Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Author / Educator Mike Ladd and Berklee Students Discuss Cutting Edge Music at the National Center of Afro-American Artists on November 14



The Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute (BIAI) is presenting educator and poet Mike Ladd to perform an original work created during Ladd's week long residency at the Berklee College of Music.

The event is taking place at the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAA) in Roxbury on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Berklee students and Ladd will have a discussion on using music or sound design to create a new cutting-edge work based on his latest project, Satchmokovich, a forthcoming graphic novel.

BIAI provides innovative learning experiences for students seeking to move beyond the conventions of traditional musical practice.  

Here are directions to NCAA, located at 300 Walnut Street in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood.

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New England Conservatory Presents Free Jazz Vocal Ensembles on November 14


The New England Conservatory presents three jazz vocal ensembles coached by jazz vocalist Dominque Eade on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Pierce Hall at 214 St. Botolph Street.  The ensembles start at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.  The concerts are free and open to the public.

It's part of  NEC's exciting new series, In the Mix, which presents a variety of student ensembles exploring jazz and improvisation, and led by distinguished NEC faculty members.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Dave Douglas Quintet with Aoife O'Donovan Perform at Regattabar Jazz Club on November 15

Two-time Grammy nominated jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas and his quintet, along with folk vocalist Aoife O'Donovan, perform two shows at the Regattabar Jazz Club in Harvard Square on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:30 p.m and 10:00 p.m.

Tickets to the show is $ and can be ordered online or at the door.

Douglas is performing songs from his new album Be Still, which features folk singer and songwriter O'Donovan.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Regattabar.

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

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

Yoko Miwa Trio Performs at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on November 14


Jazz pianist Yoko Miwa is performing with her trio at Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Suites Boston on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door.

Born in Kobe, Japan, Yoko studied classical and jazz piano, then won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music.  She has toured with numerous performers like Kevin Mahogany and played with Arturo Sandoval, Jon Faddis and many others. 

For year-round details on jazz clubs, campus events, concerts, brunches and festivals throughout Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sugar Ray and the Bluetones Perform at Blackstone River Theatre on November 3


Sugar Ray and the Bluetones are performing at the Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.   Tickets to the show are $20, and can be purchased by calling 401 725-9272 or by paying at the door.

Find a full schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre, located in Cumberland, Rhode Island.

Find a complete list of year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Guitar Masters Juanito Pascual and the Julian Lage Perform at Somerville Theatre on Saturday, November 3


Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio and the Julian Lage Group perform at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, Somerville on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $18-$38 and can be purchased online or at the box office the night of the performance. 

Both Pascual and Lage are considered to be among the world's premier guitar players, and bring a dazzling display of artistry and virtuosity to their performances.

Find a complete list of year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.

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Ameranouche Plays Gypsy Jazz at Bull Run Restaurant on November 3


Ameranouche, the premier gypsy jazz band in the United States, is performing at Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets to the show are $12 and can be purchased online or at the door.

Inspired by the great French jazz guitarist Django Rienhardt, Ameranouche plays a driving swing jazz that evokes a unique brand of acoustic music.

Here's a schedule of upcoming performances at the Bull Run Restaurant

You can find year round details on live jazz and blues in Massachusetts, including festivals, concerts, night clubs, radio programs and campus events, by visiting MassJazz.com.

Find visitor information at MassVacation.com and MerrimackValley.org

Berkshire Symphony Orchestra Premiers "Every Day Blues" Jazz Suite at Williams College on November 2


The Berkshire Symphony Orchestra is performing the world premier of Every Day Blues, an original jazz suite composed by Andy Jaffe, at Williams College in Williamstown on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.  The concert, directed by Ronald Feldman, is free and open to the public.

Jaffe, who is director of the jazz program at Williams College, wrote the suite for the late Professor Ernest Brown, who pioneered the inclusion of African and African American musical studies in the music department at Williams.

Find more details on jazz across Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

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Live Jazz at the Lily Pad in Cambridge, Halloween Night


There's plenty of great music at the Lily Pad in Cambridge on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, including the Gil Aharon Trio starting at 10:00 p.m.  It's located at 1353 Cambridge Street in Inman Square.

