Support JazzBoston’s $15,000 campaign for our free jazz jam sessions!

JazzBoston Hot Club listening Sessions free & online!

JazzNOW features Mark Harvey’s Aardvark Jazz Orch on June 6th with their Salute to Ellington!

JazzBoston Free Jam Sessions continue at Oggi in Harvard Square!Get ready for the 9th

Annual Cambridge Jazz Festival on July 27 & 28th!

Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival

Boston Jazz Foundation announces the 2024 Charles River Jazz Festival on July 14th

Dudley Jazz Festival Saturday, July 22

JazzBoston Newsletter now accepting paid advertising on a trial basis

We NEED your support to continue JazzBoston’s free all-ages Jazz Jams!

JazzBoston’s free all-ages jazz jams will take place *every* Thursday in June at Oggi (https://www.oggigourmet.com) in Harvard Sq.  The jams provide a much-needed opportunity for intermediate & advanced musicians to collaborate directly with a house band of noted area professionals and educators.  This series was formerly grant-funded, but it is currently in need of ongoing support.  That’s where you come in!  JazzBoston is announcing a $15,000 campaign to fully fund this series for one year.  You can make a difference by donating to JazzBoston today – this funding will support stipends for the house band musicians for the next year.  Several generous JazzBoston members have kicked things off by donating a combined $2,000.  Will you help this important series continue?  Donate small or large amounts at https://jazzboston.org/get-involved/donate. Thank you for your free membership, and don’t forget to tell your jazz-loving friends that they can join at https://jazzboston.org

JazzNOW series continues with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra on June 6th presenting a Salute to Duke Ellington!

On April 30th (International Jazz Day) GBH Music & JazzBoston presented JazzNOW: Afro Cuban Rhythms of Resilience, with Zahili Gonzales Zamora.  You can view the concert at https://www.wgbh.org/events/gbh-music-presents-jazznow-featuring-zahili-gonzalez-zamora.  And on June 6th JazzNOW will present a Salute to Duke Ellington from Mark Harvey’s Aardvark Jazz Orchestra!  You can register for in=-person or online viewing now at https://www.wgbh.org/events/gbh-music-presents-jazznow-a-salute-to-duke-ellington-featuring-aardvark-jazz-orchestra

JazzBoston Free Jam Sessions continue at Oggi Gourmet in Harvard Square!

FREE, open to the public ALL-AGES jazz jams are continuing at  Oggi, 30 Dunster St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Thursdays from 7-10pm.  Bring your instrument, come to play, come to hang, come to listen, come to have dinner and drinks!  The house band will play a set at 7pm, and the open jam will follow.

JazzBoston Hot Club Listening Sessions free & online!

Join Bill Goldberg and his special guests for free online jazz listening sessions mostly (but not always) on first & third Wednesdays of the month at 7pm at the Zoom link:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86215122439?pwd=ZHA5bnpWVFNFVXkxRE01K1I1aWhvZz09 

Coming up:

June 5: Paul Shapiro, NYC-based saxophonist, flutist, composer, bandleader

June 19: Dave Bryant, best known for his work as a member of Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time group.

July 3 at 5:30 pm: Larry Tye, author of the recently published The Jazz Men: How Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie Transformed America.

July 3 at 7:30 pm: Pianists Harvey Diamond & Dave Frank.

July 17: Charlie Sawyer, blues harmonica player, and author B. B. King: From Indianola to Icon: A Personal Odyssey with the King of the Blues.

August 7: Burgin Matthews, author of Magic City: How the Birmingham Jazz Tradition Shaped the Sound of America.

Shop JazzBoston Merch!!

There is now a quick and easy way to buy official JazzBoston hats & t-shirts, and to support JazzBoston at the same time!!  Thanks to volunteer Nate Aronow and JazzBoston Advisory Council Chair Cj Kelley, we now have an official online store hosted by the fine folks at Bonfire.  Browse and shop at

https://www.bonfire.com/store/shop-jazz-boston!

JazzBoston membership is free, and open to all members of the Boston-area jazz community, including musicians, audiences, venues/presenters, and jazz media!

 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 again for free JazzBoston membership.

https://mailchi.mp/jazzboston.org/membership-sign-up-form

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

 https://jazzboston.org/get-involved/donate/

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

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

Vacca’s beautifully maintained and researched blog includes regular features about noted people & places that helped shape the Boston-area jazz scene.  The current entry is about the the recording of the Joe Zawinul composition “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” by the Buddy Rich Big Band in 1968, and the connections of the band and that recording to Boston, and to Boston legend Phil Wilson.  You can read about it here!

The Music Museum of New England has posted several interesting articles about important people and places from the Boston area jazz scene.  Take a look at their pieces about Eric JacksonSerge Chaloff, Herb Pomeroy, Lloyd Trotman, and Wally’s Cafe Jazz Club!

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