Coming Attractions in Jazz: Festival Preview 2015

Get your maps and open up your calendar app—it’s time to plan your summer of jazz in New England. From big “destination” festivals to underappreciated local gems, there’s something for everyone, everywhere, every week.

By J. R. Carroll

Did you know that at least thirty-five festivals featuring jazz (in full or in part) will take place this summer in New England? For sure, this includes the major “destination” festivals like the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival; New Haven’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas; Goshen, Connecticut’s Litchfield Jazz Festival (which turns twenty this year); MASSMoCA’s Solid Sound and Bang on a Can Festivals (in North Adams, MA); Paulie’s NOLA Jazz and Blues Festival in Worcester; the Green River Festival in Greenfield, MA; the venerable Newport Jazz Festival; Boston’s revived Outside the Box Festival; the Boston Summer Arts Weekend; the Rockport Jazz Festival; and, of course, the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival. But you’ll be missing out if you pass over such gems as Django in June; the Northampton Jazz Festival; New Bedford JazzFest; the Cambridge River Festival; Joe’s Jazz and Blues Fest; Festival Betances; the Hyde Park Jazz Festival; the Cambridge Jazz Festival; the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival; the Bread and Roses Heritage Festival; and one of autumn’s highlights, the Honk! Festival.

For festivals with musicians playing concurrently on multiple stages, we’ll make some suggestions for performances of special interest; for single-stage festivals, we’ll simply mention the highlights. Of course, it’s still very early in the season, so a number of festivals have not yet announced their dates, times, and performers, so be sure to check back in July for our Midsummer Festival Update. (And see below for a chronological listing of this summer’s jazz festivals in New England.)

So, get your maps and open up your calendar app—it’s time to plan your summer of jazz in New England.

Northern New England

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2015

Running from Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 14, Vermont’s Burlington Discover Jazz Festival has become the major kickoff event for summer jazz in New England. With the caveat that there are numerous additional performances (many by fine local musicians with whom I’m unfamiliar) in city parks and night clubs, here are some highlights—most based at the Flynn Center, which is pretty much ground zero for the festival—to help you plan your visit to the shores of (brisk) Lake Champlain:

Friday, June 5

8 p.m., Flynn Mainstage: Wayne Shorter Quartet (Bob Blumenthal hosts a Meet the Artist session at 5:30 p.m. at FlynnSpace)

Saturday, June 6

4 p.m., City Hall Park: Daniel Ian Smith presents The Latin Side of Billy Strayhorn.

8 p.m., Flynn Mainstage: Oscar Hernández and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra w/ Oscar Hernández (Bob Blumenthal hosts a Meet the Artist session at 3 p.m. at FlynnSpace)

10 p.m., FlynnSpace: Wadada Leo Smith Golden Quartet

Sunday, June 7

2 p.m., BCA Center: Jussi Reijonen’s trï

6 p.m., Top Block Stage: Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band

8 p.m., Steve Lehman Octet (Bob Blumenthal hosts a Meet the Artist session at 5:30 p.m. at FlynnSpace)

Monday, June 8

6 p.m., BCA Center: Charlie Haden: Rambling Boy (directed by Reto Caduff)

8 p.m., FlynnSpace: Joe Locke’s Love Is a Pendulum

Tuesday, June 9

6 p.m., BCA Center: Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story (directed by N. C. Heikin)

8 p.m., FlynnSpace: Aaron Goldberg Trio (Christian McBride hosts a Meet the Artist session at 5:30 p.m. at FlynnSpace)

Wednesday, June 10

8 p.m., FlynnSpace: Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio (Bob Blumenthal hosts a Meet the Artist session at 5:30 p.m. at FlynnSpace)

9 p.m., Nectar’s: Glen David Andrews

Thursday, June 11

5 p.m., Waterfront Stage: Robert Randolph & the Family Band

8 p.m., FlynnSpace: Mimi Jones Band (Christian McBride hosts a Meet the Artist session at 5:30 p.m. at FlynnSpace)

