BeanTown Jazz Festival a Success

By
Berklee Office of Communications
October 9, 2012
Alumna Shea Rose, one of the women who acted as a stage host for the day, talks to the crowd.
A young festival-goer enjoys one of the best seats in the house.
Alumna Paula Cole, who won a Best New Artist Grammy in 1998, performs at the festival.
The festival offered plenty of activities for kids, including facepainting.
John Hailer, Natixis Global Asset Management CEO and president, awards a scholarship to City Music student Daniel Hines.
Bloco AfroBrazil
Berklee alumna Hailey Niswanger
Kids try out a marimba at the festival's instrument petting zoo.
It's not a festival without giant bubbles.
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson
Photo by Kelly Davidson

Boston's biggest block party—the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival—drew 50,000 visitors. This year's festival theme—Celebrate Women in Jazz—drew such artists as Paula Cole, Melody Gardot, Geri Allen, Lalah Hathaway, Hailey Niswanger, Tia Fuller, and Berklee professor Terri Lyne Carrington—also the festival's artistic director. 

For the third year, BeanTown received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the festival's sponsor, Natixis, donated a $5,000 scholarship to a City Music student, Daniel Hines. Meanwhile, festival organizers expanded KidsJam activities and brought in a new recycling company for the event. The BeanTown committee noted that this year's festival was its most well-run and successful to date.