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.