Friday, July 20, 2012

Sax Star Walter Beasley Headlines 2nd annual Onset Beach Jazz Festival on July 21


Jazz Saxophonist Walter Beasley is headlining the 2nd annual Onset Beach Jazz Festival taking place in Massachusetts on Saturday, July 21, 2012 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The festival is organized by jazz vocalist Mikelyn Roderick, who will also perform, along with The Kozue Kuriyama Jazz Quartet, Joaquin Santos Band featuring Evan Cole, Voices of the Future, and the Jazz Thugs.

The festival is free and open to the public, and donations are accepted to support Musical Instruments for Middle School Students.

For directions to the festival click here.

 You can find year round jazz in Massachusetts - including festivals, concerts, campus events and more - by visiting MassJazz.com

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






Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tessa Souter is Performing at Marblehead Summer Jazz Series on July 21


Jazz vocalist Tessa Souter is performing in concert at the Marblehead Summer Jazz '12 series on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

The concert takes place at the Unitarian-Universal Church at 28 Mugford Street in Marblehead.  Tickets are $26-$35 and can be purchased online, or $30-$40 at the door.

Souter has been praised for her "crystalline contralto and impeccable phrasing" by Jazz Times.

To learn more about Marblehead Summer Jazz, click here.

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

For visitor information go to MassVacation.com or NorthofBoston.com.

Semenya McCord Performs at Vernissage's in Brookline on July 19


Jazz and gospel singer Semenya McCord is performing at Vernissage Restaurant in Brookline on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.  Admission is $15.

The popular singer is also a noted educator who taught at UMass/Darthmouth for many years; she is currently teaching at Knox College and Carl Sandburg College in Illinois.

McCord is also on the faculty at the Lowell Summer Jazz Camp which runs from July 16-29, 2012. 

For year round information on jazz festivals, concerts, campus events, and other related activities in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

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


Arturo Sandoval, Latin Jazz Star, Performs in Rockport on July 20


Rockport Music is presenting legendary jazz trumpet player Arturo Sandoval in concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center at 37 Main Street in Rockport on Friday July 20, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets range from $45 to $78 and can be purchased online or at the Center's box office.

Born on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, Sandoval is considered one of the great trumpet and flugelhorn players in the world.  He has won six Grammy Awards (12 nominations), six Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award.

Rockport Music has a great line-up of jazz, including its first annual Rockport Jazz Festival on August 15-19, 2012.  For a full schedule of jazz, folk, classical and world music at Rockport, click here.

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

For visitor information go to MassVacation.com.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Festival Betances, Celebrating Latino Culture, Takes Place in Boston on July 20-22


The annual Festival Betances, which celebrates Latino culture in Boston, takes place in at Plaza Betances, 100 W. Dedham Street, in Boston's South End on July 20-22, 2012. 

This year's theme is La Famila Villa Victoria.  Among the performers at the three day fest are Salsa singer Mel Martinez, doing a homage to Frankie Ruiz, and Salsa start Osvaldo Roman. 

The annual festival is organized by Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion, a community organization formed in 1968.

You can find a schedule of festivals - including jazz, blues and world music, by visiting MassJazz.com.

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




Korean Jazz Pianist in Concert at Berklee Performance Center on July 18


Hey Rim Jeon, the noted jazz pianist, composer and educator from Korea, is giving a concert at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 8:15 p.m.  Tickets are $12 at the door.

The concert is also being streamed online at Concert Windows.

Hey Rim Jeon is the first Korean faculty member at Berklee College of Music.

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

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

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

2012 MassJazz Travel Guide Available for Free at Visitor Centers in Massachusetts


A free copy of the 4th annual MassJazz Travel Guide is now available at visitor centers, concert venues, jazz clubs, and college campuses throughout the state. See distribution locations.

The 40 page Guide is a handy compendium of hundreds of jazz festivals, indoor and outdoor concerts, jazz summer courses and other jazz-related activities taking place in Massachusetts between July and November. 

This year's cover features Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, who is giving a concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Friday, July 20, then again at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston in November.

Among the highlights this year are new jazz festivals taking place around the Commonwealth: the Rockport Jazz Festival (August15-19); the Berkshire Getaway Jazz Weekend (September 14-16) in Lee, and the Holyoke Latin Jazz Festival (October 13).  And this year’s Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival (September 29) is celebrating women in jazz with a line-up of great female performers.


MassJazz was launched in 2009 by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism to promote the state’s jazz scene year round to the travel industry.
  

To find out more about live jazz in Massachusetts year round, visit MassJazz.com and Massjazz.blogspot.com.  You can also follow MassJazz on twitter

For information about visiting Massachusetts any time of the year, go to MassVacation.com.
 
