Jazz Week 2008

Jazz Week

Planning is underway for Jazz Week  2008, an 8-day citywide celebration of the music that has made Boston a destination for artists and fans of every stripe. From April 26 to May 4, hundreds of musicians of all generations will perform jazz of every style in venues throughout the Greater Boston area — from clubs, museums and churches to libraries, universities, hotels, and community centers. 

Scheduled once again to tie into the Smithsonian Institution’s national observance of April as Jazz Month and Duke Ellington's birthday on April 29, Jazz Week is coordinated and promoted by JazzBoston but produced independently by participating musicians, presenters, clubs, educational institutions, community centers, and other organizations. It is in every way the product of a collaborative effort by representatives of Boston’s entire jazz community, who have joined together to spread the word about the city's vital jazz scene and keep it growing.

For information about participating in Jazz Week 2008, write to jazzweek@jazzboston.org.

For photos of the Jazz Week 2007 scene, see the slideshow below.

A 21st Century Revival

The original concept for this kind of citywide celebration dates to 1973 when the Jazz Coalition took the music into all sorts of neighborhood settings as well as large concert halls with the first-ever Boston Jazz Week. Last year JazzBoston decided the time was right for a 21st-century revival of the spirit and multifaceted sounds that Jazz Week can bring to our city. Composer and trumpeter Mark Harvey, who was one of the leaders of the original Boston Jazz Week, led the 2007 Jazz Week team along with singer Marianne Solivan. Harvey, also founder and director of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra and a member of JazzBoston's Board of Directors, co-leads the team again this year with fellow JazzBoston director Don Carlson..

Jazz Week 2007 Highlights

Boston's first Jazz Week in 25 years kicked off  on April 21, 2007, with an “All-Star Jazz Blowout” concert at Berklee Performance Center featuring drummer Max Weinberg, Band Leader of NBC TV's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," along with Phil Wilson directing an all-star band of faculty and students from Berklee, NEC, Harvard, MIT, Wellesley, Longy, and Brandeis. Also on the program were New Orleans singer Henri Smith with reedman Nat Simpkins and Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet with Allan Chase, Cercie Miller, Tom Hall, and Joel Springer. Part of the proceeds from the show went to the Habitat for Humanity Musicians Village in New Orleans.  Read more about the Apr. 21 "All-Star Jazz Blowout." 

Among the other highlights of the week were a free “Perspectives on Jazz” seminar series on weekdays at the Boston Public Library, covering topics such as “Jazz Cross-Currents,” “Jazz in the South End: Then and Now,” and “Jazz: Black America’s Gift to the Nation and the World.” Panelists and lecturers included Joe Lovano, Eric Jackson, Ron Gill, Al Vega, Arni Cheatham, Hy Lockhart, Mae Arnette, Dick Vacca, and Emmett G. Price III.

A pair of “JazzBoston Family Initiative: Jazz for All Ages” events bookended Jazz Week 2007, the first at the Center for Latino Arts in the South End, featuring percussionists Anita Quinto and Marcus Santos, and the second at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education with vocalist Dominique Eade.

The Borders bookstore in the Back Bay hosted five nights of free in-store jazz concerts from 7 to 8 p.m. Performing in the bookstore's café during "Jazz Week at Borders" were Gypsy Schaeffer, Kevin Harris, Elan Trotman, the Mike DiBari Trio, and 14-year-old Brookline saxophonist Grace Kelly. 

A number of unique collaborations punctuated the week. Turkish multi-instrumentalist Mehmet Sanlikol teamed with trumpeter Tiger Okoshi at Suffolk University’s C. Walsh Theater for “An Eastern Ritual of Love.”  “Freex to Geex 2007,” presented by the Boston Cyberfest and the Music Synthesis department of Berklee College of Music, explored the worlds of computer music sounds, live video, and improvised music at Fenway Recital Hall. And “A Moment in Chaos,” presented in conjunction with the Cambridge Science Festival, featured animated films by Kate Matson with improvisation by Phil Scarff, John Funkhouser and others at the Volpe Transportation Building, Cambridge.

The Gallery at the Piano Factory hosted a series of performances that featured Frank Wilkins, Valerie Stephens, Cheo Solder, and others.

Jazz Week

Other artists based in Boston and beyond who performed during Jazz Week included Ellis Marsalis, Frank Morgan, Lyambiko, Salim Washington, Marianne Solivan, Jerry Bergonzi, Yoron Israel, Avishai Cohen, Deborah Henson-Conant, Charlie Kohlhase, George Garzone, James Merenda, Eric Hofbauer, Lisa Thorsen, Tim Ray, Dave Clark, Jason Palmer, Ray Santisi, Marta Gomez, Carmen Staaf, Ken Field, Ben Monder, Rusty Scott, and Robert Stringer.

Click here for a complete program of Jazz Week 2007 events.

Jazz Week 2007 Sponsors

JazzBoston gratefully acknowledges the strong support provided by our outstanding group of sponsors for Jazz Week 2007. Each f them understood the importance of spreading the word about Boston's lively jazz scene, and each of them joined fully in the spirit of the event. Together they helped us make Jazz Week 2007 into a true community-wide celebration of the music and the musicians who create it.

BostonNow — primary sponsor
Scullers Jazz Club
CEO Roundtable
Boston Pops Jazzfest
Bob's Southern Bistro
The Beehive
Berklee College of Music
New England Conservatory
Boston Public Library
WGBH 89.7 FM
The Boston Banner
Wainwright Bank

Click here for more information about Jazz Week 2007 sponsors.

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