The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival–Boston’s biggest block party–takes place on Saturday, September 27, from noon to 6 p.m. on Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street in Boston’s South End. The outdoor performances are open to the public and free of charge.
This year, the festival celebrates the theme Jazz: The Global Ambassador.
About the Festival
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—with attendance swelling to 70,000 strong at its height—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.
Terri Lyne Carrington
Grammy Award–winning 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 returned to her hometown. Back on her home turf, she’s recording, performing, and teaching percussion at Berklee, her alma mater.
Carrington, a 2003 Berklee honorary doctorate recipient, 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, 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. Other side projects include Hancock’s Grammy Award–winning CD Gershwin’s World, where she played alongside Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder.
Carrington's album, The Mosaic Project, earned her a Grammy Award in 2012 for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Featuring a “who’s who” of female jazz artists—from Berklee alumna/2011 Best New Artist Grammy recipient Esperanza Spalding ’05 and Nona Hendryx to Hailey Niswanger ’11 and Geri Allen—the album is composed of original tracks penned by Carrington as well as Carrington’s arrangements of featured artists’ songs.
Her latest album, Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album – a first for a female artist. The album coincided with the 50th anniversary of Money Jungle, the pivotal 1963 recording by Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach. Carrington wrote all new arrangements for the album, which also includes two of her original compositions and features pianist Gerald Clayton.
The theme for the 2014 festival will be Jazz: The Global Ambassador.