Join us for the 15th Annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, Saturday, September 26, 2015. Three stages of live music, arts, crafts, a family park - even an Instrument Petting Zoo. Free and fun for all ages.

The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival committee will begin accepting performance applications from artists who wish to play at the outdoor Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival to be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015. Submissions will be accepted from January 2, 2015, through January 30, 2015.

Please note: January 2, 2015, through January 30, 2015, is the only time submissions will be accepted.

To be considered as a performing artist at the 2015 outdoor Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, send your contact information (name, address, phone number, email) and an electronic press kit or a link for watching or streaming audio—no mp3s and nothing that needs to be downloaded. Submit to beantown@berklee.edu with the subject line "BT Artist Application."

Click here to download the 2014 Festival Program.

About the Festival

"The hope of a first-rate jazz festival for Boston took a huge step towards fulfillment… festivalgoers had the sort of hard choices people have to make at Newport and other top festivals."

—The Boston Globe

Fourteen years ago, Darryl Settles (owner of Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen and president of D’Ventures Limited, LLC) produced the South End’s first jazz festival and had a surprise turnout of nearly 10,000 people. Darryl continued to manage the event for seven years, growing the festival attendance to over 50,000 and making the BeanTown Jazz Festival Boston’s most popular outdoor festival. Berklee College of Music has supported the festival since its start, and in 2007 Berklee inherited production of the festival to make it a permanent part of Boston’s cultural calendar.

The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival has delighted tens of thousands with a host of jazz, Latin, blues, and groove acts. Our communities come out in force-over 45,000 strong-to enjoy world-class music on three stages, great eats, and good times stretching six blocks in Boston’s historic South End. Families are entertained with face painting, inflatables, photos, and an instrument petting zoo. More than 70 vendors participate, making the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival the place to be.

Berklee College of Music, for the fourth year, was the proud recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the 2013 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival. In awarding the prestigious Access to Artistic Excellence grant to Berklee, the NEA cited the festival as a celebration of Boston’s diversity as reflected in the attendees, music, food, and crafts.

Terri Lyne Carrington
Artistic Director, Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

Terri Lyne Carrington

Drummer, composer, producer and clinician Terri Lyne Carrington, was born in 1965 in Medford, Massachusetts. After an extensive touring career of more than 20 years with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, and more, she recently returned to her hometown where she was appointed professor at Berklee, her alma mater. Carrington received an honorary doctorate from Berklee in 2003.

Carrington gained recognition on late night TV as the house drummer for the Arsenio Hall Show, then again in the late 1990s as the drummer on the Quincy Jones late night TV show, VIBE, hosted by Sinbad. In 1989, she released a Grammy-nominated debut CD entitled Real Life Story, which featured Carlos Santana, Grover Washington Jr., Dianne Reeves, and Wayne Shorter.

She has worked as a producer in collaboration with several artists, and her production of the Dianne Reeves Grammy-nominated CD, That Day, helped the disc reach the top of the charts. Among her recent side projects is Hancock’s Grammy Award–winning CD Gershwin’s World, where she played alongside Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder.

Carrington's latest album, More to Say (Real Life Story: Next Gen) features an impressive roster of artists, including Walter Beasley, George Duke, Everette Harp, Christian McBride, Danilo Perez, Patrice Rushen, Kirk Whalum, Nancy Wilson, and many others.

The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival is coming up on its 12th year with an exciting program of great jazz, food, and fun for all.

I am happy to announce the theme for this year's festival: Celebrating Women in Jazz. This has been a common emerging theme in recent years in the press and at festivals, performance spaces, and educational institutions. There are more and more formidable female players to celebrate every day who are deserving of wider recognition.

Surprisingly enough, as artistic director of BeanTown, I had nothing to do with this year's theme, which speaks to the growing importance and relevance of outstanding female musicians and artists. But the fact that women in jazz still need to be acknowledged with a theme indicates that the inclusion and awareness of women in this otherwise male-dominated field is not perfect.

It is still early to announce the artists who will be performing at this year's festival, but in keeping with the precedent of years before, there will be great players, both female and male. Men can celebrate women, too!

I encourage everyone to come hang out with us and enjoy the music and fine culture represented at Boston's biggest "block party." There will be a musical petting zoo, games, and jumpers for the kids, as well, so please be sure to bring your sons and your daughters.

See you there!

Terri Lyne Carrington
Artistic Director
Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival