The 15th Annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival is happening Saturday, September 26, 2015. We will post the 2015 performance schedule soon.

About the Festival

"The hope of a first-rate jazz festival for Boston took a huge step towards fulfillment… festivalgoers had the sort of hard choices people have to make at Newport and other top festivals."

—The Boston Globe

Fifteen years ago, Darryl Settles (owner of Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen and president of D’Ventures Limited, LLC) produced the South End’s first jazz festival and had a surprise turnout of nearly 10,000 people. Berklee College of Music has supported the festival since its start, and in 2007 Berklee inherited production of the festival to make it a permanent part of Boston’s cultural calendar.

The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival has delighted tens of thousands with a host of jazz, Latin, blues, and groove acts. Our communities come out in force-over 45,000 strong-to enjoy world-class music on three stages, great eats, and good times stretching six blocks in Boston’s historic South End. Families are entertained with face painting, inflatables, photos, and an instrument petting zoo. More than 70 vendors participate, making the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival the place to be.

The 2014 Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, for the fifth year, was the proud recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the 2014 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival. In awarding the prestigious Access to Artistic Excellence grant to Berklee, the NEA cited the festival as a celebration of Boston’s diversity as reflected in the attendees, music, food, and crafts.

Terri Lyne Carrington
Artistic Director, Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

Terri Lyne Carrington

Drummer, composer, producer and clinician Terri Lyne Carrington, was born in 1965 in Medford, Massachusetts. After an extensive touring career of more than 20 years with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, and more, she recently returned to her hometown where she was appointed professor at Berklee, her alma mater. Carrington received an honorary doctorate from Berklee in 2003.

Carrington gained recognition on late night TV as the house drummer for the Arsenio Hall Show, then again in the late 1990s as the drummer on the Quincy Jones late night TV show, VIBE, hosted by Sinbad. In 1989, she released a Grammy-nominated debut CD entitled Real Life Story, which featured Carlos Santana, Grover Washington Jr., Dianne Reeves, and Wayne Shorter.

She has worked as a producer in collaboration with several artists, and her production of the Dianne Reeves Grammy-nominated CD, That Day, helped the disc reach the top of the charts. Among her recent side projects is Hancock’s Grammy Award–winning CD Gershwin’s World, where she played alongside Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder.

Carrington's latest album, More to Say (Real Life Story: Next Gen) features an impressive roster of artists, including Walter Beasley, George Duke, Everette Harp, Christian McBride, Danilo Perez, Patrice Rushen, Kirk Whalum, Nancy Wilson, and many others.

The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival is coming up on its 14th year with an exciting program of great jazz, food, and fun for all.

Terri Lyne Carrington
Artistic Director
Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival