Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Woods Hole Jazz Series Presents Hilary Gardner and Ehud Asherie on Thursday, August 13


The Woods Hole Summer Jazz Series is presenting jazz vocalist Hilary Gardner and pianist Ehud Asherie at Highland Hall & Gardens in Falmouth at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 13, 2017.

Tickets are $25.

Rated one of the top rising female jazz vocalists by Downbeat Magazine, Hilary Gardner has a fresh, clear and beautiful voice, whether singing jazz standards, Broadway tunes, or contemporary jazz. 

She is joined by stellar Israeli pianist Ehud Asherie. The New Yorker magazine describes him as “a master of swing and stride.”



The venue is located at 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, MA 02540.

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

For visitor information go to MassVacation.com.


12th Annual Provincetown Jazz Festival on Cape Cod is August 10 & 14


Molly Ringwald 

The 12th Annual Provincetown Jazz Festival on Cape Cod takes place in Provincetown on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. and in Cotuit on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available online.

The performances include:

August 10
Molly Ringwald, best known for her acting, she began singing and performing with her father’s jazz band at three-years-old.

Takumi Kakimoto, a student at the Berklee College of Music who started playing piano at the age of five.

August 14
Ken Peplowski, known as one of the world's best jazz clarinetists.

Atla & MattDeChamplain, a vocal and piano duo.

Find year round jazz in Massachusetts at MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com or CapeCodChamber.com 

DOT Jazz Series features Gerry Beaudoin Trio in Dorchester on August 10

Jazz guitarist Gerry Beaudoin and his trio perform a concert at the Parish of All Saints' Peabody Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2017.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the venue or online

The concert is part of a new quarterly DOT Jazz Series being initiated in Dorchester by Mandorlan Music, a group that also runs jazz concerts in Somerville.

Beaudoin is a Waltham native who studied at Berklee College of Music.  He was influenced by guitarists like Duke Robbilard and Bucky Pizzarelli. Beaudoin's trio includes his son Gerald Beaudoin III on vibraphone and Neil Patton on bass. 

Located at 200 Ashmont Street, Peabody Hall is part of the vibrant Ashmont neighborhood in Dorchester.  Read more about Ashmont Main Street

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

To find tourism information, visit MassVacation.com.   





Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival on August 12 Features Lizz Wright, Zaccai Curtis and Rebirth Brass Band


The annual Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival takes place in downtown Springfield, MA on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

This year's festival has a stellar line-up of jazz performers such as vocalist Lizz Wright, Zaccai Curtis, Miles Mosley, Rebirth Brass Band and more.  See full schedule here.

Here is a schedule of jazz & blues festivals in Massachusetts in 2017.   Find year round details on live jazz at MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, contact ValleyVisitor.com or MassVacation.com.

Blues Legend Buddy Guy Performs at the Melody Tent in Hyannis on August 10


Buddy Guy performs with special guest Quinn Sullivan at the Melody Tent in Hyannis, Cape Cod at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.

A legendary American blues guitarist and singer, Buddy Guy was ranked 30th in Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."

Find year round jazz in Massachusetts at MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Northampton Jazz Workshop series in August features Greg Abate, Jamie Baum, Mark Lewis, Green Street Quintet & Jason Palmer

The Northampton Jazz Workshop featuring the Green Street Trio has a great line-up of guest artists in August, taking place on Tuesday nights at the City Sports Grill, Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant Street in Northampton.

Now in its 7th season, the Workshop features a different guest soloist each week for a one-hour concert/dinner show followed by an open jazz jam session.

Among the guest musicians performing with the Green Street Trio are flutist Jamie Baum, saxophonists Greg Abate and Mark Lewis, and trumpeter Jason Palmer.

Find year round jazz in Massachusetts at MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com

Friday, August 4, 2017

The 6th Annual Rockport Jazz Festival on August 6-13 at The Shlain Liu Performance Center



The 6th Annual Rockport Jazz Festival takes place at The Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport from Sunday, August 6 to Sunday, August 13.

Tickets available online.

The performances include:

August 6 at 5 p.m. Cecile McLorinSalvant, a Grammy-winning jazz vocalist and songwriter with influences of jazz, blues, folk, and classical sounds in her music

August 10 at 8 p.m. Fred HerschTrio, proclaimed “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade” by Vanity Fair

August 11 at 8 p.m. Danilo Perez with Ben Street & Lee Fish

August 12 at 8 p.m. PaulaCole, a Grammy winning artist whose music features early to mid-20th century American jazz

August 12 at 2 p.m. Diva Jazz Orchestra, an all-women 15 piece band

August 13 at 7 p.m. John Pizzarelli, a guitarist and singer known for combining jazz and Brazilian music

Find year round jazz in Massachusetts at MassJazz.com

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com

Cecile McLorin Salvant Performs at Shalin Liu Performance Center on August 6



Cecile McLorin Salvant performs at The Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Cecile McLorin Salvant is a Grammy-winning jazz vocalist and songwriter with influences of jazz, blues, folk, and classical sounds in her music.

