Jazz Week '09

Jazz Week

Jazz Week returns from April 25 to May 3 with nine days of music to help you answer the question posed by this year's theme, "What's your jazz?"

Officially proclaimed by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons, the third annual celebration of Jazz Week features more than 200 events in over 75 venues all around the Greater Boston area — from clubs, museums, and churches to libraries, universities, hotels, and community centers. Visiting international artists and Boston-based musicians of all generations share the spotlight as they perform jazz of every style. Click here to see the week's schedule of events, updated regularly as new events are submitted. For scenes of the action so far, check out the Jazz Week '09 Photo Gallery.

With more more free and low-cost events than ever before, this is the week to discover your jazz. For details on offers of free tickets and special discounts, click here.

Some of the highlights of Jazz Week '09:

  • Jazz Week @ the Boston Public Library, a series of free afternoon and evening programs at the Main Library in Copley Square, including the Boston premiere of "The Music Inn," the historic film of masters who shaped the course of jazz; "Jazzin' the Generations," an interactive conversation exploring how life's lessons can be shared through jazz; and "Riffs & Raps II," an introduction to the sounds and experience of jazz for the very young.
  • Chefs Jam for Jazz Week, a week of specially priced, jazz-inspired lunches and dinners at some of the city's most popular restaurants, presented by JazzBoston in partnership with the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Jazz Week @ Fan Pier, a series of free jazz shows as part of the Volvo Ocean Race festivities
  • Free jazz at the State House, a performance by the New England Conservatory of Music Honors Jazz Ensemble on the Grand Staircase as part of the Governor's Lunchtime Cultural Series
  • Jazz Meets Salsa, a special Latin jazz concert and dance party, with a jazz cocktail hour and salsa and swing dance lessons at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (formerly the Center for Latino Arts)
  • Jazz Week @ Barnes & Noble, showcasing Boston-based artists with a selection of CDs available at the store this week only and a free live performance by the Infrared Band presented by JazzBoston in partnership with Somerville independent label Creative Nation Music
  • Jazz Week @ Fenway Park, including a jazz rendition of the National Anthem and pre-game entertainment inside the gates by a jazz ensemble from the Boston Arts Academy.

Allston, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Dorchester, the South End, and the Back Bay are among the Boston neighborhoods hosting events during Jazz Week '09, in addition to Cambridge, Somerville, Quincy, Salem, Belmont, Framingham, Brooklline, Acton, Malden, Wellesley, and Newton. Participating in Jazz Week for the first time are Amazing Things Arts Center, Icarus Restaurant, the Java  Room, the Squealing Pig, Moonstruck Gourmet & Café, Restaurant Laura,  Sky, Tryst Restaurant, the Bar at the End of the World, and Petit Robert Bistro.

Directed and promoted by JazzBoston and produced independently by participating musicians, presenters, clubs, educational institutions, community centers, and other organizations, Jazz Week '09 is the product of a collaborative effort by representatives of Boston’s entire jazz community. The extensive promotion of this citywide celebration of the music is made possible by the generous support our of Jazz Week '09 Sponsors and Partners.

We congratulate the New England Conservatory, the Primary Sponsor of Jazz Week '09, on the 40th anniversary of its Jazz Studies Program, which will be celebrated in the 2009 -  2010 academic year. We also extend a special thanks to our Jazz Week media sponsors, The Phoenix Media/Communications Group and WGBH 89.7, for their strong support in spreading the word about Boston's vibrant jazz scene.