What an incredible weekend at the Newport Jazz festival! Saturday was packed and fans crowded around every stages. It was great to see musicians that play at Scullers such as Regina Carter, Hiromi, Grace Kelly, Jason Palmer, Michel Camilo, Joey Defrancesco, to only name the few. In addition, Fred and I were very happy to bump into a few Scullers regulars.
Esperanza Spalding sounded and looked beautiful and we are looking forward to having her at Scullers in December. Among the old guard (Wynton Marsalis, Brubeck Brothers, Al DiMeola) there were many artists perhaps less known to Scullers patrons. These are performers we would like to see more at the club in the future. For example, we are certain that Ravi Coltrane, Anat Cohen and Avishai Cohen, Steve Coleman and Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet would please lots of Scullers regulars while also attracting new followers. Weâll see what the future holds!
The weekend closed with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue on the main stage. The powerful and bright sound of his trombone pierced the rain and sounded like a foghorn for everyone in the crowd. The weekend was a true affirmation of jazz!
As I write this, Bostonâs first official âJazz Weekâ in over 25 years is winding down. As many of you know April is Jazz Appreciation Month. However when the word spread in February that Bostonâs Mayor, The Honorable Thomas M. Menino would officially proclaim April 21-28 âBostonâs Official Jazz Week,â we knew it was going to be a special time. And now that itâs just about behind us, I can honestly say it was.
In one week there were over 150 jazz performances in and around the city of Boston. There were panel discussions and interviews and a great deal of collaboration behind the scenes between jazz promoters, venues, publicists, artists, agents, educational institutions, and the media. It was a great time to be in Boston and an even better time to be a lover of jazz. I hope you got out to see some of these great shows, I know I did!
Jazz Appreciation month prompted me to think about what I most âappreciateâ about the genre. Jazz has given me 8 wonderful years of doing what I absolutely love to do, with memories and experiences I will take with me forever. Meeting and getting to know all of you through your generous correspondence continually inspires me to stay focused on the job at hand and propels my enthusiasm and anticipation for the upcoming season. For all of this, I am eternally grateful.
As we move forward, with Jazz Week and Month nearly behind us, I hope we can all keep this elevated awareness alive, so this beloved American art form can stay under the spotlight it truly deserves.
Well thatâs all for now, until next timeâŠweâll catch you at the show.
Dayla Arabella Santurri General Manager/Public Relations Director Scullers Jazz Club â www.ScullersJazz.com
Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston 400 Soldiers Field Road Boston, MA 02134
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