Find year round jazz in Massachusetts at MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com

Thursday, August 3, 2017

25th Annual Onset Blues Festival on August 5 in Onset



Onset Blues Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from noon to 9:00 p.m. at Prospect Park in Onset Village.

Tickets and general information are available here.

The festival features Gil David Correia & The Shameless.

Guest starts include Diane Blue, a crowd-pleasing entertainer with her voice and harmonica; 

Jerry Portnoy, a harmonica blues musician, who has toured with Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton;

Cheryl Arena, also a harmonica blues musician and a Boston native;

GregPiccolo, a saxophonist from the jump blues band Roomful of Blues.


Full line up and bios are available here.

Find year round jazz in Massachusetts at MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com

Tower of Power and Average White Band Perform at The Music Circus Tent on August 5



Tower of Power and Average White Band perform at The Music Circus Tent in Cohasset at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Tickets can be purchased online.

Then, on Sunday, August 6, the two bands perform at the Melody Tent in Hyannis, Cape Cod.  Buy tickets here.  

Tower of Power, formed in 1968, is an American R&B-based horn section from Oakland, California.

Average White Band is a Scottish funk and R&B band from the 1970s.

Find year round jazz in Massachusetts at MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com

2nd Annual Dudley Jazz Festival Takes Place in Dorchester on August 5



The 2nd annual Dudley Jazz Festival takes place at the Mary Hannon Park in Dorchester starting at noon ton Saturday, August 5, 2017.  The park is located at 613 Dudley Street.

Organized by the Creative Cultural Arts, a non-profit ground that provides performance opportunities for musicians deserving wider recognition.

The festival is free and open to the public.   Among the highlights is a performance by The Makanda Project featuring the compositions and arrangements of Kuumba Frank Lacy. 

The Makanda Project

Here is the schedule for the festival: 




4:30 p.m. The Makanda Project
Kurtis Rivers, Joe Ford – alto saxophone
Arni Cheatham, Sean Berry – tenor saxophone
Charlie Kohlhase – baritone saxophone
Jerry Sabatini, Phil Grenadier – trumpet
Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Sarah Politz, Bill Lowe – trombone
John Kordalewski – piano
John Lockwood – bass
Yoron Israel – drums
For more information about the Dudely, contact Creative Cultural Arts at 617-631-9808

Find year round jazz in Massachusetts at massjazz.com

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Newport Jazz Festival August 4-6


The Newport Jazz Festival takes place on Friday, August 4 to Sunday, August 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Fort Adams Park in Newport.

The 2017 schedule of performances, directions to the park, and general information is available here.

Tickets are available here.

Performances include:

Cecile McLorin Salvant, a 2016 Grammy Award winner for her album For One To Love; 

Rhiannon Giddens, founder of Grammy award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops;

The Roots, the official house band on The Tonight Show and named one of the greatest live bands by Rolling Stone;

Andra Day, awarded multiple Grammy nominations and recently toured with Lenny Kravitz; 

Naturally 7, best known for jazz interpretations and performed with Michael Buble on his world-tour;

Leslie Odom Jr, winner of Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his role in “Hamilton”; and many more.

The full lineup and bios are available here.

Find year round jazz in Massachusetts at MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com

Chris Smither Performs at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on August 4


Chris Smither performs at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4, 2017.

Tickets can be purchased online.

Chris Smither is an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter with heavily influences from blues and American folk music.

Find year round jazz in Massachusetts at MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com

Monday, July 31, 2017

Chicago Performs at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis on August 2




Chicago performs at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.

Tickets can be found online or at the Melody Tent Box Office.

Chicago is an American rock band with a distinctive jazz sound, thanks to its horn section.  It is known as the longest-running and most successful groups of all time. Chicago was recently ranked #9 in Billboard magazine’s recent Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists, and was inducted into the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Find year round jazz in Massachusetts at MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com

Friday, July 28, 2017

4th Annual Cambridge Jazz Festival Features Tia Fuller, Pieces of a Dream, Receitas de Samba, Ron Savage Trio and Berklee All Stars on Sunday, July 30


Tia Fuller 


The 4th Annual Cambridge Jazz Festival takes place on Sunday, July 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Danehy Park in North Cambridge.  Here are directions

The festival is free but donations are encouraged.  Eric Jackson, popular jazz radio host on WGBH, is master of ceremonies.

Among the performers:

Tia Fuller, saxophonist and faculty member at Berklee College of Music who has toured with BeyoncĂ©;

Pieces of a Dream, an American R&B and jazz group from Philadelphia;

Receitas de Samba, a samba duo featuring Bill Ward and Anna Borges; 

The Ron Savage Trio featuring Eula Lawrence; and 

Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop All Stars directed by Terri Lyne Carrington

See full Bios here.

The festival's mission is to entertain, and inform people about the American art of jazz through live performances, and provide inspiration and scholarship to young musicians in the community.

Find year round jazz in Massachusetts at MassJazz.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com