April 2009

Discover Your Jazz During Jazz Week '09

Chefs Jam for Jazz Week
Presenters, Venues Help Make Live Jazz Affordable During Jazz Week '09
What's Your Jazz? Show Us, or Tell Us, and Win a Prize
JazzBoston Honors Roy Haynes at Harvard
Thanks to Our Jazz Week Sponsors
Write Us, Join Us, Please Pass This On...

Discover Your Jazz During Jazz Week '09

Jazz Week '09 kicks off on Saturday, April 25, with events in neighborhoods and towns all across the Boston area - from Allston, the South End, and Hyde Park, to Cambridge, Framingham, Newton, and Winthrop. You'll find listings of all these events in the Jazz Week '09 brochure that's available in scores of locations throughout Greater Boston and on the special Jazz Week '09 schedule of events on the JazzBoston website, which includes newly announced events being added daily.

The nine days of Jazz Week, from April 25 to May 3, will help every music lover answer the question posed by this year's theme, "What's your jazz?" The third annual celebration of the music features more than 200 events of every style imaginable, many of them free or low-cost, in over 75 venues. Coordinated and promoted by JazzBoston and produced independently by participating musicians, presenters, clubs, educational institutions, community centers, and other organizations, Jazz Week '09 is the product of a collaborative effort by representatives of Boston's entire jazz community.

Among the highlights:

  • Jazz Week @ the Boston Public Library, a series of free afternoon and evening seminars, movies, and music at the Main Library in Copley Square, including the Boston premiere of "The Music Inn," the historic film of masters who shaped the course of jazz; "Jazzin' the Generations," an interactive conversation exploring how life's lessons can be shared through jazz; and "Riffs & Raps II," an introduction to the sounds and experience of jazz for the very young
  • Jazz Week @ Fan Pier, a series of free jazz shows as part of the Volvo Ocean Race festivities
  • Jazz Meets Salsa, a special Latin jazz concert and dance party on Apr. 25, with a jazz cocktail hour and salsa and swing dance lessons at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
  • Jazz Week @ Barnes & Noble, showcasing Boston-based artists with a selection of CDs available at the store this week only and a free live performance by the Infrared Band on May 1, presented by JazzBoston in partnership with Somerville independent label Creative Nation Music.
  • Jazz at the State House, a free concert on the Grand Staircase on April 30 (Note correct date) as part of the Governor's Lunchtime Cultural Series, performed by the New England Conservatory Honors Jazz Ensemble in celebration of 40 years of jazz at NEC.
Chefs Jam for Jazz Week
Boston area chefs will celebrate Jazz Week as JazzBoston teams up with the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and its member restaurants to promote great listening and dining experiences at affordable prices. You'll find jazz-inspired menus for two-course lunches at $14 and two-course dinners at $20 at some of the area's most popular restaurants. Although many restaurants will participate on all nine days of Jazz Week, some may offer Jazz Week menus for lunch or dinner only or on weekdays only. The restaurants listed below are participating in Chefs Jam for Jazz Week. Visit the Chefs Jam for Jazz Week page on the JazzBoston website for details.
  • Avila Modern Mediterranean Restaurant, Boston
  • Flora, Arlington
  • The Fireplace, Brookline
  • The Grand Parlor at the Emerson Inn By The Sea, Rockport
  • Icarus Restaurant, Boston
  • Kennedy's Midtown, Boston
  • La Morra, Brookline
  • Longwood Grille, Boston
  • Mass Southwest Bar & Grill, Woburn
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House, Boston
  • Tantric India Bistro, Boston
  • Upstairs on the Square, Cambridge.
Presenters, Venues Help Make Live Jazz Affordable During Jazz Week '09
Live jazz will be more accessible and affordable than ever during Jazz Week '09, with a number of venues and presenters offering free tickets and discounted cover charges for selected shows from April 25 to May 3. Several businesses providing music-related products and services are also joining the Jazz Week celebration by offering special discounts.

You'll find the most up-to-date list and details on the JazzBoston website. Among those offering discounts or free tickets during Jazz Week:

  • Scullers Jazz Club
  • Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
  • The Jazz Club at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
  • First Act Guitar Studio, Boston
  • Blink Music Studios.

What's Your Jazz? Show Us, or Tell Us, and Win a Prize
There's jazz for every taste year-round in Boston, and more than ever during Jazz Week, so we'd like to hear about your jazz. Answer the question, "What's your jazz?" by sending us a short video or a written response. Just begin with the words "My jazz..." and go from there.

Send your entries to myjazz@jazzboston.org. Multiple entries are welcome. Videos and quotes will be posted to the JazzBoston website and YouTube channel. Prizes will be awarded for the best responses. If you have a question, write to myjazz@jazzboston.org. Check www.jazzboston.org for updates on the contest and prizes.

JazzBoston Honors Roy Haynes at Harvard
Boston native and jazz giant Roy Haynes was the first recipient of the "Roy Haynes Award," established in honor of the drummer by JazzBoston to recognize "exceptional contributions to jazz and the jazz community." JazzBoston Executive Director Pauline Bilsky made the presentation at Harvard University during a special Jazz Week Preview concert at Sanders Theatre featuring Haynes with the Harvard Jazz Bands and special guest Roy Hargrove. The concert and award were the culmination of Haynes' week-long residency at Harvard as a 2009 Jazz Master. (In photo left, Bilsky unveils the award trophy as Hargrove, in background, and Haynes look on. Photo by Eric Antoniou.)
Thanks to Our Jazz Week Sponsors

The New England Conservatory of Music, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of its Jazz Studies Program during the 2009 - 2010 academic year, is this year's Primary Sponsor of Jazz Week. Scullers Jazz Club and the Joslin Diabetes Center's Singing for a Cure are Lead Sponsors. Other sponsors include the Boston Pops Orchestra, Live Nation, The Beehive, and John Hancock. The Phoenix Media/Communications Group is the official print media sponsor of Jazz Week '09, and WGBH 89.7 FM is the official radio sponsor.

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