightclubs, hotel lounges, restaurants and coffee-houses where jazz is played nightly, two dozen colleges where jazz is taught, and dozens of radio programs, including local and syndicated shows. The Guide lists the best places to have a weekend jazz brunch, hotels with live jazz, and various jazz organizations, promoters and bloggers throughout Massachusetts.

MassJazz provides up-to-date information about jazz activities year round at its web sites, MassJazz.com and Massjazz.blogspot.com. For further information, contact MassJazz at 617 696 9880 or massjazz@comcast.net

Copies of the MassJazz Travel Guide are available free at visitor information centers on Boston Common, the Prudential Center, Berklee College of Music, Cape Cod Visitors Center, and at various jazz festivals, jazz clubs and concert venues throughout Massachusetts.

About MOTT:
Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a leisure-travel destination. MOTT serves as a leader in the tourism industry, helping to generate state and local tax revenues, create jobs and support the growth of travel-related businesses. Tourism is an integral part of the state’s economy, generating over $887.2 million in state and local taxes and $14.2 billion in travel related expenditures. The industry supports 125,800 in-state jobs. For more information visit www.massvacation.com.

About MassJazz:
MassJazz is a concerted, statewide effort initiated in 2009 to promote a full range of live jazz performances, community events, educational courses and related cultural activities to the convention and visitors industry. Working with MOTT and other state convention and visitor agencies, MassJazz is branding Massachusetts as a jazz destination for domestic and international visitors. For more information visit www.massjazz.com.

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