Friday, January 22, 2010


The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival recently donated $6,000 to music education programs throughout the city of Salem. This is the third straight year the Festival has donated funds to support music education in the community.

Recipients include The Salem High Music Program, $3,000; the Salem Academy, $1,000; the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem, $1,000, and the Starr Access Program, $1,000.

Additionally, the festival set aside $1,000 to bring musicians into Salem schools in 2010.

Plans are already underway for another special Spring Gala at the Peabody Essex Museum on April 17, 2010, and for the summer festival that once again will be held at the Salem Willows and in other venues across the city.

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Boston Globe story on Jazz in Massachusetts

Travel writer Chris Klein explores the vibrant jazz scene in Massachusetts in the January 10, 2010 issue of The Boston Globe's Travel Section.

There's also a sidebar entitled Get a Grove on Here All Year with a sampling of the state's jazz clubs and festivals in Massachusetts in 2010.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Anat Cohen Rings in the New Year in Boston at Berklee Performance Center

Jazz musician Anat Cohen is performing as part of Boston's First Night activities at the Berklee Performance Center.

The concert is being broadcast by WGBH 89.7 FM and kicks off NPR's annual worldwide broadcast, Toast of the Nation. She performs two sets, at 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m..

A native of Tel Aviv, Israel, Cohen is one of jazz's brightest young stars. The saxophonist and clarinetist was recently named Clarinetist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. Her quartet features Jason Linder on Piano, Joe Martin on bass, and Daniel Freema on drums.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Vocalist Linda Eder at Berklee Performance Center, November 28

Linda Eder, who possesses one of the great contemporary voices of our time, celebrates the release of her new album, Sound Track.

Tickets include a special meet-and-greet with the artist after the show.

Tickets: $75 Golden Circle, $50, $40, $30, reserved seating

136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston MA 02115

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Amanda Carr & Kenny Hadley Big Band Jazz Brunch

The New England Center for the Performing Arts is presenting Amanda Carr and the Kenny Hadley Big Band jazz brunch at Mechanics Hall in Worchester on Sunday, November 15 at noon.

The event is being hosted by WBZ radio personality Jordan Rich.

The event includes a culinary feast promptly at noon followed by a big ban program. Joining Ms. Carr and the band is a chorus of singers from the Franklin Performing Arts Company.

Tickets to the brunch/concert are available by contacting Mechanics Hall at 508 752-0888 or visiting

Reserved premium seating is $55 and general seating is $45.

The concert is supported by WICN, 90.5 FM, Worchester's Jazz and Folk Station.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Northeastern University Reflects on Legacy of John and Alice Coltrane on November 13

Northeastern University presents a discussion entitled The Coltranes and Humanism: Spirituality, Music and Sound, on Friday, November 13. It takes place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, 40 Leon Street on campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The events starts with a roundtable discussion that includes master musician/scholar Yusef Lateef, joined by Professor Tammy Kernodle, and Northeastern professors Emmett Price and Leonard Brown. They’ll address the humanist legacy of the Coltranes, including the significance of John Coltrane’s iconic status.

According to the press release, the round-table is followed by a discussion with audience members about "the relationship between music and Black America’s struggle for freedom and equality; how the Coltranes’ music has helped shape global expressions of spirituality and politics; and how we can rethink humanism and the humanities from the perspective of music."

This event is co-sponsored by the Northeastern University Humanities Center, the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute, and the Departments of African American Studies, Religion & Philosophy, Women's Studies, Sociology & Anthropology, and Music.

Convenient T stops are on the Green (Northeastern) and Orange (Ruggles) Lines. For more information, call 617-373-8700.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Fred Ho at Harvard, November 4

Fred Ho, a one-of-a-kind revolutionary Chinese American baritone saxophonist, composer, writer, producer, political activist and leader of several music ensembles, is in concert with the Harvard Jazz Band on November 4 at Lowell Hall, 17 Kirkland Street, in Cambridge.

“Fred Ho's style is a genre unto itself, a pioneering fusion of free-jazz and traditional Chinese music that manages to combine truculence and delicacy with such natural ease that it sounds positively organic,” wrote Larry Birnbaum in Down Beat Magazine.

