We’ve got a great weekend of music in Boston, and it’s pretty jazzy as Boston celebrates, International Jazz Day, with concerts and festivals in many parts of town that started mid-week and will run through the weekend. Take some pics of your weekend festivities and send them our way so that we can feature them in our column, Photo of the Week.
On Friday, April 29, it’s Jazz at Harvard’s ARTS FIRST Festival, at Harvard University on The Plaza at the Outside Science Center in Cambridge. The event starts at 5:30 pm and is FREE. The new Director of the Harvard Jazz Ensembles, Yosvany Terry, who also happens to be a Grammy-nominated saxophonist, will make his debut at the Plaza Tent leading the Harvard Jazz Band. There will also be a special performance with Berklee College of Music faculty member, Tia Fuller, a saxophonist. Parking is FREE at the Broadway garage.
A Musical Tribute to Three Boston Jazz Giants will take place at the historic setting of the African Meeting House, 46 Joy Street, Beacon Hill, on Friday, April 29, from 6:30 – 9 pm Singer Mae Arnette, composer and pianist Ran Blake, and drummer Roy Haynes are three of Boston’s living jazz legends. This event will be the launch of the campaign to create a Boston Jazz Heritage Trail. Performances by Yoron Israel and High Standards with special guests and storytelling by jazz radio host Eric Jackson.
A great family program takes place on Saturday, April 30, to celebrate Jazz Day in Boston. It’s Good Music – Good Health at the RTH Outdoor Plaza, located on Mission Hill in Boston from 1 – 4 pm. Jazz is paired with medicine to raise awareness of the importance of lung health. Some of Boston’s most creative musicians will be on hand to show you the technique of how they blow their horns. Contests, prizes, an instrument petting zoo, and more. If you have a horn instrument, bring it along.
Also on Saturday, April 30, the New England Conservatory of Music, 290 Huntington Avenue in Boston, has it’s Second Annual Jazz Day Concert at Brown Hall that will feature students and NEC faculty. This event celebrates jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. The event is FREE and begins at 8:30 pm
Events for Jazz Festival will continue through Sunday at the 2nd Annual Mattapan Speaks Jazz Celebration at the William E. Carter Post from 3 – 6 pm, and The Boston Creative Jazz Scene, Then and Now which will take place at the Piano Craft Gallery in the South End.
Pete’s Bar & Grill, 540 South Street in Quincy has a tribute to Alice in Chains on Friday, April 29. We Die Young play the whole AIC catalog of music
Those Dirty Deeds boys will be at Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed Street in Marlborough on Saturday, April 30. It’s a night of AC/DC music with the stage antics, sound, and look. Bob Conti on lead vocals commands the stage and insists that you pose for that selfie with him and his band during their performance.
The Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis Street in Beverly has a Rockin Blues Fest on Saturday, April 30, with the Delta Generators, Willie J. Laws Band, and Danielle Miraglia.
Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas will be at TOAD, 1912 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge on Saturday, April 30. It’s going to be a night of garage soul twang with Berklee College of Music alum, Matthew Stubbs.