On Saturday September 27, 2014 Columbus Avenue and Carter Playground will be transformed into a jazz lover’s dream with the Beantown Jazz Festival. Tens of thousands of music lovers will be here to experience a truly premiere musical event, featuring live Jazz. Lain, Soul, and Blues from artists simultaneously playing on multiple stages scattered around the venue.
Food and crafts vendors will also present as usual. The food vendors take on an international flavor, with past festivals featuring Jamaican cuisine such as shrimp and beef jerky, southern favorites like grilled corn and ribs, sizzling Korean goodies, and decadent mainstay treats such as fried dough.
This year, the festival will celebrate the theme The Global Ambassador, with performances by some of the genre’s most acclaimed up-and-coming alumni artists, including Sheila E., Snarky Puppy, Miguel Zenón, Dionne Farris & Russell Gunn Quartet, Ambrose Akinmusire, and more. The audience can expect nothing but world-class quality music from this event in a city known for its cultural roots.
Jazz originated from African-American communities in the Southern United States in the early 1900s. Jazz is mostly known for pioneering improvisation, syncopation, polyrythms and sometimes even dissonance, which is the seeming “off-sounding” notes often used in jazz solos. Now, jazz has branched off into many different sub-genres, including the classic big band or swing jazz, to modern fusion or hybrid genres such as funk-jazz, acid jazz, or even smooth jazz. The festival promises a touch of different modern sub-genres, as well as classic, old-school early jazz music.
Berklee College of Music is a world-famous institution, and widely regarded as one of the best contemporary schools of music. Music students from all over the world look to Berklee College as one of the most prestigious opportunities for higher musical learning. Hundreds of its students, faculty members and alumni have received prestigious awards like the Grammy, Oscar, Emmy, and even the Golden Globe awards. Some famous alumni include Victor Bailey, Paula Cole, Rachelle Ferrell, Stu Hamm, Quincy Jones, Diana Krall, Abe Laboriel, John Mayer, Pat Methany, John Myung of Dream Theater, Esperanza Spalding, Susan Tedeschi, and Steve Vai, to name a few.
Related, Boston also hosts several jazz venues and clubs, including the Berklee Performance Center, Sculler’s Jazz Club, Regattabar, Wally’s Cafe, Berklee’s Cafe 939, and David Friend Recital Hall, as well as others.
Natixis Global Asset Management Stage Performance Schedule
600 Columbus Avenue
01:10 pm — Sapporo Junior Jazz School Band
02:15 pm — Aubrey Logan
03:45 pm — Snarky Puppy
05:00 pm — Sheila E
Berklee Stage Performance Schedule
435 Massachusetts Avenue
12:00 pm — Marco Pignataro Jazzet featuring Eddie Gomez
01:15 pm — Ambrose Akinmusire
02:30 pm — Miguel Zenon
03:45 pm — Dionne Farris with the Russell Gunn Quartet
05:00 pm — Yoron Israel/Bill Pierce Quintet: Tribute to James Williams
BeanTown Stage Performance Schedule
795 Columbus Avenue
12:00 pm — Federator N°1
01:15 pm — Screaming Headless Torsos
02:30 pm — Bill Banfield’s the Jazz Urbane with Special Guest Grace Kelly
03:45 pm — Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio
05:00 pm — Kneebody