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JazzBoston Blindfold Listening Session (Mon 4/19, 4pm ET)

JazzNOW: No Borders – Boston’s celebration of Int’l Jazz Day

Jazz at the Library of Congress

Remembrance: Ralph Peterson, Jr.

JazzBoston Board President Ken Field interviewed on CCTV

April 30th has been designated by UNESCO as International Jazz Day “to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.”  At 8pm Eastern on Friday April 30th, GBH & JazzBoston present “JazzNOW: No Borders”, Boston’s celebration of International Jazz Day 2021, streaming live from the beautiful Fraser Performance Studio at GBH.  Tickets are FREE through the generosity of GBH and the support of the Mass Cultural Council & BioMed Realty, but tickets are required.  Please show your support of live jazz in Boston and on GBH by joining us for this great live performance by a wonderful group of creative musicians!

The concert will feature the Jazz World Trio:
Argentinean drummer, composer, & educator Guillermo Nojechowicz, who has played with Claudio Roditi, Donny McCaslin, Osmany Paredes, Airto Moreira, and others.  Performances have included NPR’s Jazz Set, the Blue Note (NYC), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Telluride Jazz Celebration, the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival, and the North Sea Jazz Festival.
Swedish bassist Bruno Råberg, whose credits include Sam Rivers, John Medeski, Bruce Barth, Jim Black, Chris Cheek, Adam Cruz, George Garzone, Mick Goodrick, Ben Monder, Kenny Werner, Matt Wilson, and Mike Mainieri, with performances in Europe, Scandinavia, the US, Japan, India, Africa, and Central America.
• Pianist Witness Matlou, born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Matlou is a Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for African Studies. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Lincoln Center, the North Sea Jazz Festival, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, D.C. Jazz Festival, and the Newport Jazz Festival.

JazzBoston Blindfold Listening Session

JazzBoston Board Vice President Jason Palmer will host the first JazzBoston Blindfold Listening Session via Zoom at 4pm Eastern on Monday April 19th.  Jason will present non-commercially released recordings for Board member Kevin Harris to guess, followed by a discussion on the inner workings of deep listening habits that allow us to recognize who’s who when listening to unfamiliar recordings.  Audience participation encouraged!

Free and open to the public.  No signup required, just join the meeting on Monday April 19th, 4:00 pm Eastern.

The JazzBoston membership program was previously terminated due to insufficient ability to maintain it. However, since the organization has entered into a new phase, the JazzBoston membership program is now officially reinstated!

 In an effort to encourage everyone to participate and eliminate any financial barriers, there is no charge to become a JazzBoston member. Whether you are already a subscriber or were a past member, if you’d like to continue your support of, and advocacy for, the Boston area jazz community, we strongly encourage you to sign up for free JazzBoston membership.

Donations are still accepted in order to assist with ongoing JazzBoston expenses. You can donate at:

JazzBoston Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to JazzBoston Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Boston Jazz History Blog: Fred Taylor’s Jazz Workshop

Boston jazz historian Richard Vacca’s Boston Jazz Chronicles website is an amazing and valuable resource.  We encourage jazz musicians and fans to check it out.

In addition, Vacca maintains a beautifully researched blog with regular features about noted people & places that helped shape the Boston-area jazz scene.  The current entry is about the late (and much loved and missed!) Fred Taylor’s Jazz Workshop.  Read Vacca’s portrait of the club as it was in 1971 here.