February 2011

Jazz Week '11: This is Jazz Set for April 29-May 8 with More Than 250 Events; Participate, Volunteer, Be a Sponsor

BOND at The Langham, Boston, Signs On as a Lead Sponsor of Jazz Week '11
See Your Name or Promote Your Business in Jazz Week '11 Brochure
JazzBoston Celebrates 5th Birthday at Ryles; Honors WGBH's Steve Schwartz
Members Connection: Enter Drawing To Win Free Tickets to Bobby McFerrin, Charles Neville, Angela Bofill, Kenny Werner, Cyrus Chestnut, more
Freebie Sampler

Musicians: Apply by Mar. 26 to Be Part of Joe's Jazz and Blues Festival

Write Us, Join Us, Please Pass This On....

Jazz Week '11: This is Jazz Set for April 29-May 8 with More Than 250 Events; Participate, Volunteer, Be a Sponsor

With the theme This Is Jazz, for 10 days from April 29 to May 8, Greater Boston's Jazz Week '11 will open the door to all the places jazz has gone and continues to go.

Officially proclaimed by the Mayors of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville and coordinated and promoted for the fifth consecutive year by JazzBoston, Jazz Week '11: This Is Jazz will celebrate Greater Boston's vibrant jazz scene with hundreds of events in scores of venues all over the area - from clubs, galleries, museums, and churches to libraries, universities, hotels, shopping malls, and community centers.

In addition to performances by Boston-based and visiting musicians of every style and generation, Jazz Week '11 will feature an array of free and low-cost events for all ages, starting with JazzBoston's new kickoff day tradition, Free Friday. Returning for the fifth year will be Jazz Week @ the BPL, a free series of conversations and live music at the Library's Copley Square branch.

If you're a musician, presenter, or venue, you can find more information here about participating in Jazz Week '11.

Click here if you'd like to become a Jazz Week '11 volunteer.

For information about the full range of Jazz Week sponsorship opportunities available, write to jazzweek@jazzboston.org.

Check JazzBoston's Jazz Week '11 page for the full schedule of events, coming soon.

BOND at The Langham, Boston, Signs On as a Lead Sponsor of Jazz Week '11
We are very happy to welcome BOND at The Langham, Boston, 250 Franklin St., as a Lead Sponsor of Jazz Week '11. BOND restaurant|lounge, located inside the hotel, is now presenting The BOND Jazz Experiment, a lineup of emerging jazz artists on Wednesday night's from 7 to 10 p.m. Upcoming performances include vocalist Samantha Ferrell on Feb. 23, Mar. 23, and Apr. 20; saxophonist Jesse Sheinin on Mar. 2; singer and pianist Yvonne Aubert on Mar. 9; pianist Sharik Hasan on Mar. 16 and Apr.6; and singer and violinist Ada Pasternak on Mar. 30.

BOND restaurant|lounge is open seven days a week for lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. DJ Mario appears Thursday through Saturday evenings from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

JazzBoston thanks our early Jazz Week '11 Sponsors and Partners. We extend special thanks to Scullers Jazz Club, a Lead Sponsor of Jazz Week since its revival in 2007, and to our partner and friend, Berklee College of Music, which continues its support of Jazz Week as a Lead Sponsor this year.

We also thank the Boston Public Library, our Venue Partner since 2007, for hosting Jazz Week @ the BPL, the centerpiece of the week's free events, again this year.

We are proud to have the support of American Airlines, the Official Airline of JazzBoston and Jazz Week '11. In addition to offering travel benefits to JazzBoston members year round, American Airlines will provide a special discount to music lovers from all over the United States and the world who are headed to Boston for Jazz Week '11. For details on this discount, watch our website or write to jazzweek@jazzboston.org.

We also want to thank the Phoenix Media/Communications Group, the print media sponsor of Jazz Week '11, and WGBH 89.7 FM, Boston's premiere jazz radio station, which will be Jazz Week's radio sponsor once again.

