Friday, April 25, 2014

Governor Patrick Proclaims Jazz Month in Massachusetts

Governor Deval Patrick declared April 2014 as Jazz Month in Massachusetts.

Celebrate Jazz Week April 25th - May 4th, sponsored by Jazz Boston.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Congratulations to jazz impresario Fred Taylor!

Fred Taylor, who has been working in the Boston jazz scene for over 50 years, is receiving JazzBoston's Roy Haynes Award on Sunday, May 4, as Jon Garelick writes in his Boston Globe article.

Taylor ran legendary music clubs Paul's Mall and the Boston Jazz Workshop for 15 years, and is currently the Entertainment Director for Scullers Jazz Club, at the Double Tree hotel in Allston.

As a part of Jazz Week '14, Scullers will have a tribute show at 8:00 p.m., May 4. (Click here for tickets)

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Jazz Brunch at Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen in Boston's South End, April 20

Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen is hosting a jazz brunch on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Reservations are recommended: please call 617 536-1100.  Find directions.

You can read a profile of Darryl Settles, owner of the venue.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Berklee Students Write a Boston Marathon Tribute, "I Don't Have a Song for That"


Berklee College of Music students Ben Johnston and  Jordan Lucero took one of their compositions in a Song Writing class and turned it into a tribute to the Boston Marathon bombing victims, heroes and survivors.  Read the story of how the song came about.

The song was arranged by Berklee alumnus Evan Chapman and accompanied by a choral group of 28 singers, a string quartet, and a rhytham section of guitar, bass and drum.  Mark Joseph is the lead singer on the tribute.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Jaki Byard Symposium & Concert Taking Place at WPI in Worcester on April 13

A day-long event focusing on the life and music of jazz pianist Jaki Byard is taking place at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Sunday, April 13, 2014. 

The event takes place at Alden Memorial Hall on WPI campus, and is free and open to the public.  The sympoisum starts at 3:00 p.m., followed by the concert at 8:00 p.m.

Born in Worcester in 1922, John Arthur "Jaki" Byard came from a musical family, and was playing professionally at age 16.  He became an influential pianist and composer during his career, performing with Duke Ellington, Charlie Mingus and other important bandleaders.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Jazz Appreciation Day in Salem Features North Shore Jazz Project in Concert on April 5

The City of Salem is hosting its 5th annual Jazz Appreciation Day on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Salem Five Community Room, located at 210 Essex Street, on the city's walking mall. The event is free and open to the public.

The North Shore Jazz Project is the featured performer.  Here is a video of the band's performance at the Salem Jazz & Soul Festival.


This year's Salem Jazz & Soul Festival takes place on August 16-17, 2014.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Violin Master Marissa Licata Performs at Scullers Jazz Club on April 2

Marissa Licata, a master violistist, is performing at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online. 

Drawing on music from Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, Marissa’s unique Gypsy fusion highlights universally familiar melodies that span world music.  Classically trained, with degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, Marissa has toured the world with Jethro Tull, Alicia Keys and other performers; in 2014 she embarks on a U.S. National tour with Greek crossover tenor Mario Frangoulis

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Scullers this month.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Jazz Guitarist Matthew Stevens is Performing Live at Berklee on April 2

Matthew Stevens, one of the jazz world's promising new guitarists, is performing with his group in a live video webcast and radio broadcast on Wednesday, April 2 at 8 p.m. on WBGO 88.3 and National Public Radio.

The band is performing at Cafe 939 on Boylston Street in Boston's Back Bay.

The performance is part of The Checkout: Live at Berklee, which brings critically acclaimed, New York-based Berklee alumni back to their alma mater for concerts in the intimate venue. The show can be viewed live in high def video at and will be archived for on-demand listening at

A native of Toronto, Stevens is an alumni of Berklee College of Music and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the New School in New York City.  Find more details here.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Milton Academy Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Jazz Program with Concert on April 4

Milton Academy, which has one of the nation's best high school jazz programs in the country, is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special concert on Friday, April 4, 2014, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

The concert features performances by Horace Alexander Young, leading a group of alumni and students in a set of South African music.  Milton Academy has a long-standing exchange program with schools in South Africa.

The concert is free and open to the public.  You can also see the concert streamed live by visiting

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Regattabar in Harvard Square Presents Miles Davis Tribute, Featuring: Jimmy Cobb, Mike Stern, Buster Williams, and Sonny Fortune, on March 7


The Regatta Bar at the Charles Hotel presents a sans-trumpet tribute, Four Generations of Miles Davis on Friday, March 7 2014 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.  Tickets to the show range from $30 to $25 and can be bought online or at the venue.

