Monday, August 23, 2010

Tanglewood Jazz Festival Features Kurt Elling, John Pizzarelli, Bob James on September 4-5


This year's Tanglewood Jazz Festival in Lenox Massachusetts features jazz vocalist of the year Kurt Elling, guitar master John Pizzarelli, pianist Bob James and many more great jazz artists.

The concerts take place on September 4-5 over Labor Day Weekend at Seiji Ozawa Hall on the hallowed grounds of Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a popular venue for a wide variety internationally renowned classical, jazz and popular music.

Tickets range from $18 to $77 and can be ordered online.

For a full schedule of the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, click here.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com

For tourist information, visit MassVacation.com.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Blues Legend John Lee Hooker Jr. Plays at the Iron Horse in Northampton on August 24

John Lee Hooker Jr, Detroit's legendary bluesman, is performing at the Iron Horse in Northampton on Tuesday, August 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $12.50 in advance and can be purchased online, or $15 at the door.

As a child in the 1970s, Hooker learned the blues from Delta blues masters, including his father John Lee Hooker and blues harp legend Jimmy Reed.

His 2004 album, Blues with A Vengence received a Grammy nominiation and marked his transition as a formidable bluesman with his own unique voice and experience to sing the blues.

For a complete line-up of shows at the Iron Horse, click here.

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


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Salem Jazz & Soul Festival this weekend, August 21-22


The fourth annual Salem Jazz & Soul Festival is taking place this Saturday and Sunday, August 21-22, at Salem Willows in the City of Salem.

This year's line-up includes the Grace Kelly Quintet, the Northshore Gospel Ambassadors, the Sam Kinninger Band and many other great acts.

Salem Trolley
is providing service to the Salem Willows from the Salem train station, the Salem ferry and the Bentley School.

In addition to continuous music, the festival also features arts & crafts, music education classes, a children's tent and family activities.

For a full schedule of events, click here.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com

For tourist information, visit MassVacation.com.

Monday, August 16, 2010

James Montgomery Blues Band Playing in Lowell on Saturday, August 21


Blues harp master James Montgomery and his Blues Band, along with the Uptown Horns, perform at the Lowell Summer Music Series this Saturday, August 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Considered one of the premier blues harmonica players over the last 30 years, Montgomery learned to play the blues first-hand from James Cotton, John Lee Hooker and Jurnior Wells. He's toured with Aerosmith, the Allman Brothers, Patti LaBelle and many others.

The concert takes place outdoors at Boarding House Park, 40 French Street, in downtown Lowell. Tickets are $18 and can be ordered online, or $25 at the gate the night of the concert.

For a complete list of concerts of the Lowell Summer Music Series through the rest of the summer, click here.

For year round jazz and blues concerts events in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Tony Bennett performing in Cohasset and Hyannis on August 14-15


Jazz legend Tony Bennett is performing two shows in Massachusetts this weekend: at the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset on Saturday, August 14, and at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis on Sunday, August 14. Both shows start at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are available online at the Music Circus and the Melody Tent or can be purchased at the gate the night of the concert.

A fifteen-time Grammy Award winner, Bennett's voice has helped define the American songbook since the late 1940s, when he began working with Pearl Bailey, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra. In recent years he has recorded with a host of great singers, including Stevie Wonder, k.d. lang, James Taylor, Michael Buble and others.

Bennett is also a renaissance man whose reputation as a serious painter has grown over the years. He painted the image for the official poster of the 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and regularly donates his artwork to a variety of worthwhile causes.

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

For tourism information in Massachusetts, visit MassVacation.com.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Jazz Singer Patti Austin Performs at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, August 13-14

Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Patti Austin is performing at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on the weekend of August 13-14, 2010. Performances are at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. each night. Tickets are $40 and can be ordered online.

With 17 solo albums and countless collaborations with singing stars like Paul Simon, Robert Flack and Diana Ross, Austin has enjoyed a sterling career as a singer, songwriter, and interpreter of the American songbook. She also created her own one-woman show and was co-creator of several other musical showcases.

For a full schedule of upcoming concerts at Scullers, click here.

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

For tourism information on visiting Massachusetts, visit MassVacation.com.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Provincetown Jazz Festival Takes Place August 13-14 on Cape Cod

The 6th annual Provincetown Jazz Festival features a tribute to New Orleans jazz this Friday and Saturday, August 13-14, 2010 on Cape Cod.

Jazz drummer and festival director Bart Weisman says this year's festival features the Big Easy's Paul Sanchez, one of the many jazz musicians whose lives were affected by Hurricane Katrina, which occurred five years ago this month. Proceeds from the Provincetown Jazz Festival are going to the New Orleans Musicians Clinic.

Other stars of the two-day festival include saxophonist Greg Abate, vocalist Dane Vannatter, pianist Janice Friendman, bassist Chris Rathburn, drummer Bart Weisman, trumpeter Steve Ahern, and Berklee Rising Stars, including sax player Clay Lyons, trumpeter Matt Joseph, pianist Suzanne Davis, bassist John Lockwood, and Bob Kaufman on drums. For a complete schedule, click here.

For tourist information on visiting Cape Cod and Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.

For more upcoming jazz festivals in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.


Friday, August 6, 2010

Bill Harley Performs at Regattabar Kids Summer Music Series on Sunday, August 8 in Cambridge


Two-time Grammy Award winner Bill Harley brings his special brand of children's songs to the Regattabar in Harvard Square, Cambridge, this Sunday, August 8, at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets are available online for $12 or can be purchased at the door the day of show for $15.

Writer of songs like "You're in Trouble" and "Dad threw the TV out the window," Harley is a singer-songwriter whose music reaches children and adults alike. He is recipient of the Magic Penny Award from the Children's Music Network.

The Regattabar offers a series of children's music programs each summer. The final concert, featuring Flooky and the Beans, takes place on Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 4:30 p.m.

For a full schedule of upcoming jazz performances, click here.

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

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Jazz Pianist Herbie Hancock Performing at Lowell Summer Music Series this Saturday, August 7


Jazz legend Herbie Hancock is performing this Saturday, August 7, 2010 at the Lowell Summer Music Series in Lowell, Massachusetts at 7:30 p.m. The outdoor concert takes place at Boarding House Park, 40 French Street in Lowell.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 the day of the concert, and can be ordered online or by calling 978 970-5200.

Hancock began his career playing with the Miles Davis Quintet. He is a twelve-time Grammy Award winner and won an Oscar for scoring the film, Round Midnight.

For a full schedule of concerts at the Lowell Summer Music Series, click here.

For information on visiting Massachusetts, visit Massvacation.com.

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