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The Whaling City Sounds Off for JazzFest on June 15

Eighth annual New Bedford (Mass.) JazzFest part of ongoing "cultural renaissance"

The Southcoast Jazz Orchestra performs at last year's New Bedford JazzFest.
The New Bedford JazzFest is set for June 15.

While it’s best known as the gritty seaport where Ahab set sail on his voyage of revenge in Moby Dick, New Bedford, Mass. has developed some cultural chops these past two decades, and jazz is playing a part. Now in its eighth year, the New Bedford JazzFest is set for June 15 from 2 – 7 p.m. on Pier 3 of the city’s working waterfront. 

It’s not a large festival by any means, founder Eric Paradis notes. The festival’s inaugural year attracted roughly 250 people. Since then it’s continued to grow, however, and Paradis expects to see between 800 and 1,000 people on Saturday.

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Matthew Bernat

Matthew Bernat is an associate editor at Boston-based Madavor Media, publisher of JazzTimes and many other titles catering to a diverse audience of passionate enthusiasts. He is a journalist with a decade of experience reporting in New England.