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JazzNOW: Awakening, with Dream Alliance feat Kenny Werner & Marco Pignataro 6/25

“Spirituality in Jazz” Forum recap

JazzBoston membership reminder

On Friday evening 6/25 at 8pm, JazzBoston will again collaborate with GBH Music to present “JazzNOW: Awakening, with Dream Alliance“, the 2nd in our series of free streaming JazzNOW concerts!  

Our first concert on International Jazz Day was a huge success, and we hope to surpass that with an amazing concert from acclaimed pianist Kenny Werner, multifaceted Italian saxophonist Marco Pignataro, vocalist/songwriter/educator Nadia Washington, and bassist/vocalist Devon Gates.  The concert, hosted by the legendary Eric Jackson, will stream live from the beautiful Fraser Performance Studio at GBH and will be followed by an audience Q&A.  

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 this wonderful group of creative musicians!

Register now! 

“Spirituality in Jazz” forum recap

JazzBoston presented an online forum on “Spirituality in Jazz” on May 20th.  The forum was organized by Board Member Kevin Harris and Board President Ken Field, and was hosted by former JazzBoston Board Chair Dr. Emmett Price III.  

The conversation, on the influence of spirituality and culture on traditional and contemporary jazz music, featured guest artists Ron Mahdi, Nedelka Prescod, and Gregory Groover Jr.  The fascinating and inspiring conversation is available for viewing via the JazzBoston YouTube channel, and directly at   

Thank you to the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and  Culture for their support of this event.

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:

The Brief Life of Varty’s Jazz Room

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.

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 Vartan Haroutunian and his short-lived club, Varty’s Jazz Room.  Read about it’s brief history here.