Slideshow: Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival 2015

By 
Justin Poon
October 15, 2015
The 2015 Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival drew approximately 60,000 fans to the South End for a day packed with live music, vendors, and activities for all ages.
World-renowned bass virtuoso Victor Wooten performs alongside Steve Bailey, chair of Berklee’s Bass Department.
Tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson performs with legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb.
Bassist and vocalist Alissia Benveniste ’14 performs with her band, the Funketeers.
David Gilmore, Guitar Department professor, engages the crowd with his group, Energies of Change.
R&B singer Ledisi, a nine-time Grammy-nominee, performs for the Beantown crowd.
Berklee faculty member George Garzone is joined by his quartet as well as the Teros String Quartet in a tribute to John Coltrane and Stan Getz.
Berklee’s Music Education Department leads the instrument petting zoo at KidsJam, an interactive program that introduces young children to a variety of musical instruments and activities.
Percussion faculty member Eguie Castrillo brings fresh beats with the Palladium Nights Orchestra.
Jazz fans take over Boston’s South End for the festival.

This year's Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival was yet another success, as the free, all-day event once again attracted a large and diverse audience of all age groups to Boston’s South End to enjoy countless musical acts. This year's theme was “Jazz: The Voice of the People,” although there was a variety of genres represented beyond jazz, including Latin music, contemporary pop, soul, and R&B. This year’s lineup included Alissia Benveniste, Ledisi, Felix Peikli, Jaguar Wright, and groups led by Berklee faculty including Terri Lyne Carrington, Eguie Castrillo, George Garzone, David Gilmore, and many more. Scroll through the slideshow for photos from this year’s festival.

All photos by Dave Green and Mike Ritter.

Watch performances from this year's festival as well as those from years past: