Inspired Music at the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

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(Photo courtesy of the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival)

The sounds of saxophones, drums and lush voices fill the air today at the annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, taking place from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 in Boston’s South End neighborhood. And it is all free.

This year’s theme is Jazz: A Peace Supreme, and features music from around the world that is influenced by and in turn inspires jazz.

Among this year’s performers: iconic jazz vocalist Al Jarreau, Berklee faculty Kevin Harris and Lenny Stallworth, Latin American artists Mili Bermejo, Venezuelan Project and Marus Santos, Hungarian pianist Laszlo Gardony and jazz drummer Billy Hart. See full line-up here.

In addition to the music, check out dozens of local food stands and artisan booths, along with jazz organizations like JazzBoston. Radio station WGBH is also on-site today, with famed radio host Eric Jackson and details about the station’s new Jazz 24/7 streaming online initiative.

Considered the world’s foremost school for jazz and other world music, Berklee College of Music is also a leader in music technology and production.

In Massachusetts, you can find jazz any night of the week by visiting You can pick up a copy of the 2016 MassJazz Guide at the BeanTown Jazz Festival, and at local visitor outlets, jazz clubs or on college campuses.

You can can read the MassJazz Guide online.

Jazz is part of a vibrant performing arts scene in Massachusetts. Find out more by visiting