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June 30, 2011
For Immediate Release
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MassJazz Releases 2011 Jazz Festival Schedule in Massachusetts

Jazz Scene Vibrant in Bay State


(Boston) -  MassJazz has released its annual schedule of jazz and blues festivals and outdoor concerts taking place in Massachusetts this summer and fall.

The schedule includes a dozen outdoor jazz festivals across the Commonwealth, plus hundreds of outdoor concerts taking place in city parks and town squares, at museums and cultural venues, and at tourist spots around the state.

“Massachusetts has a lot to offer visitors, from our champion sports teams and our rich history to the stunning landscapes and abundance of cultural riches,” said Betsy Wall, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.  “It’s all here and the vibrant music scene – especially jazz and blues - is another great reason to spend time in the Commonwealth this summer. ”

The Massachusetts festival season kicks off with the Hoop City Jazz & Art Festival in Springfield on July 8-10 and ends with the Pittsfield Jazz Festival in western Massachusetts on October 7-20.

Wall pointed to the strong jazz presence across Massachusetts, with festivals or concerts taking place in every region of the state.

“For tourists who savor jazz and blues – two of America’s greatest art forms – Massachusetts has a terrific slate of festivals and outdoor events this season,” said MassJazz founder Michael P. Quinlin.  “And add to that the jazz clubs, campus events, and live jazz and brunches at hotels and restaurants, and you have a music lover’s paradise.”

MassJazz promotes the state’s jazz scene year round to the travel industry, along with Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism and other partners.  For more details on jazz in Massachusetts, visit

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2011 Schedule of Jazz & Blues Festivals in Massachusetts

June 24-25
Paulie’s NOLA Jazz & Blues Festival
John Piedmont, Worcester
Andres Osborne of New Orleans, Charles Neville and Amadee Castanel, Henri Smith, the Hurricane Horns, Roadkill Orchestra, the Po Boyz, Mem Shannon & the Membership and more.
July 8-10
Hoop City Jazz & Art Festival
Downtown venues, Springfield
Grammy-award winner Poncho Sanchez,  Marcus Anderson, Gerald Albright, the Kings of Jazz Groove, Vincent Ingala, Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Orchestra, Sam and Tess Pltokin, and Samirah Evans & Her Handsome Devils.
July 15-17
Festival Betances 2011
Villa Victoria
South End, Boston
International stars of Latino culture, music and dance, plus youth activities, traditional foods and crafts.
August 6-14
1st annual
Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival
Oaks Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard
Nnenna Freelon, Antonio Hart, The Berklee College of Music All Stars and many more. Plus book readings and signings, film presentations and an art exhibit.
August 12, 13, 15
Provincetown Jazz Festival
Provincetown, Cape Cod
On August 12-13, Adrienna & Josh Hindmarsh, String of Pearls, Dane Vannatter and Stage Door Canteen perform in Provincetown.  Then on August 15, Bruce Abbott, Holli Ross and Dane Vannatter perform at the Cotuit Center for the Arts.
August 20-21
Salem Jazz and Blues Festival
Salem Willows
Bonerama, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Charles Neville & Harvey Diamond Quartet, Club D’Elf, Nicky Egan, Bobby Keyes Trio, Thaddeus Hogarth, Eric Goldberg, North Shore Jazz Project and Salem High School Jazz Band.

August 27-28
North River Blues Festival
Marshfield Fair Grounds
Magic Slim & the Teardrops, Larry McCray, Ana Popovich, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones, Erin and the Delta Swingers and more.
September 2-4
Tanglewood Jazz Festival
Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo, Lizz Wright, Jimmy Cobb, Mingus Orchestra, Edmar Castaneda, Gunther Schuller John Santos, Federico Britos, Terri Lyne Carrington, Rumero Lubambo and more.
September 24
Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival
South End, Boston
Oleta Adams, Caribbean Jazz Project, Louis Hayes Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band, Rajdulari and Bill Banfield Jazz Urbane, featuring Berklee Students.

September 30 - October 2
JazzFest Falmouth ‘11
Acts to be announced.
October 2
Melrose JazzFest 2011
Memorial Hall, Melrose
Acts to be announced.
October 7-20
Pittsfield City Jazz Festival
Various venues
Pittsfield, MA
The 2011 line-up features the celebrated duo of saxophonists Grace Kelly and Phil Woods, along with Armen Donelian Trio, Alma Macbride, the Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble, plus educational programs for local schools.

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