Berklee High School Jazz Festivals Attracts Top Musicians & Students to Boston

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Participants in the 2018 Berklee High School Jazz Festival (Courtesy of Berklee)

The annual Berklee High School Jazz Festival, the largest of its kind in the United States, takes place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Admission is free and the event is open to the general public.

Here is a schedule of events.

The festival features 133 top-ranked jazz ensembles from 16 states and territories, from California to Puerto Rico, and from Florida to Maine. The bands are competing for partial scholarships to Berklee’s Five Week Summer Performance Program, while individual musicians are auditioning for tuition scholarships toward the full-time program or the summer performance program.

Here are details on the awards.

According to a 2017 study by the Barr Foundation, the non-profit arts industry, which is part of the creative economy in Massachusetts supports 73,000 jobs while generating $1.4 billion in household income and $2.2 billion in economic activity.

Berklee College of Music is considered the preeminent institute of contemporary music and the performing arts, according to its website. Berklee’s commitment to arts education is reflected in the work of its students, faculty and alumni – hundreds of whom have been recognized with Grammy, Tony, Oscar and Emmy awards.

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