Find a complete list of jazz clubs in Massachusetts

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Jazz Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington Headlines 35th John Coltrane Memorial Concert at Northeastern University in Boston on November 3


The 35th annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert is taking place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Blackman Theatre at Northeastern University in Boston.  

The concert, hosted by jazz radio personality Eric Jackson, features Grammy Award winning jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington

Tickets are $35 general admission, and $30 for students, faculty members and seniors, and can be ordered online or  by calling 617 373-4700.

The event also honors Steve Schwartz, highly acclaimed jazz producer and radio personality, and Andy McGhee, master saxophonist and educator, recognized as Boston's  ‘golden man of jazz.’

Carrington is joined by the John Coltrane Memorial Concert Ensemble, which includes Tim Ingles (electric bass); John Lockwood (acoustic bass); Consuelo Candelaria-Barry and Emmett G. Price III (piano/keyboards); Ricardo Monzon (percussion); Bill Banfield (guitar); and Bill Pierce, Stan Strickland, Carl Atkins, and Leonard Brown (reeds and woodwinds).


Find year round jazz in Massachusetts - including concerts, campus events, weekend brunches, festivals, night clubs, hotel lounges, radio programs  and more- by visiting MassJazz.com.

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Cirque du Soleil Opens at Boston's Agganis Arena on Halloween, October 31



Cirque du Soleil's Saltimbanco, an acrobatic celebration of urban life, is coming to the Agganis Arena at Boston University for eight shows from Wednesday, October 31 through Sunday, November 4, 2012.

After touring the world for two decades, the show is winding down and Boston is one of its final stops before it returns to Montreal in December to disband.  It's a great chance to see this extravaganza of acrobatic feats enhanced by a polyrhythmic live band of world class musicians.

Purchase tickets online to any of the eight shows.

Find out about live jazz in Massachusetts any time of the year by visiting MassJazz.com.

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Jazz Saxophonist Daniel Bennett Performing at Liberty Hotel in Boston on October 31


Noted jazz saxophonist Daniel Bennett and his band are performing at the Liberty Bar in Boston's Liberty Hotel on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, and every Wednesday night through the fall, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Admission is free.

A graduate of Boston's New England Conservatory,  Daniel Bennett is an accomplished jazz performer who pioneered a new brand of experimental folk jazz.

Located at 215 Charles Street in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood, Liberty Hotel is described one of the city's most spectacular hotels and architectural gems. 

Here's a list of other Massachusetts hotels that offer jazz regularly.

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

Find visitor information by going to MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com.

Harvard Hosts Boston Jazz Forum with Fred Taylor, Eric Jackson and Steve Schwartz on November 1st


The Office of the Arts at Harvard University is presenting a forum, "The Hub of Swing: A Look at Boston's Jazz Scene," at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at the Baker Center for the Humanities in Harvard Square, Cambridge.   The event is free and open to the public.

Jazz impresario Fred Taylor, along with radio hosts Eric Jackson and Steve Schwartz, will discuss their illustrious careers and talk about the state of jazz in Boston.   The event is part of the Learning from Performers Series, which establishes a direct connection between students and gifted artists.

Then on Friday, November 2, Harvard is honoring Taylor, Jackson and Schwartz for their lifelong contributions to jazz.  That event takes place at 8:00 p.m. at Lowell Lecture Hall on Kirkland Street in Harvard Square.  Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students and seniors. 

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

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

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Brazilian Samba Jazz Band Mozik and Rebecca Parris Perform the Music of Jobim at Scullers Jazz Club on Tuesday, October 30


Mozik, a 'vivacious and exciting' samba jazz band, is performing the music of Antonio Carols Jobim, the legendary Brazilian musician and composer, at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door.

Jazz vocalist Rebecca Parris is performing alongside the band, which includes  Brazilian pianist Gilson Schachnik, drummer Mauricio Zottarelli, Brazilian guitarist Gustavo Assis-Brasil, Russian flutist Yulia Musayelyan and Argentine bassist Fernando Huergo. 

Here is a schedule of upcoming performances at Scullers Jazz Club

Find year round live jazz and blues in Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

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

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Dick Campo Big Band Performs at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on Sunday, October 28


The Dick Campo Big Band is performing a special Steppin' Out concert at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the venue.