The concert is open to the general public. Tickets are $10.00, and for students and seniors, $8.00.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

5th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival in Western Massachusetts runs October 7-17

The 5th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival gets underway this week with 18 jazz performances throughout the city, including performances by jazz guitar virtuoso Frank Vignola, and international jazz legend, pianist Dave Brubeck (see picture).
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Wednesday, October 7

Royal Hartigan Group

Berkshire Athenaeum

One Wendall Ave,

413 499-9480, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 9

Eagles Stage Band
Pittsfield City Hall
Rain Location: City Council Chambers, Noon

Dave Winchester-Piano
Joe's Lunchbox
137 North St.,

413-997-4500, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

We B 3 Organ Trio
The Lantern Restaurant
445 North St.,

413-448-2717, 9:00 p.m.-Midnight

Dave Brown Trio., Mission Bar & Tapas
438 North St. 8:00-11:00 p.m

Ted Murray Quartet
Park Square
, 413-499-1994, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Allen Livermore Trio
Pittsfield Brew Works
34 Depot St., 413-997-3506, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 10

Ted Murray Quartet
Park Square
, 413-499-1994, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Fran Curley Trio
Pittsfield Brew Works
34 Depot St., 413-997-3506, 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

We B 3 Organ Trio
The Lantern Restaurant
445 North St., 413-448-2717, 9:00 p.m.-Midnight

Thursday, October 15

Dan Broad with Allen Livermore
& Students from Berkshire Community College (BCC)
Intermodal Transportation Center
Columbus Avenue @ North St., 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Andy Kelly's Dixieland Ambassadors
Crowne Plaza
Park Square
, 413 499-2000, 5:00 -8:00 p.m.

The Inbetweens
Dottie's Coffee Lounge
444 North St., 413 443-1793, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Industrial Jazz Group
Downtown, Mobile Sound Stage

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Frank Vignola Master Class
Berkshire Music School

30 Wendell Ave., 413 442-1411, 7:15 p.m.

Friday, October 16

Frank Vignola in Concert

Top of the Crown Lounge

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Park Square, 413 499-2000, 7: 30 p.m.

Saturday, October 17

Dave Brubeck Quartet & Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble

Colonial Theatre

111 South Street. 413 997-4444, 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 18

Jazz Jam

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

18 Renne Ave, 413 499-9348, 3:00 p.m.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Trumpet Player Leroy Jones Plays Special Concert in Marblehead, October 10

New Orleans jazz trumpeter Leroy Jones returns with his Quintet to Marblehead, Massachusetts for a concert on Saturday, October 10, beginning at 8:00 p.m. at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 28 Mugford Street in the historical town of Marblehead, on Boston's North Shore.

The special concert concludes the 25th season of the Marblehead Summer Jazz Series, where Jones has been a long-time favorite, having played to sold-out audiences in 1996 and 2002.

Gene Arnould, producer of the series, said that "Leroy's performance would be the icing on the 25th Season Cake."

Joining Leroy on the bandstand is Paul Longstreth on piano, Mitchell Player on bass, and Jerry Anderson on drums. Craig Klein, the trombone player who appeared with Jones at his earlier performances is touring with his own trombone band so the Trombone Chair will be filled by Leroy’s wife, Katja Toivola, a native a Finland.

“We’re delighted,” said Arnould. “Leroy has been telling me for years what a great player she is and now we get to hear her for ourselves. It couldn’t be better!”

Tickets for the Leroy Jones performance are $25 in advance and $27 at the door. Preferred Seating tickets are available at $35 and Reserved (Benefactor) Seating is available for $48. Tickets may be purchased in Marblehead at Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington Street, or the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, 107 Pleasant Street.

They may be purchased on line at Tickets and information can also be had by calling the Summer Jazz Hot Line, 781-631-1528.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cape Cod's JazzFest Falmouth 2009 Features O'Farrill, Martino and other jazz stars on October 2-3

Arturo O'Farrill

Arturo O’Farrill, Pat Martino, Dominique Eade and other jazz stars highlight JazzFest Falmouth 2009, which runs Friday, October 2, and Saturday, October 3, in Falmouth on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The popular festival, in its second year, has quickly emerged as a high caliber celebration of jazz that showcases nationally renowned musicians alongside the area’s top jazz artists.

Among the performers scheduled on Friday evening: vocalist Candida Rose, the Pat Ryan Group, Cape Cod Conservatory Big Band, Livio Freitas, Progression 28, Two Cool, the Russ Wilcox Band, Mwalin, and Stage Door Canteen.

