Monday, April 30, 2012

International Jazz Day is Celebrated Around the World on Monday, April 30


Jazz lovers around the world are celebrating Monday, April 30, 2012 as International Jazz Day, an initiative launched by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The ceremonies kicked off on Friday, April 27 at the UNESCO House in  Paris, France, with jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, who is UNESCO's Good Will Ambassador for jazz around the world. The Berklee Global Jazz Institute performed.

On Monday, April 30, 2012, a Sunrise Concert in New Orleans features Hancock, Terrence Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis, Dianne Reeves and others.  To view the video, click here.

In New York City, there is an afternoon panel discussion at the United Nations from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., entitled Unlearning Intolerance.  Among the panelists are Alexandra Yabrov, manager of Sculler's Jazz Club, jazz saxophonist Grace Kelly and Con Salso radio host and producer Jose Masso.

On Monday evening there's a sunset concert at the United Nations Assembly Hall, featuring Tony Bennett, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Danielo Perez, Esperanza Spalding and others.  To view the live web cast, starting at 7:30 p.m., click here.

For a list of jazz events around the world on International Jazz Day, click here.

International Jazz Day is an outgrowth of Jazz Appreciation Month organized each April by the Smithsonian Institute

In greater Boston, check out Jazz Week International, organized by JazzBoston.org.  It runs from April 27 through May 6, 2012.

For year round details on jazz throughout Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

For tourist information visit MassVacation.com.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Lowell Jazz Day Camp Hosts an Open House on Sunday, April 29


The Lowell Jazz Day Camp program is holding an open house for prospective students on Sunday, April 29, 2012 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at The Space, the region's premier recording studio and rehearsal space, located at 150 Western Avenue in Lowell.

The two-week, intensive jazz camp runs this year from July 16-27, 2012, and is headed by Stanley Swann III, well-known jazz drummer and director of the program.  The outstanding faculty lineup includes  Frank Wilkins, piano; Semenya McCord, vocals; Mark Michaels, guitar; Thomas Hebb, bass guitar; Artie Barbato, trumpet, and Paul Combs, saxophone.

For more information, or to RSVP to the open house, call 978 459-4755.

Find year round details on jazz throughout Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

For tourist information, go to MassVacation.com or MerrimackValleyCVB.org.

Live Jazz in Greater Boston and Across Massachusetts on Saturday, April 28


Japanese Pianist Keiko Matsui

Looking for live jazz on Saturday, April 28, 2012 in greater Boston or throughout Massachusetts?  Check out these performances taking place in jazz clubs, hotels and concert venues, compiled by MassJazz.com.

Also, the 6th annual Jazz Week, organized by JazzBoston, is underway in dozens of venues throughout the area.  For a full schedule of Jazz Week activities, click here


Boston/Cambridge
Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman
Berklee PerformanceCenter
136 Mass Ave
Back Bay, Boston

Keiko Matsui
Doubletree Suites Hilton Hotel
400 Soldiers Field Road
Allston, Boston

Dancing with bOp! / BC Jazz Band
O’Neill Library Plaza
Chestnut Hill

Peter Smith Trio
Battery Wharf Lounge
Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel
3 Battery Street
Downtown Boston

Steve Soares Trio
Prudential Tower
800 Boylston Street
Back Bay, Boston

Spring Swing Sunday Jazz Band
Harvard Jazz Band
Science Center
One Oxford Street
Harvard Square, Cambridge

Atlas Soul
Charles Hotel
One Bennett Street
Harvard Square, Cambridge

MetroWest & Central Mass 
The Sergio Mendes Project
Acton Jazz Café
452 Great Road
Acton

North of Boston
Toni Lynn Washington
15 Kearney Square
Lowell

Boston Horns Reloaded
285 Cabot Street
Beverly

A Tribute to Duke Ellington
Monadnock Chorus
Peterborough Town House
One Grove Street
Peterborough, NH

South of Boston & Cape Cod
Amanda Carr & Plymouth Philharmonic
Memorial Hall
11 North Street
Plymouth

Ring Brothers Market
485 Rt. 134
South Dennis, Cape Cod

Western Mass
George Schuller Trio
Castle StreetCafe
10 Castle St
Great Barrington

For year round details on jazz concerts, night clubs, radio stations, campus events, weekend brunches and jazz activities throughout Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com
  
For tourist information visit MassVacation.com or BostonUSA.com.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Governor Deval Patrick Issues Jazz Month Proclamation in Massachusetts


Governor Deval Patrick declared April 2012 to be Jazz Month in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The proclamation, issued to coincide with the Smithsonian Institute's Jazz Appreciation Month across the nation,  praises the legacy of jazz  as an American art form and the contributions of Massachusetts jazz performers like Chick Corea from Chelsea, Roy Haynes from Roxbury, Phil Woods from Springfield and many others.

