In the foreword to the playbill of the famed 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. passionately affirmed that, “Jazz speaks for life.” He proclaimed, “Much of the power of our Freedom Movement in the United States has come from this music. It has strengthened us with its sweet rhythms when courage began to fail. It has calmed us with its rich harmonies when spirits were down.” Dr. King’s words are as poignant and timely now as they were then. In fact, it is this sense articulated by Dr. King that drives us at JazzBoston to do what we do.

As JazzBoston celebrates our 10th year of service to Greater Boston and surrounding areas, we are compelled to do even more to better position the creative work of our diverse expressions of jazz to be, in the words of John Coltrane, “a force for good.” As an assemblage of musicians, educators, presenters, writers, business leaders and civic leaders, we are more committed than ever to connect, promote and advocate on behalf of the rich and vast diversity of the creative improvisational music that we all love. More…