Summer is the time for day trips and weekend excursions to great jazz festivals all over New England. Hop in the car and drive until you hear the sound of live jazz!


The Dudley Jazz Festival
Saturday, July 28, 12 – 6 PM, Mary Hannon Park, Dorchester, MA
Rain location: Bruce C. Bowling Building 2nd floor, 2300 Washington St., Roxbury, MA
Lineup: The Fred Woodard Collective, Lydia Harrell, Monte Croft, Ricky Ford
Free admission
Cambridge Jazz Festival
Saturday, July 28, 2 PM, “Jazz & Gender: Challenging Inequality and Forging a New Legacy,” special ticketed event,  limited seating, 47 Howard Street, Cambridge
Panel moderator: Terri Lyne Carrington; panel members: Tia Fuller, Ingrid Monson, Ron Savage, guests
Tickets $25
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Sunday, July 29, 12 – 6 PM, Donehy Park, Cambridge, MA
Lineup: Terri Lyne Carrington, Receitas De Samba featuring Anna Borges & Bill Ward, Mind Flo, The Ron Savage Trio, Gabrielle Goodman
Free admission


Newport Jazz Festival
Friday,  August 3 – Sunday, August 5
Cost: Ticket price varies. See all ticket pricing here.
Friday lineup:
Sangam, R&R=NOW, Still Dreaming, BADBADNOTGOOD, Living Colour, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Tony Allen, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition, Michel Camilo, Marquis Hill Blacktet, Alicia Olatuja, Sonnymoon, Matthew Shipp Trio, Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop Ensembles
Storyville Stage: Gabriel Royal, Cynthia Sayer Trio, Venus & Mars, Laila Biali, Lensing the Newport Mob: On Jazz on a Summer’s Day
Saturday lineup:
Charles Lloyd New Quartet, Pat Metheney, Andra Day, Laurie Anderson & Christian McBride, Jon Batiste, Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers, Harold Mabern & Eric Alexander, Grace Kelly, Trio 3, Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves, Roy Hargrove, Louis Cole Big Band Blowout, Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl, Charenée Wade, URI Big Band
Storyville Stage: Sara Caswell & Dave Stryker, Diego Figueiredo & Julien Labro Duo, Emmet Cohen, Estar Cohen, Isaiah J. Thompson Trio
Sunday lineup:
Charles Lloyd & Friends, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Gregory Porter, Artemis, Ambrose Akinmusire’s Origami Harvest, GoGo Penguin, James Carter Organ Trio, Black Art Jazz Collective, Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio, Nicole Mitchell’s Dusty Wings, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Jazzmeia Horn, Herlin Riley New York-Havana Connection, Nate Smith + KINFOLK, MMEA Jazz Ensemble
Storyville Stage: Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino Duo, Bill Charlap, Matthew Whitaker & Jake Leckie Duo, Micah Thomas, Helen Sung on Tap
Rockport Jazz Festival
Saturday, Aug. 4 – Sunday, August 12, Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA
Lineup: Harold López-Nussa Trio, Grace Kelly(SOLD OUT), Kurt Elling, Monty Alexander, Joe Lovano Classic Quartet
Cost: Tickets start at $35.00
Provincetown Jazz Festival
Thursday, Aug. 9 & Monday, Aug. 13, Provincetown, MA
Thursday lineup: Cassandra McKinley, Myanna
Cost: $33.50 (includes $3.50 service charge)
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Monday lineup: Tim Ray Trio, Daryl Sherman
Cost: $33.50 (includes $3.50 service charge)
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Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival
Saturday, Aug. 11, Springfield, MA
Lineup: Maceo Parker, Pedrito Martinez Group, Jon Clearly
Free Admission
Salem Jazz & Soul Festival
Saturday, Aug. 18 – Sunday, August 19, Salem Willows, Salem, MA
Saturday lineup: DJ sets by Radio Scotvoid, Salem High Jazz Band, Ethan Santos, The Darlings, First Friday Funk Allstar Revue, Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Sunday lineup: DJ sets by Radio Scotvoid, North Shore Jazz Project, Krew de Roux, The Gravel Project, The Runaround Sound, BT/ALC Big Band
Free admission
Boston Jazz Festival
Saturday, Aug. 25, 12 PM, Boston Maritime Park, Seaport,Boston, MA
Lineup: TBA
Free admission
Martha’s Vineyard Jazz and Blues Summerfest 2018
Thursday, Aug. 30 – Sunday, Sept. 2
Lineup: Jazzmeia Horn, SAGE, Alyson Williams, Maysa
Cost: $65.00 adults, $20.00 students, $5.00 kids


Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival
Sunday, September 30, Columbus Ave., west of Mass. Ave.
Lineup: TBD. Details in our September newsletter.
The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival is Boston’s biggest block party—a free, annual, outdoor public concert that has delighted hundreds of thousands of music lovers over the years with its host of jazz, Latin, blues, funk, and groove performances, along with KidsJam, an instrument petting zoo, and an array of food vendors. Each year, the festival is the place to be in Boston on the last Saturday of September as the community comes together in a bond forged in the joy of great live music.
Free Admission