And the proclamation points to the 6th annual Jazz Week in greater Boston sponsored each year by JazzBoston, which takes place April 27 through May 6, 2012.

For year round details on jazz concerts, nightclubs, campus events, Sunday brunches, radio stations and jazz festivals throughout Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

For tourist information, contact the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism at MassVacation.com.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Saxophonist Steve Coleman and Five Elements Perform at UMASS/Amherst on Thursday, April 26


Alto sax player, composer and philosopher Steve Coleman and his band, Five Elements, perform in concert at the Bezanson Recital Hall on the University of Massachusetts at Amherst campus  at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students and can be purchased online or at the door. 

Born in Chicago in 1956, Colman is an influential figure in jazz circles, especially in the New York City area, where he has made his home since 1978.

The concert is part of the Magic Triangle Series, produced by WMUA-91.1FM and the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts

For a schedule of upcoming concerts at UMass/Amherst, click here.

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

Tourists can find information by visiting MassVacation.com.

Jazz Pianist Fred Hersch Presents Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass at Jordan Hall on April 26

Dominique Eade

Fred Hersch, noted pianist and composer at the New England Conservatory, is giving a free concert on his musical suit for the poem, Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at Jordan Hall in Boston.

The concert is free and open to the public.

With Hersch on piano, the concert showcases vocalists Dominique Eade and Tommy Boyton, along with Andrew Halchak on alto saxophone, clarinet, and bass clarinet; Wyatt Palmer, tenor saxophone; Jake Baldwin, trumpet; Tim Shneier, trombone; Valerie Thompson, cello; Ehud Ettun, bass, and Connor Baker, drums.

For details on jazz throughout the year in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com

Cornell Coley and Afro-Latin Jazz Trio Perform at Doyles on April 25


Jamaican born musician Cornell Coley leads his Afro-Latin Jazz Trio in a benefit night for the Egleston Square Main Street group at Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain, Boston on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Master of Ceremonies for the night is Skippy White.

For more information on the benefit, click here.  Or follow Egleston Square Calendar of Events for future activities.

Find year round details on jazz in Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

For visitor information go to MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Berklee's Rethink Music Conference Takes Place at Hynes Convention Center in Boston on April 22-24




Berklee College of Music is presenting Rethink Music, a gathering of music industry leaders, musicians, academics, and technological pioneers, takes place at the John B. Hynes Conference Center in Boston's Back Bay on April 22-24, 2012.

The hands-on conference, produced by Berklee, "is designed to bring music stakeholders together to discuss business models for the future, examine copyright challenges in the digital era, and analyze technological innovation in music and its distribution. Centered around transforming the music industry, Rethink Music's programming does not just focus on discussing change, but rather making it happen," according to the conference description.

To view the schedule of activities on Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24, click here.  See list of speakers.

You can find year-round details on jazz in Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Jazz Bassist Esperanza Spalding Performs Earth Day Concert at Boston's Orpheum Theatre on April 22


Grammy Award winning artist Esperanza Spalding is performing at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Boston on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.  The concert is presented by World Music/CrashArts.

Tickets to the show can be purchased online or at the door.

The concert is an official Earth Day event.

Find year round details on jazz in Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com

Friday, April 20, 2012

Next up at Fenway Park: Pee Wee Russell, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington and Ray Charles


Fenway Park, which celebrates its 100th anniversary today as America's beloved baseball field, hosted the first annual Boston Jazz Festival on August 21-23, 1959. 

The festival was organized by Boston's famous music impresario George Wein, an avid Red Sox fan and founder of the Newport Jazz Festival.  Sheraton Hotel sponsored the event.

The line-up at the time, and in retrospect, was an all-star cast of some of the world's greatest jazz musicians, including legends Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Oscar Peterson, Pee Wee Russell, Roy Eldridge, Thelonius Monk, Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond, and the Modern Jazz Quartet.

Vocalists Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington and Mark Murphy performed, and so did Ray Charles, who represented "a link between the old blues that was heard on the streets and in the churches of the South and the present clamor of the latest teen-age idol," wrote Fr. Norman O'Connor, jazz columnist for The Boston Globe and chaplain at Boston University. O'Connor, also an MC at the festival,  was known as the jazz priest.

