Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

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Country and Region United StatesMassachusetts
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Festival Description

The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival is a free outdoor festival, featuring three stages of live music, a family park, over 70 vendors, fun for all ages — even an instrument petting zoo. It is a true celebration of the diversity of our communities, where music crosses all borders unites young and old, rich and poor, all races. The festival attracts about 55,000 each year. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has supported the festival with a grant, for the third year in a row.

Berklee College of Music presents Grammy-winning, internationally renowned superstars and cornerstones of the Boston jazz scene — Jazz, Latin, blues, and groove acts. For a complete list of all events, venues, and performers, visit

Festival Dates September 28, 2013
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Festival Story:

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than 65 years, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business, leading the way with the world’s first baccalaureate studies in jazz, rock, electric guitar, film scoring, songwriting, turntables, electronic production, and more than a dozen other genres and fields of study. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online. The college’s national after-school music program for under­served teens, the Berklee City Music Network, is in 30 cities and counting. A new campus in Spain, Berklee in Valencia, began hosting the college’s first graduate programs in the fall of 2012. With a diverse and talented student body representing more than 80 countries, and alumni and faculty that have collectively won more than 270 Grammys and Latin Grammys, Berklee is the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today – and tomorrow.


Festival Events:

Highlighted performers 2013:
  • Meshell Ndegeocello
  • Will Calhoun Trio, led by the Grammy Award-winning alumnus and drummer of the band Living Colour
  • Robin McKelle & the Flytones
  • Christian Scott
  • Mike Tucker Trio featuring vibraphonist Warren Wolf
  • Matt Savage Quartet featuring sax great Bobby Watson
Faculty and student performers 2013:
  • Faculty and students also play a major role, with performances by faculty artists
    • Lawrence “Larry” Watson & the Workforce
    • The Bell Affair
    • Matt Jenson & the Liquid Revolution
    • Rick DiMuzio Quintet
  • Students including Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors featuring
    • Adam Cruz
    • Jazz Revelation Records artist the Simon Moullier Quartet
    • Giorgi Mikadze Group
    • Berklee P-Funk Ensemble
    • Berklee City Music All Stars Big Band Jazz Ensemble
    • Street performers Marcus Santos & Bloco AfroBrazil will perform throughout the afternoon
Ticketed concerts 2013:
  • Friday, September 27, and Saturday, September 28
    • Gary Burton’s 70th Birthday Tour stops at Scullers Jazz Club for performances at 8:00pm and 10:00pm each night by the New Gary Burton Quartet featuring Julian Lage, Scott Colley, and Antonio Sanchez. Visit for more information.
  • Sunday, September 29
    • Instrumental jazz, funk, and world music collective Snarky Puppy perform at the Berklee Performance Center at 8:00pm. Visit for more information.


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Photo slideshow credits:
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    • Reach-out from the stage, photo ©Kelly Davidson
    • Image taken from stage, photo ©Kelly Davidson
    • Festival venue from above, photo ©Phil Farnsworth
    • Image from the crowd, photo ©Sandy Middlebrooks
  • BeanTown Jazz Festival takes place on Columbus Avenue between Burke Street and Massachusetts Avenue in Boston. Venues include The Beehive, Symphony Hall, and various stages. For more information visit


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