Cambridge Civic Journal Forum

July 25, 2015

Cambridge Jazz Festival – July 26th, 2015 from Noon to 6pm

Filed under: Central Square — Tags: , , , — Robert Winters @ 7:20 pm

Cambridge Jazz Festival – July 26th, 12-6pm

Cambridge Jazz Festival - July 26Enjoy a day of free jazz at the second annual Cambridge Jazz Festival on Sunday, July 26th from 12-6 at University Park at MIT (Sidney Street, down the street from Mass Ave. at University Park Common).

Featured Musicians:

Cambridge Native Nnenna Freelon is a singer, composer and arranger who has been nominated for six Grammy Awards and has performed with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Diana Krall, and Herbie Hancock among others. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, and the Kennedy Center and has been described as "a spell-binding professional, who rivets attention with her glorious, cultivated voice and canny stagecraft"

Drummer Ron Savage is the chair of the Ensemble Department at the Berklee College of Music, and is a Co-Founder of the Cambridge Jazz Festival. Ron and his trio will be collaborating with Nneena Freelon to perform a salute to Billie Holliday at this year’s Festival.

JoAnne Brackeen is consistently rated as one of the best jazz pianists in the world. She has “consistently defied convention, remaking herself and her art many times over” from her early roots in the Bebop scene of the 1950’s and is a “legendary player of immense stature.”

Eguie Castrillo is latin percussionist and Grammy Award winner who has performed and recorded with Tito Puente, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Winwood and toured with Arturo Sandoval. He will be appearing with his sizzling international band “The Latin Jazz Connection”.

Laszlo Gardony is a unique classically-trained ‘jazz architect’ who also has roots in progressive rock, blues, Appalachian and American folk music. He’s been praised by Dave Brubeck for his “fluid pianism”. All About Jazz put him “on par with Bill Evans”.

Jazz Festival 2015

Jazz Festival 2015

July 25, 2014

CAMBRIDGE JAZZ FESTIVAL – Sunday, July 27, 2014

Filed under: Cambridge,Central Square — Tags: , — Robert Winters @ 10:30 pm

Sunday, July 27, 2014 – FREE!
University Park Commons, Sidney St. Noon to 6:00pm

Bringing community together for an afternoon of free music performed by brilliant local and national jazz artists — and supporting musical opportunities for Cambridge students.

Cambridge Jazz Festival12:00-12:45pm   Fernando Brandão and the Berklee Brazilian All-Stars
Fernando Brandão, a jazz flutist, and the Berklee Brazilian All-Stars play diverse styles of Brazilian jazz from bossa nova to afoxé and choro.

1:00-1:45pm   George W. Russell, Jr. Trio
Inspirational jazz from a local great who has shared the stage with George Duke, Bob Moses, Billy Pierce, Stan Strickland, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Semenya McCord, and Andy McGhee.

2:00-3:00pm   Dominique Eade
Dominique Eade is a jazz vocalist and winner of several Boston Music Awards whose extraordinary voice has been compared to Sarah Vaughn’s.

3:15-4:15pm   Ron Savage Trio featuring Jetro DaSilva and Ron Mahdi
The Ron Savage Trio, featuring the percussionist Ron Savage, combines elements of BeBop, Swing, Gospel, African, R&B and Brazilian styles into a fresh new sound.

4:45-6:00pm   Terri Lyne Carrington with Valerie Simpson
Terri Lyne Carrington is a two-time Grammy winner, the first female artist to win a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, a dazzling jazz percussionist – and a Medford native. She’ll be joined by Motown legend Valerie Simpson.

Be sure to check out the amazing food trucks and festival vendors who will be dishing up some great food and flavors to accompany these extraordinary artists.

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