Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Django in June Jazz Workshops in Northampton, June 14-19

Django in June - an immersion camp to on the music of legendary French jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt  - is returning to Smith College in Northampton the week of June 14-19, 2016.

The five day educational program includes workshops, concerts and jazz sessions with some of the top 'gypsy jazz' players in the world.  Here is a schedule of classes and activities.

Register for Django in June here.  Read more about Django in June here.

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

To learn more about accommodations, sightseeing, restaurants and cultural activities in the area, to to VisitHampshireCounty.com.  For details on visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

5th annual New Bedford JazzFest on Saturday, June 11 Features Top Jazz Bands and Orchestras

The 5th annual New Bedford JazzFest is taking place at Pier 3 in downtown New Bedford on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.

This year's lineup includes the Greg Abate Quartet, the Southcoast Jazz Orchestra, Monteirobots, Global Learning Charter Jazz Combo and the UMass/Dartmouth Jazz Band.

Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the gate the day of the festival.

Proceeds from the festival benefit Your Theatre, Inc. a 69 year old local theater group that produces several dramatic productions each year while exposing the community to the riches of theater.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com. 

Find out more about visiting New Bedford at DestinationNewBedford.

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

Monday, June 6, 2016

Harvard Medical School's Improvised Music & Medicine Series presents Jazz Concert on Friday, June 10

The Harvard Medical School's (HMS) Improvised Music and Medical Series kicks of with a concert by the Breakaway Quartet starting at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, located at 677 Huntington Avenue in Boston.

The series is part of the Harvard Medical School Arts & Humanities Initiative, a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional effort to utilize arts and humanities in medical education.

After the concert, Dr. Lisa Wong of the HMS Arts Initiative will lead a question and answer session with the audience and musicians.

For year round details on live jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

MassJazz's Festival Schedule Has Arrived!

Check out Mass Jazz's schedule of jazz festivals taking place throughout Massachusetts in 2016.  
The season kicks off on June 4th with the Cambridge Arts River Festival and continues through October, concluding with the Northampton Jazz Festival.
Visit us at MassJazz.com/festivals for the most up-to-date information.
To keep up to date and find more information on live jazz in hotels, clubs, campuses, concert halls and other cultural venues throughout Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.MassJazz is part of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism and promotes the state's vibrant jazz scene to residents and tourists throughout the year.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Live Jazz in Massachusetts, June 1-5, 2016

Arturo Sandoval

Check out the live jazz and blues in Massachusetts the first week of June, topped off by the great Arturo Sandoval performing at the Cabot Theater in Beverly.

June 1 
Jazz and Blues Open Jam
Spire Center for Performing Arts
25½ Court St., Plymouth

June 2
Blue Horizon Jazz Band
Primavera Ristorante
20 Pleasant St., Millis

June 2
The Jazz Depot
Destaré Martini Bar
320 Main St., Fitchburg

June 3
Christian Sands
Scullers Jazz Club

June 3
Michael Dessen Trio
Gateway City Arts
92 Race St., Holyoke

June 3-4
Christian McBride Trio
Scullers Jazz Club at the Double Tree Guest Suites
400 Soldiers Rd., Boston

June 4
Cambridge Arts River Festival
East Cambridge Waterfront

June 5
Leah Souza
Bullfinchs Restaurant
730 Boston Post Rd., Sudbury

June 5
Arturo Sandoval
The Cabot
286 Cabot St., Beverly

Find year round information at MassJazz.com.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Plymouth Rock Assurance Jazz Fest Takes Place May 27-29 in Plymouth, Massachusetts

The 3rd annual Plymouth Rock Assurance Jazz Fest 2016 takes place this weekend, from Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29, 2016 at the Spire Center for the Performing Arts in Plymouth.

Among the performers:

Friday: vocalist Donna Byrne and the Marshall Wood Trio, the Greg Abate Quintet

Saturday: Rich Greenblatt Sextet and the Eldar Djangirov Trio

Sunday: All Star Open Jam featuring Johnny Souza and the Spire House Jazz Band.

Eric Jackson, noted jazz radio host for the WGBH show, Eric in the Evening, serves as Master of Ceremony at the Friday and Saturday shows.

Here is a complete schedule of 2016 jazz festivals in Massachusetts through October.

For year round details on live jazz, visit MassJazz.com.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Live Jazz in Massachusetts this Weekend

Grace Kelly

Here is a sampling of live jazz taking place in Massachusetts this weekend.  Check out our list of Jazz Clubs to find live jazz near you. 

Saturday Jazz Brunch
541 Tremont St., Boston

Wendee Glick
Colonial Inn
48 Monument Sq., Concord

Yoko Miwa
Les Gyzomates
129 South Street, Boston

Mark Marguis
New Players Theatre Guild
15 Rollstone Street, Fitchburg

SUNDAY, May 22 
Dave Whitney
Bullfinchs Restaurant
730 Boston Post Rd., Sudbury

New Black Eagle Jazz Band
Ken's Steak House
Route 9, Framingham

Grace Kelly in Concert
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston

For year round information on jazz and blues in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Massachusetts Celebrates International Jazz Day on April 30

Devlin’s in Brighton
The global community of jazz fans celebrated International Jazz Day on April 20, 2016, by performing live concerts, bringing music to the classrooms and singing the praises of this distinctly American art form that is now shared around the globe.
Massachusetts has a vibrant, year-round jazz scene that attracts musicians from across the globe, including Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Many come here to study or teach at schools like the Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, and UMass/Amherst and many others. See a list of Massachusetts colleges offering jazz courses.
JazzBoston held its JazzWeek from April 22-May 1 this year leading up to the International Jazz Day celebrations. 
MassJazz offers live jazz concerts throughout the year, as well as information on jazz radio programs, organizations, and promoters.
Here is a schedule of Jazz and Blues festivals in Massachusetts in 2016.
For information about visiting Massachusetts any time of year, contact the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. 

