Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival Performance Schedule
Each year, Berklee's Beantown Jazz Festival draws many of the most innovative and exciting performers to the festival’s three stages.
View the 2016 lineup below.
Past festival performers have included Gary Burton, Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello, Danilo Pérez, and Snarky Puppy, to name just a few.
Watch Sheila E. perform “Glamorous Life” featuring Terri Lyne Carrington at the Beantown Jazz Festival:
Berklee faculty member Jeff Ramsay and an all-star Berklee student group will pay tribute to Al Jarreau, performing his songbook.
We regret that Al Jarreau will not be performing at the festival this year. He is recovering from a hernia in his abdomen and has not yet been cleared for travel. He sends his regrets, and wishes he could have been here to perform and to work with the faculty and students in the band he was to perform with at the festival.
Behind These Eyes (B.T.E.) is a contemporary pop jazz music ensemble featuring the original songs, lyrics, and arrangements of Hal Crook, sung by acclaimed vocalist Debo Ray and performed by some of the finest musical talent in the world.
Edmar Noé Colon Gierbolini, a Berklee Presidential Scholar, is an upcoming bright voice of his generation.
Pitch Slapped is one of the world's premier co-ed a cappella groups. Representing Berklee, the group's repertoire spans a range of genres from pop and R&B to rock.
The Ricardo Monzon Orchestra performs, featuring authentic Latin American styles such as salsa, merengue, cumbia, and bachata.
The Kevin Harris Project plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to explore a crossroad of styles.
Who are those jazz musicians, anyway? This session features a storybook reading (Jazz Cats), two or three songs, a movement activity with Berklee Music Education student musicians, and an opportunity for participants to play a rhythm instrument.
Lenny Stallworth and Black Steel present cutting-edge funk mixed with jazz and R&B.
7th Degree was formed by Trinidadian steel pannist and Berklee student Marcus Prince. The styles they play include jazz, funk, R&B, gospel, pop and even Caribbean music.
Fronted by two fiery saxophones, the Mark Zaleski Band blurs the line between jazz and modern rock with infectious groove, dynamic compositions, high energy, and powerful melodies.
Why aren't those singers using words? This session features a storybook reading (Jazz Fly), two or three songs, a movement activity with Berklee Music Education student musicians, and an opportunity for participants to play a rhythm instrument.
Since the late '70s, Dan Moretti has performed or recorded across the spectrum of music, including with artists such as Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Mike Stern, Dave Samuels, and the Crusaders, among others.
Self Portraits is a female-fronted rock band from Berklee. With a huge modern sound and catchy hooks, Self Portraits brings big rock music to the mainstream.
Billy Hart, one of the most beloved drummers in jazz history, leads his regular rhythm section in a set of material he has recorded as a leader for ECM records.
How can I find the beat and stay in the groove? This session features a storybook reading (Cool Cats Counting), two or three songs, a movement activity with Berklee Music Education student musicians, and an opportunity for participants to play a rhythm instrument.
Marcus Santos’ Brazilian Drum Group melds Afro, funk, hip-hop, samba, and taiko drumming into one electric and very interactive performance.
Mark Shilansky and his group, Fugue Mill, weave jazz through the fabric of bluegrass and Celtic music, creating a complex yet attractive blend of musical styles and traditions.
For the past three decades, Mili Bermejo has merged the language of jazz with the emotionally resonant poetry and musical traditions of her Latin American heritage to create a unique body of work as one of Boston’s premier vocalists, bandleaders, and recording artists.
With an all-star lineup including pianist Laszlo Gardony; saxophonist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Stan Strickland; saxophonists Bill Pierce and Lance Bryant; bassist John Lockwood; and drummer Yoron Israel, the Laszlo Gardony Sextet features extraordinarily rich musicianship, strong grooves, and a thrilling live performance.
What makes jazz different from other music? This session features a storybook reading (This Jazz Man), two or three songs, a movement activity with Berklee Music Education student musicians, and an opportunity for participants to play a rhythm instrument.