Melhor do que isso só mesmo o silêncio, melhor do que o silêncio só joão (The only thing better than [music] is silence, the only thing better than silence is João)—Caetano Veloso (“Pra Ninguém”)
WGBH’s Eric Jackson has truly been the voice of jazz in Boston for more than forty years. This year, Boston Jazz Week centers around a celebration of Eric’s four decades at the heart of the jazz scene in the Boston metro area.
This year’s theme, “Jazz: A Peace Supreme,” is a bit diffuse—and so is the roster of performers, headlined by drummer Billy Hart and vocalist Al Jarreau.
Summer has arrived thermally and is due to arrive astronomically early next wee; New England offers a geographically diverse menu of jazz festivals.
From Providence to Burlington by way of Cambridge, the New England jazz festival season is now underway.
From Roxbury to Mattapan to Beacon Hill to City Hall, new and not-so-new events are becoming annual features of Boston Jazz Week.
From noon to six on Saturday, September 26, Boston’s premier outdoor jazz event, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, returns to Boston’s South End for a fifteenth year.
The profound impact of Ornette Coleman can be seen in the reactions of the music world to his passing.
Get your maps and open up your calendar app—it’s time to plan your summer of jazz in New England.
Jazz Week 2015 shines a spotlight on the jazz scene—historic and current—in Boston’s core African American community of Roxbury (and adjoining Mattapan and Dorchester).