Saturday, March 31, 2012

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom playing at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston through April 8


Huntington Theatre Company is presenting August Wilson's award-winning play, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at the Boston University Theatre, from March 9 through April 8, 2012.

The play is part of Wilson's Century Cycle, and was Wilson's first Broadway hit.  In the play, legendary 1920s blues singer Ma Rainey and her musicians gather in a run-down Chicago studio to record new sides of old favorites when generational and racial tensions suddenly explode. 

Find ticket information here.

See a full schedule of plays at Huntington Theatre, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012 as one of the region's most acclaimed theatre companies.  See more details about Huntington Theatre.

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

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

Mass Tourism Agency has handy Ask a Local App for Great Deals while Visiting Massachusetts



The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has introduced a great new way to make your way around Massachusetts, with a handy app called “Ask a Local.” 

The iPhone application is available on iTunes. This free, on-the-move guide provides travel information, local tips, and deals from Massachusetts hotels, attractions, restaurants, and shops. 

“The Ask A Local app serves as both a comprehensive directory and an interactive tool in traveling throughout the state,” says Betsy Wall, executive director of MOTT.  “It allows visitors to have Massachusetts right at their fingertips.”

You can also find year round details on visiting Massachusetts by going to MassVacation.com

Dave Whitney Quartet Performs at Amazing Things Art Center in Framingham on Sunday, April 1


The Dave Whitney Quartet, featuring jazz vocalist and trumpet stand-out Christine Fawson, is playing at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham on Sunday, April 1, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets range from $8-16 and can be purchased online at the door.

Whitney is a seasoned band leader who performs throughout New England, and Fawson is an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music.

Find year round details on jazz concerts, night clubs, campus events, festivals, radio stations and other music activities in Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

Visitors can find information at MassVacation.com

Celebrity Series of Boston Presents the Music of Richard Rodgers at Jordan Hall on Sunday, April 1

 Rob Kapilow

The Celebrity Series of Boston is presenting a concert called What Makes it Great? The Music of Richard Rodgers - at Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.  Tickets are $25-35, and $15 for children, and can be purchased t the NEC Ticket office starting at 1:30 p.m.

The program is presented by conductor, composer and commentator Rob Kapilow, who is joined by the Borromeo String Quartet and pianist Lukas Vondracek.  

Rodgers composed over 900 songs and for 43 Broadway musicals, and helped to create the Great American Songbook.

For a schedule of upcoming concerts presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston, 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, March 30, 2012

Live Jazz and Blues in Massachusetts on Saturday, March 31


Yoko Miwa

Looking for live jazz on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in greater Boston or throughout Massachusetts?  Check out these performances taking place in jazz clubs, hotels and concert venues, compiled by MassJazz.com.

Boston/Cambridge
Ben E. King
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston

Stanley Sagov & Remembering the Future Jazz Band
With Special Guest Larry Coryell
Regattabar Jazz Club
Charles Hotel
One Bennett Street
Cambridge

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

Yoko Miwa
129 South Street
Boston

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

Western Mass
Ernie Watts & Friends
Fine Arts Center, Bowker Auditorium
University of Massachusetts
Amherst

Ahmad Jamal Trio
The Colonial Theatre
111 South Street
Pittsfield

Cape Cod
Booksmith-Musicsmith    
Skaket Corners Shopping Center
9 West Road
Orleans

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 

Sax Great Ernie Watts Joins UMass Jazz Ensemble I in Concert at UMass/Amherst on March 31


Saxophonist and two-time Grammy Award winner Ernie Watts is performing in concert with the UMass Jazz Ensemble I at Bowker Auditorium  in the Fine Arts Center at UMASS/Amherst on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets to the concert are $10-$30 and can be purchased online or at the theater.

The concert is in collaboration with the UMass Music Department's 14th Annual High School Jazz Fest taking place at the University, coordinated by Jeffrey W. Holmes.

UMass/Amherst is home to the popular Jazz in July educational program that brings together jazz masters with students for a series of workshops, lectures and concerts.  This year's Jazz in July program takes place July 9-20, 2012.

You can see a schedule of upcoming concerts at the Fine Arts Center here.

For year round details of jazz concerts, night clubs, campus events and jazz activities throughout Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

To find tourist information visit MassVacation.com and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce



Jazz Piano Legend Ahmad Jamal Performs at Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on March 31


Legendary jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal is performing at the Colonial Theatre at 111 South Street in Pittsfield on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets range from $15 to $50 and can be purchased online or at the theater.

According to Ed Bride, head of Berkshires Jazz Inc, a non-profit group that promotes jazz in western Massachusetts,  "Jamal is a true-blue American jazz master and legend, whose career transcends time."  He is returning to the Berkshires for the first time in nearly five years.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, the 81 year old pianist has just released a new album, Blue Moon, which has been called a jazz masterpiece by music critics.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, including concerts, campus events, night clubs, festivals and other jazz activities, visit MassJazz.com.

For tourist information visit MassVacation or BerkshiresTourism.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Russian Pianist Kirill Gerstein Performing Rhapsody in Blue at Berklee College of Music in Boston on March 30


Internationally renowned classical and jazz pianist Kirill Gerstein is returning to his alma mater, Berklee College of Music, for a concert at the Berklee Performance Center on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 8:15 p.m.

Tickets to the show are $17.50, $20 and $25 and can be purchased online or at the door. 

Gerstein will be performing George Gershwin's original 1924 arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue, with guest performer and fellow Berklee alum Anat Cohen on clarinet.