Friday, June 12

8 p.m., Flynn Mainstage: Mavis Staples

Saturday, June 13

3 p.m., BCA Center: Sara Serpa & André Matos

8 and 10 p.m., FlynnSpace: Christian McBride Trio (Bob Blumenthal hosts a Meet the Artist session at 5:30 p.m. at FlynnSpace)

Sunday, June 14

6 p.m., FlynnSpace: Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld

New Hampshire Bass Fest is a specialized event, to be sure—a four-day hang (Wednesday, June 17 through Saturday, June 20) for professional bassists of all genres and their students—but well worth a peek-in if you’re in the vicinity of Manchester. Every evening from 8 to 10 p.m. there are open concerts featuring several of the artists in residence, which this year include classical bass great Gary Karr and longtime Bill Evans sideman Eddie Gomez.

The focus shifts to Maine for the rest of the summer, though details thus far are sketchy for the Lincoln Arts Festival Jazz Weekend (Boothbay Harbor, Thursday, July 16 through Sunday, July 19) and the Deer Isle Jazz Festival (Stonington, Friday, July 31 through Saturday, August 1, with pianist Geri Allen scheduled for Saturday). Whether or not there will be a Bar Harbor Jazz Festival this year is up in the air, but the recent renovation and reopening of the Criterion Theatre is a positive sign.


International Festival of Arts and Ideas

Few events are as intellectually high-octane as New Haven’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas, which runs from Friday, June 12 through Saturday, June 27. Jazz (and its world music friends) account for only a modest portion of the genre-spanning range of this wildly imaginative festival, but here are some performances worth a place on your calendar:

Sunday, June 14

8 p.m., First Niagra Stage on New Haven Green: Pistolera

Tuesday, June 16

8 p.m., University Theatre: Ragamala Dance Company with Rudresh Mahanthappa

Wednesday, June 17

12:30 p.m., First Niagra Stage on New Haven Green: Sarah LeMieux Quintet

6 p.m., First Niagra Stage on New Haven Green: Sambeleza

8 p.m., University Theatre: Ragamala Dance Company with Rudresh Mahanthappa

Friday, June 19

12 p.m., First Niagra Stage on New Haven Green: Kina Zoré

6 p.m., First Niagra Stage on New Haven Green: Epitome

Saturday, June 20

8 p.m., First Niagra Stage on New Haven Green: Kurt Elling with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, June 21

7 p.m., First Niagra Stage on New Haven Green: Angélique Kidjo with Ibeyi

Tuesday, June 23

8 p.m., Long Wharf Theatre: Passion for Bach and Coltrane, with the Imani Winds, the Harlem String Quartet, a jazz trio, and poet A.B. Spellman

Saturday, June 27

7 p.m., New Haven Green: First Niagara Stage: Plena Libre

The Hot Steamed Jazz Festival in Essex, which usually took place in June, seems to have run out of steam this year. However, the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz is definitely on, from Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19. Highlights include Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander and the Kingston Express on Friday at 8:30 p.m., and bassist Dezron Douglas and his quartet (with saxophonist Abraham Burton, pianist Cyrus Chestnut, and drummer Victor Lewis), on Sunday at 6 p.m.

