New York City, New Orleans, and Kansas City are cities that have jazz in their DNA. Separating the music from those cities would be stripping them of their identity. Boston is a city known for many things, but jazz is not one of them. Boston Jazz week - April 22nd to May 1st- is trying to change that. The CEO of Jazz Boston and a Professor of music at Northeastern Emmett Price joined Boston Public Radio to talk about the event and Boston’s jazz history.
“That is one of the big things we are doing with Jazz Boston, really advocating that jazz in Boston is a huge story,” said Price.
Price pointed out that jazz greats like saxophone player Johnny Hodges and drummer Roy Haynes were from Cambridge and Roxbury. They both played with some of the best jazz musicians in the world, including Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
Jazz Boston is hosting a tribute at the Museum Of African American History on Friday to three Boston greats: Roy Haynes, Mae Arnette and Ran Blake. In addition, shows and talks will continue to happen throughout the city. You can find Jazz Boston’s extensive schedule on their website.