Bring out the music in you: Join Mel King and other jazz lovers and community leaders for the 5th annual Beans & Cornbread Jazzfest Breakfast.

There’s no better way than this to warm up for the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival. Stop by from 9 AM to noon for a home-cooked meal prepared by the chefs of the Columbus Avenue AME Zion Church and live music by a multigenerational line-up of local artists.

“We wanted to give an opportunity to some of our youth, and adults as well, to display what they can do,” explains King about the choice of performers. “We have a 10-year-old who sings and raps about bully-proofing.” One of King’s own songs – he has been a poet and songwriter all his life – is on the program.

Tickets are $25 each, and all proceeds will go to support the new recording studio at the South End Technology Center @ Tent City, a collaborative venture with MIT to engage more people in the technology revolution by providing free or low-cost training. Inclusive as always, King says “Pay more if you can, less if you can’t.

Saturday, September 24, 9 AM to 12 PM
Columbus Avenue AME Zion Church
600 Columbus Ave. at Northampton Street

At Beantown, be sure to stop by the JazzBoston tent. Look for the black and white banners in the middle of the action, check out our t-shirts, totes, and hats, and meet our partners – ArtsBoston, the Museum of African American History, and the Brigham & Women’s Hospital Lung Center. Find out about the connection between good music and good health.