Wednesday, July 30, 2014

2014 MassJazz Guide Celebrates Live Jazz in Massachusetts

The newly released 2014 MassJazz Guide showcases the vibrant jazz scene across Massachusetts.  The 44 page magazine lists jazz festivals, concerts, educational courses, and other activities taking place in the Bay State through April 2015.

Published by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, MassJazz is available for free at visitor centers, jazz venues and college campuses. 

You can also read the 2014 MassJazz Guide online.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Boston Summer Arts Weekend Features Jazz Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, Soul Rebels and More, July 26-27

Latin jazz legend Arturo Sandoval is performing at this year's Boston Summer Arts Weekend, taking place in Boston's Copley Square on July 26-27, 2014.

The free festival, courtesy of WGBH 89.7 FM and The Boston Globe, offers a dynamic line-up of music and dance, ranging from jazz and classical to Irish, bluegrass and rock.  Here is a schedule of performers.

A native of Cuba, Sandoval was a protegee of American jazz trumpter Dizzy Gillespie and a pioneer in the development of Latin jazz. He has received ten Grammy Awards and has been nominated 19 times.

Among the other performers with a jazz, R&B and blues sound are Jesse Cook, Los Lobos and Soul Rebels.

Located in Boston's Back Bay, Copley Square Park is one of the city's most beautiful settings, encircled by Trinity Church, the Old South Church, the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel,  and the Boston Public Library.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Cambridge Jazz Festival Launches in Massachusetts on July 27

Grammy winners, local artists and jazz legends are all slated to perform at the first annual Cambridge Jazz Festival, taking place on Sunday, July 27 at the University Park Commons on Sydney Street outside of Harvard Square.

Jazz drummer and Grammy Award winner Terri Lyne Carrington and Motown legend Valerie Simpson are headlining the stage, along with jazz pianist George W. Russell Jr. and his trio, vocalist Dominique Eade, jazz drummer Ron Savage and his trio and Fernando Brandao and  the Berklee Brazilian All Stars.  Here is the complete schedule, and bios of the artists.  

The festival, which is free and open to the public, is being organized by Larry Ward, a former Cambridge City Councilor, and jazz musician Ron Savage, with help from numerous supporters, including City Manager Rich Rossi and Deena Anderson of Harvard’s Arts First program.
Ward, who describes himself as “a jazz lover for years and years,” came up with the idea after running a club and bringing in jazz acts near Central Square.  He met up with jazz drummer Ron Savage to discuss the idea, and “he and I had the same vision – it was uncanny – of what could possibly be.
An important perspective of the festival organizers, Ward says, is “the constant need to bridge younger musicians with some of the more established musicians. “ 

In addition to the music, the festival also has also organized a Taste of Cambridge selection of food trucks and local vendors supplying a diverse selection of foods.  

The Cambridge Jazz Festival also marks the launch of the Johnny Hodges Fund, a new initiative to support college scholarships and music education for Cambridge students, while celebrating the late Hodges (1906-1970), a Cambridge native who is considered one of the great saxophonists in jazz.

Here is a schedule of jazz festivals inMassachusetts this year.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Roxbury Rocks Music Festival features jazz on Saturday, July 19

The 1st annual Roxbury Rocks Music Festival is taking place at Roxbury Community College in Boston on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Among the featured jazz performers: the John Kordalewski Trio and Ron Murphy Group.

Here is a full schedule of jazz festivals in Massachusetts this summer and fall.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Elle Varner Headlines the 3rd annual Onset Beach Jazz Festival on Saturday, July 19

Elle Varner 
The 3rd annual Onset Beach Jazz Festival is taking place on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online.
This year's line-up includes singer, songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Elle Varner, trumpeter Tom Browne, pianist Andy McWain, Positivity and Voices of the Future.
Tom Browne
The festival takes place at the Lillian Gregerman Band Shell. Here are directions.
The Onset Beach Jazz Festival supports the Music Instruments for Middle School Students (MIMSS), which keeps music alive in middle schools by helping students secure instruments.
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Sun Broadcasting Corp Launches Sun Music Live Shows at Wally's Cafe Jazz Club this Fall

Sun Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) has begun production of Sun Music Live. The inaugural shows set at  Wally’s CafĂ©  in Boston will f...