Jazz Week – A Musical Rite of Spring in its 11th year

Jazz Week ’17, which runs from April 21 through April 30, is the 11th edition of the Greater Boston jazz community’s annual celebration of the music, the musicians who make it, and the venues that present it all across the region. JazzBoston provides the catalyst and framework for this collaborative effort and promotes all events under the Jazz Week umbrella. We also produce free and low-cost special events that expand access to the music by bringing it to the neighborhoods where people live and removing the price barrier.

As always, Jazz Week is scheduled to tie into the national observance of April as Jazz Appreciation Month and, since 2012, International Jazz Day on April 30.

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Thank you Fred Taylor!

In a timely salute to someone who has done more than any other single individual to make Boston the great jazz city it is today, the theme of Jazz Week 2017 is Thank you Fred Taylor.

For more than 5 decades Fred Taylor has been discovering, encouraging, promoting, and showcasing jazz artists from all across the spectrum. He played an important role in creating Boston’s rich jazz heritage with the musicians he brought to his legendary clubs, Paul’s Mall and the Jazz Workshop. He continued enlivening the scene as artistic director of Scullers for 27 years, applying his astute booking sense to developing the club almost from scratch into a world-class venue.

Now Boston’s irrepressible, ageless impresario is embarked on Act 3 of a lifetime devoted to nurturing gifted artists and providing grateful audiences with extraordinary listening experiences. With Jazz Week 2017 we want to thank Fred for Acts 1 and 2.

We are asking musicians, venues, and presenters to designate a performance or show taking place between April 21 and April 30 as a thank-you to Fred Taylor and bill it that way in their promotional materials and calendar submission. We’ll highlight those events in all our Jazz Week 2017 publicity.

If you are a musician, venue or presenter with an event during Jazz Week, click here to find out how to submit it to the JazzBoston/ArtsBoston shared calendar. And whether you’re an aficionado, casual fan, or newcomer, we urge you to visit the calendar often. Event listings are updated daily, and we guarantee you’ll find something that interests you at a price you can afford.

Preview of Jazz Week 2017

Watch this page for details on the third annual Makanda Saturday Night Dance Party on kickoff weekend, Open House Community Celebration of International Jazz Day on the closing day, and other JazzBoston special events in between.