FEATURES JazzBoston @ BeanTown, with ArtsBoston and Boston Creates | Newton and Hingham jazz festivals | Members Connection: Win free tickets | Editor's POV: Back to school in Boston | No-cost jazz events

Introducing our new Editor | Connecting kids and jazz at Newport | What's up at Thelonious Monkfish? | Dance party at Mattapan's William E. Carter Post | 38th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert | Join the JazzBird team

JazzBoston and ArtsBoston team up @ BeanTown to send a message about life, art and jazz - Boston Creates makes it a trio
On Saturday, September 26, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival will be the place to be. The free outdoor event runs from noon to 6:00 pm on Columbus Ave. between Mass. Ave. and Burke St., and as usual, JazzBoston will be in the middle of the action. Look for the black and white JazzBoston banners in front of the tennis courts. Click here for the festival performance schedule.

For our 9th appearance at the festival, JazzBoston is collaborating with ArtsBoston, the long-time champion for Greater Boston's arts and cultural community, to offer our visitors a few minutes of fantasy, fame, and fun. Stop by and become a jazz artist, as cool as Miles or hot as Dee Dee. Pick out a few accessories, pick up an instrument, step into our photo studio, and face the camera. Next stop, Instagram!

While you're with us, pick up information about JazzBoston, ArtsBoston, and some of the other nonprofit organizations that keep Boston's creative capital growing. Join an organization, subscribe to a newsletter, buy tickets to a show, or add a jazzy new t-shirt to your wardrobe.

We'll also be sharing JazzBoston's space with representatives of Boston Creates. Led by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, the first citywide effort to set cultural priorities is now in full swing. Find out how to sign up to take the Boston Creates Community Survey and add your voice to the city's cultural planning process.

It's all happening at the JazzBoston tent!

More local jazz festivals: Newton and Hingham

Newton Jazz Festival

The New England Jazz Enrichment Foundation is proud to present The Newton Jazz Festival (NJF) Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19.

On Friday, NJF presents "100 Years of Frank & Billie" - a tribute to the music and contributions of Jazz Legends Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday during their Centennial Birthday year at Newton's City Hall.

On Saturday, bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets for the free 6th Annual Jazz-In-The-Yard - an afternoon of some of the best in local jazz outdoors at the Jackson Homestead along with craft booths free to the public at 527 Washington Street, Newton.

Click here for ticket information.

Hingham Jazz Festival

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) presents its two-day Hingham Jazz Festival (HJF) on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20 in the Jane Carr Amphitheater at One Conservatory Drive in Hingham, featuring the varied talents of its own jazz/rock/pop (JRP) department faculty members.

"The Conservatory is very excited to be presenting our world class faculty for the second year in a row," says SSC Director of Performance, Beth MacLeod Largent. "We've made some wonderful upgrades this year, such as a jazz brunch, food trucks at our Saturday performances, and of course the cornerstone of every performance we present, amazing music in a venue like no other!"

Click here for ticket information & here to watch a video of last year's festival.

For additional festival listings, visit MassJazz.
Members connection: Win free tickets to the Regattabar and Scullers!
Clockwise: Bria Skonberg, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, John Scofield
Clockwise: Bria Skonberg, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, John Scofield

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

The Regattabar is offering a pair of free tickets to each of the following shows:

Glenn Zaleski Trio, Sept. 8, 7:30 pm
Anita Coelho Brazilian Ensemble, Sept. 11, 7:30 pm
Laszlo Gardony Sextet, Sept. 15, 7:30 pm
Kenny Werner Trio, Sept. 16, 7:30 pm
Kris Adams, Sept. 17, 7:30 pm
John Scofield/Joe Lovano Quartet, Sept. 18, 10 pm
Ron Carter Quartet, Sept. 25, 10 pm
Taylor Davis, Sept. 30, 7:30 pm
Andy McKee, Oct. 3, 10 pm

Scullers is offering two pairs of tickets to these shows:

Justin Kauflin, Sept. 9, 8 pm
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque - All-Women Cuban Sextet, Sept. 10, 8 pm
Jamie Baum Septet +, Sept. 17, 8 pm
Bria Skonberg, Sept 24, 8 pm

Scullers is also offering a pair of tickets to this show:

Cecile McLorin Salvant, Oct. 2, 10pm

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

Editor's POV: Back to school in Boston

Going back to school is getting back on a schedule. For me, this means traveling in and out of Boston each day, with many late nights and early mornings. But I wouldn't change this schedule for the world.

With entire days devoted to participating in music classes such as conducting and ear-training, practicing one or another of my instruments, and attending masterclasses and concerts, I have witnessed how music serves as a catalyst for learning history and world cultures. Rhythms, harmonies and melodies provide a common language to connect with people. At school I play jazz with musicians from all over the world, including Japan, South Africa, Colombia, Greece, Brazil and France. Each musician adds something uniquely personal to the group by incorporating influences from his or her own native country. Without trying, I find myself starting to assimilate these other cultures into my own life.

In this way, music serves as a sort of continuum. Starting in New Orleans, jazz has branched out to become a global sound. Many cities have their 'sound' such as the Kansas City blues or New Orleans Dixieland. But, if I had to describe the 'Boston sound', I would have to say it's a microcosm of world music.

So as I go back to school this year, I can't wait to explore more parts of the globe right here in Boston.

No-Cost Jazz Events
Clockwise: Oscar Stagnaro, Hankus Netsky, Fernando Huergo, Ayn Inserto
Clockwise: Oscar Stagnaro, Hankus Netsky, Fernando Huergo, Ayn Inserto

Rick, Dave & Friends

Let guitarist Dave Ehle and vocalist Rick Silberg entertain you with classics from a wide repertoire of jazz, great American songbook, original tunes and much more. Saturday September 5, 10:00 AM, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville.

Opening Night @ NEC

Join NEC's groundbreaking Contemporary Improvisation Department in kicking off the academic year with a concert featuring CI faculty including department chair Hankus Netsky, pianist Ran Blake and many more. Tuesday, September 8, 7:30 PM, NEC's Brown Hall.

Ayn Inserto Orchestra

Jeff Claassen, an assistant professor in Berklee's Harmony Department, and Ayn Inserto, an associate professor in Berklee's Jazz Composition Department, will be revising some of their old pieces in a completely new way. Monday, September 14, 7:30 PM, David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street.

Bruno Raberg Quartet

Bassist and Berklee ensemble professor Bruno Raberg will play originals in a contemporary jazz style influenced by Indian and African world music with his quartet. Tuesday, September 22, 7:30 PM, David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street.

Byron Sanchez Quartet

Oscar Stagnaro, a professor in the Berklee Bass Department, presents the Byron Sanchez Quartet, playing contemporary Colombian music. Thursday, September 24, 1:00 PM, Red Room at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston Street.

American Songbook and Broadway Revue

An afternoon of popular songs and Broadway classics performed by Opera at Longy School of Music. Sunday, September 27, 4:00 PM, Harvard University Science Center Plaza, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge.

Fernando Huergo CD Release Concert

Fernando Huergo,Tufts performance faculty bassist, presents his new CD "Trunca Beat", which incorporates Argentinean folkloric styles, jazz harmonies, and improvisation. Sunday, October 4, 3 PM, Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, 20 Talbot Ave, Medford.
Introducing our new Editor, Grace-Mary Burega

Grace-Mary Burega, our new Editor, is excited to share her passion for jazz with the Greater Boston community. A woodwind multi-instrumentalist who plays baritone saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute and more, Grace-Mary is a second year student at Berklee College of Music, where she is studying film scoring and performance. Her love of jazz is evident on her own jazz education website for teenagers, Kind of Pink and Purple, as well as her jazz poetry blog, Without a Poem, where she creates a multi-media resource for her peers to find an entrance into the jazz world.

With Grace-Mary's arrival as Editor, JazzBoston resumes monthly publication of our newsletter. Grace-Mary can be reached at info@kindofpinkandpurple.com.

Connecting kids and jazz at Newport
At a special presentation led by
At a special presentation led by "Dr. Wes," students explored the concept of jazz as a metaphor for democracy. (Jean Hangarter photo)

On July 31, 100 Boston music students and their chaperones traveled to Newport for opening day of the Newport Jazz Festival. This marked the second year that JazzBoston partnered with the Newport Festivals Foundation and Natixis Global Asset Management, the festival's presenter, to connect young people with the music at the grandaddy of all jazz festivals.

Click here to see photos of the teenagers enjoying an unforgettable experience and read some of the comments they made on the ride home.

What's up at Thelonious Monkfish?
A new Yamaha C6X sits on the new jazz stage.
A new Yamaha C6X sits on the new jazz stage.

In Cambridge the enormously popular sushi and Asian fusion emporium Thelonious Monkfish is doubling the size of its tightly packed space and revving up its jazz programming. Details coming in our October newsletter.
Mattapan's Carter Post builds on the success of JazzBoston's May Jazz in the Neighborhood celebration - Sept. 19 party benefits the Post's Building Fund
At the spring event, Boston City Councilor Charles Yancey presented congratulatory resolutions to guests of honor Fern Cunningham and Karen Eutemey, sculptors of the statues
At the spring event, Boston City Councilor Charles Yancey presented congratulatory resolutions to guests of honor Fern Cunningham and Karen Eutemey, sculptors of the statues "Rise" at the entry to Mattapan Square. With them, JazzBoston ED Pauline Bilsky. (Jandro Cisneros photo)

Dance the night away on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the William E. Carter Post, the oldest African American veterans post in the U.S. MixMaster Rudy Dottin provides the music, and the Divas of New England Soul lead the dancing. "The members of the Carter Post truly believe that the arts and music are important for our community as a whole, and we hope to become the facility that can bring that into the community," says Mary-dith Tuitt, former Senior Vice Commander. "JazzBoston put us on the path last spring with their celebration of jazz and Mattapan."

8 pm - 2 am, Mattapan Square, tickets $10. Click here for more details and tickets.

Reserve your seats now for the 38th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert

On Saturday, October 24, at Northeastern's Blackman Theater, the Friends of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert (FJCMC), in collaboration with the Northeastern Center for the Arts, will present the 38th Annual JCMC, Ornette 'n 'Trane. Hosted by Dean of New England jazz radio Eric Jackson in the 50th year since the release of A Love Supreme, the program features Carl Atkins, Billy Buss, Leonard Brown, Jeff Galindo, Laszlo Gardony, Yoron Israel, John Lockwood, Jason Palmer, Rick Stepton, Stan Strickland and Bobby Tynes. Leonard Brown and Emmett G. Price III are the co-producers.

Click here for more information and to buy tickets. This concert is sure to sell out!
Volunteer technical specialists needed for the JazzBird team

If being part of a team that is helping to shape the future of jazz radio and connect the world's jazz community appeals to you, read on.

  • Can you offer 5 -10 hours a month (max) to help keep JazzBird up to date?
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  • Are you willing to spend some time listening to new shows, and do you have enough knowledge of jazz to describe the style of their playlist?
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If you'd like more information about joining the JazzBird team, write to JazzBirdTeam@jazzboston.org before Sept. 21.

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