About the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

Beantown Jazz Festival crowd; photo by Sean Hafferty

The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival has become a major cultural landmark in Boston, offering attendees “the sort of hard choices people have to make at Newport and other top festivals,” according to the Boston Globe. The festival was founded by Darryl Settles, owner of Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen and president of D’Ventures Limited, and has been produced by Berklee since 2007.

This year’s festival will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2018, on Columbus Avenue, west of Massachusetts Avenue, for six blocks to Burke Street. 

For the past six years, the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival has proudly received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which has recognized the festival as a celebration of Boston’s diversity, as reflected in the remarkable array of attendees, music, food, and crafts at the festival each year.

Please note that all family activities for this year will be hosted in the Kids Zone in Douglas Park.

Artistic Director: Terri Lyne Carrington

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The artistic director of the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival is multi-Grammy Award-winning drummer, composer, bandleader, and Berklee professor Terri Lyne Carrington. A Massachusetts native, Carrington has toured with music luminaries such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves, and more.

Carrington’s extensive recording career includes several albums, including The Mosaic Project, for which she won a Grammy for Best Vocal Jazz Album, and Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, for which she won a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album—becoming the first woman ever to win a Grammy in this category. Her recording credits include work with Carlos Santana, John Scofield, Terence Blanchard, Dianne Reeves, George Duke, Nancy Wilson, Esperanza Spalding, and Geri Allen, among many others.

Carrington’s television credits include work as the house drummer for the Arsenio Hall Show and for the Quincy Jones TV show VIBE, hosted by Sinbad. Carrington has received an honorary doctorate from Berklee, her alma mater at which she studied under a full scholarship.

Watch Beantown Jazz Festival performances from prior years:



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