The concert will also stream live at ConcertWindows.

For a schedule of upcoming concerts at Berklee, click here.

You can find year-round details on jazz concerts, campus events, night clubs, hotel brunches, radio stations and jazz groups throughout Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

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




Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Jazz Trumpeter Chris Botti Performs at Hanover Theatre in Worcester on March 30





Jazz trumpet player Chris Botti is returning to the Hanover Theatre in Worcester on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets to the show are $35, $45 and $55 and can be purchased online.

The best selling jazz instrumentalist of all time, Botti has performed with some of the top jazz musicians around the world, and has won a multitude of Gold, Platinum and Grammy Awards. The show is presented by Fred Taylor and WCPA.

For a schedule of upcoming concerts at Hanover Theatre, click here.

To find year round details on jazz concerts, night clubs, festivals, campus events, radio stations and jazz organizations in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

For information about visiting Massachusetts, to to MassVacation.com.

Berklee Hosts International Folk Festival on Wednesday, March 28


The 26th annual International Folk Festival at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston is taking place on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 8:15 p.m.   Tickets to the event are $12-$17 and can be purchased online or at the door.

The concert showcases Berklee's abundant international student population while accentuating the role music places in society as a truly a cultural bridge. Students and faculty perform, some wearing vibrant clothing and playing rarely seen instruments from their homelands.

A live video of the concert is being streamed at ConcertWindows.

For a schedule of upcoming events at the Berklee Performance Center, located at 136 Mass Ave in Boston's Back Bay, 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.  

Lance Houston Jazz Quartet Performs at BOND Lounge at Langham Hotel on Wednesday, March 28


Jazz flugelhorn player Lance Houston and his quartet perform at the BOND Lounge | Restaurant at the Boston Langham Hotel on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

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

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Live Jazz and Blues in Massachusetts on Saturday, March 24

Grace Kelly

Looking for live jazz on Saturday, March 24, 2012 in greater Boston or throughout Massachusetts?  Check out these performances taking place in jazz clubs, hotels and concert venues, compiled by MassJazz.com.

Greater Boston
Highland Jazz Series presents
The Grace Kelly Quintet
Newton South High School
140 Brandeis Road
Newton

The American Songbook: The JAZZ View presents
Big Band Meets Broadway
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown

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

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

Littleton High School Jazz Band
452 Great Road
Acton

Billy Novick and Guy Van Duser
160 Hollis Street
Framingham

Cape Cod
George Gritzbach Blues Band
302 Main Street
Hyannis, Cape Cod

Western Mass
Lincoln Mayorga, pianist
Castle Street Cafe
Great Barrington

North of Boston
Willie Laws, Texas Blues
Back Page Jazz & Comedy Club
15 Kearney Square
Lowell

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 


Dr. Emmett Price lectures on Hip Hop Culture and the Black Church at Northeastern University on Saturday, March 24


Dr. Emmett Price III is having a discussion on his new book, The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational Divide, at the John D. O'Bryant African American Institute at Northeastern University on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

The lecture, located at 40 Leon Street on Northeastern's campus,  is free and open to the public.  A book signing takes place afterwards.

Dr. Price, who is an ordained minister, noted musician and ethnomusicologist, is associate professor of music and African American Studies at Northeastern.

Find out about jazz concerts, night clubs, campus events, festivals, radio programs and related jazz activities throughout Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com


 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Live Jazz and Blues in Massachusetts on Friday, March 23

Karla Bonoff 

Looking for live jazz Friday, March 23, 2012 in greater Boston or somewhere in Massachusetts?  Check out these performances taking place in jazz clubs, hotels and concert venues, compiled by MassJazz.com


Cambridge
Karla Bonoff
One Bennett Street
Harvard Square, Cambridge

Alan ChaseTrio, Mario Cerra Quintet, 
Yuka Hunt Quintet, Gil Aharon Trio
1353 Cambridge Street
Inman Square, Cambridge

Junk Series #3:The Sound of Found
186 1/2 Hampshire Street
Inman Square, Cambridge

Boston
Lee Ritenour
400 Soldiers Field Road
Allston, Boston

Laura Vecchione
541 Tremont Street
South End, Boston

Jazz Urbane
604 Columbus Ave
South End, Boston

Nick Laudani Jazz Band
Ron Poster Trio Swing Piano
129 South Street
Boston

(Through April 8)
August Wilson’s
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Boston University Theatre
264 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Adric Rosen
Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel
3 Battery Street
Downtown Boston

BC Jazz Band presents
”GhostbOp!sters”
Robsham Theatre
150 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill

North of Boston
Otis Grove
208 Rantoul Road 
Beverly

Cape Cod
Steve Hanlon 
1225 Iyannough Road
Hyannis

Dane Vannatter and Donna Byrne
4404 Falmouth Road
Cotuit

Western Mass
Eastern Standard Times
10 Bridge Street
Shelburne Falls

Armen Donelian Trio
10 Castle Street
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 
 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Jazz Singer Dane Vannatter Performs at Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford on Thursday, March 22


Accomplished jazz vocalist Dane Vannatter is performing his show - Stage Door Live - at the Zeiterion Theatre Performing Arts Center in New Bedford on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the show are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door.

Called "one of the most jazz-savvy cabaret singers" by The Boston Globe, Vannatter has won numerous awards and accolades for his singing and interpretation of jazz songs.

Find year round details on jazz concerts, night clubs, campus events, festivals, radio stations and other music activities in Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

Visitors can find information at MassVacation.com