Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Set for Sept. 27

Performers at free Boston event include Sheila E., Snarky Puppy, Miguel Zenón

Sheila E., International Jazz Day press conference, Osaka, Japan, April 30, 2014
Snarky Puppy, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, 2014

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The 14th annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival will take place Sept. 27 in Boston’s South End. The all-day, free outdoor event will offer contemporary jazz, funk, Latin, pop, and soul acts on three stages. The festival takes place from noon to 6 p.m. on Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street. This year, the festival celebrates the theme Jazz: The Global Ambassador.

Highlights of the festival will include Sheila E., who will be backed by a Berklee student band; Snarky Puppy; alto saxophonist and Berklee alumnus Miguel Zenón; vocalist Dionne Farris, with the Russell Gunn Quartet, and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire.

Faculty and alumni performers will include Bill Banfield’s the Jazz Urbane with special guest Grace Kelly; the Yoron Israel/Bill Pierce Quintet; the Screaming Headless Torsos, led by David Fiuczynski; and Marco Pignataro Jazzet featuring Eddie Gomez; as well as alumni acts such as Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio, and Aubrey Logan.

Check Beantown jazz for updates and a full schedule of events.