“With Cream I and Ginger could play free jazz as a rhythm section, while Eric played the Ornette Coleman role. However, we didn’t tell Eric that!”
Boston’s premier outdoor jazz event, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, returns to Boston’s South End for a fourteenth year this Saturday, with drummer Terri Lyne Carrington back at the helm again as the artistic director.
Cambridge and Springfield have launched promising new festivals even as some others have dropped by the wayside. Meanwhile, festivals in Northampton, Cambridge (again), Lawrence, and Newton have announced their schedules..
The creator of the series, Mike Judge, and his team have gone to great lengths to sweat the details of the corporate landscape of San Jose and its environs. Right from the start Silicon Valley rang true.
The big “destination” jazz festivals are major events, but aficionados making vacation plans will be missing out if they don’t at least take a look at the musical offerings of the smaller festivals.
Jazz Week 2014′s theme of “No Walls: A salute to the power of jazz to bring people together” emphasizes the place of jazz on the world stage.
NEC is closed tonight but much of the repertoire on this program is also scheduled for a concert on March 6.
“He’s someone who appears only once in a hundred years.”—Hermeto Pascoal
As the festival season draws to a close, a look back at the 2013 BeanTown Jazz Festival.
Boston’s biggest outdoor jazz event has more of a local focus his year—hardly a problem, given the wealth of talent connected to Berklee, NEC and other institutions.