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2015 Beantown Jazz Fevial, Berklee stage. Photo by Erin X. Smithers

The 2016 Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

The 2016 Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016. The theme of this year’s festival is “Jazz: A Peace Supreme”.  The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival has become a major cultural landmark in Boston, offering attendees “the sort of hard choices

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Newton Highland Jazz 2016-2017

This is the 34th annual jazz series where great music and great times are assured at Highland Jazz in Newton Massachusetts. This is a departure from their usual Saturday evening programs and is aimed at accommodating many of you who prefer to attend daytime concerts

Ben Wendel What We Bring Album Release Tour

Motema Music Presents Ben Wendel – What We Bring, Featuring Gerald Clayton, Joe Sanders & Henry Cole. What We Bring is Wendel’s Debut for Motema Music, available now on Amazon and iTunes.  Here are some photos from their What We Bring – CD Release Tour concert at the

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Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert presents “An Evening of Ballads & Blues”

Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert presents “An Evening of Ballads & Blues”. The 39th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert featuring the John Coltrane Memorial Concert Ensemble, hosted by Eric Jackson, is set on Saturday, October 29, 2016, presented in collaboration with Northeastern Center for the Art and Northeastern Department of City & Community Affairs.  The Friends of John Coltrane Memorial

CD cover for Resolution - Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext?

New CD Release: Blending the Worlds with Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol is a Boston-based composer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, Harvard research fellow, and academic scholar and professor. On his Whatsnext album, there is a 17-piece big band and a 13-piece jazz combo which pair traditional Turkish instruments with horn-based jazz arrangements to perform the Turkish

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The 5th Annual Rockport Jazz Festival Features Terence Blanchard, Dr. Lonnie Smith & Ravi Coltrane

The 5th Annual Rockport Jazz Festival is August 11-14 at the Shalin Liu Performance Center and features a star-studded line-up of jazz artists—Five time Grammy Award winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard to B3 Hammond burner Dr. Lonnie Smith and the Latin rhythms of Harold Lopez-Nussa to

From left to right, John Patitucci, Patricia Zarate, Edmar Colón, Mao Soné, Danilo Pérez, Anthony Fung, Brandon Woody, Yoron Israel,  Marco Pignataro and Isaac Wilson.

Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors at the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival

  The 2016 Newport Jazz Festival, presented by Natixis Global Management, took place July 29 – 31 this year at the Fort Adams State Park. The Berklee Global Jazz Institute and the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors spend the week prior to the Newport Jazz Festival

RPM Voices Of Rhode Island: Precious Memories 2

My daughter Lian has been singing with RPM Voices of Rhode Island for the past five years now; what an emotional triumph to watch her perform with our beloved local gospel chorus group, and what an intelligent, compassionate, competent and amazing young lady she has

2016 Mid-Summer Colors of Jazz

2016 Mid-Summer Colors of Jazz was night packed of songs, musicianship, and dance showcasing nearly 30 performers. The show was at The Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts on July 23, 2016. Jazz Singer/Songwriter Denise “Red” Randall of newly created Song Caravan LLC and jazz DJ Bonnie Johnson,

Carlos Averhoff Jr. & IRESI “Curtain Call” at The Regattabar

Medici Musica presents virtuoso Cuban saxophonist Carlos Averhoff, Jr & IRESI Project in a one-time concert, with album cast Cuban drummer Francisco Mela, John Lockwood on Bass, and special guest and Grammy-nominee Pianist Manuel Valera at The Regattabar on July 14th, 2016. Iresi masterfully weaves hard hitting jazz