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Boston Jazz United for Ukraine!

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South Bay Jazz Festival for Inmates of South Bay House of Correction

Newton Piano Summit presents free piano-based jazz

Win tickets to see Dee Dee Bridgewater Quintet in Worcester on May 7th!

A Jazz Benefit for the People of Ukraine featuring Maxim Lubarsky & special guests

On Friday, May 13, 2022, at 7:30 pm, the Boston jazz community will unite to support Ukrainian relief efforts with a hybrid in-person/streaming evening of amazing & inspiring jazz and poetry. Ukrainian-born pianist & musical director Maxim Lubardky has assembled an all-star collection of musicians, including Fernando Huergo/bass, Mark Walker/drums, Tucker Antell/sax, Yulia Musayelyan/flute, Annette Philip/voice, the Noah Preminger Group, and the Nando Mihelin/Ebinho Cardoso Group.  In addition, poet & translator Dzvinia Orlowsky will read poems by Ukrainian writers Natalka Bilotserkivets & Halyna Kruk in Ukrainian and in English translations by Orlowsky and Ali Kinsella.

Conceived by Jay Hoffman & Cj Kelley, this event is presented by JazzBoston, the Multicultural Arts Center, and the Cambridge Community Center for the Arts, with partial funding provided by Kjell Christiansen and Stephen Adams

The event will be hybrid, with in-person & streaming access, and will take place online via Zoom and at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second Street, Cambridge, MA 02141.  Theatre Doors at 7 pm.  Zoom doors open at 7:20 pm.  Tickets are $30 (online and in-person).  Tickets available at: 

All proceeds from ticket sales and additional tax-deductible donations will be split equally among the following Ukraine relief organizations:

JazzBoston, CCCA, & MAC Present

Hot Club of Boston, A Jazz Listening Session: 100 Years to Charles Mingus

With Bill Goldberg & Ben Young

Free Hybrid Listening Sessions
Wednesday, May 11th, 2022, 7:00-9:00pm EST US (with guest Yoko Miwa)
Wednesday, May 25th, 2022, 7:00-9:00pm (with guest Ricky Ford)
(Zoom “Doors” Open at 6:55pm)

Interactive Online Session via Zoom
And also onsite in Studio A at the

Multicultural Arts Center (MAC) / Cambridge Community Center for the Arts (CCCA)
41 Second Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
(Enter from the street-side patio at the Multicultural Arts Center lower level, go straight ahead through the kitchen/lounge, take the staircase (door on the right in the middle of the hall past the kitchen) to the 2nd floor, and take and left and a right to enter Studio A.
Free on street parking after 6:00pm; Red (Kendall/MIT) or Green (Lechmere) station within walking distance; Very affordable garage parking ($5 after 5:00pm) at The East Cambridge Parking Garage, 35 First Street, Cambridge, MA 02141 (Enter off Spring Street, between First & Second Streets, one block away from us, and open 24/7)

Free (Onsite attendance limited to 15)
Get Your Free Ticket(s) Online At:
(Advanced online registration required for onsite attendance | Optional online donations (by Credit/Debit/PayPal/Venmo) appreciated)

Charles Mingus was born 100 years this year on April 22nd in Nogales, AZ. To celebrate the centennial of his birth, JazzBoston, the Cambridge Community Center for the Arts (CCCA), and the Multicultural Arts Center (MAC), will present two HOT CLUB Listening Sessions. The program will be live and hybrid zoom. We invite you to join us live, and if you attend in person, bring your Mingus favorites in vinyl or CD format. The program will hosted by Bill Goldberg and Ben Young.Mingus was one of the most unique musicians in the 20th century, a virtuoso bassist, composer, band leader. His recording career spanned almost 4 decades with an early recording in 1943 with Louis Armstrong. It is no exaggeration to call Charles Mingus the greatest bass player in the history of Jazz; indeed, some might even regard it as understatement, for the hurricane power of his work as a composer, teacher, band leader, and iconoclast reacher far beyond Jazz to its heritage in the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Art Tatum, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk. To this day his music is played by musicians all over the globe.The broadest concept for sessions such as these two is to listen to Jazz records. Listening all together strengthens understanding and community, and listening in person—with appropriate precautions—will keep the Jazz flame lit for all of us. These sessions inaugurate our bi-weekly “hot club”-style listening activity rooted in Cambridge, following in the footsteps of our successful February 21st pilot session, “Pres on Presidents’ Day”.This environment is designed to welcome curious beginners and long-time Jazz listeners. We’ll outline Charles Migus’ importance context of the greater arc of the music—but most of all we’re here to dig into the great sounds. Visitors from high-school age and up should benefit, and even middle schoolers who are involved in Jazz playing.Come see what it’s all about!

For everyone’s safety and health, masks are required for all in-person participants and staff (regardless of vaccination status). The venue is equipped with medical grade air filtration, and additional mobile filter devices.

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!

JazzBoston membership is now 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.

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:

One Time Only: Dom Turkowski

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 saxophonist Dom Turkowski, a Serge Chaloff protégé who died at the young age of 25 on March 15, 1963.  Read about him here.