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Equinox Fest Offers Jazz for Food

Boston’s Fourth Annual Equinox Music Festival has an added twist this year: free admission in exchange for a charitable food donation. The initiative, aptly named “Jazz for Food,” invites festival attendees to bring a donation to benefit the Greater Boston Food Band. In return, they can attend any and all festival events free by visiting the festival’s Web site and printing tickets.

The festival, which will take place November 13 – 27 at Boston’s John Hancock Hall, will host a variety of jazz performers. One of the highlights of the event is the world premiere of the Phairelady All-Stars, the first time pianist Kirk Lightsey and rising trumpeter Jeremy Pelt will perform together. The two will also be joined by bassist Rufus Reid, saxophonist Marcus Strickland and vocalist Denise Jannah.

Other performers include Madeleine Peyroux, Indonesian star Luluk Purwanto with the Dutch-American Rene van Helsdingen Trio, Jaco Pastorius Big Band, David Burrell-Andrew Cyrille Duo, the all-female Kit McClure Quintet, Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma, the Young Lions and America’s Youngest Jazz Band.

More information and tickets can be found online at

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