Four Generations of Miles Davis features four musicians who performed with Davis over the decades:  Jimmy Cobb on drums, Mike Stern on guitar, Buster Williams on Bass and Sonny Fortune on saxophone.

Located at 1 Bennett Street in Harvard Square, Cambridge, the Regattabar has jazz year round. Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Regattabar.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Celebrity Series of Boston Presents The Spring Quartet Jazz Group at Sanders Theatre on Thursday, March 6


The Celebrity Series of Boston is presenting the acclaimed jazz ensemble, The Spring Quartet, at Sanders Theatre in Harvard Square, Cambridge, on Thursday, March 6 ,2014 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets to the show range from $40-$70, and $20 for students, and can be purchased as the venue.

The Spring Quartet features three generations of jazz masters, including Jack DeJohnette on drums, Joe Lovano on saxophones, Esperanza Spalding on bass and Leo Genovese on drums.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts presented by Celebrity Series of Boston.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Atlas Soul Celebrates Mardi Gras at Regattabar Jazz Club in Harvard Square on February 28

Atlas Soul is performing at the Regattabar Jazz Club at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square, Cambridge, on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets to the show are $20.50 and can be purchased online.

The seven-piece band preforms original music that celebrates Afro-Mediterranean melodies with a generous dose of jazz, hip-hop, rock, and funk.  The show at Regattabar helps kick off Mardi Gras season in Massachusetts and around the world.

Here is a shedule of upcoming concerts at Regattabar Jazz Club.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Music Legend Herbie Hancock Lectures on the Ethics of Jazz at Harvard University on February 12

Herbie Hancock, renowned jazz artist, composer and educator, is giving a series of lectures on The Ethics of Jazz, at Sanders Theatre in Harvard Square on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.  The lecture is free and open to the public but reservations are required.

Hancock was awarded the prestigious Charles Eliot Norton Professorship in Poetry by Harvard University for 2014.  The February 12 event, titled "Breaking the Rules," is the second of six lectures Hancock is giving as part of the Norton Lectures.

Here is a story by student/musican Andew Chow on meeting Herbie Hancock at Harvard.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Experience Brazilian Choro with Luiz Simas, Saturday, February 8th at Amazing Things Art Center

Brazilian pianist and composer Luiz Simas performs at Framingham’s Amazing Things Art Center on Saturday, February 8th, at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for nonmembers and $15 for members. Tickets may also be purchased at a discounted price of $17 for students/seniors

Purchase tickets online here, or by calling 508-405-ARTS (2787).

The concert begins with Simas on piano and vocals where he will perform some of his original compositions, as well as Brazilian bossa standards (check out some of his song clips here).

Then, later in the show, Marilynn Mair (a.k.a. the "First Lady of the Mandolin") joins Simas on stage as a special guest, at which time the duo will play Brazilian choro together. Mair earned her title by performing from the White House all the way to Europe and Japan. She is also currently a Professor of Music at Roger Williams University. You can learn more about our talented neighbor here.
To find out more about Simas and his music, visit his page.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Jazz Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis Lecturing at Harvard University on Thursday, January 30

Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is lecturing at Harvard University on Thursday, January 30, 2014, discussing his hometown of New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz.
The lecture, presented by the Office for the Arts at Harvard, takes place at Sanders Theatre on Quincy Street in Harvard Square, starting at 7:00 p.m.. The event is free to the public, and organizers recommend that you reserve a ticket online here, or grab one from the Box Office at 1350 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge.
Alternatively, you can watch the live stream at

“New Orleans between 1885 and 1910 was like no other. Here, amid a diversity of people, philosophies, and possibilities, jazz was born. Conceived in a city that still has a statue of the losing Confederate general as its central landmark, jazz has proven to be the most definite artistic symbol of American democracy,” Marsalis says about his topic.

Following the lecture, Marsalis is performing a few numbers with Lucien Barbarin (trombone), Jonathan Batiste (piano), Troy Davis (drums), Vince Giordano (tuba/bass), Victor Goines (reeds), Marcus Printup (cornet), Don Vappie (6-string banjo) and Michael White (clarinet).

Currently the 52-year-old is the managing and artistic director at Lincoln Center, but the musician/composer/bandleader/educator is mostly known for his collection of nine Grammys and a Pulitzer Prize for his oratorio “Blood on the Fields.”  To find out more about Marsalis and his music, visit his page here.

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