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Sep 24 2016

5th annual Beans & Cornbread Jazzfest Breakfast

By |September 24th, 2016|Commentary|0 Comments

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 [...]

Sep 2 2016

Opportunity Fund Open Application

By |September 2nd, 2016|Commentary|0 Comments

Applications are now being accepted for September. The application submission window closes on 9/15. Grants will be made to individual artists for specific needs, such as materials, professional development costs, conference fees, and stipends for teaching artists. Applicants may request up to $1,000. $10,000 will be available per month until it runs out. Learn more [...]

Jul 14 2016

A Newport Snapshot: The Herb Pomeroy Big Band, 1958

By |July 14th, 2016|Commentary|0 Comments

By Dick Vacca It’s mid July, and that means the 2016 edition of America’s oldest jazz festival, at Newport, is just weeks away. Boston jazz musicians, starting of course with pianist George Wein, the event’s founder, have always been a presence at Newport, and sometimes they’ve provided some sensational music. So it was in 1958, [...]

Apr 18 2016

Jazz Speaks for Life

By |April 18th, 2016|Commentary|0 Comments

By Emmett G. Price III – In the foreword to the playbill of the famed 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. passionately affirmed that, “Jazz speaks for life.” He proclaimed, “Much of the power of our Freedom Movement in the United States has come from this music. It has strengthened us [...]

Apr 16 2016

Reasons Why I Love Jazz

By |April 16th, 2016|Commentary|0 Comments

By Grace-Mary Burega – Jazz. A single word that encompasses a world full of ideas and people. Multifarious and diverse, yet unifying. As a young adult, I often feel alienated by my love of jazz. I live in a world of swing and bebop, yet my friends seem confused by the name "jazz.” When I [...]

Apr 15 2016

The Duke Ellington Sacred Concerts at 50

By |April 15th, 2016|Commentary|0 Comments

By Mark Harvey – The fall of 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the Duke Ellington Sacred Concerts. These important presentations were significant formulations of the composer’s evolving personal and social religiosity, influenced by the intersections of religion, culture, and civil rights. Further, these works are also abiding testaments to the creativity and deep meaning [...]