March 2008

Jazz Week '08: 175 Events and Counting...

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Jazz Week '08: 175 Events and Counting...

The full lineup for Jazz Week '08 is taking shape quickly, with more than 175 events scheduled so far at venues all across the Greater Boston area. You can find the complete Jazz Week events calendar, updated daily, in the Jazz Week section of the JazzBoston website at

The cast of artists appearing during Jazz Week at nearly 70 venues includes Miguel Zenon, Terri Lyne Carrington, Myanna, Equie Castrillo, Jim Hobbs and the Fully Celebrated Orchestra, Jason Palmer, Najee, Dave Bryant, Frank Wilkins, Garrison Fewell, Yoko Miwa, Kenny Garrett, Dominique Eade, Andre Ward, Arni Cheatham, Greg Hopkins, Ray Santisi, Rachel Price, Kurtis Rivers, Al Vega, Grace Kelly, Laszlo Gardony, Semenya McCord, Pierre Hurel, and James Merenda.

Participating in Jazz Week for the first time are Vernissage Restaurant, the Middle East, Sally O'Brien's Bar & Grill, Roxbury Community College, Boston University, Boston College, Biff's Lounge, 711 Bistro & Sushi Bar, the Sherborn Inn, Outpost 186, Redline, and the Mission Bar & Grill.

On Saturday, May 3, JazzBoston's second annual Jazz Week benefit concert will be held at Berklee Performance Center at 8 p.m. "A Kaleidoscopic View of Jazz in Boston" will feature former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky,in only his second jazz performance ever, with drummer Rakalam Bob Moses. Also set to appear: George Garzone and Friends; the Coltrane EOP Quartet; the Marianne Solivan Quartet with Eric Hofbauer, Dmitry Ishenko and Mike Connors; and the Berklee City Music All-Stars Quintet.

Proceeds from the stylistically wide-ranging event will go to three outstanding jazz outreach programs in the Boston Public Schools - the John Coltrane Memorial Concert Educational Outreach Program, the New England Conservatory Community Performances and Partnerships Program, and the Berklee College of Music City Music Program, which will be represented onstage. Please come and bring your friends. General admission tickets are $15; students, seniors, and JazzBoston members, $10; under 16, $5.

For the second year in a row, JazzBoston will present "Jazz Week @ the Boston Public Library," a series of free weekday and evening seminars covering a range of topics for audiences of all ages and backgrounds at the Main Library in Copley Square. Don't miss this rare opportunity to interact with three legendary Boston-based musicians when vocalist Mae Arnette, trumpeter/composer Hy Lockhart, and pianist/composer Al Vega convene on May 1 for "Reflections on Boston's Jazz History."

In addition, you can hear some of Boston's most talented young musicians during "Jazz Week @ Borders," a series of free after-work jazz concerts at the bookstore's Copley Square location from April 28 to May 2. The series is presented by JazzBoston in partnership with Borders and Berklee College of Music's Professional Performance Division. Details on both free series can be found on the Jazz Week schedule of events.

JazzBoston would like to thank all our Jazz Week '08 sponsors for their generous support: Jazz Week Primary Sponsor the Regattabar; Lead Sponsors Scullers Jazz Club, Marsalis Music, and The Beehive; Major Sponsors John Hancock, Boston Pops JazzFest, and Live Nation; and BostonNOW, our print sponsor once again this year.

For more information about Jazz Week, go to

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Tenor sax master Benny Golson (photo left), composer of legendary jazz songs "Killer Joe" and "I Remember Clifford," takes center stage at a free "musical conversation" at Harvard University's New College Theatre, 10-12 Holyoke St., Cambridge, on Thursday, April 17, at 4 p.m. WGBH-FM's Steve Schwartz moderates the discussion presented by Harvard's "Learning From Performers" program.

On Saturday, April 19, at 4 p.m., Golson will be joined by pianist Mulgrew Miller and the Harvard Jazz Bands at Sanders Theatre for a tribute concert, "Along Came Benny." Call (617)495-2222 for ticket information. Read more.

To celebrate "Percussion Days 2008" at Berklee College of Music, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington presents a tribute to Max Roach on Wednesday, April 2, at 1 p.m. in Recital Hall 1W, 1140 Boylston St., Boston. On Thursday, April 3, drummer Yoron Israel and pianist Laszlo Gardony take part in "Duet Explorations" at 1 p.m. in David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston St., Boston. Read more.

New England Conservatory's Keller Jazz Series presents a number of free concerts featuring student ensembles in the school's Keller Room led by NEC faculty members. Performances start at 7 p.m. Coming up: groups led by Cecil McBee and John Lockwood, April 7; Cecil McBee, Apr. 8; Danilo Perez, Apr. 9; Joe Morris and Bob Nieske, Apr. 15. Read full concert listings.

Members Connection

JazzBoston members can purchase discounted tickets ($10) to our second annual Jazz Week benefit concert, "A Kaleidoscopic View of Jazz in Boston," at Berklee Performance Center on May 3. Call the box office at 617/931-2000 or go to after April 7.

And don't forget that JazzBoston members also receive discounts at the Regattabar, Scullers, the Real Deal Jazz Club and Cafe, The Beehive, Ryles, The Redline Restaurant and the Vernissage Restaurant's "Jazz Thursdays at Vernissage." On April 3 Vernissage is celebrating its first anniversary presenting jazz with a special show featuring the Maxim Lubarsky Group and guests Bernardo Monk, Angela Rossi and Marianne Solivan.

For discounts at all these venues, just show your JazzBoston card at the door, or when calling for reservations, give your name and member number.

With April almost upon us, this is also a good time to check the expiration date on your JazzBoston membership card and sign up to renew. For our earliest members, the expiration date is April 21, 2008. However, to avoid any inconvenience during Jazz Week, we're extending that date to May 5. Click here to renew now.

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