Proceeds from the concert to benefit the Shrewsbury Fragrant Garden, a sensory garden for the blind and visually impaired.

Here are directions to Mechanics Hall.  For a calendar of upcoming events at Mechanics Hall, click here.  

Find year round jazz in Massachusetts - including concerts, night clubs, weekend brunches, festivals and campus events - by visiting MassJazz.com.

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

Friday, October 26, 2012

Jazz Flugelhornist Lance Houston at Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel in Boston on Friday, October 26


Jazz flugelhorn player Lance Houston and his quartet perform at the Fairmont Hotel at Battery Wharf's jazz bar  in downtown Boston on Friday, October 26, 2012, from 9:00 p.m. to midnight.

Houston and his band are performing in the Battery Jazz Lounge, which offers live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the year. The Peter Smith Trio performs on Saturday, October 27, 2012.

Here's a list of hotels in greater Boston and across Massachusetts with live jazz.

Find year round live jazz and blues in Massachusetts by visiting MassJazz.com.

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



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Athene Wilson, Gospel and Jazz Singer, Performs at Scullers in Boston on October 23



Popular Boston singer Athene Wilson is performing at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets to the show are $20 and can be purchased at the door.

Wilson is the three-time winner of the Boston Urban Music Awards.  She began performing at age 11 in Jamaica and since moving to Boston has become one of the most popular singers on the local scene.

Here is a schedule of upcoming jazz performances at Scullers Jazz Club, located at Doubletree Guest Suites -  Hilton Hotel Boston, located at 400 Soldiers Field Road in Boston's Allston neighborhood.

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

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


Monday, October 22, 2012

Win Tickets to Hear Jazz Pianist Jason Moran Perform in Worcester on November 9


Jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran and his trio The Bandwagon, perform in concert at Tuckerman Hall in Worcester on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.   The show is presented by Music Worcester.

MassJazz is pleased to be raffling off five pairs of tickets to the show.  Enter the contest here.

Or, you can purchase tickets to the show online

Described as 'the most provocative thinker in modern jazz," Moran is recipient of the MacAurthor Fellowship, also known as the genius grant.  

Here is a full schedule of upcoming concerts presented by Music Worcester.

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

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



Saturday, October 20, 2012

Chick Corea, Gary Burton and Harlem String Quartet Perform in Amherst and Boston on October 20-21


Jazz legends Chick Corea and Gary Burton are performing, along with the Harlem String Quartet, at the Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $25-$55, and $15 for students under 17.

On Sunday, October 21, the Celebrity Series of Boston is presenting Corea, Burton and the Harlem String Quartet at Boston Symphony Hall at 5:00 p.m. Tickets the the show are $30-$75 and can purchased online or at the hall.

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

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

Win Tix to Hear Jazz Trumpeter Chris Botti in Rockport on Saturday, November 3


Jazz trumpet player Chris Botti is playing at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. 

MassJazz is giving away a pair of free tickets to the show, courtesy of Rockport Music.  Here's how to enter the contest.

Botti's performance is part of Jazz on the Rocks - Take Three, a fundraiser to support Rockport Music's education and outreach activities.  Tickets to Jazz on the Rocks are $300, and include a cocktail reception, live auction, and the Botti concert.  To purchase a ticket click here.

Here is a calendar of upcoming concerts presented by Rockport Music.

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

For visitor information go to MassVacation.com.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Jazz Singer Karrin Allyson Performs at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on October 19


Jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson is performing at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on Friday, October 19, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.  Tickets to the show are $30 and can be purchased online or at the door.

A Grammy-nominated singer who has been described by the LA Times as "a musician's musician," Karrin has released thirteen albums and has performed at the world's major jazz festivals and concert halls.

Here is a schedule of upcoming jazz performances at Scullers Jazz Club, located at Doubletree Guest Suites -  Hilton Hotel Boston, located at 400 Soldiers Field Road in Boston's Allston neighborhood.

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

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



Thursday, October 18, 2012

Gladys Knight Headlines Steppin Out for the Dimock Center in Boston on Saturday, October 20


An all-star cast of musicians, including Gladys Knight, Elan Trotman, Shea Rose, Take 6, Orquesta Aragon are supporting the 25th Steppin Outfor the Dimock Center, taking place at The Westin Copley Place Hotel on Saturday, October 20, 2012.

