Jazz Week Takes Over Boston

Event beginning on April 23 features 10 days of performances throughout the city and suburbs

Boston and two of its surrounding enclaves, Cambridge and Somerville, have officially proclaimed April 23 through May 2 “Jazz Week.” The community will be privy to over 230 events at more than 80 venues over the 10 day stretch, including jazz dance performances, rare films and children’s events. Many of the events are free or have low admissions.

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The fourth annual Jazz Week, organized by the non-profit JazzBoston and supported with proclamations by the mayors of the three participating cities, is sponsored primarily by the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC). The 2010 event—themed “Made in Boston, Played in Boston”—will celebrate the role the Boston jazz scene plays in the larger world of music.

Jazz Week kicks off on Friday, April 23 with a string of daytime concerts by NEC student ensembles stationed at various public locations throughout the city. This will be followed by an evening concert, “NEC Jazz Orchestra: Music of Ken Schaphorst with special guest Ran Blake,” at the school’s Jordan Hall.

Other highlights include a series of seven days and nights of free programming for all ages at the main branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. Series features include the U.S. premiere of “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench”, introduced by Boston-based trumpeter Jason Palmer on April 27; jazz historians Gunther Schuller and Richard Vacca examine Duke Ellington’s connections with the Boston area on April 29 with “Ellington, Boston & Beyond”; and “Riffs & Raps – Jazz for the Very Young” on April 30 welcomes children 8 and under to participate in the sounds and fun of jazz.

Others events will also be located at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Fenway Park, and art galleries and studios throughout Boston’s South End, Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods.

The week will be populated with appearances by hundreds of visiting international artists and Boston-based musicians alike, including Joe Lovano, Billy Novick, Dominique Eade and the New Black Eagle Jazz Band, among many others.

For more information on locations and a full list of events visit JazzBoston.

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