Photos: 2018 Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

Boston block party features appearances by Catherine Russell, Eddie Gomez, and more

Catherine Russell performs, with help from some Berklee students, at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, September 29, 2018
Catherine Russell performs, with help from some Berklee students, at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Boston, MA, September 29, 2018 (photo: Joseph Allen)
Bill Pierce at "The Art of the Tenor: Celebrating Bill Pierce," Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA, Sept. 26, 2018
Bill Pierce at "The Art of the Tenor: Celebrating Bill Pierce," Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA, Sept. 26, 2018 (photo: Joseph Allen)
L to R: Mark Turner, Melissa Aldana, David Gilmore, Antonio Hart, John Lockwood, and Javon Jackson at "The Art of the Tenor: Celebrating Bill Pierce," Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA, Sept. 26, 2018
L to R: Mark Turner, Melissa Aldana, David Gilmore, Antonio Hart, John Lockwood, and Javon Jackson at Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA, Sept. 26, 2018 (photo: Joseph Allen)
Kevin Eubanks at "The Art of the Tenor: Celebrating Bill Pierce," Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA, Sept. 26, 2018
Kevin Eubanks at "The Art of the Tenor: Celebrating Bill Pierce," Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA, Sept. 26, 2018 (photo: Joseph Allen)
Jake Sherman at "The Art of the Tenor: Celebrating Bill Pierce," Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA, September 26, 2018
Jake Sherman at "The Art of the Tenor: Celebrating Bill Pierce," Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA, September 26, 2018 (photo: Joseph Allen)
Terri Lyne Carrington at "The Art of the Tenor: Celebrating Bill Pierce," Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA, Sept. 26, 2018
Terri Lyne Carrington at "The Art of the Tenor: Celebrating Bill Pierce," Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA, Sept. 26, 2018 (photo: Joseph Allen)
Tia Fuller at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Boston, MA, Sept. 29, 2018
Tia Fuller at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Boston, MA, Sept. 29, 2018 (photo: Joseph Allen)
Adam Rogers at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Sept. 29, 2018
Adam Rogers at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Sept. 29, 2018 (photo: Joseph Allen)
Marco Pignataro (left) and Edmar Colon at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Boston, MA, Sept. 29, 2018
Marco Pignataro (left) and Edmar Colon at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Boston, MA, Sept. 29, 2018 (photo: Joseph Allen)
Eddie Gomez at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Boston, MA, Sept. 29, 2018
Eddie Gomez at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Boston, MA, Sept. 29, 2018 (photo: Joseph Allen)
Jason Palmer at the Berklee Benton Jazz Festival, Boston, MA, Sept. 29, 2018
Jason Palmer at the Berklee Benton Jazz Festival, Boston, MA, Sept. 29, 2018 (photo: Joseph Allen)
Gregory Lewis at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Boston, MA, Sept. 29, 2018
Gregory Lewis at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Boston, MA, Sept. 29, 2018 (photo: Joseph Allen)
Philipp Gerschlauer at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Boston, MA, Sept. 29, 2018
Philipp Gerschlauer at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Boston, MA, Sept. 29, 2018 (photo: Joseph Allen)
David Fiuczynski at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Boston, MA, Sept. 29, 2018
David Fiuczynski at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Boston, MA, Sept. 29, 2018 (photo: Joseph Allen)

On Sept. 29, 2018, six blocks of Columbus Avenue in Boston, Mass., were closed off for the annual Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival. Along with an array of food and drink vendors, arts, crafts, and a so-called “instrument petting zoo,” music was presented on three stages by an intriguing roster of artists that included Gregory Lewis, Tia Fuller, Catherine Russell, Marco Pignataro’s Almas Antiguas Quartet featuring Eddie Gomez, and MikroJazz with Philipp Gerschlauer, David Fiuczynski, and Jack DeJohnette. Berklee faculty member Terri Lyne Carrington curated the day’s lineup as well as a Sept. 26 “preshow” at the Berklee Performance Center that paid tribute to saxophonist and chair emeritus of the college’s woodwind department Bill Pierce, with appearances by his former students Javon Jackson, Mark Turner, Antonio Hart, and Melissa Aldana. Photographer Joseph Allen was at both events and captured the following images.

Read Catherine Russell’s recent JazzTimes interview with Roseanna Vitro.

Read David Adler’s 2012 JazzTimes feature on Eddie Gomez.