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April with JazzBoston

Table of contents: Celebrate 
Jazz Week all over Greater Boston JazzBoston launches new website & calendar for Jazz Week kickoff | A glance at the history of Jazz Appreciation Month & International Jazz Day Member's Connection: Win free tickets | No-cost jazz 

Newsletter Editor: Grace-Mary Burega
Celebrate Jazz Week all over Greater Boston!

Jazz Week 2016, the Greater Boston jazz community's 10th annual celebration of the music and our extraordinary local scene, has begun. From today to Sunday, May 1, music, film, and theater lovers will have more than 100 events of all kinds to choose from, many of them free or low cost.

Here's a sampling of special events produced by JazzBoston, including some that are well on their way to becoming what we think of as new jazz traditions:
  • The Makanda Project, Roxbury’s resident orchestra, returns to the grand ballroom of Hibernian Hall on April 23 for the second annual Makanda Saturday Night Gala Dance Party.
  • The second annual Mattapan Speaks Jazz community celebration unfolds at the William E. Carter Post on May 1, with Frank Wilkins and his WeJazzUp band onstage once again.
  • All Jazzed Up at City Hall describes the scene when JazzBoston, invited by Council President Michelle Wu, returns on April 27 for the third year to celebrate Jazz Week and International Jazz Day on the Mezzanine and in the City Council Chamber. Ken Field’s Revolutionary Snake Ensemble does the honors again this year.
  • It’s also the third year for House Concerts, the successors to the 70s loft scene that bring friends and neighbors together for intimate listening experiences in a music lover’s home. JazzBoston assists in matching hosts and ensembles and advises on logistics. Write to to find out if there’s a House Concert in your neighborhood or learn more about hosting one yourself.
  • For the sixth year, JazzBoston and Wally’s Café co-host the Boston Jazz Heroes Party for recipients of the Jazz Journalists Association’s annual award. Syd Smart and Leonard Brown are this year’s Jazz Heroes, honored for founding the John Coltrane Memorial Concert (JCMC) and passionately stewarding it for 39 years. On April 23, jazz radio host Eric Jackson presents the awards, and Stan Strickland leads the band.
  • Join the Museum of African American History and JazzBoston on the eve of International Jazz Day April 29 as we honor jazz vocalist Mae Arnette, composer and pianist Ran Blake, and drummer Roy Haynes in A Musical Tribute to Boston Jazz Giants. Yoron Israel and High Standards will perform, and radio host Eric Jackson and leaders of the hosting organizations will connect Boston's social and cultural history with its unique jazz heritage and current jazz scene as we launch the campaign to create a Boston Jazz Heritage Trail
  • It’s been seven years since student ensembles from New England Conservatory became part of the Jazz Week vibe by giving free concerts in high-traffic public places all around town. This year they hit the road on April 30 in colorfully marked minivans for A Moveable Celebration of International Jazz Day that takes them to Boston’s neighborhoods for pop-up performances in shopping malls, squares, plazas, parks, and parking lots.
  • The wild and woolly free jazz era of the 1970s comes to life at an event inspired by the highly praised Cultures of Soul album with an historical essay by musician Mark Harvey, who was there through it all. The Boston Creative Jazz Scene, Then and Now  takes place at The Piano Craft Gallery, Boston, on May 1. 

For more details on these events and the full 2016 JazzWeek calendar, visit the JazzBoston website.

JazzBoston launches new website & calendar for Jazz Week kickoff 

JazzBoston’s new website went live on April 19. If you haven’t visited it yet, check it out now. Timed to coincide with the kickoff of our 10th annual edition of Jazz Week, the new site provides an optimal experience on all digital devices and offers several new features, including a blog and a live feed from social media.

Most important, the launch or our new website marks the official beginning of JazzBoston’s calendar partnership with ArtsBoston, the highly respected nonprofit organization that has been serving Greater Boston’s entire arts and cultural sector through its calendar and award-winning research and audience-building programs for 40 years. JazzBoston and ArtsBoston have shared a mission and vision for our constituents and our city for many years. Now we also share a calendar.

A win-win for both organizations, our partnership with ArtsBoston significantly expands both the exposure for artists, venues, and presenters who have been submitting to JazzBoston’s calendar and the Jazz/Blues offerings ArtsBoston’s calendar provides to arts lovers of all kinds seeking entertainment options.

More viewers and more functionality

The ArtsBoston calendar is the most comprehensive online guide available to the vast array of arts and cultural events in the Greater Boston area. Sharing our calendars is one more way of moving jazz into the entertainment mainstream and reaching out to new audiences.

With a single submission, events are featured on both the JazzBoston and ArtsBoston websites and exposed to over 70,000 unique visitors a month. They are also automatically syndicated to the WBUR ARTery, with over 500,000 unique monthly visitors. 

The new shared Jazz/Blues calendar also offers an optimized experience on desktop, mobile, and tablets; search functions so that people can find events easily; and the ability to share with social media and Google Calendar.

