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.