Jazz Week '13

Jazz Week returns April 26 for the 7th consecutive year since it was revived by JazzBoston in collaboration with the artists, organizations, and venues of Greater Boston’s jazz community. Proclaimed by the Mayors of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, the 10-day celebration of the music and our unique local jazz scene will be played out in over 200 events at 90+ venues all over the Greater Boston area before it ends on May 5.

Read about some of the highlights here, then see the complete Schedule of Jazz Week ’13 Events and the Directory of Participating Venues for details and happenings near you.

Highlights of Jazz Week ’13

Festivities get under way at noon Friday, April 26, witih free performances by student ensembles from New England Conservatory at Downtown Crossing, South Station, the Courtyard of the Boston Public Library at Copley Square, and the Harvard Square T station.

Other kickoff weekend events

  • Scullers Jazz Club,  Monty Alexander & the Harlem-Kingston Express, Friday at 8 pm and 10 pm. Eric Jackson hosts the second set as part of WGBH's monthly "Live From Scullers" series.
  • Outpost 186, James Merenda and Tickle Juice, Friday at 8 pm.

  • Kresge Auditorium, MIT's 50th Jazz Anniversary Gala Concert with Steve Kuhn, Saturday at 7:30 pm.
  • Acton Jazz Café, Chris McDermott Group, Saturday at 9 pm
  • Chianti Jazz Lounge, Benny Sharoni Quartet with George Garzone, Saturday at 9:30 pm.
  • Wally's Jazz Café, award presentation and tribute party honoring Arni Cheatham, named 2013 Boston Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalists Association, Sunday 3 - 6 pm. Open to all, RSVP required.

More free events — Jazz Week @ the Boston Public Library, Jazz Week @ South Station, April 29 - May 4

  • Improvise Your Llfe,  an interactive workshop by saxophonist and improv guru Tom Hall. Main Library, Monday at 6 pm.
  • Authors Conversation, Bob Blumenthal and Paul Combs, talking about Combs's new biography of Tadd Dameron. Main LIbrary, Thursday at 12:15 pm.
  • HIgh School Jazz Band Showcase, sure to be a rousing  performance by students from Boston Latin, the Rivers School, Roland Hayes, and more. Main Library, Sunday at 1:30 pm.
  • Piano solos by Boston Favorites, performing daily on the station's new baby grand, starting with Tim Ray on Monday, followed by Maxim Lubarsky, Yoko Miwa, John Funkhouser, and Gilson Schachnik. South Station, Monday - Friday, noon.

Other special Jazz Week events

  • Berklee Global Jazz Institute's 3rd annual BGJI Jazz Summit with Brian Blade. BerkleePerformance Center, Monday, April 29, at 8:15 pm.
  • JazzBoston's 2nd Annual International Jazz Day Listening Party. Darryl's Corner Bar, Tuesday, April 30, 6 - 9 pm. Open to all. RSVP  required.
  • Street Sounds: Monologues with Black Existence, Playwright Ed Bullins's classic monologues translated into dance theater by producer/director Bill Lowe. HIbernian Hall, Friday, May 3 - Sunday, May 5.
  • WICN Presents Karrin Allyson, an intimate evening of jazz vocals by 4-time Grammy nominee. Tuckerman Hall, Worcester, Friday, May 3, at 8 pm.
  • South End Jazz Open House, self-guided tour of four sites at the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Columbus Ave., "the jazz corner of Boston," followed by a party at Wally's Café. South End Historical Society, Saturday, May 4, 12 - 5 pm.

House Concerts — a new series of special events this year

The concept of “House Concerts” was the source of the Jazz Week '13 theme, "Jazz is in the house!" Inspired by both the loft scene of the 70s and the  do-it-yourself spirit of today, JazzBoston encouraged music lovers in and around the city to join the Jazz Week '13 celebration by hosting a concert in their home for friends and neighbors, and offered guidelines and assistance to pull it off, including matching hosts with small ensembles interested in participating. Six enthusiastic hosts signed up – one in Cambridge, three in Somerville, one in Chelsea, and one in Boston's Leather District – and most have reached their capacity for guests. Check the Jazz Week ’13 Schedule of Events to see if there’s a House Concert near you with room for another music lover.

This is just a sample of the more than 200 events taking place at venues in and around the city during Jazz Week '13. For details of these events and many more, see the complete schedule of Jazz Week '13 events.

For a history of Jazz Week since its 2007 revival by JazzBoston, click here.