February 2010

Jazz Week '10, April 23-May 2: Made in Boston, Played in Boston

Members Connection I

Members Connection II: Free Tix to Rebecca Parris, Marta Gomez, Mango Blue, Stanley Sagov, Buster Williams, More

JazzBoston Celebrates 4th Birthday at The Beehive: Honors John Coltrane Memorial Concert Co-Founder Leonard Brown
Freebie Sampler

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Jazz Week '10, April 23-May 2: Made in Boston, Played in Boston

For 10 days from April 23 to May 2, Jazz Week '10 will celebrate the broad range of jazz created and performed in Boston today and the artists who have inspired and are inspired by the city's energetic music scene.

Officially proclaimed by Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston and and the Cambridge City Council and coordinated and promoted for the fourth consecutive year by JazzBoston, Jazz Week '10: Made in Boston, Played in Boston will feature more than 200 events that offer a look to the future and a nod to the past. It will showcase everything from films, children's events, and electronic music programs to tributes to influential figures in the city's rich cultural history.

In addition to performances by musicians of every generation and style, Jazz Week '10 continues the tradition of offering free and low-cost events in scores of venues all over the Greater Boston area - from clubs, galleries, museums, and churches to libraries, universities, hotels, and community centers. Watch www.jazzboston.org for news about this year's lineup.

JazzBoston thanks our early Jazz Week '10 Sponsors and Partners. We are very proud to have the support of The New England Conservatory of Music as Jazz Week's Primary Sponsor once again this year. NEC's participation in Jazz Week '10 will cap the celebration of the 40th anniversary of its Jazz Studies Program during the 2009 - 2010 academic year. We extend special thanks to Scullers Jazz Club, a Lead Sponsor of Jazz Week since its revival in 2007, and to the Boston Pops, which returns as a Major Sponsor for the third consecutive year as it celebrates its 125th season. Special thanks also to our partner and friend, the Berklee College of Music, which joins us a Major Sponsor for the first time this year.

We also want to thank the Phoenix Media/Communications Group, the official print media sponsor of Jazz Week '10, and WGBH 89.7 FM, Boston's premiere jazz radio station, which will be Jazz Week's official radio sponsor once again.

For information about participating in Jazz Week '10, click here.

Members Connection I

We are happy to announce that the Regent Theatre, the Amazing Things Art Center, and Chianti Tuscan Restaurant & Jazz Lounge are JazzBoston's newest Membership Partners.

JazzBoston members will receive discounts to any jazz or jazz-related events the Regent Theatre hosts, including $5 off preferred, reserved, or balcony seats to vocalist Rebecca Parris's Valentine's Day concerts this Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The 500-seat Regent, known as "Arlington's Show Place of Entertainment," is located at 7 Medford St., Arlington.

The Amazing Things Art Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham, is offering JazzBoston members the same discount as its own members - approximately 15% off jazz or jazz-related shows. In addition to presenting a wide range of music, theater, and children's and family events, Amazing Things houses an art gallery featuring a variety of special exhibits. Also, every Tuesday from 8 to 11 p.m. the Center hosts a jazz jam.

If you live in or are traveling to Boston's North Shore, the Chianti Tuscan Restaurant & Jazz Lounge, 285 Cabot St., Beverly, is the area's newest spot to hear live jazz. Chianti now offers JazzBoston members a 10% discount on meals.

JazzBoston members also receive discounts at the Regattabar, Scullers, The Beehive, Ryles, The Redline, The Stork Club, the Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA), 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.

Click here to become a JazzBoston member now.

Members Connection II: Free Tix to Rebecca Parris, Marta Gomez, Mango Blue, Stanley Sagov, Buster Williams, More

The Regent Theatre, a new JazzBoston Membership Partner, is offering JazzBoston members one pair of free tickets to each of this weekend's "In Love with Parris" Valentine's Day concerts featuring vocalist Rebecca Parris (photo left) and her trio. The shows are on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. Members, write to newsletter@jazzboston.org now to claim these tickets, and please note which date you're interested in.