How to submit events

Whether or not you’ve listed your events on JazzBoston’s website before, if you are a musician, venue, or other presenter of jazz and jazz-related events,  we encourage you to start submitting your events to JazzBoston’s new calendar right now. The process is different, but as before, it’s fairly simple. JazzBoston staff reviews and approves all Jazz/Blues events, and your event will be live 24 – 48 hours after you submit it. Click here to find out how to submit your events.

A glance at the history of Jazz Appreciation Month & International Jazz Day

Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) is observed every April in the United States. The event was started in 2002 by John Edward Hasse, PhD, curator of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, in order to present jazz as both a living and historic music. The Smithsonian states that, “JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more.”

This year’s theme for JAM is exploring how jazz itself is a form of democracy. In addition, JAM is celebrating the legacy of musician and bandleader, Benny Carter, who is featured on the 2016 JAM poster. To learn more about JAM 2016, click here

You don't need to play music to participate in JAM. The Smithsonian offers many ideas here, including reading a jazz poem, watching a jazz documentary, tuning into a local jazz radio station, or just attending a concert!  

The culmination of JAM is International Jazz Day (IJD), which is celebrated annually on April 30. IJD was proclaimed in 2011 by UNESCO in order to celebrate “the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.” The event is chaired and led by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Ambassador and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

For the 5th anniversary of IJD  this year, Washington, D.C., has been named the Global Host City. On April 30, Washington, D.C., will join with towns, cities and villages in over 190 countries on all 7 continents to observe International Jazz Day through thousands of performances and programs. To learn more about IJD, click here

The 2016 All-Star Global Concert will feature a cast of internationally renowned jazz artists including Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Aretha Franklin, Diana Krall, Wayne Shorter, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, Esperanza Spalding, Buddy Guy, Pat Metheny, Brian Blade, Danilo Pérez, and Terri Lyne Carrington, among others. 

To learn more about what’s happening around the world for International Jazz Day, click here to view IJD listings. 

Member's Connection: Win free tickets to Scullers & Regattabar shows! 
Clockwise from top: Dave Douglas, Greg Abate, Kenny Barron
 If you are a JazzBoston member, write to now to enter a drawing for free tickets to any of the events listed below, and please note which shows and dates you are interested in. You must be a JazzBoston member to be eligible to win.

Scullers is offering a pair of tickets to the following shows:

Greg Abate/Richie Cole, April 28, 8 PM
Spyro Gyra, April 29, 10 PM
Noah Preminger, May 12, 8 PM

Regattabar is offering a pair of tickets to the following shows:
Melissa Aldana with Pablo Menares & Jochen Rueckert, April 26, 7:30 PM
Patrice Williamson’s Celebrating Ella, April 27, 7:30 PM
Avishai Cohen, April 28, 7:30 PM
Kenny Barron Trio, April 29, 10 PM
Alexei Tsiganov, May 5, 7:30 PM
Dave Douglas High Risk, May 6, 7:30 PM
Julia & the Zerounian Ensemble, May 10, 7:30 PM
Donny McCaslin Berklee Quintet, May 12, 7:30 PM

Eric Alexander Quartet, May 14, 7:30 PM

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No-cost jazz
Left to right: Makanda Project, Dominique Eade

Featured event series

NEC In the Mix Series

An array of one-hour concerts featuring New England Conservatory musicians with their coaches: Jason Moran, John Lockwood, Jerry Bergonzi, Dominque Eade, Cecil McBee, John McNeil, Bob Nieske, and more. 

Monday, April 11 - Wednesday, May 4, New England Conservatory. Click here for the full schedule of events.


Event sampler

Second annual Makanda Saturday Night Dance Party
Come to the second annual Makanda Saturday Night Dance Party. This is the Jazz Week Kick off event presented by JazzBoston. Saturday, April 23, 8 PM, Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street, Roxbury.

Dominique Eade

Vocalist Dominique Eade presents a concerts with Kenan Adnawi (Oud), Jed Wilson (Piano), Nima Janmohammadi (Oud). Sunday, April 24, 8:30 PM, NEC's Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston. 
Tufts Jazz Orchestra

The Tufts Jazz Orchestra presents a recital. Saturday, April 23, 8 PM, Goddard Chapel, 3 The Green, Medford.

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Concert Series and Jam Sessions 

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) will feature an original repertoire as well as arranged standards in this concert. Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 PM, Zero Gravity Room, 1260 Boylston Street, Boston.
Wellesley BlueJazz Big Band "Such Sweet Thunder"

Wellesley BlueJazz, Wellesley College’s Big Band, presents their Spring concert featuring compositions by Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and more. Friday, April 29, 7:30 PM, Jewett Art Center Auditorium, 106 Central St, Wellesley.
International Jazz Day
New England Conservatory celebrates International Jazz Day with a performance featuring NEC faculty and students playing music embodying the ongoing dialogue between jazz and musical cultures from throughout the world. Saturday, April 30, 8 PM, NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston.
Vocal Jazz Festival
Ned Rosenblatt, an associate professor in Berklee's Voice Department, presents the Vocal Jazz Festival, a concert he will direct featuring vocal jazz ensembles. Wednesday, May 4, 7:30 PM, David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street, Boston.

Jazz Week 2016: New Jazz Traditions
Friday,  April 22, to Sunday, May 1

Get out and hear the music live!
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