Superstar Collection of Boston opens the 2023/24 efficiency season with the extremely anticipated return of Jazz Alongside the Charles-a free jazz occasion open to all, that includes 25 native jazz ensembles, alongside the Division of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Charles River Esplanade. With lead sponsors the Esplanade Affiliation and the Richard Ok. Lubin Household Basis, Jazz Alongside the Charles takes place on Saturday, October 7 from 2-4pm (rain or shine). Attendees can expertise the occasion at their very own tempo, in their very own means, alongside the Charles River; discovering new songs, artists, and areas of the Esplanade, making a dynamic and evolving jazz live performance expertise.
Performances will probably be staged in a 1.5 mile loop from Group Boating Inc. alongside the Dr. Paul Dudley White Shared Use Path to the Esplanade paths across the Storrow Lagoon, previous Fiedler Discipline and again alongside the Charles River.
The ensembles, comprised of 100 native musicians, will interpret a Boston-inspired set record of music composed (or popularized) by ladies, co-curated by composers and artists Ken Discipline and Zahili Zamora. With songs corresponding to Tracy Chapman’s “Quick Automobile,” Esperanza Spalding’s “I Know You Know,” Nnenna Freelon’s “Circle Tune,” and “Final Dance” popularized by Donna Summer season, this uplifting afternoon showcases the vibrancy of Boston’s jazz scene. Whereas every band is exclusive and can interpret the songs in their very own particular person types, collectively they are going to create one collective occasion that celebrates the improvisational and expressive essence of jazz and the thriving jazz neighborhood in Better Boston immediately.
Grammy award-winning drummer, producer, and educator Terri Lyne Carrington has been commissioned by Superstar Collection to write down a brand new work for Jazz Alongside the Charles. Her piece, “Bay Warriors,” opens the occasion. The piece acknowledges the warrior spirit of the region-from the Indigenous peoples who battled the primary settlers, to the continuing resiliency the town and state have displayed in troubling instances.
Gary Dunning, President and Govt Director of the Superstar Collection of Boston, says, “We’re thrilled to convey again Jazz Alongside the Charles to Boston. Since we first introduced the occasion in 2018, audiences and artists have been eagerly anticipating its return, and may accomplish that with the assist and partnership of our colleagues on the Esplanade Affiliation and the Richard Ok. Lubin Household Basis. Co-curators Zahili Zamora and Ken Discipline deserve a lot reward for compiling a outstanding showcase of items by ladies composers and artists from Boston. Opening our occasion, we take immense satisfaction on the earth premiere of a brand new jazz customary by Boston’s personal Terri Lyne Carrington.”
Co-curator Zahili Zamora says, “I’m really honored to have this stunning alternative to work alongside Ken Discipline and the superb workforce at Superstar Collection to co-curate Jazz Alongside the Charles. I participated as a musician within the occasion in 2018, and was so impressed by the excessive caliber of artists that participated. Since then, I’ve carried out in a number of Superstar Collection concert events and was thrilled after I was requested to affix the mission once more in a bigger management capability. Organizations like Superstar Collection are working laborious to alter the course of historical past by amplifying the music of girls jazz artists. It’s rewarding to see the jazz neighborhood elevating and together with the works of excellent feminine musicians, composers, and arrangers. Jazz Alongside the Charles is a good alternative to listen to new music, to tell ourselves, to widen our Boston jazz neighborhood by showcasing native artists, and to convey extra range all through this course of. For sure, the Charles River is the perfect location for all of it!”
Ken Discipline, co-curator, provides, “I’m very happy to affix the Jazz Alongside the Charles inventive workforce once more after serving because the curator for the 2018 occasion. Zahili and I agreed that for 2023, specializing in music composed or popularized by ladies with relationships to Boston can be probably the most impactful creative alternative. There’s a lot wealthy music created by ladies to share, and this resolution was influenced by the necessity to enhance gender illustration within the jazz business. Jazz was born within the African American neighborhood, and the flexibleness and stylistic vary of the chosen ensembles characterize the range of Boston residents and our music neighborhood. There’s one thing particular that occurs at Jazz Alongside the Charles, when the performers and viewers are on the identical degree that creates an intimate and vibrant ambiance. I am actually wanting ahead to listening to what the 25 ensembles do with this materials.”
