It must be spring - Jazz Week 2015 is almost here
Why not host a house concert?
Mark Sumner Harvey is named 2015 Boston Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalists Association; congratulate him at Wally's on May 3
Members Connection: Win free tickets to Cassandra Wilson at the Berklee Performance Center this Saturday, April 11; get 20% off your ticket purchase
It must be spring - Jazz Week 2015 is almost here
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Last summer, by coincidence, two local legislators asked JazzBoston to help make jazz a more important part of the cultural life in the neighborhoods they represented. Their requests gave us the theme for Jazz Week '15 - Jazz in the neighborhood - and inspired our plans for special events in Roxbury and Mattapan on the opening and closing weekends.

With over 200 events in all kinds of styles and venues, jazz will be in those neighborhoods and others in and around the city when Jazz Week returns on April 24 for the 9th consecutive year. The 10-day celebration of the music and our lively local scene runs through May 3 and ties in, as always, with the national observance of April as Jazz Appreciation Month and Duke Ellington's birthday on April 29th, and since 2012, with International Jazz Day on April 30.

Highlights in the neighborhoods

The Makanda Saturday Night Gala Dance Party, co-hosted by JazzBoston and the Madison Park Development Corporation at Hibernian Hall, a celebration of the role of jazz in Roxbury's past, present and future, with music by the Makanda Project - April 25, free

A jazz walking tour through Lower Roxbury organized by Discover Roxbury, with stops at the sites of some of the most famous venues on the East Coast and stories from the oral histories of musicians and others who were there - April 25

MAAH Music Celebrates Black Boston with the Imagine Orchestra, a concert by Bill Banfield's new ensemble at the African Meeting House, co-presented by the Museum of African American History and JazzBoston, with an introduction by radio host Eric Jackson and storytelling tracing Roxbury's roots back to Beacon Hill and before - April 26

Mattapan Speaks Jazz, co-hosted by JazzBoston and the William E. Carter American Legion Post, an all-ages festive afternoon of performances by resident and visiting musicians, including Fritz Orvil and his band Melanj with vocalist Rebecca Zampa playing kompa, jazz and troubador; Frank Wilkins and WeJazzUp with pianist Rollins Ross and vocalist Athene Wilson; and members of the audience who take the mic during the WeJazzUp Vocal Showcase - May 2, free

More highlights around town and beyond

Here's a small sample of the many events scheduled for concert halls, clubs, museums, libraries, schools, hotels and restaurants throughout Greater Boston between April 24 and May 3:

The Terence Blanchard E-Collective and the Ravi Coltrane Quartet at the Berklee Performance Center - April 25

Paul Broadnax (piano, voice) and Peter Kontrimas (bass) at Act III in Littleton, the welcome reincarnation of Gwenn Vivian's former Acton Jazz Cafe - April 29

Acoustic classical guitarist Earl Klugh in a Live from Scullers performance hosted by Eric Jackson and broadcast on WGBH 89.7 - May1

Jazz on the Plaza, a Harvard Arts First Festival concert by the Harvard Jazz Band with special guests Vijay Iyer on piano and Ralph Peterson, Jr. on drums - May 1, free

International Jazz Day events

With encouragement from JazzBoston and jazz lovers on the Boston City Council, International Jazz Day, April 30, will get more attention locally than ever before.

After making history by filling the Council Chamber with jazz on IJD in 2014, JazzBoston has been invited to return to City Hall for an encore on the eve of jazz's day on the world calendar. On April 29, Ken Field's Revolutionary Snake Ensemble with guest Stan Strickland will play tunes based on the second line tradition of the street bands of New Orleans, where America's classical music originated. Also for the second year, the City Council will issue a Resolution recognizing April 30 as International Jazz Day in the City of Boston

A special thank-you to Councilor-At-Large Michelle Wu and her colleagues Councilors Charles Yancey, Tito Jackson, and Ayanna Pressley for their year-round support of the music.

On April 30, NEC faculty and students will present a free concert in Williams Hall celebrating the diplomatic power of jazz, and Mehmet Ali Sanlikol & Whatsnext will celebrate at the Regattabar.

For details on these events and many more - including location, time, and ticket prices - see the Jazz Week events calendar and check regularly for updates.

Jazz Week 2015 is presented by State Street Corporation, a leading global financial institution headquartered in Boston. State Street Corporation is considered a creative driver in its field, just as jazz is in music, and JazzBoston is proud to have the company as our presenting partner for the second year.

Why not host a house concert?

JazzWeek 2015 (April 24 - May 3) will focus on Jazz in the Neighborhood, and one of the highlights will be small house concerts featuring great local and touring jazz artists.

In past years, hosts, audiences, and musicians have all loved these intimate neighborhood gatherings, and we hope to make them a centerpiece of Jazz Week this year.

If you would like to host a house concert, JazzBoston will arrange for a suitable (small) group of musicians to perform. You invite whichever neighbors and friends you choose - we will not publicize the locations of the house concerts. Musicians are paid via donations from your guests. You can make the event as informal or fancy as you like. For more information, contact us via Facebook or by email at

Mark Sumner Harvey is named 2015 Boston Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalists Association; congratulate him at Wally's on May 3

Join Boston's jazz community in honoring Mark Harvey as he receives the Jazz Journalists Association's 2015 Boston Jazz Hero Award! Music writer and former jazz radio host Steve Elman will present the award at Wally's Jazz Cafe on March 3.

Mark Sumner Harvey is a constant presence in the musical life of Boston, a thought-leader and an inspiration. He may be the only ordained minister in the world who has converted his life from full-time religion to just about full-time jazz. He is a trumpeter, founder of the Jazz Coalition, leader of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, lecturer at MIT, member of the Board of Directors of JazzBoston and adviser to the annual JazzBoston Jazz Week.

The party, co-hosted by JazzBoston and the Wally's family, themselves 2011 Boston Jazz Heroes, is free and open to all. Music by the John Funkhouser Trio, complimentary snacks, cash bar. Stay on afterwards for Wally's Sunday jam session.

RSVP much appreciated for a head count. Write to and tell us if we can count you in.

Members Connection: Win free tickets to Cassandra Wilson at the Berklee Performance Center this Saturday, April 11; get 20% off your ticket purchase
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Mark Seliger photo

World Music/CRASHarts is offering JazzBoston members a pair of free tickets to Cassandra Wilson's concert this Saturday and is offering all our readers a 20% discount on tickets for the concert.

If you're a JazzBoston member, write to now to enter the drawing for free tickets. If you'd like to buy tickets at 20% off, do it now, online or by phone. (Instructions below.) The discount offer expires this Friday, April 10, at 12 PM

As always, you must be a JazzBoston member to be eligible to win tickets. Become a JazzBoston member now. Annual memberships begin as low as $20.

A Boston premiere celebrating Billie Holiday's 100th birthday

American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer Cassandra Wilson performs the Boston premiere of Coming Forth By Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday, celebrating Billie Holiday's 100th birthday and applying her smoky-smooth delivery to the late master's jazz hits. The winner of two Grammy awards, three DownBeat Magazine Vocalist of the Year awards, and the first Pulitzer Prize to be given for jazz, Wilson is a musical chameleon, moving from different genres with ease, while reinterpreting much-loved standards with her own unique style

To purchase discounted tickets online

  1. Go to
  2. Click the Buy Tickets button.
  3. Select the Cassandra Wilson performance.
  4. Add the tickets to your shopping cart.
  5. input the coupon code CWJB20 at the bottom of your cart and hit "Add Coupon."

To purchase discounted tickets by phone

  1. Call WorldMusic/CRASHarts at 617.876.4275 (open Mon. - Fri., 10 AM - 5 PM).
  2. Mention CWJB20 to get 20% off your tickets.
* Coupon not valid on previously purchased tickets and cannot be combined with any other offer. Handling fees apply. Subject to availability. Offer expires on Friday, April 10, 12 PM.