The annual event provides direct financial support for the Dimock Center’s mission to deliver quality health care, behavioral health services and family support programs for underserved neighborhoods in Boston.


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

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NEC Pays Tribute to Trombone Legend Bob Brookmeyer at Jordan Hall in Boston on October 18


The New England Conservatory is presenting the Bob Brookmeyer Memorial Concert at Jordan Hall in Boston at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2012, in honor of the legendary jazz trombonist and educator who passed away in December 2011.

The concert is free and open to the public. 

Brookmeyer taught at NEC from 1997 to 2007 and created the NEC Jazz Composers Workshop.  Read testimonials on Brookmeyer from students and faculty at NEC.

Find more concerts and performances taking place at New England Conservatory this season. 

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

Find tourism information by visiting MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com.


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Rebecca Cline Trio Performs at the Top of the Hub Restaurant in Boston on Sunday, October 14

The Rebecca Cline Trio is performing a jazz set at the Top of the Hub Restaurant in Boston's Back Bay on Sunday, October 14, 2012, from 8:00p.m. to Midnight.

Rebecca Cline is an assistant professor of Ensemble at the Berklee College of Music.
 
Located on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Tower in Boston's Back Bay, Top of the Hub is one of the great Boston nightspots to enjoy great jazz nightly, plus terrific food and an amazing view of greater Boston.

For a schedule of nighty jazz at Top of the Hub, click here.

Read a story about Top of the Hub in the current issue of MassJazz Travel Guide.

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

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

Saturday, October 13, 2012

California Jazz Trio & Montreal Jazz Trio Perform in Rockport on Saturday, October 13


Six world class jazz guitar virtuosos - the California Jazz Trio and the Montreal Jazz Trio, are performing a concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Saturday, October, 13, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets to the show range from $19 to $34 and can be ordered online or purchased at the venue.

Check out the artists web sites for California Jazz Trio and the Montreal Jazz Trio.

Here is a schedule of upcoming shows presented by Rockport Music. 

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

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com.
 

Holyoke Latin Jazz Festival Takes Place in Western Mass on Saturday, October 13

Trombonist Ed Byrne


The first annual Holyoke  Latin Jazz Festival is taking place on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Winter Palace Theatre in Holyoke from 4:00 p.m. to midnight. 

The line-up includes a number of great Latin jazz bands from the Pioneer Valley and New York City, including Los InterTrips, Wayne Roberts Latin Jazz Quintet, Jesus Pagan and Conjunto Barrio, Ed Byrne’s Latin Jazz Evolution and DJ Wichy. 

The festival is part of the PassportHolyoke Discover Holyoke Day, a celebration of art, music and dance performances, demonstrations and workshops, historic tours of Holyoke and historic buildings, a locomotive train, the Merry-Go-Round, several museums in downtown Holyoke.  

Admission is just $1 for a wristband that gives you access to all of these activities.

Find out more about Holyoke Cultural Council, which supports the festival and other cultural activities in the area.  

Discover live jazz in Massachusetts any time of year by visiting MassJazz.com.

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Daniel Bennett Jazz Group Performs at Liberty Hotel in Boston on Wednesday, October 10



Noted jazz saxophonist Daniel Bennett and his band are performing at the Liberty Bar in Boston's Liberty Hotel on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, and every Wednesday night through the fall, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Admission is free.

A graduate of Boston's New England Conservatory,  Daniel Bennett is an accomplished jazz performer who pioneered a new brand of experimental folk jazz.

Located at 215 Charles Street in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood, Liberty Hotel is described one of the city's most spectacular hotels and architectural gems. 

Here's a list of other Massachusetts hotels that offer jazz regularly.

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

Find visitor information by going to MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com.

Steve Soares Jazz Trio Playing at Top of the Hub in Boston on Wednesday, October 10



The Steve Soares Trio is performing a jazz set at the Top of the Hub Restaurant in Boston's Back Bay on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Located on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Tower in Boston's Back Bay, Top of the Hub is one of the great Boston nightspots to enjoy great jazz nightly, plus terrific food and an amazing view of greater Boston.

