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Passing the Jazz Torch

How the non-profit JazzBoston creates new jazz generations

Jazz Boston's Pauline Bilsky

Like many who care deeply about this music and hope for future generations to keep it thriving, JAZZed publisher Rick Kessel makes the obvious point that “to make sure the torch is passed,” there must be “writing, educating, and, of course, performing for as many young audiences as possible” (May 2011).

As I noted here last month, the non-profit organization JazzBoston, in its fifth year of swinging existence, is doing just that and more. For example, this year, a proclamation by Boston mayor Thomas Menino heralded the annual JazzBoston Jazz Week (April 29 – May 8), “which will include a wide variety of collaboratively planned, independently produced performances and educational events in all kinds of venues throughout the city of Boston.”

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