The first annual New Bedford JazzFest is taking place on Friday, May 18, 2012 from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Customs House Square in New Bedford's historic district. Tickets range from $20-$30 and can be ordered online or by calling 508 993-0772.
Among the headliners are Gerry Gibbs and the Electric Thrasher Orchestra, playing the music of Miles Davis. The group features Grammy Award winning trumpet player Nicholas Payton and saxophonist Dave Liebman, winner of the prestigious 2011 Jazz Masters Award from the NEA.
Other top performers include the popular SouthCoast Jazz Orchestra, a 17 piece big band orchestra specializing in 1930s music, and the Jim Robitaille Trio, led by jazz guitarist and composer Robitaille. A number of local venues also have jazz bands booked so the music will continue well into the evening.
The festival is being produced by Your Theatre, Inc, a non-profit community theater group formed in 1946. Also at the Festival are food and beverage vendors, and exhibits of local artists from Southeastern Massachusetts.
You can find a schedule of jazz festivals taking place in Massachusetts in 2012 by visiting MassJazz.