On Saturday, the schedule includes the Falmouth High School Band and CJOY(Conservatory Jazz Orchestra for Youth), Quintology, Jonathan Batiste, the Greg Hopkins Big Band with vocalist Dominique Eade, Pt Martino, and the Arturo O’Farrill Sextet.

Special guests hosts at the festival include Eric Jackson, host of “Jazz with Eric in the Evening” on WGBH, Naomi Arenber, host of Folk on WGBH, and Falmouth’s own Billy Brackett.

Tented Lawn Seating is $25 in advance and $35 the day of the event. Preferred seating and sponsor tickets also are available.

Detailed festival and ticket information is available at

JazzFest Falmouth is presented by ArtsFalmouth, an alliance of artists, cultural organizations, businesses and individuals who believe in the importance of art for the vitality and future of the Falmouth and the Upper Cape. A non-profit volunteer organization, ArtsFalmouth is open to all art and cultural organizations and individual artists in the area.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Daniela Schachter Performing at Berklee on Monday, September 28

Italian pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger Daniela Schachter is performing from her new CD, Purple Butterfly, in Boston, when she plays a concert with her quartet at the Berklee Performance Center on Wednesday, September 28, at 8:15 p.m.

Winner of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition in 2005 and many other awards, Schachter first came to the United States on a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music. She has performed around the world with some of jazz’s leading artists, and has appeared on Marion McPartland’s NPR program. McPartland described her as “a beautiful Italian import, a brilliant young pianist and singer is taking America by storm.”

The quarter features Bill Pierce on tenor saxophone, Jeff Galindo on trombone, Oleg Osenkov on upright bass, Yoron Israel on drums, Daniela Schächter on piano and vocals.

Tickets: $10 ($2 students)

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Goes Outdoors on Saturday, September 26

The week-long Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival culminates this Saturday, September 26, with a free, outdoor festival in Boston's historic South End neighborhood

The festival runs from noon to 6:00 p.m., featuring three music stages spread over six blocks on Columbus Avenue, at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue.

In addition to a stellar line-up of music, the festival offers fun activities for the whole family as well as an opportunity to learn more about jazz, musical instruments, and some of the city's jazz clubs, educational courses and vibrant scene.

More than 80 vendor booths will offer arts, crafts, accessories, and great food representing a variety of countries.

"This festival is a testament to Boston's reputation as a music hub and its dedication to jazz and producing and nurturing great artists," says Terri Lyne Carrington, BeanTown Jazz Festival artistic director. "As a native and recent returnee to the area, I'm thrilled for this chance to give back to the community by throwing a big party for Boston. I hope people come out to fraternize with their neighbors, enjoy the delicious food, and hear some incredible music."

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Kickin' the Blues, Featuring David Sanborn, Kevin Mahogany, and Amina Claudine Myers

On Friday, September 25, the 9th annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival presents an all star line-up of jazz greats in a concert entitled Kickin' the Blues.

The line-up includes six-time Grammy winner David Sanborn, considered one of the greatest saxophone players; Amina Claudine Myers, keyboard player, composer, actress and educator; and Kevin Mahogany, one of the great jazz vocalists of our time (see photo).

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, in Boston's Back Bay. [Map]

Tickets: $45, $35, $25, reserved seating. Purchase tickets through Ticketmaster.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Branford Marsalis Performs at the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, September 23

The 9th annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival continues all week, with saxophonist Branford Marsalis and his Quartet playing at the Berklee Performance Center on Wednesday, September 23, at 8:00 p.m.

The Quartet features Branford Marsalis on saxophone, Eric Revis on bass, Joey Calderazzo on piano, and, a new addition to the band, 18 year old drummer Justin Faulkner, who replaces the protean drummer, Jeff "Tain" Watts.

World-renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis, born in 1960, has always been a man of numerous musical interests, from jazz, blues and funk to such classical music projects as his Fall 2008 tour with Marsalis Brasilianos. The three-time Grammy winner has continued to exercise and expand his skills as an instrumentalist, a composer, and the head of Marsalis Music, the label he founded in 2002 that has allowed him to produce both his own projects and those of the jazz world’s most promising new and established artists.

For the full schedule of the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, click here.

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival
The Branford Marsalis Quartet
Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts AvenueBoston MA 02115 [Map]
Tickets are $41 and $35.

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