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Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival 2011

Terri Lyne Carrington, James Farm, Danilo Pérez and the New Gary Burton Quartet highlight this versatile Boston fest

Danilo Pérez at Scullers Jazz Club, as part of the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival 2011
Danilo Pérez at Scullers Jazz Club, as part of the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival 2011

Boston’s 11th annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, held Sept. 23-25, was its usual mixed bag of big-name nighttime headliners (James Farm, Danilo Pérez and the New Gary Burton Quartet) and a free Saturday-afternoon street festival offering other, more crowd-courting genres alongside some solid jazz.

The festival had actually kicked off officially that Tuesday, with Berklee professor and BeanTown artistic director Terri Lyne Carrington hosting a free meet-and-greet concert at the college’s 939 Club. Drummer Carrington led a group including trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, saxophonist Tia Fuller, pianist Helen Sung and bassist Tamir Shmerling through material from her new album, The Mosaic Project, a tune-up for two nights of album-promoting performances she was booked for the next week at New York’s Jazz Standard.

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