Japanese pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi, who graduated from Berklee that year, played with her trio, and local favorite Herb Pomeroy from Gloucester performed with his Big Band.

According to Globe reports, the festival averaged 5,000-7,000 people each night over the three-day event.

Wein, in his book, Myself Among Others: A Life in Music, writes that Red Sox players used to frequent his jazz club, Storyville in Kenmore Square, after the games,  to hear stars like pianist Erroll Gardner and others.  

"One of Gardner's most loyal listeners was Ted Williams, the Splendid Splinter of the Boston Red Sox – and my boyhood idol.  Years later, after Williams had retired and moved out of the city, he claimed that the thing he missed most about Boston was seeing Garner at Storyville.”

For year round details on jazz festivals in Massachusetts, along with concerts, night clubs, campus events, hotel brunches and more, visit MassJazz.com.

For information about visiting Massachusetts and Boston, go to MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com




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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Glenn Miller Orchestra Performing at Rogers Center for the Arts in N. Andover on Friday, April 20


The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, led by trombonist Larry O'Brien, is performing at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in N. Andover on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets to the show are $30 for advance purchase ($25 in advance for students and seniors);  or $35 at the door. Purchase by calling 978 837-5355 between box office hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Orchestra plays the original hits of the great bandleader Glenn Miller, and tours around the world, giving up to 300 concerts each year.

For year round details on jazz activities in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

To find out about visiting Massachusetts or the Merrimack Valley region, go to MassVacation.com or MerrimackValley.org


NEC Presents Music of Jazz Visionary Bob Moses at Jordan Hall in Boston on Thursday, April 19


The NEC Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Ken Schaphorst will perform the music of composer, drummer, and percussionist Rakalam Bob Moses at Jordan Hall in Boston on Thursday, April 19, 2012, starting at 8:00 p.m.  The concert is free and open to the public.

An NEC faculty member since 1983, Moses is a composer, drummer, poet, dancer and vision whose music reflects his lifelong quest for spirituality and mastery in a multitude of art forms.

The concert will feature Moses himself, along with fellow faculty member Jerry Leake and alumnus Tupac Mantilla '07 M.M. on percussion. Also joining in are vocalist Nedelka Prescod and fiddler Eden MacAdam-Somer, who has launched the NEC Continuing Education program in Contemporary Improvisation, in which Moses also teaches. 

Find year round details on jazz throughout Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Michael Musillami Trio Performing at Johnny D's in Davis Square on Wednesday, April 18


The Michael Musillami Trio is performing at Johnny D's Uptown Restaurant & Club in Davis Square, Somerville on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. 

For information about seating and dinner reservations, click here.

The band includes Musillami on guitar, George Sculler on drums and Joe Fonda on bass.

For more details on jazz activities in Massachusetts any time of the year, visit MassJazz.com.

For visitor information go to MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Northampton Jazz Workshop Takes Place on Tuesday, April 17


The Green Street Trio is performing at The Loft at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.   The gig is part of the Northampton Jazz Workshop which takes place every Tuesday at the Clarion.

The line-up for April 17 includes pianist Paul Arslanian, bassist George Kaye, reeds player Carl Clements and drummer Bob Weiner.

Find year round jazz concerts, night clubs, festivals, radio stations and campus events throughout Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

For information on visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.




Jazz Vocalist Kate McGarry Performs at Scullers Jazz Club on Tuesday, April 17


Jazz singer Kate McGarry is celebrating the release of her new CD, Girl Talk, at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets to the show are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door.

She is joined by her band members from the CD: Keith Ganz on guitar, Gary Versace on keyboards and Clarence Penn on drums. 

On her new album, McGarry pays tribute to the great jazz performers who inspired her throughout her career, including Betty Carter, Anita O'Day, Carmen McCrae, Sheila Jordan and Shirley Horn.

Originally from Hyannis, Cape Cod, McGarry grew up in a musical household and studied jazz at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, studying with Archie Shepp before embarking on a dynamic career.

For a schedule of upcoming events at Scullers, click here.

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

For visitor information go to MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com.







 

Monday, April 16, 2012

HarlemWorks Performing at Cultural Center of Cape Cod on Monday, April 16


Jazz musician, composer and producer Gary Foote is bringing his show HarlemWorks to Massachusetts for a performance at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets to the show are $18 ($15 for members) and can be reserved by calling 508 394 7100 or at the door.