See Your Name or Promote Your Business in Jazz Week '11 Brochure
JazzBoston is once again offering music lovers, musicians, arts organizations, and small businesses a low-cost opportunity for recognition in the distinctive 4-color, 12-panel Jazz Week program brochure, with over 250 event listings from April 29 to May 8. 50,000 copies of the brochure will be distributed in and around the city at clubs, museums, and other performance venues; schools and universities; community centers and libraries; hotels and restaurants; sports and health clubs; and book stores, audio equipment stores, and other places of business.

In addition, you and your organization/business will also be recognized in JazzBoston's monthly e-newsletter from March to June 2011 and in the Jazz Week section of JazzBoston's website through the end of 2011. The cost is $150 for one line, $200 for 2 lines to add your name or the name of your organization/business and your contact information or message to a list of Friends of Jazz. You will be joining Jazz Week '11 sponsors such as Scullers Jazz Club, Berklee College of Music, American Airlines, and our newest sponsor, BOND at the Langham, Boston. And you will be supporting Boston's jazz community.

The deadline is March 15.

For more information, write to jazzweek@jazzboston.org or call us at (617)369-1913.

JazzBoston Celebrates 5th Birthday at Ryles; Honors WGBH's Steve Schwartz

JazzBoston celebrated its fifth birthday recently with a Members and Friends Appreciation party at Ryles Jazz Club that included a tribute to longtime WGBH-FM jazz host Steve Schwartz (right in photo with, left to right, pianists Frank Wilkins, Donal Fox and Ray Santisi, reedman Stan Strickland, and pianist Al Vega). (Toddi Norum photo.) Tom Everett, Director of Jazz Bands at Harvard, did the honors, after which Schwartz was made a lifetime member of JazzBoston and presented with a JazzBoston totebag of gear, including T-shirt and hat.

There was plenty of great music performed by ­­­­Gray Sargent, Marshall Wood, Jeff Stout, Debbie Larkin, and Les Harris, Jr., and door prizes that included a grand prize just right for this long winter: two round-trip tickets for use on flights within or to Canada, the U.S. 48, Mexico, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and the Caribbean, courtesy of American Airlines, the Official Airline of JazzBoston and Jazz Week '11. Suzanne Rakov, wife of JazzBoston member Simon Rakov, was the very happy winner of the tickets.

Members of JazzBoston's Board of Directors and Artistic Advisers came out as did jazz aficionados like former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky; Darryl Settles, owner of Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen; and Pat Williams, publisher of The Word. Well known Boston musicians attending, in addition to those in the photo above, included Donna Byrne, Amanda Carr, Cercie Miller, Mark Harvey, Fulani Haynes, Ken Field, Elan Trotman, and Andre Ward.

Many thanks to Ryles owner Gary Mitchell and his sister, Aimee Baum, who were fabulous hosts, and to JazzBoston volunteers Suzanne Aleva, Steve Mazzulli, Ed Musmon, Judy Norton, and Rosemary Trainor, who made sure everybody had a great time. To see more photos from the party, go to JazzBoston's Facebook page.

Members Connection: Enter Drawing To Win Free Tickets to Bobby McFerrin, Charles Neville, Angela Bofill, Kenny Werner, Cyrus Chestnut, more

Berklee College of Music is offering JazzBoston members a pair of tickets to hear vocalist Bobby McFerrin on Feb. 24 at Berklee Performance Center at 8:15 p.m. McFerrin will perform an improvisational program with Berklee student vocalists in the 24-member Singing Tribe Ensemble.

Scullers is offering three pairs of tickets to hear guitarist Mimi Fox on Mar. 3 at 8 p.m.; "Angela Bofill Presents..." on Mar. 4 at 10 p.m.; and pianist Kenny Werner and his All-Star Quintet on Mar. 11 at 10 p.m.

Ryles Jazz Club is offering JazzBoston members two pairs of tickets to hear saxophonist Charles Neville (photo left, above) of the legendary Neville Brothers Band with the Harvey Diamond Quartet on Mar. 5 at 9 p.m.

