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May 24-26 2014

Plymouth Rock Assurance Jazz Festival

Spire Center for Performing Arts

This brand new jazz festival over Memorial Day weekend features a stellar lineup, including Johnny Souza Quintet, Bebop Guitars, and the Rebecca Parris Trio on Saturday; Yasko Kubota Power Jazz Unit, Greg Abate Quartet and Amanda Carr Quintet on Sunday; and a jazz jam session on Monday with jazz trumpeter Johnny Souza.

June 5-7 2014

Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend

First Congregational Church

Sonny & Perley Quartet, the Sounds of Shearing, and the New Black Eagle Jazz Band are performing through the weekend.


June 14, 2014

New Bedford Jazz Fest

New Bedford Pier 3
New Bedford

Whaling City Sound recording artist Shawnn Monteiro backed by the John Harrison Trio, the MonteiroBots Quartet, The SouthCoast Jazz Orchestra and Etymology from UMass Dartmouth. The Artists’ Colony, which debuted last year, returns bigger and better.

June 17-22 2014

Django in June

Academy of Music Theatre
Northampton, Massachusetts

A celebration of the music of gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, featuring workshops and concert performances by Latcho Drom, Samson Schmitt and Les Doigts De L’Homme.

June 20-22 2014

Paulie’s NOLA Jazz & Blues Festival

Historic Canal District
Worcester, Massachusetts

Roomful of Blues, Honey Island Swamp Band, Marcia Ball, Freddie King, Buckwheat Zydeco and Bill Al Carson & the Blues Masters are just some of the performers at this year’s festival.

June 21 2014

Joe's Jazz & Blues Festival

Powderhouse Park
Somerville, Massachusetts

A full day of great jazz and blues, organized by Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, a former trumpet player. The bands include the Somerville High School Jazz Ensemble, Laura Grill Band, Racky Thomas, Mark Zaleski, Joey Vellucci Quartet, New Black Eagle Jazz Band and Sugar Ray and the Bluetones.

July 12-13 2014

Green River Festival

Greenfield Community College

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, the Debo Band, Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, and Ana Tijoux are performing this year.

July 18-20 2014

Festival Betances 2014

Plaza Betances
100 W. Dedham Street, Boston

Gilberto Rivera (Bohemia), Moncho Rivera (Salsa) and Hector Tricoche (salsa Romantica).


July 19, 2014

3rd Annual Onset Beach Jazz Festival

Lillian Gregerman Bandshell

RCA recording artist Elle Varner, Tom Brown, Cleveland P. Jones and POSITIVITY featuring Buddy Monteiro and Michael Sahagian.


July 25-27 2014

Boston Globe / WGBH Summer Arts Weekend

Copley Square

Soul Rebels, Los Lobos, Jesse Cook and Arturo Sandoval are featured performers this summer.


July 27 2014

Cambridge Jazz Festival

University Park Commons
Sydney Street

The 1st annual Cambridge Jazz Festival features Terri Lyne Carrington, Valerie Simpson, Fernando Brandao and Berklee Brazilian All_Stars, Ron Savage Trio, Dominique Eade and Cambridge Rindge & Latin H.S. Jazz Ensemble.


August 1-3 2014

Newport Jazz Festival

Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI

Danilo Perez, Chick Corea, Eddie Palmieri, Roy Haynes and more.


August 9 2014

Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival

Court Square

Phil Woods, Charles Neville, Greg Caputo, Grace Kelly, Chuchito Valdes, Mikata and more.


August 13-17 2014

3rd Annual Rockport Jazz Festival

Shalin Liu Performance Center

Featuring artists such jazz masters as Christian McBride and Kenny Barron, as well as jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimée, drummer Ali Jackson, and many more.


August 16-17 2014

Salem Jazz and Soul Festival

Historic Salem Willows

Amadee Castenell, Moon Hooch, Delta Generators, Alissia and the Funketeers and more.


August 16 & 18 2014

10th Annual Provincetown Jazz Festival

16th - Provincetown Town Hall
18th - Cotuit Center for the Arts

Featuring: Rebecca Parris, Shawnn Monteiro, Kathy Kosins, Dane Vannatter, Avery Sharpe, Paul McWilliams, and the Cape Cod Jazz Quintet.


August 24-25 2014

North River Blues Festival

Marshfield Fair Grounds

Soul Box, Eden Brent, and more.


August 31 2014

5th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival

DCR Martini Hatch Shell
Hyde Park

Berklee Professor Daniel Ian Smith organizes this annual event of great local musicians at the scenic Martini Hatch Shell in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood. The event runs from 2-6 p.m.


September 6 2014

Northampton Jazz Festival

Hampton Avenue Main Stage

The Fest presents internationally known musicians, as well as established local performers and promising players from area colleges and high schools.


September 19-21 2014

Newton Jazz & Wine Festival


This three-day celebration of jazz opens with Patrice Williamson’s Celebrating Ella, taking place at the Newton War Memorial Auditorium on Friday. Then on Saturday there’s a free festival at the Jackson Homestead with local jazz artists, food and fun. The festival ends on Sunday with a concert of high school jazz bands showcasing their stuff. Presented by the New England Jazz Enrichment Foundation.


September 27 2014

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

Massachusetts and Columbus Avenue
South End, Boston

The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival has delighted tens of thousands with a host of jazz, Latin, blues, and groove acts. This year’s theme is ‘Jazz: The Global Ambassador’.


September 27 - October 7 2014

JazzFest Falmouth ‘14

Musical guests to be announced, plus brunches, lectures and music strolls.


October 10 2014

Holyoke Latin Jazz Festival

Downtown Holyoke


October 10-12

HONK! Festival

Davis Square, Somerville
Harvard Square, Cambridge

This amazing festival draws activist street bands from all over the world including Brazil, Italy, Germany and Britain. Check out local favorites Dirty Water Brass Band and Samba Tremeterra, as well as the Hot 8 from New Orleans.


October 17-19

Pittsfield City Jazz Festival

Among the many events during the ten-day festival: jazz crawl on Columbus Day weekend, jazz prodigy concert, jazz brunch, nightly jazz in clubs and restaurants and marquee performances by guest artists.

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