Foote is a longtime collaborator with Smokey Robinson, Blood, Sweat and Tears and many other great bands.  He is joined by stellar vocalist Jenny Douglas and other HarlemWorks musicians. Checkout this video of HarlemWorks.

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod is located at 307 Main Street in South Yarmouth.  For directions click here.

For year round details on jazz concerts, night clubs, campus events, festivals and jazz groups in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com

For visitor information go to MassVacation.com and CapeCodChamber.org.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Free Jazz Appreciation Day Concert Taking Place in Salem on Saturday, April 14


The Salem Jazz & Soul Festival and the City of Salem have joined forces to present the 3rd annual Jazz Appreciation Day in Salem on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, features jazz musicians from the Salem State College and Salem High School bands, who will play jazz standards.  The event takes place at the community room of the Salem Five Bank, located at 210 Essex Street in downtown Salem. 

In addition to the music, there is a special art display by students at Salem grade schools, based on the theme, What Music Means to Me.  The public is invited to vote for their favorite piece of art; the winners will be announced at the Salem Jazz & Soul Festival on August 18-19, 2012.

You can find year round details on jazz concerts, festivals, campus events, night clubs, radio programs, weekend brunches and other activities across Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com, North of Boston CVB or Destination Salem.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Harvard Arts presents Joe Lovano and Greg Osby in Concert at Sanders Theatre on April 14


Saxophone legends Joe Lovano and Greg Osby (pictured) will be performing with the Harvard Jazz Band as part of the program Blue Note Records, Then and Now: It Must Schwing! on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Sanders Theatre in Harvard Square, starting at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets to the show are $15 (less for students and seniors) and can be purchased online or at the theatre.

The concert is part of Harvard's year-long salute to Blue Note Records, one of the premier jazz record companies of all time.

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

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com.

Ravi Coltrane Quartet Performing at UMASS in Amherst on April 13


Jazz saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and his quartet are performing at Bowker Auditorium, Fine Arts Center, at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.  Reserved seating is $15-30,  $10 for students and seniors, and can be purchased online.

The son of jazz legends John and Alice Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane has charted his own path as a distinctive voice in jazz as a musician, band leader and composer.   Hear this interview with Coltrane talking about his career.

For a schedule of upcoming concerts at the Fine Arts Center, click here.

You can find year-round details on jazz concerts, festivals, radio programs, campus events, brunches and night clubs by visiting MassJazz.com.

For visitor information go to MassVacation.com and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Jazz Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen Featured at Cafe 939 Live Broadcast on April 12


Ingrid Jensen and her quintet perform at The Checkout - Live at Berklee, broadcast live from Berklee's Cafe 939 on Thursday, April 12, 2012, beginning at 8:00 p.m.

The Berklee grad has traveled the world as a premier trumpet player, performing with Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Darcy James Argue and Terri Lyne Carrington.  She is a respected band leader and music educator as well.

The band features Ingrid Jensen, trumpet and electronics; Lage Lund, guitar; Gary Versace, piano and rhodes; Matt Clohesy, bass; Jon Wikan, drums

Checkout - Live at Berklee is an NPR concert series showcasing Berklee alumni.  It is broadcast from WGBO Jazz 88.3 FM station in New York City, and streamed worldwide on NPRmusic.org.

To purchase tickets, call 212 576-2232, or visit berklee.edu/events for more information.

For year round jazz concerts, night clubs, campus events and weekend brunches throughout the year in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

For tourist information visit MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Live Jazz & Blues in Greater Boston on Wednesday, April 11

Jerry Bergonzi

Looking for live jazz and blues on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in greater Boston and around Massachusetts?  Check out these performances taking place in jazz clubs, hotels and concert venues, compiled by MassJazz.com.


