Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

  • When: Saturday, September 28, 2013, noon to 6 p.m.
  • Where: Columbus Avenue @ Massachusetts AVenue
  • Cost: Free
  • Age limit2: All ages
  • Categories: Outdoors, void, void, void, void, void, void

Music lovers of all ages will gather for the 13th Annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival in Boston’s South End. The all-day, free outdoor event offers contemporary jazz, Latin, blues, and soul acts on three stages. Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), one of the world’s leading asset managers, is the presenting sponsor of the festival.

Highlights include Meshell Ndegeocello; Will Calhoun Trio, led by the Grammy Award-winning drummer of Living Colour; and Robin McKelle & the Flytones. The festival celebrates the theme Jazz: The Next Generation, with acclaimed up-and-coming alumni artists: Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott, Mike Tucker Trio featuring Warren Wolf, and the Matt Savage Quartet featuring Bobby Watson.

Featured performers also include faculty artists Lawrence “Larry” Watson & the Workforce, The Bell Affair, and Matt Jenson & the Liquid Revolution; and students Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors featuring Adam Cruz, Giorgi Mikadze Group, the Berklee P-Funk Ensemble directed by Lenny Stallworth.

The Natixis Family Park at Carter Playground will host activities including inflatables, face painting, an instrument petting zoo, and KidsJam, an interactive program led by Berklee’s Music Education department. The celebration also features vendor booths offering foods and crafts from all over the world.