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The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival Kicks Off This September

The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival will return Saturday, September 29, from noon to 6 p.m. with three stages of free music at the intersection of Massachusetts and Columbus Avenue.

Berklee faculty, students, alumni, and special guests will perform at the free event that features jazz, Latin, blues, funk, and kids’ music. Check for updates and a full schedule of events.

Faculty member Terri Lyne Carrington, a Grammy Award-winning drummer and composer, curated this year’s event. Appearing will be Diego Joaquin Ramirez & SULA, Darcel Wilson, Gregory Lewis Organ Monk Trio, Tia Fuller’s Diamond Cut, Rina Yamazaki Trio featuring Dave Santoro and Neal Smith, Jason Palmer, Marco Pignataro’s Almas Antiguas Quartet featuring Eddie Gomez, Ralph Peterson’s Aggregate Prime, and Catherine Russell, and Gerschlauer/Fiuczynski’s MikroJazz featuring Jack DeJohnette.

This year’s Beantown Jazz Festival features two preshows. The first, Berklee’s Signature Series’ The Art of the Tenor: Celebrating Bill Pierce,is Wednesday, September 26 at the Berklee Performance Center. In honor of renowned saxophonist and educator Pierce, chair emeritus of Berklee’s Woodwind Department, his former students Javon Jackson, Mark Turner, Antonio Hart, and Melissa Aldana are returning to perform with him on stage. Carrington is the concert’s producer. Tickets are available at the Berklee Performance Center box office or online.

The second show, on Thursday, September 27, features jazz singer and pianist Sarah McKenzie, at the Red Room at Café 939 for The Checkout – Live at Berklee webcast on Greater New York’s Advance tickets available at the Berklee Performance Center box office or online. Remaining tickets will be available to purchase at the Red Room on the night of the show.

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