Boston
Brubeck Brothers
Scullers Jazz Club
1140 Soldiers Field Road
Allston, Boston

Paco de Lucia
Jazz Flamenco
Boston Opera House
539 Washington Street
Downtown Boston

Ten Tumbao
BOND Lounge
200 Franklin Street
Downtown Boston

Steve Soares Trio
Prudential Center
52nd Floor
Back Bay, Boston

Akira Ishiguro  
541 Tremont Street
South End, Boston

Ellen O'Brien and NeoSoul
604 Columbus Avenue
South End, Boston

Michelle Currie
Encore Lounge
275 Tremont Street
Boston

Cambridge
Screening of Blue Note:  A Story of Modern Jazz
With record producer and writer Michael Cuscuna
Office for the Arts at Harvard
The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street
Harvard Square, Cambridge

Julian Lage Group
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Harvard Square, Cambridge

Billy Hart Quartet
Charles Hotel
One Bennett Street
Harvard Square, Cambridge

Berklee Global Jazz Institute
1353 Cambridge Street
Inman Square, Cambridge

MetroWest/Central Mass
Bill and Bo Winiker
Sherborn Inn
33 North Main Street
Sherborn

Jimmy Mazzy and the Last Minute Men
Village Forge Tavern
Colonial Inn
48 Monument Square
Concord

Jerry Bergonzi Quartet
Acton Jazz Club
452 Great Road
Acton

Lose Your Blues Wednesday
Beatnik's
433 Park Avenue
Worcester

For year round jazz in concert halls, clubs, hotel lounges and college campuses throughout Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

For tourist information, visit MassVacation.com.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Lance Houston Quartet Performs at Tamo Lounge at Boston's Seaport Hotel on Tuesday, April 10


Jazz flugelhorn player Lance Houston and his quartet perform at the Tamo Lounge at Boston's Seaport Hotel on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, starting at 6:00 p.m.

The Seaport's award-winning chef Rachel Klein created Tamo's globally-influenced menu, available throughout the week and for the popular Sunday jazz brunch.

For year round jazz in concert halls, clubs, hotel lounges and college campuses throughout Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com

For tourist information, visit MassVacation.com or BostonUSA.com

Guitarist Julian Lage Performs at Club Passim in Harvard Square on April 10-11


Virtuoso guitarist Julian Lage is performing three shows at the famous music venue, Club Passim in Harvard Square, Cambridge, on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 7:00 and 9:30 p.m..   Tickets to the show are $22 and can be purchased online or at the door.

The Julian Lage Group includes Lage, cellist Aristides Rivas, percussionist Tupac Mantilla, bassist Jorge Roeder and saxophonist Dan Blake.  They'll perform from the new album, Gladwell. 

A native of California, Lage is a 2008 graduate of Berklee College of Music.  His first album, Sounding Point, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009.

For year round jazz concerts, night clubs, campus events and weekend brrunches throughout the year in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

For tourist information visit MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com.








Monday, April 9, 2012

Jazz @ the Arsenal Monday night series features Mark Shilansky Sextet on April 9


The Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown is presenting the Mark Shilansky "Join the Club" Sextet on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online or at the door.

The concert is part of the Monday night Jazz @ the Arsenal series featuring faculty from the Berklee College of Music and the region's finest jazz performers.  Shilansky, a pianist, composer, vocalist and arranger, is assistant professor of ear training at Berklee. 

For a schedule of upcoming concerts at Arsenal Center for the Arts, click here.

For year round details on jazz concerts, night clubs, radio stations, campus events, weekend brunches and jazz activities throughout Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com
  
For tourist information visit MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com.


Friday, April 6, 2012

Live Jazz and Blues in Boston and Throughout Massachusetts on Friday, April 6

Kenny Garrett

Looking for live jazz and blues on Friday, April 6, 2012 in greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts?  Check out these performances taking place in jazz clubs, hotels and concert venues, compiled by MassJazz.com

Boston
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
Scullers Jazz Club
1140 Soldiers Field Road
Allston, Boston  

Marc Ribot
Special Guests: Mostly Other People Do the Killing
Institute of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Avenue
South Boston

August Wilson’s
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Boston University Theatre
264 Huntington Avenue
Boston

Adric Rosen
Battery Wharf Lounge
Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel
3 Battery Street
Downtown Boston

Lenny Stallworth & Friends
604 Columbus Ave
South End, Boston

Laure-Muniz Latin Jazz Band
541 Tremont Street
South End, Boston

Cambridge
Kenny Garrett
Charles Hotel
One Bennett Street
Harvard Square, Cambridge

Sal DeFusco Project
212 Hampshire Street
Inman Square, Cambridge

Brian Friedland Sextet, Daniel Rosenthal Quintet
1353 Hampshire Street
Inman Square, Cambridge

Central Mass/Metro West
Eight to the Bar
Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis Street
Framingham

Shane Wood Jazz Trio
124 Milbury Street
Worcester
Western Mass
John Pizzarelli
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
225 South Street
Williamstown

