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JazzBoston is entirely volunteer-run – we have no paid staff. We do this because we are passionate about the value and importance of this music and this community. If you’d like to support jazz in Boston, please consider including JazzBoston in your beginning-of-year donation plans. You can donate directly at https://jazzboston.org/get-involved/donate, and you can purchase JazzBoston merch at https://www.bonfire.com/store/shop-jazz-boston. Thank you for your membership, and don’t forget to tell your jazz-loving friends that they can join for free at http://jazzboston.org!
JazzBoston helps bring jazz to audiences worldwide through our continuing hybrid in-person and streaming JazzNOW collaboration with GBH Music. The next concert in the series will take place on Thursday February 8th, and will feature an ensemble led by the exciting South African vocalist NALEDI (pictured), along with Lumanyano Mzi/drums, Ciara Moser/bass, Shahar Amdor/horns, Ely Perlman/guitar, and Arman Wali/keyboards. Streaming access is free, but advanced registration is required. Register for streaming or in-person attendance here: (https://www.wgbh.org/events/jazznow-batho-music-with-south-african-vocalist-naledi). On April 30th (International Jazz Day), we will present Cuban-born pianist, composer, and vocalist Zahili Gonzales Zamora, and June 6th will bring a Salute to Duke Ellington from Mark Harvey’s Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. Keep an eye out for all upcoming JazzNOW events!
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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
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.
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 “jazz barbecues” organized for many years in the ’80’s and ’90’s by the now defunct Boston Jazz Society. These area gatherings were impactful in bringing our community together on an annual basis, and this post, which you can read here, has prompted some of us to begin brainstorming options for reviving it!
Child prodigy Serge Chaloff was born in Boston on November 24, 1923. He became “the most expressive and openly emotive baritone saxophonist jazz has ever witnessed,” according to critic Brian Davis in his liner notes for Chaloff’s classic LP Boston Blow-Up! Read a fascinating short biography of Serge Chaloff by D.S. Monahan inthis entry on the website of the Music Museum of New England.
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