Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival Performance Schedule

Performers at Beantown Jazz Festival; photo by Sean Hafferty

Each year, Berklee's Beantown Jazz Festival draws many of the most innovative and exciting performers to the festival’s three stages. 

The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival has concluded for 2016.

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:


2016 Lineup

Behind These Eyes Plays the Music of Hal Crook

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 5:00 p.m.

Berklee Stage

Columbus Avenue (between Massachusetts Avenue and Northampton Street), Boston, MA, 02118, United States

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.

Admission: Free

Edmar Colón Quartet

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 5:00 p.m.

Beantown Stage

Columbus Avenue and Burke Street, Boston, MA, 02215, United States

Edmar Noé Colon Gierbolini, a Berklee Presidential Scholar, is an upcoming bright voice of his generation.

Admission: Free

A Tribute to Al Jarreau

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 5:00 p.m.

Capital One Stage

Family Park Field, Boston, Massachusetts, 02118

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.  

Admission: Free

The Ricardo Monzon Orchestra

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.

Beantown Stage

Columbus Avenue and Burke Street, Boston, MA, 02215, United States

The Ricardo Monzon Orchestra performs, featuring authentic Latin American styles such as salsa, merengue, cumbia, and bachata. 

Admission: Free

Pitch Slapped

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.

Capital One Stage

Family Park Field, Boston, Massachusetts, 02118

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.

Admission: Free

The Kevin Harris Project

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 3:45 p.m.

Berklee Stage

Columbus Avenue (between Massachusetts Avenue and Northampton Street), Boston, MA, 02118, United States

The Kevin Harris Project plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to explore a crossroad of styles. 

Admission: Free

KidsJam: Jazz Cats

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 3:30 p.m.

KidsJam Tent

Family Park, off Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118, United States

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.

Admission: Free

7th Degree

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 3:00 p.m.

Beantown Stage

Columbus Avenue and Burke Street, Boston, MA, 02215, United States

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.

Admission: Free

Lenny Stallworth and Black Steel

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 3:00 p.m.

Capital One Stage

Family Park Field, Boston, Massachusetts, 02118

Lenny Stallworth and Black Steel present cutting-edge funk mixed with jazz and R&B.

Admission: Free

The Mark Zaleski Band

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 2:45 p.m.

Berklee Stage

Columbus Avenue (between Massachusetts Avenue and Northampton Street), Boston, MA, 02118, United States

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. 

Admission: Free

KidsJam: Scat for All

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 2:30 p.m.

KidsJam Tent

Family Park, off Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118, United States

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.

Admission: Free

Self Portraits

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 2:00 p.m.

Beantown Stage

Columbus Avenue and Burke Street, Boston, MA, 02215, United States

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.

Admission: Free

Dan Moretti and the Hammond Boys

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 2:00 p.m.

Capital One Stage

Family Park Field, Boston, Massachusetts, 02118

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.

Admission: Free

Billy Hart Trio

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 1:45 p.m.

Berklee Stage

Columbus Avenue (between Massachusetts Avenue and Northampton Street), Boston, MA, 02118, United States

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.

Admission: Free

KidsJam: Finding the Groove

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 1:30 p.m.

KidsJam Tent

Family Park, off Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118, United States

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.

Admission: Free

Marcus Santos' Brazilian Drum Group

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.

Beantown Jazz Festival

Six blocks, starting at Columbus and Massachusetts Avenues, Boston, Massachusetts, 02120, United States

Marcus Santos’ Brazilian Drum Group melds Afro, funk, hip-hop, samba, and taiko drumming into one electric and very interactive performance.  

Admission: Free

Mark Shilansky and Fugue Mill

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.

Beantown Stage

Columbus Avenue and Burke Street, Boston, MA, 02215, United States

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.

Admission: Free

Mili Bermejo Sextet

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.

Capital One Stage

Family Park Field, Boston, Massachusetts, 02118

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. 

Admission: Free

The Laszlo Gardony Sextet

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 12:45 p.m.

Berklee Stage

Columbus Avenue (between Massachusetts Avenue and Northampton Street), Boston, MA, 02118, United States

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.

Admission: Free

KidsJam: Gigs, Chops, and Axes

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 12:30 p.m.

KidsJam Tent

Family Park, off Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118, United States

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.

Admission: Free

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