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 www.jazzboston.org/jazzweek.
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 www.jazzboston.org/jazzweek.