Litchfield Jazz Festival Tents and Grounds

Litchfield Jazz Festival Tents and Grounds

The pinnacle of Connecticut’s summer jazz is the Litchfield Jazz Festival, running from Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9 in Goshen. As ever, the roster of this 20th anniversary season is exceptional. Friday evening opens with a gala that raises scholarship funds for the festival’s associated Litchfield Jazz Camp; the music proper begins at 7:45 with a tribute to the late Thomas Chapin by the Litchfield Jazz Orchestra, followed at 9:15 p.m. by clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen and her quartet. Saturday is an impressively full day, starting at noon with with “[Avery] Sharpe Meets Tharpe” (the bassist’s tribute to gospel great Sister Rosetta Tharpe), followed at 1:45 p.m. by harmonica virtuoso Grégoire Maret’s quartet, at 3:30 p.m. by drummer Matt Wilson’s nifty Topsy Turvy project, at 6 p.m. by trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and Friends, and finishing up at 7:45 p.m. with guitarist Mike Stern and his band; an after party and jam session at the Crowne Plaza Southbury caps the evening at 10 p.m. Sunday’s program opens at noon with a multi-percussionist salute to drummer (and Jazz Camp teacher) Charli Persip, followed at 1:45 by another tribute that brings together members of the late Les Paul’s trio with guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli; trumpeter Sean Jones and his quartet follow at 3:45 p.m., and bassist Christian McBride and his trio close out the festival at 5:30 p.m.

And ending the season where it began, the New Haven Jazz Festival returns at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 22. Featured artists are vocalists Karrin Allyson and Isabella Mendes.

The Berkshires

The Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend in Lee expands to four days this year, running from Thursday, June 18 through Sunday, June 21. Thursday evening features a screening of the documentary on guitarist Joe Pass A Not So Average Joe at the Lee Library, followed at 7:30 p.m. with a performance at the Spectrum Theater by the Berkshire Jazz Collective. Friday night at 8 p.m. guitarist Frank Potenza and his quartet perform at the First Congregational Church. Saturday is the main day of the festival, with free outdoor jazz concerts (TBA) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at 4 p.m. a lecture at the Spectrum Playhouse by Jeremy Yudkin on his book Lenox School of Jazz; the highlight of the evening—and the festival—will be an 8 p.m. performance by the great Latin music drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria and his nine-piece band Ascención at the Lee Congregational Church. (If you stick around through Sunday morning, you can also catch the jazz brunch at the Starving Artist Cafe and Creperie.)

2015 NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd

2015 NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd

Wilco’s biennial Solid Sound festival returns to MASS MoCA in North Adams on Friday, June 26, running through Sunday, June 28. The highlight of Friday evening will certainly be The Great Flood, an all-too-timely collaboration between filmmaker Bill Morrison and guitarist/composer Bill Frisell (along with trumpeter Ron Miles, bassist/guitarist Tony Scherr, and drummer/vibraphonist Kenny Wollesen) that memorializes the Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and its aftermath. Saturday’s schedule is Solid Sound at its wildly eclectic best; the jazz corner is represented by the still-sprightly NRBQ, and Bill Frisell in duet with singer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon. Sunday is the strongest jazz day, with performances by 2015 NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Charles Lloyd and his quartet, Nigerian legend King Sunny Adé, and some intriguing collaborations by Wilco guitarist Nels Cline and drummer Glenn Kotche.

A month later, MASS MoCA plays host to the genre-bending Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, running from Saturday, July 25 through Saturday, August 1. While many of the performances can probably be described more accurately as “contemporary improvisation” than “jazz,” there’s some fascinating stuff here, including a rare performance of Terry Riley’s “Tread on the Trail” on July 25, a day (July 30) focused on sonic pioneer Alvin Lucier, and the ever lively and unpredictable concluding Bang on a Can Marathon on August 1.

We don’t as yet have any information on this year’s Pittsfield CityJazz Festival other than the likelihood that it will again take place in October.

Central Massachusetts

First up, in Northampton, is a two-day evocation of the 1930s at the Hot Club of France, Django in June, on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20. Friday evening features the RP Quartet, followed by guitarist Joscho Stephan with violinist Tim Kliphuis. On Saturday night you can catch violinist Tcha Limberger and Friends, with the festival wrapping up with guitarist Wawau Adler and violinist Sandro Roy.

