The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival returned Saturday Sept. 30, 2017 to Columbus Avenue, west of Massachusetts Avenue, for six blocks to Burke Street. While there was rain from time to time, it was a day filled with great music and fun!
Here's our wrap-up on Boston's pre-eminent Fall season music event.
Since the launch of World Music/CRASHarts in 1990, the mission has been to present the finest traditional and contemporary performing arts from around the world to the broadest possible audience, and to engage individuals in their community and civic life through related artist based educational programs.
The 40th anniversary week commenced with a return one time only showing of the highly acclaimed 2016 documentary film "Chasing Trane", followed by a panel discussion moderated by Emmett G. Price III with Tia Fuller, Eric Jackson and JCMC co-founder Syd Smart.
The week continued with several free and insightful 'Trane-oriented presentations, Chasing More ‘Trane and Insider Reflections on the JCMC Legacy, along with a retrospective photo exhibit entitled 40 Years of Celebrating 'Trane, curated by Edmund Barry Gaither.
The momentum of the week's proceedings culminated with two consecutive evening concerts. The first, on Friday October 6th, featured the time-honored JCMC Ensemble. On Saturday October 7th, JCMC presented the great master saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and his quartet.
Founded in 1978 by jazz impresario George Wein, Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival is the fifth longest-consecutive-running jazz festival in North America. Initially founded as “the Newport Jazz Festival at Saratoga” the weekend event was renamed Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival in 1998.
Widely regarded as one of New England’s most beloved cultural landmarks, the Coolidge Corner Theatre is one of the nation’s most prominent independently operated movie theatres, run by the not-for-profit Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation.