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.
The festival featured headliners Pieces of A Dream along with a group of extraordinary artists, including Tia Fuller, The Ron Savage Trio featuring Eula Lawrence and Receita de Samba featuring Anna Borges & Bill Ward.
Havana-based composer and pianist Harold López-Nussa travels smoothly through his classical, Cuban, and jazz inspirations to create an exceptional style of global jazz. His trio includes his younger brother, Ruy Adrián López-Nussa, a renowned musician in his own right, on percussion and Julio César González on bass.
Free preperformance talk with Grammy-winning author and journalist Bob Blumenthal at 7pm in the Davis Room, second floor of the Berklee Performance Center.
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.
Jazz on the Plaza, featuring the Harvard Jazz Band and Yosvany Terry Quintet.
Grammy-nominated saxophonist/composer Yosvany Terry directed the Harvard student “Monday” Big Band in a program featuring compositions of such celebrated jazz masters as Herbie Hancock and Joe Henderson and showcased his powerhouse Quintet from New York.
Jazz 24/7 webcast this very special event that you can watch here.