Jazz Week '14: No Walls

Jazz Week returns from April 25 to May 4 for the 8th consecutive year since it was revived by JazzBoston in collaboration with the artists, organizations, and venues of Greater Boston’s jazz community. As always, the 10-day celebration of the music and our unique local jazz scene is scheduled to tie in with the Smithsonian’s national observance of April as Jazz Appreciation Month and Duke Ellington’s birthday on April 29th – and since 2012, with International Jazz Day on April 30.

Jazz Week is also Boston’s contriibution to Jazz April, the campaign launched by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2013 to call attention to Jazz Appreciation Month, International Jazz Day, and local jazz celebrations in April, such as Greater Boston’s Jazz Week, and make April the month where everyone everywhere is touched in some way by the power and just plain fun of the music we call jazz.

Highlighting the unique role jazz plays worldwide in breaking down racial and cultural barriers, the theme of Jazz Week ’14 is No Walls: A salute to the power of jazz to bring people together.

No Walls is also the title of an anthemic composition by Aardvark Jazz Orchestra director Mark Sumner Harvey that is the first official song ever associated with Jazz Week. JazzBoston and Harvey, a member of the organization's Board of Directors and the force behind the original Boston Jazz Week in the 1970s, have invited musicians to perform No Walls throughout the week, each ensemble in its own style. Interested musicians should contact the composer at nowalls@jazzboston.org for more information.

Among the special events planned by JazzBoston for Jazz Week ‘14:

  • An International Jazz Day (IJD) celebration, culminating in a blockbuster free public concert with a lineup of musicians representing the cultures and communities that make up Greater Boston, on April 30 at a centrally located venue to be determined. We’re working on making this event Boston’s first world-class IJD observance and the centerpiece of Jazz Week ’14.
  • The Next Generation of Jazz”, a two-part collaboration with the Performing Arts department of the Boston Public Schools on April 29, including Jazz Open Studios at approximately 20 schools all over the city during the day and a High School Jazz Band Showcase at the Boston Public Library (Copley Square) in the evening, both free and open to the public.
  • A tribute concert and reception for the third recipient of JazzBoston’s Roy Haynes Award “for exceptional service to jazz and the jazz community”  at Scullers Jazz Club on May 4. The recipient, whose name has not been publicly announced yet, is  one of Boston’s most beloved living jazz legends.
  • Free weekday noontime concerts performed by New England Conservatory jazz ensembles at South Station and other high-traffic public places around the city, returning for the 5th year.
  • A trophy presentation and party honoring the recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association’s (JJA) 2014 Boston Jazz Hero award, hosted once again by JazzBoston at Wally’s Jazz Café, free and open to the public. Drawing on its broad jazz community network, JazzBoston nominated the local candidates for the award. The winner will be announced by the JJA on April 1.
  • A series of House Concerts held by music lovers in and around the city for their friends and neighbors, with assistance from JazzBoston in matching hosts and ensembles and organizing the event. Introduced during Jazz Week ’13, the concept of house concerts was inspired by both the loft scene of the 70s and the  do-it-yourself spirit of today. If you’d like to host a concert in your own home, write to jazzweek@jazzboston.org for more information.
    Click here to see the Schedule of Jazz Week ’14 Events as it continues to fill in.

    For information on participating in Jazz Week ’14, click here.

    To find out about supporting Boston’s jazz scene by becoming a presenting partner or sponsor of a Jazz Week ’14 event or placing an ad in the eye-catching Jazz Week ’14 brochure –  30,000  will be distributed in and around the city – write to jazzweek@jazzboston.org.

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