May 2012
Join JazzBoston and Receive Two Free Tickets to Newport Jazz Festival; Get Discounted Newport Tix Before June 12
Members Connection: Enter Drawing To Win Free Tickets to Rebecca Parris, Mike LeDonne, More
More than 120 Venues Help Make Jazz Week '12 International a Global Celebration
Thanks to Our Jazz Week '12 International Sponsors and Partners
Benefits of Being a JazzBoston Member
Freebie Sampler: Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, Berklee's "Summer in the City," More
Write Us, Join Us, Please Pass This On...
Join JazzBoston and Receive Two Free Tickets to Newport Jazz Festival; Get Discounted Newport Tix Before June 12

The Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management has once again very generously contributed tickets to JazzBoston for this year's event at Rhode Island's historic Fort Adams State Park. The festival runs from Friday, Aug. 3 to Sunday, Aug. 5.

Join JazzBoston at the $100 Donor level or above, or renew at the Donor level or above, and we will send you a pair of general admission tickets (value $148) to the Saturday or Sunday concerts at Fort Adams, both days from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. We'll also throw in a JazzBoston T-shirt or tote bag for your outing. In addition, all JazzBoston members receive an invitation to our annual Members Appreciation Party as well as discounts at participating clubs and other venues. You can't beat this deal!

Among the performers at this year's festival: Pat Metheny (photo above), Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, Dianne Reeves, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Joe Lovano, Miguel Zenon, Jason Moran, Ambrose Akinmusire, Darcy James Argue, Dafnis Prieto, and Maria Schneider. Click here for complete lineup and more info.

Our ticket supply is limited. and tell us which day you'd like to go and whether you'd prefer a T-shirt or tote. If you prefer to pay for your membership by check, please make your check payable to JazzBoston Inc. and mail it to Don Carlson, Treasurer, JazzBoston, 393 Commonwealth Ave., Boston MA 02115.

The Newport Jazz Festival is also offering JazzBoston members and friends a special discount of $10 off the regular price of $74 for adult single day general admission, and $7 off the $134 regular price for two-day general admission packages. This discount is available online only with the special promo code JAZZBOS and only until June 12, 2012. It is not valid on reserved seats or tickets for the Friday night event. Click here for details.

Members Connection: Enter Drawing To Win Free Tickets to Rebecca Parris, Mike LeDonne, More

Scullers is offering JazzBoston members three pairs of tickets to each of these shows: vocalist Rebecca Parris (photo left), June 1, 8 p.m; Hammond B-3 organ player Mike LeDonne, June 7, 8 p.m.; and the Django Reinhardt Festival All-Stars, June 15, 10 p.m.

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If you're a JazzBoston member, write to now to enter a 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.

Become a JazzBoston member now. Annual memberships begin as low as $20.

More than 120 Venues Help Make Jazz Week '12 International a Global Celebration

Nearly 250 events at 120 venues throughout Greater Boston spread the music far and wide during Jazz Week '12 International, April 27 to May 6. The international theme, adopted in recognition of UNESCO's proclamation of April 30 as International Jazz Day, was a natural for our city, where jazz is spoken with many different accents year round.

With performances by international artists ranging from Japanese contemporary jazz star Keiko Matsui (photo left, at Scullers) to Grammy Award-winning Panamanian composer/pianist Danilo Perez, the week celebrated the global reach of the music, and Boston's continuing contribution to it.

As always, JazzBoston presented a number of free special events in collaboration with both long-standing and new partners. Among them:

• NEC Noontime Kickoff Concerts in public spaces around town, with student ensembles from New England Conservatory opening Jazz Week for the third consecutive year

• A party co-hosted by JazzBoston and Darryl Settles at Darryl's Corner Bar, where a capacity crowd joined the world's jazz community via the Internet to celebrate the first ever International Jazz Day

• Jazz Swarms @ South Station, a weeklong lunchtime performance series, featuring largish ensembles of the same instrument, conceived and produced by Ken Field, who also led the saxophones

• Jazz Week @ the Boston Public Library, featuring saxophonist and educator Tom Hall's serious fun-and-games workshop, "Improvise Your Life"

• Jazz Week @ the Boston Children's Museum, which showcased "Riffs & Raps-Jazz for the Very Young," a whimsical introduction to the physics of sound that had the young audience blowing on straws and real instruments

Two of the special events presented by JazzBoston and our partners focused on Boston's contribution to the international jazz pantheon:

• Walking Tour of Boston's "Jazz Mecca" with Discover Roxbury staffer Stacy Sutherland, who brought to life a forgotten period in Boston's and America's jazz history

• Book Launch and Party at Wally's Jazz Cafe, where a packed house celebrated the publication of Richard Vacca's long awaited book, "The Boston Jazz Chronicles: Faces, Places, and Nightlife 1937 - 1962," and listened attentively to the author's annual Jazz Week history talk.

Click here to see the photo album of Jazz Week '12 International on JazzBoston's Facebook page.

Thanks to Our Jazz Week '12 International Sponsors and Partners
JazzBoston thanks our Jazz Week Sponsors and Partners for helping make Jazz Week '12 International a success, including Lead Sponsor Consulate General of Japan.

We are also grateful for the continuing support of the 89.7 WGBH, Jazz Week radio sponsor once again.
Benefits of Being a JazzBoston Member

Our members are our primary source of support, and we are always on the lookout for new benefits to show our appreciation. Among the popular venues and presenters that provide discounts to JazzBoston members are 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 D'lynne Plummer, Director of Professional Development, and give her your membership number.

New England Conservatory's School of Continuing Education offers JazzBoston members a 15% discount on all classes, lessons, and ensembles in jazz and other genres, from private instrument instruction to full certificate programs. Click here for more information.

Click here to become a JazzBoston member. Annual membership begins as low as $20.

Freebie Sampler: Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, Berklee's "Summer in the City," More

JazzBoston is proud to present the opening concert of the Boston Public Library's 2012 "Concerts in the Courtyard" series on June 1 at 12:30 p.m. Ken Field's award-winning Revolutionary Snake Ensemble (photo left) is sure to march the summer series off to a great start.

Berklee College of Music is back with its "Summer in the City" series of more than 200 performances in Greater Boston and beyond, running from June to September. There's plenty of jazz in locations from the ICA to the Harbor Islands. Upcoming: Lukas Pool, Spectacle Island, June 24, 1 p.m.; the Yesberger Band, Prudential Center, June 26, 12 p.m.; Italo Cunha and the Mates, Kendall Square, July 12, 12 p.m..

On May 31 starting at 6:30 p.m., New England Conservatory presents "Groovin' High to Round Midnight" at Pierce Hall featuring two Jazz Ensemble recitals directed by Wes Wirth.

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