For a schedule of nighty jazz at Top of the Hub, click here.

Read a story about Top of the Hub in the current issue of MassJazz Travel Guide.

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

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

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin Performs at Scullers Jazz Club on October 10


Acclaimed sax player Donny McCaslin is celebrating the release of his 10th CD with a concert at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, starting at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for students, and can be purchased online or at the door.

McCaslin is joined in his group by Tim Lefebvre, Mark Guiliana and Jason Lindner.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Scullers.

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

Tourists and visitors can find information at MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com

 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Newton Jazz & Wine Festival Re-Scheduled for Saturday October 13



The Newton Jazz & Wine Festival is wrapping up this year's festivities with a Jazz-in-the-Yard concert at the Jackson Homestead in Newton on Saturday, October 13, 2012 with a free concert from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  The concert, originally scheduled for September 30, was postponed due to weather.

Live performers include Cruzamente, an all-women Cape Verdean band, Fred Woodward Trio, Rusty Scott Trio, and Persian Blue.  Here are directions to the Jackson Homestead.

Find out more about the Newton Jazz & Wine Festival here.

You can also get year round details about live jazz in Massachusetts on MassJazz and follow up on Facebook & Twitter.

For information about visiting go Massvacation.com.and BostonUSA.com.

Quartango Performing in Rockport on Sunday, October 7

Quartango, a sophisticated ensemble that weaves jazz and classical music into tango, is on stage at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

Tickets are available online ranging from $25-$39.

Quartango is comprised of Stephane Aubin on piano, Jonathan Goldman on bandoneon, René Gosselin on double bass, Chantal Simard on percussion, and Antoine Bareil on violin.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.  Find about more about Rockport Music.

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

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com.
 

Brazilian Singer Eliane Elias Performs at Scullers in Boston on Saturday, October 6


Jazz singer, pianist and composer Eliane Elias is performing at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. Tickets to each show are $30 and can be purchased online.  Dinner and the show is $72.  For dinner reservations call  617.562.4111.

Here is a schedule of upcoming performances at Scullers, located at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel in Boston.

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

Tourist information is available at MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com.


Honk! Festival of activist street bands taking place in Cambridge and Somerville this weekend

'The 7th Honk!: Festival of Activist Street Bands, is running in Cambridge and Somerville Massachusetts through Monday, October 8, 2012.

Much of the activity is taking place at Davis Square in Somerville and Harvard Square in Cambridge.  Here is a schedule of events.   You can also view the schedule by location

Learn more about Honk!.

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

For visitor information, check out MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Daniel Bennett Group Performs Jazz at Liberty Hotel in Boston on October 3


Noted jazz saxophonist Daniel Bennett and his band are performing at the Liberty Bar in Boston's Liberty Hotel on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, and every Wednesday night through the fall, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Admission is free.

A graduate of Boston's New England Conservatory,  Daniel Bennett is an accomplished jazz performer who pioneered a new brand of experimental folk jazz.

Located at 215 Charles Street in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood, Liberty Hotel is described one of the city's most spectacular hotels and architectural gems. 

Here's a list of other Massachusetts hotels that offer jazz regularly.

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

Find visitor information by going to MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com.

Pianist/Composer Robert Glasper Discusses Creativity at Harvard on Wednesday, October 3


Robert Glasper, a Grammy-nominated pianist and composer whose work crosses over into jazz, hip hop and rhythm & blues, is at Harvard University to discuss creativity and to perform, on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.

The event takes place at Farkas Hall Studio, 10-12 Holyoke Street in Harvard Square, Cambridge.  Admission is free and open to the public.   It's part of the Learning from Performers Series presented by Office of the Arts at Harvard. The Hip Hop Archives is also a sponsor.

Patrick Douthit, aka 9th Wonder, a record producer, DJ, lecturer and rapper, is moderating the discussion.  Afterwards, Glasper will lead a clinic with Harvard music students.

Here's a calendar of upcoming events from Office for the Arts at Harvard

Find more details on jazz in Massachusetts throughout the year at MassJazz.com.

