11th Annual Arlington Jazz Festival in April; Complete range

Last update: March 11, 2022

Written by Mary Curtin

UPDATE March 10: The Arlington Jazz Festival, in its 11th year, scheduled a wide variety of musical events, presented over a four-day period at multiple venues across the city.

This year’s headlining concert, held at the Regent Theater on the final day of the festival, features legendary Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter/composer Randy Brecker with drummer/composer Mark Walker and his World Jazz Ensemble, which includes French pianist Alain Mallet, Peruvian bassist Oscar Stagnaro, Colombian percussionist Ernesto Diaz and Puerto Rican saxophonist Edmar Colon.

Dan Fox, founder of the annual jazz festival, has managed to schedule virtual and live performances, with live events on site adhering to current health and safety protocols.

The Regent Theater has also risen to the occasion in these unprecedented times, being a safe and risk-free venue for all on-site events. All necessary protocols will be in place for the festival.

The festival ends at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 10.

Tickets (on sale starting March 1): $20 to $50. Presented by Arlington Jazz.

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Brecker’s musical background has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums with a wide range of artists, including his work with his brother Michael Brecker, as well as James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Parliament/Funkadelic, Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa. Brecker and Walker have worked together on several albums, including Steve Khan’s BackCaribbean Jazz Project’s Birds of a featherand guitarist Akio Sasajima’s upcoming release, Silence between notes.The gig in Arlington will focus on a combination of Walker originals heard on his album You get what you give, and a jazz repertoire reinvented with an Afro-Latin sensibility, informed by his work with Paquito D’Rivera, Michel Camilo, Oregon, Caribbean Jazz Project and Lyle Mays. Brecker’s own Latin interpretations can be heard on records such as his “Randy in Brasil” as well as his work on “The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock”. James Nadal of “All About Jazz” cited Brecker’s contributions to Khan’s “Latin Genetics” cut on his Back album as Brecker “playing with a real street carnival approach”. In other words, this Jazz Fest musical rendezvous between Brecker and Walker guarantees an evening that will really cook, challenging the audience to stay seated. Far too much rhythmic energy will be generated to remain sedentary. The Arlington Jazz Festival also continues to champion the vibrant jazz scene that is thriving beyond the local city limits. An abundance of local talent will be on full display at this year’s Festival, performing at several different venues around the city.

Performances include:

Jesse Williams Group (with Cassandra McKinley, Bruce Bears, Mark Teixeira and Williams); El Eco (with Guillermo Nojechowicz, Marco Pignataro, Fernando Huergo, Anastassyia Petrova and Milena Casado); Saxafras by Tom Ferrante (with 5 saxes and rhythm section); and The Samba Jazz Project (with Dan Fox, Anna Borges, Ian Coury, Yulia Musayelyan, Fernando Huergo, Alexei Tsiganov and Rafael Barata).Basic info on the Arlington Jazz Festival roster:

Arlington Jazz Festival. 11th edition with headliner Randy Brecker with Mark Walker and his World Jazz Ensemble. All festival concerts were held Thursday through Sunday, April 7 through April 10, at various venues around the city of Arlington. Admission prices vary by event. For more details: arlingtonjazz.org,[email protected]com, (781) 819-3994.The detailed Arlington Jazz Festival schedule below:Please refer to arlingtonjazz.org/2022-festival-schedule.html for a full list of all artists involved this year, including current details on the various health and safety standards in place at each performance venue:Festival headline concert:Sunday April 10, 7-9 p.m.: Mark Walker’s World Jazz Ensemble with Randy Brecker. With opening act Arlington High School Jazz Band, led by Tino D’Agostino. Tickets: $25 to $50. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St, Arlington, MA 02474. For advance concert tickets (proof of vaccination required to enter Regent Theatre): regenttheatre.com, This email address is being protected from spambots. You must enable JavaScript to view it., (781) 646-4849.Other Festival eventslisted chronologically:Thursday April 7, 8:00-10:30 p.m.Jesse Williams Group with Cassandra McKinley (vocals), Bruce Bears (piano), Mark Teixeira (drums), Jesse Williams (bass). Menotomy Grill & Tavern (menotomygrill.com), 25 Mass. Ave, Arlington 02474. No coverage. Friday, April 8, 8:00-11:00 p.m. El Eco featuring Marco Pignataro (sax), Fernando Huergo (bass), Guillermo Nojechowicz (drums), Anastassyia Petrova (piano), and Milena Casado (trumpet). Morningside Music Studio Jazz Combo will open. Arlington Center for the Arts (acarts.org), 20 Academy St., Arlington 02474. [Proof of vaccination needed to enter ACA.] $20 blanket; tickets available for purchase online only: brownpapertickets.com/event/5393964Saturday, April 9, three separate shows, in the time slot from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Each event is sold separately and available only online. All held at: Arlington Center for the Arts (acarts.org), 20 Academy Street, Arlington 02474[Proof of vaccination needed to enter ACA.]1) Morningside Music Studio Jazz Ensembles, 3:00-5:00 p.m. $5 cover; tickets only available online: brownpapertickets.com/event/5393970;2) Saxafras by Tom Ferrante, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. With 5 saxophones and rhythm section. Morningside Music Studio Teen Jazz Combo opens. $10 blanket; tickets only available online: brownpapertickets.com/event/5393987;3) The Samba Jazz Project, 8:00-9:30 p.m. With Dan Fox (trombone), Anna Borges (vocals), Ian Coury (bandoline), Yulia Musayelyan (flute), Fernando Huergo (bass), Alexei Tsiganov (piano), Rafael Barata ( battery). Morningside Music Studio Jazz Combo opens. $20 blanket; tickets only available online: brownpapertickets.com/event/5394465.Further information about the Festival and its presenter Arlington Jazz (arlingtonjazz.org):The Festival, which receives planning and production assistance from Arlington’s Morningside Music Studio (morningsidemusicstudio.com), under the direction of Dan Fox (danfox.com), has this strong mission: to bring awareness and appreciation to jazz through the confluence of top performers, local emerging ensembles and student groups, while fostering a sense of community and an appreciation that Arlington and the surrounding cities in outside of Boston are cultural destinations. . Morningside’s motto: “keep the rhythm in your life.” The nonprofit Arlington Jazz Festival, held annually in April (also recognized as National Jazz Appreciation Month), is supported in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Additional Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 781-819-3994; festival updates available at arlingtonjazz.org.

Further information :

Performer/songwriter Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for over four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums with a wide range of artists, including his work with his brother Michael, as well as James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Parliament/Funkadelic, Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa. See more at randybrecker.com.

Walker is a multi-Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning drummer, composer, songwriter, and professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music. He has also been on the faculty of the Drummers Collective in New York and has conducted master classes, clinics and workshops in South America, North America and Europe, as a solo artist and with bands. such as Oregon, Paquito D’Rivera Quintet, the Caribbean Jazz Project, Sakesho, Lyle Mays Quartet, Chucho Valdes and Bill Watrous. Learn more about markwalkerlessons.com.

The non-profit organization Arlington Jazz is coordinated with the help of Arlington’s Morningside Music Studio (morningsidemusicstudio.com) under the direction of Fox, a local, multi-instrumentalist and music teacher.

The Arlington Jazz Festival has been held annually since 2012, usually in April, known internationally as Jazz Appreciation Month. Since 2018, Arlington Jazz has also embarked on presenting a series of additional workshops and concerts throughout the year. Many events are either free or have a minimal entry cost.

The 2022 Arlington Jazz Festival is funded in part by the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Arlington Jazz also relies on generous donations from its growing fan base.


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This news announcement was posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 and updated on March 10 to add the full lineup.


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