The Regattabar is offering one pair of tickets to each of these shows: Cyrus Chestnut Trio on Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m., Mike Stern on Mar. 2 at 10 p.m., Yoko Miwa Trio on Mar. 9 at 7:30 p.m., Kurt Rosenwinkel on Mar. 11 at 10 p.m., and Juanito Pascual on Mar. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

If you're a JazzBoston member, write to newsletter@jazzboston.org now to enter the drawing to win free tickets to any of the events listed above, and please note which shows and dates you're interested in. You must be a JazzBoston member to be eligible to win.

JazzBoston members also receive discounts at Scullers, the Regattabar, Ryles, The Regent Theatre, the Amazing Things Art Center, Chianti Tuscan Restaurant & Jazz Lounge, Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen, The Redline, the Jazz Club at the Multicultural Arts Center, World Music/CRASHarts, Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge, the Vernissage Restaurant's "Jazz Thursdays at Vernissage," the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's Thursday evening jazz series, "Jazz at the Gardner," and Boston Pops jazz concerts at Symphony Hall. 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.

The Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston offers JazzBoston members a 20% discount on a wide range of seminars, workshops, and webinars geared to artists and arts organizations. To get information about a particular program or register online, email Sheri Mason, Director of Legal Services, and give her your membership number.

Click here to become a JazzBoston member now. Annual memberships begin as low as $20.

Freebie Sampler

There's plenty of great free music and clinics to take in over the next month, starting with a number of events at Berklee College of Music. This Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m., six-time Grammy nominee Nneena Freelon presents a clinic on vocals at David Friend Recital Hall. She'll be followed by jazz pianist Steve Kuhn on Mar. 2 at 1 p.m. at Berk Recital Hall, guitarist Mimi Fox (photo left) on Mar. 3 at 1 p.m. at Berk Recital Hall, and Grammy award-winning drummer Antonio Sanchez on Mar. 10 at 4 p.m. at David Friend Recital Hall. See the Berklee events calendar for details.

Berklee also hosts its 43rd annual High School Jazz Festival on Mar. 5 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Hynes Convention Center, Boston. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will showcase over 3,000 students and 200 big bands, combos, and vocal ensembles from California to New England, competing for $175,000 in scholarships to Berklee's five-week summer performance program. The annual event is the largest of its kind in the U.S.

New England Conservatory presents a pair of free concerts at Jordan Hall, the first of which is a tribute to the late Herb Pomeroy, "Blues for Herb," on Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. featuring Ken Schaphorst and the NEC Jazz Orchestra. Next up is a piano duo performance featuring Fred Hersch and Jason Moran on Mar. 8 at 8 p.m. For more info go to the NEC events calendar.

At Longy School of Music on Feb. 28 at 8 p.m., the Modern American Music Department series hosts a double bill with flute player Hiroaki Honshuku and the A-NO-NE Trio and pianist Esther Ning Yau with cellist Rafael Popper-Keizer. The performance takes place at Pickman Hall, 1 Follen St., Cambridge.

Percussionist Warren Smith headlines the Makanda Project's "Supercussion Concert" on Mar. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Dudley Branch Library, 65 Warren St., Roxbury. Smith will join Makanda Project drummer Yoron Israel. Clilck here for more details.

Musicians: Apply by Mar. 26 to Be Part of Joe's Jazz and Blues Festival

The Somerville Arts Council is putting together the third annual Joe's Jazz and Blues Festival and seeking jazz and blues musicians to participate in an all-day free concert on Saturday, June 25, at Powderhouse Park, Somerville. The festival runs from June 19 to 25. Applications are due Mar. 26. Send an email to somjazzfest@gmail.com with "Joe's Jazz and Blues Fest Application" as the header. Or you can mail or drop off applications care of the Somerville Arts Council/ Joe's Jazz and Blues Fest, 50 Evergreen Ave., Somerville, MA 02145.

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