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  It runs from April 27 through May 6, 2012.

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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.

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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

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

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

North of Boston
Toni Lynn Washington
15 Kearney Square

Boston Horns Reloaded
285 Cabot Street

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

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

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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