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Monday, July 16, 2012

Free Boomtown Festival Taking Place in East Cambridge on July 16-19


The Boomtown Festival! 2012 is taking place at the Multicultural Arts Center of Cambridge on July 16-19, 2012 in the outdoor Cantanni Courtyard next to the Center.

The event is free and open to the public and features four days of art, live music and cultural activities.

Among the jazz bands performing are Fernando Brandão, the New World Jazz Composers Octet, Rhythmic Explorations and The Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band.

To see a full schedule, click here.

You can find year round details on jazz, blues and world music by visiting MassJazz.com.

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






Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Free Outdoor Summer Jazz Concerts in Boston and Across Massachusetts This Summer


MassJazz has compiled a list of dozens of free outdoor music concert series taking place across Massachusetts from now through Labor Day.

See the 2012 Summer Concert Series listings here.

The schedule includes annual concert series taking place in greater Boston and from Cape Cod to the North Shore.  Berklee College of Music has over a dozen series in various parks, plazas, shopping areas and even on Boston Harbor Island.

You can also find a schedule of outdoor jazz festivals taking place in the Bay State this summer and fall.

For year round details on jazz concerts, festivals, campus events, jazz organizations, radio programs and educational opportunities, visit MassJazz.com.

To find visitor information, go to Massvacation.com and BostonUSA.com.








Win Free Tix to Chris Botti Concert at South Shore Music Circus on August 2


MassJazz is giving away a free pair of tickets to hear jazz trumpeter Chris Botti in concert at the South Shore Music Circus on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

The lucky winner also gets a $100 gift certificate to dine at acclaimed Bia Bistro in Cohasset the night of the concert.

Click here to enter the contest and submit the form.  You can also reserve tickets to the concert directly through Ticketmaster.

Botti's 2004 album, When I Fall in Love, has made him world's most popular jazz artists. His newest album, released in 2012, is Impressions. He has won numerous Grammy Awards and other awards for his albums and concert performances.  In 2008 Botti recorded a live album at Boston Symphony Hall that became a best-selling CD and DVD. 

On Friday, August 10, Botti is performing at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis.  To order tickets to that show, click here.

Find a full schedule South Shore Music Circus concerts this summer, and a full schedule at the Cape Cod Melody Tent

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

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



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Goupo Fantasma and Debo Band Playing at Brighton Music Hall on Wednesday, July 11


Grammy Award winning Latin band Grupo Fantasma is performing live at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston on Wednesday, July 11, 2012.  They're joined by the Debo Band, an Ethopian pop band.

General admission is $15.00 and can be purchased online, or $18 the day of the show.

See a schedule of upcoming events at Brighton Hall.

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

For visitor information to to MassVacation.com or BostonUSA.com.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Jazz Guitarist John Pizzarelli Performs at Rockport Music Series on Sunday, July 8


Rockport Music is presenting world-renowned jazz guitarist, singer, composer and bandleader John Pizzarelli in concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

Tickets are $41, $51 and $61 and can be purchased online or at the Center on concert day.

The son of another legendary guitarist, Bucky Pizzarelli, John was hailed by The Boston Globe for "reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.”

Since 1981, Rockport Music has been committed to one enduring purpose: enriching lives through great music. To see a full schedule of concerts presented by Rockport Music this summer, click here.

For details on round jazz activities in Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

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

Jeremy Pelt Quintet Featured at Marblehead Summer Jazz Series on Saturday, July 7

Jazz trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and his quintet perform at the 28th annual Marblehead Summer Jazz season on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $26 to $35 and can be purchased online or at the door.

The concert takes place in the Unitarian-Universalist Church on 28 Mugford Street in Marblehead. Directions here.

You can find year round jazz activities in Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

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



Monday, July 2, 2012

Yoko Miwa Performing at Post Office Square Concert Series in Boston on Monday, July 2


Jazz pianist Yoko Miwa performing at Post Office Square Park in Downtown Boston at noon on Monday, July 2, 2012.

The free, outdoor concert is part of the Live Concert Series hosted by the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District.  To see a full schedule of events click here.

For a full schedule of jazz concerts, jazz clubs, campus events and jazz brunches, visit MassJazz.com.

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

Fred Boyle Trio at Harvard Gallery Wine Bar on Cape Cod, Monday, July 2


The Fred Boyle Trio is performing at the Harvard Gallery Wine Bar in Dennis, Cape Cod, on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover charge.

The trio includes Boyle on piano, Bart Weisman on drums and Rich Hill on bass.

For a full schedule of entertainment at Harvard Gallery Wine Bar through July, click here.

For year round details on jazz concerts, festivals, clubs, campus events and more visit MassJazz.com.

For tourist information visit MassVacation.com or CapeCodChamber.org.