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



Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra Celebrates 40th Season at Scullers Jazz Club on October 3

 (Photo by Kate Matson)

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, hailed as one of the most inventive and accomplished jazz ensembles, is opening its 40th season with a concert at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or at the venue.

Founded in 1973 by music director and trumpet player Mark Harvey, the orchestra specializes in original exploratory works composed by Harvey, together with wide-ranging repertory including Ellingtonia; American music by such composers as Ives, Gottschalk, and Billings; and performances with film, dance and poetry.

Here is a more information on Aardvark Jazz Orchestra courtesy of JazzNews.com.  You can find a schedule of upcoming coming concerts by visiting the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra web site

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

Find visitor information by going to MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Bela Fleck and Marcus Roberts Trio at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston on September 30


Banjo master Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio perform live at the Berklee Performance Center on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.  The concert is part of the Berklee BeanTown Festival activities taking place this weekend.

Tickets range from $29-$39 and can be purchased online or at the concert hall box office the night of the concert.

Fleck has won fourteen Grammy Awards and is considered to be the premier banjo player in the world. 

For year round details on jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.com.
For tourist information visit MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com.

Newton Jazz & Wine Festival Presents Jazz-in-the-Yard on September 30


The Newton Jazz & Wine Festival is wrapping up this year's festivities with a Jazz-in-the-Yard concert at the Jackson Homestead in Newton on Sunday, September 30, 2012 with a free concert from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Live performers include Cruzamente, an all-women Cape Verdean band, Fred Woodward Trio, Rusty Scott Trio, and Persian Blue.  Here are directions to the Jackson Homestead.

Find out more about the Newton Jazz & Wine Festival here.

You can also get year round details about live jazz in Massachusetts on MassJazz and follow up on Facebook & Twitter.

For information about visiting go Massvacation.com.and BostonUSA.com.

Berklee BeanTown Festival Underway in Boston Today, Rain or Shine!


(Saturday, September 29, 2012) - The 12th annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival opened today at noon in Boston's South End, offering an amazing line-up of great jazz performers.  The event runs to 6:00 p.m, and is free and open to the public!

Check out this blog account on MassVacation.com.

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

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

Friday, September 28, 2012

Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco at Boston's Agganis Arena on October 31-November 4


Cirque du Soleil's Saltimbanco, an acrobatic celebration of urban life, is coming to the Agganis Arena at Boston University for eight shows from October 31 through November 4, 2012.

After touring the world for two decades, the show is winding down and Boston is one of its final stops before it returns to Montreal in December to disband.  It's a great chance to see this extravaganza of acrobatic feats enhanced by a polyrhythmic live band of world class musicians.

MassJazz has a pair of free tickets to give to a lucky contestant: here's how to Enter the Contest.

Or, you can purchase tickets online to any of the eight shows.

Find out about live jazz in Massachusetts any time of the year by visiting MassJazz.com.

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

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Singer / Songwriter Melody Gardot Performs at Boston's Berklee Performance Center on September 27


Singer-songwriter Melody Gardot is performing at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.   Tickets are $36-46 and can be purchased online or at the venue.

Gardot is on tour to promote her third album, The Absence.

The concert is the lead-in to the 12th annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival taking place on Saturday, September 29, 2012 in Boston's South End.  

You can also find year round details on jazz in Massachusetts on MassJazz and follow up on Facebook & Twitter.

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Blues Guitar Masters Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Robert Cray Perform at Boston's Wilbur Theatre on September 27


Two great blues bands led by guitarists Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Robert Cray, perform in concert at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.  

Tickets are $42.50-$49.50 and can be purchase online or at the theatre.

Here's a schedule of upcoming concerts at Wilbur Theatre, located at 246 Tremont Street in downtown Boston.

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Jazz Pianist Claire Ritter Performs at Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center on September 27


Jazz pianist and composer Claire Ritter is celebrating the release of her 10th CD with a concert at the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

Ritter is joined by  Stan Strickland, on  flute and bass clarinet; vocalist Dominique Eade, and Takaaki Masuko on percussion.

Tickets range from $15-$20 and can be purchased online or by calling 617 577-1400.

Here is a full schedule of upcoming events at the Multicultural Arts Center.

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