June/July 2009

JazzBoston Partners with the Boston Public Library To Bring Jazz to the Courtyard

Members Connection: Free Tix to Scullers, Regattabar Shows
Freebie Sampler: Hot Fun in the Summertime
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JazzBoston Partners with the Boston Public Library To Bring Jazz to the Courtyard

Building on a partnership that has created a number of innovative programs for middle-school students and young children, JazzBoston is teaming up with the Boston Public Library to present five not-to-be-missed jazz performances at the Main Library in Copley Square as part of this summer's Concerts in the Courtyard series. The performances all take place on Friday afternoons from 12:30 to 1:30, and they are all free.

"The Boston Public Library has benefitted tremendously from our various partnerships with JazzBoston," says Koren Stembridge, Director, Partnerships & Communications for the BPL. "From children learning about jazz in the branches to concerts in the courtyard, the library is swinging!"

The jointly presented lineup for this summer's concerts kicks off on July 10 with the hot young trumpeter Jason Palmer and his quartet, and concludes on Aug. 28 with the unique collaboration of poet Robert Pinsky accompanied by drummer Rakalam Bob Moses and saxophonist Andrew Urbina (photo above).

Between these two bookends, you can hear the swing and jumping blues of the Ricky "King" Russell Band featuring Daniel Banks on July 17; the Allan Chase Trio on July 24, with John Damian on guitar and Bob Nieske on bass; and the John Kordalewski Trio on Aug. 14, with Bill Lowe on trombone and John Lockwood on bass. Check the JazzBoston events calendar for more details.

Don't miss this opportunity to sample a wide range of jazz and improvised music in one of the city's most gracious outdoor spaces. All you need are ears!

Members Connection: Free Tix to Scullers, Regattabar Shows

Scullers Jazz Club and the Regattabar are offering JazzBoston members free tickets to a number of summer shows. Scullers is offering 10 pairs of free tickets to each of the following: fusion ensemble Hiroshima, July 22; conguero Poncho Sanchez, July 30; vibraphonist Jason Marsalis (photo right), Aug. 26; and vocalist Tierney Sutton, August 28. Regattabar is offering two pairs of free tickets to each of these shows: saxophonist Lee Konitz and Minsarah (photo left), July 8; vocalist Tessa Souter, July 22; and singer/songwriter/pianist Spencer Day, Aug. 20. All tickets are to the 7:30 p.m. shows. If you are a JazzBoston member, write to newsletter@jazzboston.org now to claim these tickets.

JazzBoston members receive discounts at the Regattabar, Scullers, The Beehive, Ryles, The Redline Restaurant, the Jazz Club at the Multicultural Arts Center, the Vernissage Restaurant's "Jazz Thursdays at Vernissage," and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's Thursday evening jazz series, "Jazz at the Gardner." 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.

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Freebie Sampler: Hot Fun in the Summertime
The summer months are jam-packed with free shows all over town, both outdoors and indoors, night and day.

"Jazz in July Outdoors" is presented by the Downtown Crossing Partnership in Downtown Crossing on Wednesdays at the Summer Street Mall and Fridays at Reader's Park from noon to 2 p.m. Appearing are Harry Fix (July 1, 3), Lance Martin (July 8, 10), the John Kordalewski Trio (July 15, 17), Musique (July 22, 24), and Code 51 (July 29, 31).

"Jazz in July Indoors," also presented by the Downtown Crossing Partnership, takes place evenings at Mantra, Max & Dylan's Kitchen-Bar, Ivy Restaurant, Terrace at Avenue in the Hyatt Hotel, and Vinalia. Among those performing: Jazz in the Air, Yoko Miwa (photo above), SLYS Jazz, and Marlene Jazz. Go to the Jazz in July website for details.

In the Back Bay, the Prudential Center summer concert series, which runs from noon to 1 p.m. in the South Garden, 800 Boylston St., continues with Carmen Spada (July 1), John Licata (July 8), La Timbistica (July 15), Pamela Hines (July 22), and the Beantown Swing Orchestra (July 29).

The Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park, Franklin Park Playstead near Valley Gates, hosts Kendrick Oliver & the New Life Jazz Ensemble and Vivian Cooley-Collier & Company on July 14 at 7 p.m., and the Latin jazz group Temtumbao on July 28 at 7 p.m.

You can catch the Makanda Project at the Roxbury Heritage Park, 183 Roxbury St., on July 25 and Aug. 15 from 1 to 4:30 p.m, as it pays tribute to the late composer and Boston native, Makanda Ken McIntyre.

Berklee College of Music presents a number of performances in summer series around the area. Esperanto appears July 8, 6:30 p.m., at the Sherborn Library; guitarist Roy Guzman appears July 11 at 5 p.m. in Derby Square, Salem; La Timbistica, July 23, noon, in Kendall Square, and 6 p.m. at the Institute of Contemporary Art; and guitarist Alex Wintz, July 30, noon, in Kendall Square, and 6 p.m., at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Other Berklee shows include the Tito Puente Latin Music Series at Mozart Park in Jamaica Plain and O'Day Park in the South End. The series features Orquestra Bacharengue, July 9, Mozart Park; Javier Arroyo and the Salsa Night Band, July 16, O'Day Park; Obbini Tumbao, July 23, O'Day Park; and Victor Mendoza, July 30, O'Day Park. All shows start at 7 p.m.

Also, Billy Buss and Angel as part of the "Swingin' in Mothers Rest" series in the Back Bay Fens, July 22, 6 p.m.; Katie Thiroux, July 20, 5 p.m., Regattabar Courtyard, Harvard Square; and the International String Trio, July 27, 5 p.m., Regattabar Courtyard.

Click here for info on the full Berklee summer series calendar.

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