The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Northampton Jazz Festival

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Festival
WHEN: OCTOBER 19-21 (view full schedule here)
WHERE: Venues around Downtown Northampton (view venue map here)

We're renewing and refreshing the Northampton Jazz Festival in Western Massachusetts with a rich line-up of jazz artists from around the region and across the globe. We’re staging jazz performances by local and visiting artists at a host of venues around downtown Northampton, and are featuring world-renowned Latin Jazz great Paquito D'Rivera and his Quintet at our main stage concert at the Academy of Music. Come join us as Jazz Abounds Downtown!

The Northampton Jazz Festival, founded in 2011, is dedicated to carrying forward our great American music tradition of live jazz for generations to come. In 2018, we will honor this mission in new and meaningful ways.

We are renewing the popular festival for 2018, with a rich line-up of jazz artists from across the globe and around the region. We are strengthening our tradition of supporting individuals who wish to sing, play, or participate in live jazz by initiating the Jazz in the Schools program in partnership with Claire Williams, Band and General Music Instructor at the JFK Middle School in Florence, MA. We will be bringing professional jazz musicians in to work and play with her jazz band students three times a year.

We are also pleased to be partnering with the Downtown Northampton Association (DNA) directed by Amy Cahillane. Amy’s leadership of several successful downtown Northampton events, such as the Holiday and Summer Strolls and First Night, along with her affiliations with city government and the downtown merchants, gives us the foundation to ensure continued success for the Northampton Jazz Festival.

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