Saturday, July 31, 2010
Salsa music star Jerry Rivera is performing at Boston City Hall Plaza on Saturday, July 31, at 7:00 p.m. as part of the city's Tito Puente Latin Music Series.
The Grammy-nominated singer is headining "Caliente, a celebration of Latin Music and Culture," featuring percussionist Eguie Castrillo and a hot horn section from Berklee College of Music.
The concert is sponsored by the City of Boston and is free and open to the public.
For year round jazz in Massachusetts visit MassJazz.com.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
One of the films featured this year is In My Mind, a documentary by jazz pianist Jason Moran that pays tribute to legendary jazz artist Theolonius Monk and his historic concert at New York's town hall in 1959. Combining rare audio and photos of Monk with Moran's own live performace in the same venue 50 years later, In My Mind has been described by Slant Magazine as "a vital document of jazz as a combined cultural heritage...(that) sets a new standard for jazz on film."
In My Mind is being shown at Mass College of Art on Saturday, July 31, at 6:00 p.m.
Presented by the Color of Film Collaborative and ACT Roxbury, the four-day festival embraces "a global community of filmmakers celebrating people of color," says Lisa Simmons, co-producer of the festival.
Screenings take place in venues throughout Boston, including the Roxbury Center for Arts at Hibernian Hall, Museum of Fine Arts, Mass College of Art, Wentworth College and the Haley House Bakery Cafe.
Full line-up of the RIFF film schedule.
Full list of RIFF workshops and panel discussions.
For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
The band has been together for nearly 40 years and has a vast repertoire of over 600 songs, ranging from Scott Joplin tunes and gospel music to Dixieland and blues.
Tickets are $15 and $25 and can be ordered online.
For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.
For details on visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Friday, July 16, 2010
This year's music features Puerto Rican salsa stars Paquito Acosta and Michael Stuart, plus the US premier of Venezuelan harp virtuoso Leonard Jacome. Other performers include Sociedad Latina, Sierra Brothers, Lengua de Mi Barrio and more. For a full schedule click here.
Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
85 W. Newton Street. Boston, MA 02118
(617) 927-1722 www.VillaVictoriaArts.org
For year round information on jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Featured musicians this year include Charles Neville of The Neville Brothers, Henri Smith and his New Orleans Friends and Flavours, the Hurricane Horns and Anders Osborne among others.
The festival is dedicated this year to the people of Louisana who are fighting the oil spill in the Gulf, and to the great musicians of New Orleans. The festival includes Cajun inspired cuisine and other southern foods.
Proceeds benefit the National Autism Association.
For more information visit the festival website.
For year round jazz and blues activities in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com
For information on visiting Massachusetts from out of state, go to MassVacation.com
Friday, July 9, 2010
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Participating jazz venues include Scullers Jazz Club, the Regattabar and Wally's, as well as the Berklee Performance Center, 939 Cafe, and David Friend Recital Hall at Berklee.
On Saturday, September 25, the festivities culminate in an all-day, open air, free festival in Boston's historic South End.
For a full schedule of concerts at this year's Berklee Beantown Jazz Fest, click here.
For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com