The Boston area jazz scene is growing, and we are grateful to all the members of our community for working together to continue to celebrate this important music!  In particular, we are pleased that JazzBoston, the Cambridge Jazz Foundation, and the Boston Jazz Foundation have agreed to collaborate on a number of projects.  Please note that these three non-profit organizations are independent, with differing areas of focus, but all are working towards the mutual goal of support & advocacy of improvisational jazz, a music that originated in the African American community.  You can help by donating to them individually at their respective websites.  Thank you!

Support JazzBoston’s $15,000 campaign for our free jazz jam sessions!

Boston Area Jazz Musicians’ Hang & BBQ at the Cambridge Jazz Festival!

JazzBoston Hot Club listening Sessions free & online!

JazzNOW featured Mark Harvey’s Aardvark Jazz Orch on June 6th with their Salute to Ellington!

3rd Annual South Bay Jazz Festival a success!

David Chesnut Jazz Festival – Saturday, August 10th

Get ready for the 9th Annual Cambridge Jazz Festival on July 27 & 28th!

Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival

Boston Jazz Foundation announces the 2024 Charles River Jazz Festival on July 14th

Dudley Jazz Festival Saturday, July 20

JazzBoston Newsletter now accepting paid advertising on a trial basis

We NEED your support to continue JazzBoston’s free all-ages Jazz Jams!

JazzBoston’s free all-ages Thursday jazz jams at Oggi (https://www.oggigourmet.com) in Harvard Sq are on hiatus until the fall.  The jams provided a much-needed opportunity for intermediate & advanced musicians to collaborate directly with a house band of noted area professionals and educators.  This series was formerly grant-funded, but it is currently in need of ongoing support.  That’s where you come in!  JazzBoston is announcing a $15,000 campaign to fully fund this series for one year.  You can make a difference by donating to JazzBoston today – this funding will support stipends for the house band musicians for the next year.  Several generous JazzBoston members have kicked things off by donating a combined $2,000.  Will you help this important series continue?  Donate small or large amounts at https://jazzboston.org/get-involved/donate. Thank you for your free membership, and don’t forget to tell your jazz-loving friends that they can join at https://jazzboston.org!

 

JazzNOW series presented the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra on June 6th with a Salute to Duke Ellington!

 

On June 6th JazzNOW, JazzBoston’s ongoing collaboration with GBH Music,  presented a Salute to Duke Ellington from Mark Harvey’s Aardvark Jazz Orchestra!  You can view the concert now at https://www.wgbh.org/events/gbh-music-presents-jazznow-a-salute-to-duke-ellington-featuring-aardvark-jazz-orchestra.  Thanks to the Goldstein Family Fund for their support of this series!

 

JazzBoston Free Jam Sessions will continue in the fall at Oggi Gourmet in Harvard Square!

FREE, open to the public ALL-AGES jazz jams will continue in the fall at  Oggi, 30 Dunster St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Thursdays from 7-10pm.  When the jams restart in the fall, you can bring your instrument, come to play, come to hang, come to listen, come to have dinner and drinks!  The house band will play a set at 7pm, and the open jam will follow.

 

JazzBoston Hot Club Listening Sessions free & online!

Join Bill Goldberg and his special guests for free online jazz listening sessions mostly (but not always) on first & third Wednesdays of the month at 7pm at the Zoom link:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86215122439?pwd=ZHA5bnpWVFNFVXkxRE01K1I1aWhvZz09 

Coming up:

July 3 at 5:30 pm: Larry Tye, author of the recently published The Jazz Men: How Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie Transformed America.

July 3 at 7:30 pm: Pianists Harvey Diamond & Dave Frank.

July 17: Charlie Sawyer, blues harmonica player, and author B. B. King: From Indianola to Icon: A Personal Odyssey with the King of the Blues.

August 7: Burgin Matthews, author of Magic City: How the Birmingham Jazz Tradition Shaped the Sound of America.

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

https://www.bonfire.com/store/shop-jazz-boston!

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.

https://mailchi.mp/jazzboston.org/membership-sign-up-form

Donations are still accepted in order to assist with ongoing JazzBoston expenses. You can donate at:

 https://jazzboston.org/get-involved/donate/

JazzBoston Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to JazzBoston Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

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 the recording of the Joe Zawinul composition “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” by the Buddy Rich Big Band in 1968, and the connections of the band and that recording to Boston, and to Boston legend Phil Wilson.  You can read about it here!

The Music Museum of New England has posted several interesting articles about important people and places from the Boston area jazz scene.  Take a look at their pieces about Eric JacksonSerge Chaloff, Herb Pomeroy, Lloyd Trotman, and Wally’s Cafe Jazz Club!

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