Re-imagine Mexico Concert at Berklee College of Music in Boston on May 5

Mexican music and culture is taking front stage on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston's Back Bay.  

Entitled Reimagine Mexico: A Musical Celebration, the 90 minute program features Berklee students performing original songs written or arranged by Mexican students, with a special performance by Berklee alumnus Alexander Acha, winner of the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist. 

The concert is a joint collaboration of Berklee College of Music and the Consulate General of MexicoAdmission is free. 

The concert is part of Berklee’s global initiatives, which include opportunities for students to experience Latin American culture. At Berklee, students can minor in performance studies in Latin music and pursue focused studies in Latin music. Artists can also participate in Berklee Latino, the college’s Spanish-language program, in Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

The Consulate General of Mexico’s Cultural Program aims to foster a deeper knowledge of cultural diversity in New England through literature, poetry, cinema, theater, music, visual arts, and gastronomy.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit

Friday, April 22, 2016

Live Jazz in Massachusetts This Weekend, April 22-24, 2016

SFJazz Collection 

Here is a sampling of live jazz & blues scene in Massachusetts the weekend of April 22-24, 2016.   

FRIDAY, April 22
Karrin Allyson
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road

April 22
Roomful of Blues
Harvard Square, Cambridge

April 22
Jay Geils All Star Quintet
Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley

April 22 
Yonghyun Lee: Hardcore Jazz Party
Red Room at Café 939
939 Boylston St., Boston

SATURDAY, April 23
Delfeayo Marsalis and Ellis Marsalis
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road

April 23
Second Annual Makanda Saturday Night Dance Party
Hibermain Hall
184 Dudley St., Roxbury

April 23 
Howard Brubeck’s Dialogues Combo
Littleton High School
56 King St., Littleton

SUNDAY, April 24
SFJAZZ Collective
Berklee Performance Center
136 Mass Ave, Boston

April 24 
Duo Laroo/Byrd W Jason Schwartz & Jon Fisher
Chez Albert
178 N Pleasant St., Amherst

In addition, check out Jazz Week 2016 organized each year by JazzBoston, which runs from April 22 to May 1. 

Find more upcoming jazz by visiting MassJazz.com.   For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Live Jazz in Massachusetts tonight: Kevin Harris, Minguel Zenon, Women of the World on Thursday, February 11

There is always great live jazz in Massachusetts, but check out these three special concerts taking place on Thursday, February 11, 2016!

Invictus! With Kevin Harris
Berklee Performance Center

136 Mass Ave, Boston 

Kevin Harris 

Miguel Zenon’s Big Band
Fine Arts Center
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Miguel Zenon

Women of the World
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road

 Check out MassJazz.com for ongoing jazz in Massachusetts.

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

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Live Jazz in Massachusetts in February 2016.

Check out the MassJazz schedule of live jazz in Massachusetts in February 2016.

Performers range from saxophonists Gerald Albright and Miguel Zenon to pianist Donal Fox and trumpeter Terence Blanchard to vocalists Linda Eder and Tony Award winner Betty Buckley.

For year round details on jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

For visitor information go to MassVacation.com.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert Takes Place in Boston on October 24

The 38th annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert is taking place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Blackman Auditorium at Northeastern University in Boston.

The theme of this year's concert is Ornette 'N Trane, a tribue to Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane. Eric Jackson, popular jazz host on WGBH, is serving as Master of Ceremonies.

Tickets to the concert are $30 general admission and $25 for seniors and students.  They can be purchased at the ticket office the night of the performance.

Read more about the John Coltrane Memorial Concert, and the Educational Outreach Program.

For year round information on live jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

2015 Pittsfield CityJazz Festival Features Randy Brecker, Greg Hopkins and Frank Vignola

The 2015 Pittsfield CityJazz Festival is underway this week, featuring trumpet masters Randy Brecker and Greg Hopkins, guitar virtuoso Frank Vignola and other great performers.  The festival runs through Sunday, October 18, 2015 and includes a variety of concerts.

Here is a full schedule of performances and activities.

The Pittsfield CityJazz Festival is produced by Berkshires Jazz, Inc, a non-profit group formed in 2009 to present jazz performances and promote jazz education in Berkshires County in Western  Massachusetts.

Find more live jazz in Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

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

Friday, October 9, 2015

10th annual Honk! Festival of Street Bands Performs in Massachusetts Weekend of October 9-11

The Honk! Festival of Activist Street Bands returns to Massachusetts this weekend for the 10th annual celebration of live music and spectacle.

Marching bands and street bands come from all across North America, and as far away as France, to participate in Honk!  Here is a roster of this year's performers.

Among the local favorites: AfroBrazil, Dirty Water Brass Band, Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band and the Expandable Brass Band.

On Friday, bands like the Leftist Band from Portsmouth, NH and the Les Vilains Chicots from Paris, France, perform on Boston Common on a day of action in solidarity with workers. On Saturday, the action shifts to Davis Square, Somerville, and on Sunday, finishes up in Harvard Square, Cambridge.
Here is the full schedule of performances.

You can find live music throughout the year in Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

Sun Broadcasting Corp Launches Sun Music Live Shows at Wally's Cafe Jazz Club this Fall

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