Jen Mergel, the James & Audrey Foster Govt Director of the Esplanade Affiliation, famous the importance of the 2023 occasion, saying, “We’re thrilled to assist Jazz Alongside the Charles, not solely as a lead sponsor, however as a neighborhood associate who firmly believes our shared park areas are important platforms for cultural expression and connection. Even the panorama architect Frederick Legislation Olmsted who designed the earliest elements of the Esplanade, shared in his 1886 plan for Boston’s parks how the “chief goal of a park” is an impact “like that of music… that can not be absolutely given the type of phrases.” Our workforce is thrilled to work with Superstar Collection to welcome this occasion again to the Esplanade this October. This unforgettable expertise of femme-forward programming and native expertise will probably be an absolute present to Better Boston.”
Jazz Alongside the Charles is a free public occasion, produced in partnership with the Massachusetts Division of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Media associate is WBUR. Jazz Alongside the Charles is a part of Superstar Collection’ dedication to share the enjoyment of dwell efficiency with all of Boston. Earlier Superstar Collection initiatives have included Avenue Pianos Boston, Le Grand Continental, Live performance for One, and Let’s Dance Boston.
Ensembles Performing in Jazz Alongside the Charles
Acoustic Nomads (artists based mostly in Cambridge, Brookline, and Allston)
Ana Petrova Quartet (artists based mostly in Cambridge, Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain)
Armadi Tsayn (artists based mostly in Boston)
Baltic Transit (artists based mostly in Jamaica Plain)
Brett Walberg Group (artists based mostly within the Better Boston space)
Charlie Kohlhase’s Explorers Quintet (artists based mostly in Chelsea, Cambridge, and Jamaica Plain)
Ciara Moser and Pals (artists based mostly in Brighton)
Czarna Wolgastar Trio (artists based mostly in Cambridge)
Ellie Pruneau’s Two Approach Mirror (artists based mostly in Canton)
ETM (artists based mostly in Again Bay)
Greg Hopkins Quintet (artists based mostly in Natick)
J.P. Heston Quintet (artists based mostly in South Boston)
Jason Yeager Quintet that includes Farayi Malek (artists based mostly in Framingham)
John Paul McGee Trio (artists based mostly in Boston)
Lee Fish & Pals (artists based mostly in Stoneham, Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and Wilmington
LHS Jazz Combo (artists based mostly in Lexington)
Olayemi Ogundola & JAHE (artists based mostly in Waltham/Better Boston)
Patricia Zarate Quintet (artists based mostly in Quincy)
Rob Flax’s Increase Chick Trio (artists based mostly in Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, and Natick)
The After Occasions (artists based mostly in Lexington, Belmont, Woburn, and Salem)
The Rebecca Cline Trio (artists based mostly in Jamaica Plain, Weymouth, and Boston)
Utar Artun Trio (artists based mostly in Stoneham)
Ladies in World Jazz (artists based mostly in Better Boston)
Yotam Ishay Group (artists based mostly in Boston and Brooklyn)
Zoe Murphy (artist based mostly in Boston)
Our sensory-inclusive atmosphere
Superstar Collection is taking many steps to make sure this occasion is welcoming to all and sensory-inclusive. Bands are evenly amplified, and there will probably be area to maneuver towards or away from artists as friends’ consolation degree permits. Particulars about sensory- and autism-friendly sources will probably be accessible on the occasion web page in September.
Superstar Collection of Boston Presents “Jazz Alongside the Charles”
Saturday, October 7, 2023, 2-4pm
DCR Charles River Esplanade
Free and open to the general public
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Superstar Collection of Boston presents the much-anticipated return of Jazz Alongside the Charles with the Esplanade Affiliation and the Richard Ok. Lubin Household Basis as lead sponsors. Greater than 100 native musicians, in 25 jazz ensembles, will perform–in their very own style–set lists of Boston-inspired music composed by ladies. A brand new world premiere fee by Grammy award-winner Terri Lyne Carrington titled “Bay Warriors” will open the occasion. Onlookers can expertise the occasion nonetheless they select: linger with one band to listen to their interpretation of every tune or make their means alongside a loop to pattern the range of our metropolis’s jazz scene. Ken Discipline and Zahili Zamora are co-curators of this free public occasion on Saturday, October 7 from 2-4pm on the DCR Charles River Esplanade, Boston. Rain or shine. Meals and merchandise will probably be accessible for buy.
Superstar Collection of Boston was based in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Superstar Collection has been bringing the easiest performers-from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to bop corporations, jazz, and more-to Boston’s main live performance halls for 85 years. The Superstar Collection of Boston believes within the energy of excellence and innovation within the performing arts to complement life experiences, remodel lives, and construct higher communities. By means of its schooling initiatives, the Superstar Collection seeks to construct a neighborhood of Better Boston the place the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience-on phases, on streets, in neighborhoods-everywhere.