Cape Cod’s Jazz Scene
Cape Cod’s jazz scene is unlike that of any other area.
Current 2016 Jazz events:
This Thursday, February 18th, 7-9 PM
Come to our second social at Quicks Hole Tavern featuring Scott Shetler (clarinet, mandolin, sax, vocals), Bruce Millard (guitar, mandolin) Joe Sutton (guitar, vocals), and Woods Hole Jazz founder Tom Renshaw (bass). Enjoy a rousing evening of blues, swing, and gospel in an informal atmosphere. No cover. Tips appreciated.
Thursday, March 3rd – Vocalist/Trumpeter Christine Fawson with Phil Wilson
The talented and entertaining Fawson brings her Berklee mentor, legendary trombonist and Grammy-nominee Phil Wilson. $25, $20 in advance. Learn more.
Enjoy lectures, recitals, concerts, jam sessions, a jazz brunch and a jazz stroll during the eight day celebration presented by Arts Falmouth. The jazz stroll will take place on Friday, October 2nd and promises to be a night full of great music. Downtown Falmouth will come alive on Friday night. The shops and restaurants from Queen’s Buyway and along Main Street will showcase an assortment of groups ranging from classic swing to avant-garde with a little blues thrown in. Just wander in and out; it’s all free. The 2015 line up features both local favorites and award winning ensembles. Each performance time is staggered giving you an opportunity to hear a variety of jazz styles throughout the evening. Click here for the 2015 Jazz Stroll lineup.
September 26: Robert Wyatt on Louis Armstrong
September 27: Pianist Jon Weber on almost everything else about jazz
September 30: Toni Lynn Washington, Queen of the Blues
October 2: Jazz Stroll along Main Street
October 3: Denise Donatelli in concert at Highfield Theater
October 4: Goodis & Glenn Jazz Brunch at Persy’s
Woods Hole Jazz – September 30 – November 11
Jazz has been a long standing tradition on Cape Cod and the Woods Hole Community Hall building has been home to jazz music for over thirty-five years. Toni Lynn, known as Boston’s “queen of the blues” will be performing in September with the Frank Wilkins Quartet both of whom grew up playing in church so their music has undeniable gospel influences. With one performance per month from September – November, this fall is the perfect time to book a trip. Click here for ticket information and to read more about the musicians.
September 30: Toni Lynn Washington with the Frank Wilkins Quartet
October 20: Donna Byrne
November 11: The Harry Allen Trio
Martha’s Vineyard Jazz & Blues Summerfest – September 3-6
Sheila Baptista, founder and producer of the Martha’s Vineyard Jazz & Blues Summerfest began the festival in 2008 with only word of mouth marketing and donated a portion of the proceeds to help support regional efforts to spread a vital message regarding breast cancer, early detection, courses of treatment and positive recovery. The festival has grown rapidly each year and has become an event that locals and vacationers alike look forward to each year. The first night is held in Oak Bluffs and the following three nights are held in Edgartown. Click here for ticket information.
September 3: Jazz Giants 25 and Under
September 4: Lisa Fischer, Sharel Cassity, Andrea and James Rohlehr and the Andjam Band
September 5: Women of the World, Sage All Ladies Jazz and Blues
September 6: Nnenna Freelon, Jazz Pianist Yayoi Ikawa, Jazz Gospel Violinist Kersten Stevens
The twelfth annual Cape Cod Jazz Festival takes place this year at the Wequassett Resort & Golf Club in Chatham. Mary C and the Stellars, performing on September 2 have been featured on MTV, VHI, Bravo, and NBC. Performances are free an open to the public and take place at the resort’s garden terrace overlooking Pleasant Bay. Dine alfresco at the resort’s restaurant Twenty-Eight Atlantic while you listen to the smooth sounds of the summer.
September 1: The Mark Greel Band
September 2: Mary C and the Stellars
Jazz has been touted as one of America’s original art forms, and has been around for over a century. Enjoy the improvisational rhythms and melodies of an American classic on beautiful Cape Cod this fall.