Interplay Jazz Band
Blue Rock Restaurant & Bar
10 Bridge Street
Shelburne Falls

Henri Smith & Workingman's Band
Colonial Inn Restaurant
Village Forge Tavern 
48 Monument Square
Concord


North of Boston/Merrimack Valley
Morgan Scott Trio
14 Littleton Road
Chelmsford

Rising Scarlett
6 Kearney Square
Lowell

Dana Fuchs
Bull Run Restaurant
Route 2A
Shirley

Cape Cod
Bart Weisman Jazz Group
Grand Cru at Cape Codder Resort
1225 Iyannough Road
Hyannis, Cape Cod

For year round details on jazz concerts, night clubs, radio stations, campus events, weekend brunches and jazz activities throughout Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com

For tourist information visit MassVacation.com 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Medfield High School Jazz Band Holds 'Dollars for Duke Fundraiser' on April 7

Medfield HS Jazz Ensemble  (Photo by Jeremie Smith)

The Medfield High School Jazz Band has been invited to perform at the 17th annual Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival taking place May 4-6, 2012 at Lincoln Center in New York City.

To help underwrite the $12,000 needed for the trip, the Medfield Music Association is holding a Dollars-for-Duke fundraiser, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2012.

The 'Jazz Around Town' fundraiser features live jazz performances in venues around Medfield, with band members collecting cash and check donations with top hats during and after each performance.  Supporters can also send Dollars for Duke donations of any amount to the Medfield Music Association, P.O. Box 115, Medfield, MA 02052.

The Medfield band is one of only 15 high school bands selected from across the United States and Canada, and the only New England band invited to the prestigious competition, which is judged by Wynton Marsalis and a panel of musical educators and performers. 

For more information about jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

For tourist information, visit MassVacation.com.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Jazz Vocalist Sunny Wilkinson Performs at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on April 3



Jazz vocalist Sunny Wilkinson is performing at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.  She is joined by local saxophone star Grace Kelly.  Tickets to the show are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door. 

Wilkinson has performed with some of the world's best jazz performers, including the Count Basie Band, Clark Terry, Mark Murphy and others.  She has also performed on the popular TV show, Saved by the Bell and was a Solid Gold Singer.    Kelly is an acclaimed young saxophonist who has also branched out as a vocalist, composer, lyricist and arranger. 

For a schedule of upcoming concerts at Scullers Jazz Club, located at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel at 400 Soldiers Field Road in Boston's Allston neighborhood, click here.

For year round details on jazz concerts, night clubs, radio stations, campus events, weekend brunches and jazz activities throughout Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com
  
For tourist information visit MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Smithsonian Launches Jazz Appreciation Month throughout April


The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History marks the 11th annual Jazz Appreciation Month in April with a month long celebration of jazz featuring performances, talks, tours and family-oriented events in venues around Washington, D.C.

This year's JAM poster features Frank Sinatra, created by renowned artist LeRoy Neiman.  To see a PDF of the poster, click here.

You can find year round details on jazz concerts, school programs, night clubs, radio programs and jazz organizations in Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.  For details about Boston's vibrant jazz community, visit JazzBoston.org.

For tourist information visit MassVacation.com.



Jazz Singer Gian Faraone Performs at BOND Lounge at Langham Boston Hotel on April 4


Jazz singer Gian Faraone is performing at BOND Lounge at Boston's Langham Hotel on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Raised in an Italian household in Venezuela, Faraone is forging a unique new sound influenced from a range of artists, from Pavarotti to Sinatra.

The show is part of the BOND Jazz Experiment, which runs from  each Wednesday evening and highlights emerging artists and accomplished performers covering the jazz spectrum, including classic jazz from the American Songbook, rhythm and blues and funk.  For reservations call 617 956-8765.

For year round jazz in concert halls, clubs, hotel lounges and college campuses throughout Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com

For tourist information, visit MassVacation.com or BostonUSA.com

Sunday, April 1, 2012

NEC Jazz Ensembles Perform at Pierce Hall on Monday, April 2


Two student jazz ensembles from the New England Conservatory, coached by double bassist Cecil McBee, perform at Pierce Hall on Monday, April 2, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  The concerts are free and open to the public. 

Pierce Hall is located in the St. Botolph Building at 241 St. Botolph Street.

For a calendar of upcoming concerts at the New England Conservatory this spring, click here.

For year round details on jazz concerts, night clubs, radio stations, campus events, weekend brunches and jazz activities throughout Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com
  
For tourist information visit MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com.