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July 19, 2011
For Immediate Release
                                                                        Contact: Michael Quinlin/ MassJazz
617 696 9880
                                                                                                            Lisa Simmons/ MOTT
617 973-8508

Massachusetts Issues Free Summer Jazz Guide

Bay State Celebrates Its Vibrant Jazz & Blues Scene


(Boston) -  Massachusetts has released its third annual MassJazz Travel Guide, a round-up of jazz festivals, concerts and musical events taking place across the Bay State from July through November 2011.    The 40-page magazine is available free to visitors and residents at tourism kiosks, in hotels and nightclubs, and on college campuses.      

Some of the biggest names in jazz and blues are performing in Massachusetts this summer, including Christian McBride, Lizz Wright, Oleta Adams, Pat Metheny, Tony Bennett, Paula Cole, Chris Botti, and Return to Forever, the legendary jazz fusion band starring Chelsea-born jazz pianist Chick Corea.

The Guide includes a welcome greeting from Governor Deval Patrick, as well as stories on the 30th anniversary of Jazz in July at University of Massachusetts in Amherst, the 40th anniversary of Jazz at Harvard University and the Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music. Other features include profiles on Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, Boston jazz club owner Darryl Settles, saxophonist John Payne, and WGBH jazz radio personality Eric Jackson.

“Jazz is part of our state’s cultural richness and vitality,” says Betsy Wall, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, a partner in the MassJazz initiative.  “We invite visitors from near and far to experience Massachusetts Jazz in one of America’s cultural capitals.”

In addition to festivals and concerts, MassJazz Travel Guide lists dozens of night clubs, restaurants and hotels that feature live jazz and Sunday brunches, and details on this summer’s Restaurant Week in greater Boston and Cambridge.

The Guide has a section of over two dozen colleges that teach jazz plus dozens of jazz radio programs, including local and syndicated shows.

The MassJazz Travel Guide is available for free at visitor centers around Massachusetts, and at local hotels and restaurants, jazz clubs, college campuses, music stores and other cultural venues.

For more details, visit , and   For further information, contact MassJazz at 617 696-9880 or

About MassJazz:

MassJazz is a concerted, statewide effort initiated in 2009 to promote a full range of live jazz performances, community events, educational courses and related cultural activities to the convention and visitors industry.  Working with MOTT and other state convention and visitor agencies, MassJazz is branding Massachusetts as a jazz destination for domestic and international visitors.  For more information visit

About MOTT:

Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a leisure-travel destination.  MOTT serves as a leader in the tourism industry, helping to generate state and local tax revenues, create jobs and support the growth of travel-related businesses.  Tourism is an integral part of the state’s economy, generating over $887.2 million in state and local taxes and $14.2 billion in travel related expenditures.  The industry supports 125,800 in-state jobs.  For more information visit


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