Saturday, November 30, 2013

New Orleans Christmas on Stage at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly on December 14-15



Jazz fans in New England are receiving a special holiday treat this year - a New Orleans Christmas.

Henri Smith and his band, New Orleans Friends and Flavors, take the stage at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly for a special Christmas concert of New Orleans jazz and blues mixed with gospel and Christmas classics.

Smith, a popular artist from New Orleans who moved to Massachusetts after Hurricane Katrina, has worked with musical legends like Charles Neville, Danny Heath, Amadee "Castenell" and Kermit Ruffins, who was featured  in the hit HBO series Treme.

Tickets can be purchased here, and range in price including $19, $29 and $39. This show is all ages and starts at 7:30 PM (doors close at 7 PM).

Find year round details on jazz in Massachusetts at MassJazz.com.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Arturo Sandoval Coming to Scullers Jazz Club in Boston Thanksgiving Weekend as part of the "Dear Diz" Tour



Arturo Sandoval is performing at Scullers Jazz Club Thanksgiving weekend as part of the "Dear Diz" Tour. Sandoval, a renowned jazz musician from the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, is a nine time Grammy-Award winner with 19 nominations, six Billboard awards, and an Emmy. Sandoval has performed with Woody Herman, Woody Shaw, Bill Conti, John Williams (of the Boston Pops), Alicia Keys and Tony Bennett at the Super Bowl.

Sandoval's tour is focused on honoring his mentor Dizzy Gillespie, a master of jazz who helped usher in the era of Be-Bop in American jazz.
 
Sandoval is preforming Friday, November 29, through Sunday, December 1. Show times are 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets can be purchased here for $45, or for a special rate of $85 for dinner and show.

Find year round details on jazz in Massachusetts at MassJazz.com.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

36th annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert Taking Place in Boston on November 23


The New England Spiritual Ensemble and the John Coltrane Memorial Concert Ensemble are performing at the 36th annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert at Blackman Theater at Northeastern University on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $32, or $27 for students and seniors, and can be purchased online or at the theater. 

Jazz radio personality Eric Jackson is host for the evening.  The theme of this year's concert is Jubilee Songs, to mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement.

The John Coltrane Memorial Concert is organized each year by Dr. Leonard Brown, associate professor of African American Studies and Music at Northeastern University.

Find year round details on jazz in Massachusetts at MassJazz.com.

For visitor information go to MassVacation.com.



 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Blues Legend Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters in Concert at Regent Theatre in Arlington on November 16


Blues guitarist Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters are performing live at the Regent Theatre in Arlington on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $28-$38 and be purchased online or at the theater the night of the concert.

B.B. King said Earl is "one of the most serious blues guitarists you can find today. He makes me proud."

Earl is an associate professor of guitar at Berklee College of Music.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts, musicals, films and other activities at Regent Theatre.

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Jazz Legend Gary Burton at Berklee Performance Center on Tuesday, November 12

 

Seven time Grammy Award winner and renowned jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton is in concert at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets to the concert are $28 ($16 for students with ID) and can be purchased online or at the concert hall.

Burton will also introduce his just-released auto-biography, Learning to Listen.  Each audience member will get a copy of the book as part of the festivities. 

The evening will feature Burton in conversation with Bob Blumenthal, Grammy Award winning music reporter.

Here are upcoming events at the Berklee Performance Center.

Find year round details on jazz year round in Massachusetts at MassJazz.com.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Berklee College of Music celebrates Alejandro Sanz on Wednesday, November 6th



 
Alejandro Sanz, a celebrated artist in Latin music, is coming to Boston this week to receive an honorary doctor of music degree from the Berklee College of Music.  A concert celebrating his work is taking place at the Berklee Performance Center at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6th.  Tickets are $8-$24 and can be ordered online or at the venue.

Born in Spain, Sanz is already a musical legend in his own right. He has sold over 22 million albums, received sixteen Latin Grammys, three American Grammys, and released fifteen albums. “I am excited to honor Alejandro Sanz for being one of the most important Latin artists and composers in the world, as well as for his contributions to flamenco music,” said Javier Limón, executive director of the Berklee Mediterranean Music Institute, which is producing the concert.

More information on this concert can be found here.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Hollywood Reporter Names Boston's Berklee College of Music the Top Hollywood Music School


The Berklee College of Music in Boston was named the Number One Hollywood music school in the world, according the Hollywood Reporter, which took a survey of industry insiders to rank the top 10 music schools making an impact in the movie and music industries there.

"The college’s impressive complement of Grammy, Emmy, and Oscar winners was among the distinctions that earned it the top spot in this inaugural list of Hollywood feeder institutions. Commercial music expert Timothy Taylor put it simply: “Berklee people are everywhere in L.A.”" wrote the Berklee Office of Communications.

Here is the full story from Hollywood Reporter.

Berklee beat out other top music schools including Julliard School of Music, UCLA, USC and the Royal College of Music in London.

The New England Conservatory of Music, also based in Boston, was ranked Number Eight.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Paula Cole Performing at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall RIver on Saturday, November 2


Grammy award winner Paula Cole is performing at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the concert, and you can purchase the tickets online.

