Cambridge Jazz Founders Win Berklee Award

Cambridge Jazz Festival founders Ron Savage and Larry Ward are recipients of the prestigious The Berklee Urban Service Award. The Berklee Urban Service Awards (BUSA) honors people who make a difference in Boston communities. Ron Savage, a renowned drummer and administrator, and former Cambridge City Councilor Larry Ward, started Cambridge Jazz Festival (CJF) in 2014. The Festival has since grown from 2,500 to over 8,000 attendees. Over a 3-year period, CJF prides itself on providing $7,500 in scholarship monies to individuals and organizations through the Johnny Hodges Scholarship Fund, created to support young jazz musicians as the charitable arm of the Festival.

Cambridge Jazz Festival aims to generate interest, energy and excitement about Jazz music and to encourage young people to pursue music education. Aasha Daniels, the Operations Director, stated “the 2016 Festival featured inspiring group of young jazz musicians from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop under the direction of Terri Lyne Carrington. Ron and Larry both agree that real success means helping others.”

Larry and Ron emphasized “with the support of our many sponsors, we hope to provide great music and inspiration for years to come. We are very fortunate to have many great partners and sponsors such as MIT, City of Cambridge, Harvard, Eastern Bank, COMPASS, DivcoWest, Mass Cultural Council, Clear Channel, Galluccio & Watson, HYM Investment Group, WGBH 24/7, Twinning Properties, Cambridge Black Pastors Association, Abundant Life Church, Thelonious Monkfish, Cambridge Arts, and Gail Roberts, who continually show a real commitment to helping CJF grow within the community.” Cambridge Jazz Festival will host the fourth annual jazz festival at Danehy Park on July 30th, 2017.

CJF Donates $1,000 to City Scholarship

CJF Donates $1,000 to City Scholarship

Cambridge Jazz Festival is proud to announce $1,000 donation to the Cambridge City Scholarship fund.

This donation reflects CJF commitment to promoting the educational goals of aspiring young musicians. Co-founders Ron Savage and Larry Ward from day one decided giving back was a priority. “In just three years, we have provided over $7,500 in scholarships. We both agree that real success means helping others.”

CJF Board President Patricia Washington stated, “We are very fortunate to have many great partners and sponsors such as MIT, Eastern Bank, and Gail Roberts, who continue show a real commitment to helping CJF grow within the community.” Cambridge Jazz festival will host the fourth annual jazz festival at Danehy Park on July 30th, 2017.

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.