Paulie's NOLA Jazz and Blues Festival 2015

Worcester’s slice of the Big Easy, Paulie’s NOLA Jazz and Blues Festival, returns on Friday, June 26 through Sunday, June 28. Friday night features vocalists/guitarists Papa Mali and Eric Lindell. Saturday is probably the don’t-miss day, with a knockout lineup of local hero Jim Perry’s HotHouse, the Stooges Brass Band, zydeco master C. J. Chenier and the Red Hot Lousiana Band, vocalist/guitarist Jonathan “Boogie” Long, killer pianist Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins (of Treme fame) and the BBQ Swingers. Sunday winds things up with harmonica man Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone and Friends, vocalist/guitarist Mike Zito and the Wheel, Meters bassist George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners, closing with vocalist/guitarist Anders Osborne.

Festivals in Central Massachusetts lean toward the rootsier side, and nowhere more so than at Greenfield’s Green River Festival, running from Friday, July 10 through Sunday, July 12. Friday is highlighted by Dean Bean’s Latin Music Night, featuring Cuban pianist Chuchito Valdés, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem (from Colombia via New York), and Puerto Rican guitarist José González with Banda Criolla. Saturday’s performers include the Wood Brothers (featuring bassist Chris Wood of Medeski, Martin and … fame), Stax legend Booker T. Jones, the Afrobeat of Antibalas, Brooklyn’s Bhangra funkmeisters Red Baraat, and keyboardist Marco Benevento. Sunday features the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (and a host of great bluegrass bands).

The Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival is still fundraising, so there are no details beyond the date, Saturday, August 8.

The Northampton Jazz Festival has become more expansive, now running from Tuesday, September 8 through Saturday, September 12. Tuesday features the Northampton Jazz Workshop, and Wednesday through Friday offer evening Jazz Struts in downtown Amherst, Easthampton, and Northampton, respectively. Saturday is the main event, starting at 11 a.m. with drummer Robert Woodard Heath’s trio, followed at 12:15 p.m. by pianist Jeff Holmes and his quartet, at 1:45 p.m. by vocalist/trombonist Pete McGuiness, at 3:30 p.m. by Colombian harpist Edmar Casteneda, at 5:30 p.m. by the intriguing duo of vocalist Gretchen Parlato and guitarist Lionel Loueke, concluding at 7:30 p.m. with the Curtis Brothers (keyboardist Zaccai and bassist Luques) Quintet and their guest, Latin jazz trumpeter Ray Vega.

We have no information as yet about the Holyoke Latin Jazz Festival, but if it happens, it will probably be in October.

Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod

The late spring Plymouth Rock Assurance Jazz Festival has already taken place (on Friday, May 22 through Sunday, May 24), but the summer jazz season on the South Coast kicks off with the New Bedford JazzFest on Saturday, June 13. The day’s timetable is still to come, but the lineup includes pianist/arranger Jason Miles and Kind of New (with guitarist Nir Felder, reedman Jay Rodriguez, bassist Buster Hemphil, and drummer Billy Kilson); a terrific Latin set with pianist/composer/arranger Nina Ott, reedman Hilary Noble, bassist Chris Lopes, drummer Mark Walker, and percussionist Ernesto Diaz; Women in World Jazz (fearturing vocalist Candida Rose, reed player Ririka Tokushige, guitarist/bassist Laurie Goldsmith, bassist/accordionist Tal Shalom-Kobi, and drummer Gillian DeLear); and Native Spaces (pianist Miles Flisher, guitarist Tony Menotti, bassist Evan McLeod, and drummer Al Nawrocki).

Further east up the coast, the Onset Beach Jazz Festival is set for Saturday, July 18, but the roster and schedule are still being fleshed out.