Cole is a Massachusetts native who attended the Berklee College of Music.  She has been nominated seven times for a Grammy, and is about to release her seventh solo album next spring.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Narrows Center for the Arts.

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

For visitor information go to MassVacation.com.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Jazz Singer Pat Braxton Performs at Scullers Jazz Club on Wednesday, October 30


Jazz vocalist Pat Braxton is performing at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 8:00 p.m..  Tickets to the show are $25 and can be purchased online or at the door.

Based in the Boston area, Braxton won the 2012 Best Jazz Singer of the Year award from the New England Music Urban Awards, and has been nominated for the Boston Music Awards jazz category. She is influenced by Billie Holiday and other great singers of the jazz pantheon.

For a schedule of upcoming concerts at Scullers Jazz Club, located at 400 Soldiers Field Road at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel, click here.

For year round details on jazz in Massachusetts, including festivals, night clubs, campus events, radio programs and more, visit MassJazz.com.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Charles Neville headlines an all-star jazz and blues concert in Florence, MA on Sunday, October 27

 
Legendary saxophonist Charles Neville is performing at VFW Hall in Florence on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $12 at the door, with proceeds benefitting Stand Up To Cancer, a non-profit group that supports innovative cancer research.  He is joined by a host of excellent musicians, including Peter J. Newland and RadioXile, flutist Peter H. Bloom of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, and the Lonesome Brothers. 
 
A member of the Grammy Award-winning group the Neville Brothers from New Orleans, Charles is an iconic performer of jazz, blues, funk, R&B and Americana music.  Performing with Charles at the show are Mark Pappas on guitar, Chet Pasek on drums, Guy DeVito on bass and Ralph Whittle on keyboard.
 
For information on the October 27 show, call 413-625-6710.  Here are directions to the hall.
 
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

UMass Amherst Celebrates 150 Year Anniversary with Three Concerts in Boston on Friday, October 25




The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, celebrating 150 years in 2013 as a center of excellence, is bringing its award-winning, 400 member Minutemen Marching Band to Boston on Friday, October 25, for three concerts around the theme, Stand for UMass Day.   UMass alumni are encouraged to wear something maroon and join the festivities.

The opening ceremony takes place at the Grand Staircase in the Massachusetts State House at 11:00 a.m., followed by a free concert by the band on the front steps of the State House.  Then the Minutemen will parade through the streets to Faneuil Hall, where they will give a free performance at 1:00 p.m.

Later, on Friday evening at 8:00 p.m., UMass presents a concert live at Boston Symphony Hall, featuring the marching band along with the university wind ensemble, orchestra, jazz ensemble and chamber choir.  Tickets to the concert are $30 and can be purchased online or at the venue.

Find more about collegiate college bands in Massachusetts as well as live jazz year round by visiting MassJazz.com.

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Northeastern University hosting panel discussion on musician John Coltrane on October 24

Dr. Leonard Brown
Northeastern University Center for the Arts and Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert  are presenting a forum called Jubilee Songs and Expressions of Freedom at the John D. O'Bryant African American Institute on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

Panelists include Myran Parker-Brass, jazz vocalist, executive director of the arts at Boston Public Schools, and co-rounder of the New England Spiritual Ensemble,  Dr. Leonard Brown, jazz saxophonist, head of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert and Northeastern professor, and Emmet G. Price III, professor of music at Northern University.

This year's annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert is takng place on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Northeastern University.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Jazz Master JD Parran Performs at UMass/ Amherst on Thursday, October 24


Multi-instrumentalist and recording artist JD Parran is performing in concert at the Bezanson Recital Hall at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for college students.

Parran has collaborated with Anthony Braxton, Hamiet Bluiett, John Lindberg and others, and has recorded on numerous albums, including two of his own albums.

Here is a schedule of other jazz concerts at the Fine Arts Center at UMass/Amherst this fall and winter.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Arsenal Center for the Arts features the music of Frederick Loewe on October 19



The American Songbook: The Jazz View series continues on Saturday, October 19, 2013 with the songs of Frederick Lowe, taking place at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown.

Born in Australia, Loewe was best known for his work with Alan Jay Lerner on the Broadway hits, Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Gigi and Camelot.   Some of his songs include "On the Street Where You Live" and "Almost Like Being in Love."

 Tickets to the show are $24, general admission, and can be purchased online or at the venue.

The series is directed by two faculty members at the Berklee College of Music - composer/saxophonist Larry Monroe and vocalist Donna McElroy - and explores the intersection of the American Songbook with jazz, focusing on an individual songwriter for each concert.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts in the American Songbook series.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Makanda Project with Odean Pope performing in Roxbury on Friday, October 11

Odean Pope
 
The Makanda Project, featuring guest tenor saxophonist Odean Pope, perform in concert at the Boston Public Library auditorium on Dudley Street in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood, on Friday, October 11, 2013, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  The concert is free and open to the public.

Here is a recent performance by Makanda Project, which is dedicated to the music and compositions of the late Boston musician Makanda Ken McIntyre.

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