Performers

Nnenna Freelon

Nnenna Freelon

Nnenna Freelon featuring the Ron Savage Trio: Celebrating Billie Holiday

Cambridge Native Nnenna Freelon is a singer, composer and arranger who has been nominated for six Grammy Awards and has performed with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Diana Krall, and Herbie Hancock among others. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, and the Kennedy Center and has been described as "a spell-binding professional, who rivets attention with her glorious, cultivated voice and canny stagecraft".

Ron Savage

Ron Savage

Drummer Ron Savage is the chair of the Ensemble Department at the Berklee College of Music, and is a Co-Founder of the Cambridge Jazz Festival. Ron and his trio will be collaborating with Nnenna Freelon to perform a salute to Billie Holliday at this year’s Festival.

Eguie Castrillo

Eguie Castrillo

Eguie Castrillo is a latin percussionist and Grammy Award winner who has performed and recorded with Tito Puente, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Winwood and toured with Arturo Sandoval. He will be appearing with his sizzling international band “The Latin Connection”.

Laszlo Gardony

Laszlo Gardony

Laszlo Gardony is a unique classically-trained ‘jazz architect’ who also has roots in progressive rock, blues, Appalachian and American folk music. He’s been praised by Dave Brubeck for his “fluid pianism”. All About Jazz put him “on par with Bill Evans”.

JoAnne Brackeen

JoAnne Brackeen

JoAnne Brackeen is consistently rated as one of the best jazz pianists in the world. She has “consistently defied convention, remaking herself and her art many times over” from her early roots in the Bebop scene of the 1950’s and is a “legendary player of immense stature.”

Thelonious Monkfish Event

Thelonious Monkfish Event

On the last Saturday in April, with just three months to go before the Cambridge Jazz Festival, a warm up event organized by CJF Board Members Richie Thorne and Jamme Chandler was held at Thelonious Monkfish in Central Square. The mini-concert featured virtuoso jazz pianist Yoko Miwa and her trio, and attracted a lively audience of volunteers and sponsors of the Cambridge Jazz Festival, as well as the entire CJF Board.

CJF Executive Director Larry Ward summed up the feeling of the event ,“you can just see how happy this live jazz is making all these people, and you can feel the excitement starting to build for the main event on July 26th”.  Co-Founder Ron Savage announced that the performers for this year Cambridge Jazz Festival have been contacted and lined up. They will soon be confirmed and will be displayed on the CJF web site.

Nneena Freelon will Headline the 2015 CJF!

Nneena Freelon will Headline the 2015 CJF!

Nneena’s unique talents and capabilities will be on display (for Free) as the headliner of the 2015 Cambridge Jazz Festival. Don’t miss this chance to see and hear a jazz legend in the making.