Newport Jazz Festival logo 2015

What can you say about the Newport Jazz Festival that hasn’t been said? As always, there are an overwhelming number of exceptional artists playing on multiple stages; exact performance times and locations haven’t been announced yet (check back with us for our Midsummer Festival Update), so for now here’s the lineup. On Friday, July 31, you can catch some of the following: Snarky Puppy, the Christian McBride Trio (with Christian Sands & Ulysses Owens), the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, the Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet, the Steve Lehman Octet, Kneebody, the Gerald Clayton Quintet (with Ambrose Akinmusire, Ben Wendel, Joe Sanders & Justin Brown), the Bria Skonberg Quintet, the Herlin Riley Quintet, Lucky Peterson, Matana Roberts’ Coin Coin, the Johnathan Blake Quartet, the Peter Evans Quintet, the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra (with special guest soloist Sean Jones), and the University of Rhode Island Newport Big Band. The options for Saturday, August 1, are Cassandra Wilson (celebrating Billie Holiday), Jon Batiste and Stay Human, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Ms. Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Cécile McLorin Salvant (with the Aaron Diehl Trio), José James, the Pat Martino Organ Trio, Conrad Herwig’s Latin Side of Horace Silver (with guest Michel Camilo), Jack DeJohnette’s absolutely-not-to-be-missed Made in Chicago, Hiromi’s Trio Project (with Anthony Jackson & Simon Phillips), the Kenny Garrett Quintet, Wycliffe Gordon & Friends, the Tom Harrell Quintet (with Wayne Escoffery, Danny Grissett, Ugonna Okegwo & Johnathan Blake), wunderkind Joey Alexander, and the RI Music Educators Association Sr. All-State Jazz Ensemble. Sunday, August 2, closes out the festival with Jamie Cullum, Arturo Sandoval, Dr. John and The Nite Trippers, the piano duo of Michel Camilo and Hiromi, the Mike Stern—Bill Evans Band, Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (with special guest Rudresh Mahanthappa), the Bill Frisell Trio (with Tony Scherr & Kenny Wollesen), Billy Childs’ Jazz-Chamber Ensemble, Jon Faddis’s Triumph of Trumpets (with Marquis Hill, Sean Jones, David Hazeltine, Kiyoshi Kitagawa & Dion Parsons), the James Carter Sextet presenting Living My Life: The Music of Don Byas, the Fred Hersch Trio (with John Hebert & Eric McPherson), the Lou Donaldson Quartet, Scott Robinson’s Doctette, Jason Lindner’s Now vs. Now, and the Massachusetts Music Educators Association All-State Jazz Band.

The Provincetown Jazz Festival—the one with the hole in the middle—returns to Provincetown on Thursday, August 13, and to Cotuit on Monday, August 17. Thursday’s program features vocalists Dane Vannatter and Tish Adams, along with the Cape Cod Jazz Quintet (Steve Ahern, trumpet & flute; Bruce Abbott, sax & flute; Fred Boyle, piano; Ron Ormsby, bass; and Bart Weisman, drums). Monday offers a nice double bill of vocalist Kate McGarry with guitarist Keith Ganz, and pianist Fabiano de Castro (with Mark Greel, trumpet; Bruce Abbott, saxophone; Ron Ormsby, bass; and Bart Weisman, drums).

No news yet on this year’s JazzFest Falmouth but it’s usually in late September to early October.

Greater Boston

The festival season has already gotten underway in Somerville with the mid-May Porchfest (which was gifted with a spectacular and unexpectedly beautiful day, but was plagued by the website—and therefore the performers’ locations—once again being inaccessible for much of the afternoon). Indeed, most of June’s festival activity in Greater Boston will take place in Cambridge and Somerville.

The Cambridge River Festival (Temporarily in Central Square)

The Cambridge River Festival (Temporarily in Central Square)

Due to ongoing construction in Riverbend Park, the Cambridge River Festival, on Saturday, June 6, shifts again from the bank of the Charles to Central Square. The Jazz, R&B & World Music Stage will have a strong Latin tinge, with the Mili Bermejo Quartet at noon, the Rebecca Cline Trio at 1:30 p.m., “A Latin Jazz Septet” (?) at 3 p.m., and Jesus y Grupo Sazon at 4:30 p.m.

East Somerville’s Carnaval at SomerStreets returns on Sunday, June 7, with live music on two stages. Stage One presents Mariachis Los Viaseros de Mexicano at 12:45 p.m., Samba Viva y Grupo Camarote at 1:55 p.m., and the Gravel Project at 3:05 p.m. Simultaneously, Stage Two features Bloco AfroBrazil at 12:30 p.m., Opposite People (Afrobeat) at 1:40 p.m., and Grupo Los Nitidos at 2:50 p.m.

The brainchild of Somerville’s Mayor Curtatone, Joe’s Jazz and Blues Fest is back at Powderhouse Park on Saturday, June 20. Here’s the lineup: the Somerville High School Jazz Ensemble opens at noon, followed at 12:45 p.m. by the Busted Jug Band, the Balkan fusion of Somerville Symphony Orkestar at 1:45 p.m., music of Makanda Ken McIntyre at 2:45 p.m. with the Makanda Project, Peter Ward and Electric Blues at 3:45 p.m., and, topping it all off at 4:45 p.m., Either/Orchestra with Ethiopian vocalist Teshome Mitiku as special guest.

We have no indication yet whether the Merrimack Valley Jazz Festival will happen this year, but if it does, it will probably be in Lowell sometime in July.

After a year’s hiatus, the sprawling Outside the Box festival is set to return to Boston Common Tuesday, July 14 through Sunday, July 19. At this point, that’s all we know, so check our Midsummer Festival Update for the list of who’s playing and when.

We’re back in Somerville’s Davis Square on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18 for this year’s ArtBeat. Performers and times have yet to be announced.

New England’s longest-running Latino Cultural Celebration, Festival Betances, returns to Villa Victoria in Boston’s South End from Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19. Vocalist and cuatro player Wilson Vera and his trio are set for the opening night at 7:15 p.m., but the rest of the lineup is still being, well, lined up.

The impressive roster for the 6th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival, on Saturday, July 25, has just been announced. Coming to Boston’s Martini Shell on Truman Parkway will be the John Funkhouser Quartet, the Fernando Brandão Quintet, the Gerry Beaudoin Duo, and the New World Jazz Composers Octet.

The Boston Globe/WGBH Summer Arts Weekend is back on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26. Jazz is represented by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Afrobeat specialists Federator No. 1 (but don’t miss vocalists Bettye LaVette and Aaron Neville).

The Cambridge Jazz Festival does an encore on Sunday, July 26, at University Park Commons on Sidney Street (just off Mass. Ave.). Featured are the ensembles of vocalist Nnenna Freelon, drummer Ron Savage, pianist JoAnne Brackeen, timbalero Eguie Castrillo, and pianist Laszlo Gardony.

Shalin Liu Performance Center

The Rockport Jazz Festival Returns to the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Photo by Robert Benson

The Rockport Jazz Festival returns to the stunning Shalin Liu Performance Center Thursday, August 13 through Sunday, August 16. The festival opens with the fascinating Mikarimba, something of a family affair featuring marimba player Mika Yoshida-Stoltzman and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, joined by father and son drummers Steve and Duke Gadd, along with guitarist John Tropea and bassist Shin Sakaino. Vocalist Alicia Olatuja follows on Friday, and the weekend days offer two concerts each. On Saturday you can catch the amazing eleven-year-old Balinese pianist Joey Alexander and his trio at 3 p.m., and then trumpeter Sean Jones and his quartet at 8 p.m. The festival closes on Sunday with guitarist Julian Lage and his trio at 1 p.m., wrapping up with clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen and her quartet at 6 p.m.

The 9th annual Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is back on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 at historic Salem Willows Park. Performers and times haven’t been announced yet.

Labor Day gets its due with the annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival in Lawrence. The roster and schedule are still to come.

The Newton Jazz and Wine Festival returns on Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19. Friday evening’s concert at Newton Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium at City Hall will be a centennial tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra with vocalists Dale LePage and Lydia Harrell and trumpeter/vocalist Christine Fawson. Saturday shifts to the historic Jackson Homestead, with performances by drummer Zeke Martin & the Oracle, vocalist Isabel Stover, the Francisco Vielma Ensemble featuring saxophonist Aaron Gratzmiller, and the NEJazz Festival AllStars.

Newtonville Village Day will likely be back in mid-September, but nothing has been confirmed as yet.

Boston’s preeminent outdoor jazz event, the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, returns to the South End/Lower Roxbury on Saturday, September 26, with the theme “Jazz: The Voice of the People.” The triple-stage event will announce its performers and schedule later this summer.

And as the leaves turn color, the social activist brass bands converge again on Somerville’s Davis Square and Cambridge’s Harvard Square for Honk! The festival runs from Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 11, with a detailed listing of the bands and their performance times still to come.

2015 Festival Chronology

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
Friday, June 5—Sunday, June 14
Burlington, VT

Cambridge River Festival
Saturday, June 6
Cambridge, MA

Carnaval at SomerStreets
Sunday, June 7
Somerville, MA

International Festival of Arts and Ideas
Friday, June 12—Saturday, June 27
New Haven, CT

New Bedford JazzFest
Saturday, June 13
New Bedford, MA

New Hampshire Bass Fest
Wednesday, June 17—Saturday, June 20
Manchester, NH

Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend
Thursday, June 18—Sunday, June 21
Lee, MA

Django in June
Friday, June 19—Saturday, June 20
Northampton, MA

Joe’s Jazz and Blues Fest
Saturday, June 20
Somerville, MA

Paulie’s NOLA Jazz and Blues Festival
Friday, June 26—Sunday, June 28
Worcester, MA

Solid Sound
Friday, June 26—Sunday, June 28
North Adams, MA

Green River Festival
Friday, July 10—Sunday, July 12
Greenfield, MA

Outside the Box
Tuesday, July 14—Sunday, July 19
Boston, MA

Lincoln Arts Festival Jazz Weekend
Thursday, July 16—Sunday, July 19
Boothbay Harbor, ME

Friday, July 17—Saturday, July 18
Somerville, MA

Festival Betances
Friday, July 17—Sunday, July 19
Boston, MA

Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz
Friday, July 17—Sunday, July 19
Hartford, CT

Onset Beach Jazz Festival
Saturday, July 18
Onset, MA

Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Saturday, July 25
Boston, MA

Summer Arts Weekend
Saturday, July 25—Sunday, July 26
Boston, MA

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA
Saturday, July 25—Saturday, August 1
North Adams, MA

Cambridge Jazz Festival
Sunday, July 26
Cambridge, MA

Deer Isle Jazz Festival
Friday, July 31—Saturday, August 1
Stonington, ME

Newport Jazz Festival
Friday, July 31—Sunday, August 2
Newport, RI

Litchfield Jazz Festival
Friday, August 7—Sunday, August 9
Goshen, CT

Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival
Saturday, August 8
Springfield, MA

Rockport Jazz Festival
Thursday, August 13—Sunday, August 16
Rockport, MA

Provincetown Jazz Festival
Thursday, August 13 and Monday, August 17
Provincetown, MA

Salem Jazz and Soul Festival
Saturday, August 15—Sunday, August 16
Salem, MA

New Haven Jazz Festival
Saturday, August 22
New Haven, CT

Bread and Roses Heritage Festival
Monday, September 7
Lawrence, MA

Northampton Jazz Festival
Tuesday, September 8—Saturday, September 12
Northampton, MA

Newton Jazz and Wine Festival
Friday, September 18—Saturday, September 19
Newton, MA

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival
Saturday, September 26
Boston, MA

Friday, October 9—Sunday, October 11
Somerville, MA / Cambridge, MA

2015 Festivals with Dates TBA

Hot Steamed Jazz Festival
Usually in June
Essex, CT

Merrimack Valley Jazz Festival
Usually in July
Lowell, MA

Bar Harbor Jazz Festival
Usually in August
Bar Harbor, ME

Newtonville Village Day
Usually in September
Newton, MA

JazzFest Falmouth
Usually in late September to early October
Falmouth, MA

Pittsfield CityJazz Festival
Usually in October
Pittsfield, MA

Holyoke Latin Jazz Festival
Usually in October
Holyoke, MA

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