Bringing music into people’s lives and promoting jazz

The Arlington Jazz Festival aims to increase jazz exposure and build community, bringing together top performers, local emerging ensembles and student groups. This year, the event will take place from April 7 to 10. Performers include The Jesse Williams Group, El Eco, The Samba Jazz Project and Morningside Music Studio. According to founder and production manager Dan Fox, Arlington is a city rich in culture, and the festival is another way to “galvanize that creative spirit.” Now in its 11th year, the festival started as a one-day event at the Arlington Center for the Arts, and it has grown ever since.

Fox explained why he’s excited for the festival to be held in person this year:

“I am particularly excited about this year’s festival! Somehow we’ve managed to create virtual versions of the festival over the past couple of years, but as we all know, live music without the energy of a live audience isn’t not LIVE music. So it’s going to be great to bring all this musical talent together with our audience. With international star Randy Brecker on stage this year, we are taking the festival to a new level. Additionally, this will be our first year headlining in the historic 500-seat Regent Theatre. »

Learn more about the event here.

Shira Laucharoen is a Boston-based journalist. She is currently Deputy Director of the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism. In the past, she has written for Sampan Newspaper, The Somerville Times, Scout Magazine, Boston Magazine and WBUR.

Willie J. Johnson