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 stages. 

The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival has concluded for 2017.

 

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:


2017 Lineup

Lizz Wright; photo by Jesse Kitt

Lizz Wright

Saturday / September 30, 2017 / 5:00 p.m.
Capital One Café Stage
640 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118, United States

Acclaimed vocalist Lizz Wright is a steward of American music, bringing brilliant color and vibrancy to original works and compositions by some of the greatest songwriters of our time.

Admission: Free

Kina Zoré

Saturday / September 30, 2017 / 5:00 p.m.
Hep C Hope® Stage
Burke Street, Boston, MA, 02118, United States

Boston-based Afropop group Kina Zoré commands the dance floor with earthy-yet-electric African rhythms that echo from frontman Helder Tsinine’s hometown of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique.

Admission: Free

The Artistry of Jazz Horn

Saturday / September 30, 2017 / 3:40 p.m.
Hep C Hope® Stage
Burke Street, Boston, MA, 02118, United States

Described by the New York Times as “a jazz vocalist on the rise” who “uses a striking command to project a mix of didacticism and sweetness,” Jazzmeia Horn won the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.

Admission: Free

Emily Estefan

Saturday / September 30, 2017 / 3:40 p.m.
Capital One Café Stage
640 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118, United States

Berklee graduate Emily Estefan ’16, the daughter of Latin music icons Gloria and Emilio Estefan, has stepped out with a musical style that’s all her own.

Admission: Free

Debbie and Friends

Saturday / September 30, 2017 / 3:00 p.m.
Capital One Café Kids' Zone
Douglas Park , Boston , MA, 02118, United States

Drawing heavily from fairy tales with which kids are already familiar, Debbie and Friends present enough lyrical updates to keep these stories fresh, and to keep everybody tuned in and laughing—including the parents.

Admission: Free

Marko Djordjevic and Sveti

Saturday / September 30, 2017 / 2:30 p.m.
Hep C Hope® Stage
Burke Street, Boston, MA, 02118, United States

According to All About Jazz, Sveti is a group of "absolutely monster musicians," and Modern Drummer calls the band's leader, Marko Djordjevic, a "world-class drummer" and "true innovator."

Admission: Free

Blue Man Group Boston Drum-Off

Saturday / September 30, 2017 / 2:20 p.m.
Capital One Café Stage
640 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118, United States

Blue Man Group presents the fourth annual Boston Drum-Off, a competition showcasing the best drumming talent in New England. The grand-prize winner will receive over $6,000 in prizes and the chance to perform live with Blue Man Group in front of the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival crowd.

Admission: Free

Assol Garcia

Saturday / September 30, 2017 / 1:15 p.m.
Hep C Hope® Stage
Burke Street, Boston, MA, 02118, United States

Cape Verdean native Assol Garcia is a young artist who, despite her undeniable talent, didn't start her musical career until she was 21.

Admission: Free

Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Trio

Saturday / September 30, 2017 / 1:10 p.m.
Capital One Café Stage
640 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118, United States

Saxophonist, vocalist, flutist, and composer Camille Thurman has been hailed for her “soulful inflection and remarkable, Fitzgerald-esque scat prowess” by DownBeat magazine.

Admission: Free

Debbie and Friends

Saturday / September 30, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
Capital One Café Kids' Zone
Douglas Park , Boston , MA, 02118, United States

Drawing heavily from fairy tales with which kids are already familiar, Debbie and Friends present enough lyrical updates to keep these stories fresh, and to keep everybody tuned in and laughing—including the parents.

Admission: Free

Oscar Stagnaro

Oscar Stagnaro and the Peruvian Tinge

Saturday / September 30, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
Hep C Hope® Stage
Burke Street, Boston, MA, 02118, United States

Grammy-winning bassist Oscar Stagnaro and the Peruvian Tinge present a blend of jazz and a wide variety of Peruvian and Afro-Peruvian music, including festejo, landó, Marinera, and huayño.

Admission: Free

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext?

Saturday / September 30, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
Capital One Café Stage
640 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118, United States

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, a Grammy-nominated composer, jazz pianist, and multi-instrumentalist, brings his genre-busting, 12-piece band Whatsnext? to the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival.

Admission: Free

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