Scullers Jazz Club is offering JazzBoston members free tickets to four upcoming shows. The club is offering five pairs of tickets to hear the vocal jazz septet PRISM on Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.; five pairs of tickets to both the 8 and 10 p.m. Feb. 26 shows for vocalist Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers; five pairs of tickets to bassist Buster Williams' and his Something More quartet on Mar. 2 at 8 p.m.; and five pairs of tickets to drummer Cindy Blackman's Another Lifetime band on Mar. 3 at 8 p.m. If you are a JazzBoston member, write to newsletter@jazzboston.org now to claim these tickets, and please note which show you're interested in.

The Jazz Club at the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge is offering JazzBoston members a pair of tickets to hear Latin jazz singer Marta Gomez on Friday, Feb. 19, at 9 p.m. Click here for show details. If you are a JazzBoston member and would like to claim these tickets, write to newsletter@jazzboston.org now.

The Regattabar is offering JazzBoston members one pair of tickets each to hear the Latin jazz ensemble Mango Blue on Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. and pianist Stanley Sagov and his group on Mar. 5 at 10 p.m. Members, write to newsletter@jazzboston.org now to claim these tickets, and please note which show you're interested in.

JazzBoston Celebrates 4th Birthday at The Beehive: Honors John Coltrane Memorial Concert Co-Founder Leonard Brown
JazzBoston celebrated its fourth birthday recently with a Members and Friends Appreciation party at The Beehive that drew a large crowd of music lovers ready for a good time on a rainy night. The festivities included a tribute to Leonard Brown, co-founder and co-producer of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert, the world's oldest annual performance tribute to the legendary saxophonist. Brown (right in photo, with trumpeter/bandleader Mark Harvey; photo by Toddi Norum) was not only made a lifetime member of JazzBoston, he was presented with a JazzBoston totebag of gear, including T-shirt and hat.

Door prizes and great music by Greg Hopkins, Jeff Galindo, Bertram Lehmann, and others kept the crowd entertained. Members of JazzBoston's Board of Directors and Artistic Advisers came out as did as well known Boston musicians Cercie Miller, Syd Smart, Laszlo Gardony, Donal Fox, Ken Field, Wannetta Jackson, Andre Ward, Bill Lowe, and Dominique Eade, plus jazz fans like Ron Bell, senior advisor for community affairs in the Office of the Governor, and Lisa Simmons, founder & president of The Color of Film Collaborative. And a big shout-out of thanks to The Beehive for hosting and to JazzBoston volunteers Jane Juliano, Dennis Marfurt, and Leslie Weston, who made sure everybody had a great time. Go to JazzBoston's Facebook page to see more photos from the party.

Freebie Sampler

A number of jazz heavyweights will be in town over the next month offering a variety of workshops and performances that are free and open to the public. Bassist Dave Holland (photo left) gets things started at New England Conservatory on Thursday, Feb. 11, with a free concert with NEC student ensembles at 8 p.m. at NEC's Brown Hall.

Pianist and composer Fred Hersch will appear solo in NEC's Jordan Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. performing his own works and music by Thelonious Monk, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and others.

View full NEC calendar of events here.

Drummer Mike Clark, who counts stints with Herbie Hancock, Mose Allison, Wayne Shorter, and Bobby McFerrin on one of the lengthiest resumes in jazz and funk, presents a clinic on Feb. 17 at 1:15 p.m. at Berklee's Berk Recital Hall.

Antonio Sanchez, drummer with Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, and Gary Burton, leads a clinic at Berk Recital Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 1:15 p.m., while vocalist Lisa Thorson heads up an ensemble in concert on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Berklee's David Friend Recital Hall.

On Monday, Mar. 1, New Orleans-born saxophonist Donald Harrison presents free clinics at David Friend Recital Hall at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Singer and pianist Carolyn Wilkins teams up with Minnesota poet Phil Bryant, who will read from his new book, "Stompin' at the Grand Terrace: A Jazz Memoir in Verse," on Tuesday, Mar. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at David Friend Recital Hall.

View full Berklee calendar of events here.

For something completely different, check out the free jazz reading and discussion group this Saturday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Dudley Branch Library, 65 Warren St., Roxbury. The group will meet five times, on every third Saturday starting this weekend. Led by trombonist, tubist, and educator Bill Lowe, participants will cover books including "Clawing at the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever" and "Jazzwomen: Conversations with Twenty-one Musicians."

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