Sunday, September 23, 2018
2:00-4:00 PM
25 jazz bands. 25 locations.

A free jazz event along the Charles River Esplanade. On a single fall afternoon, 25 jazz ensembles will gather at a series of connected, walkable locations along the Charles River Esplanade, interpreting a curated list of Boston-related tunes in one collective concert that celebrates the great jazz community in Boston today. Such is the vision of Jazz Along the Charles: A Walkable Concert, produced by Celebrity Series of Boston. These 25 jazz ensembles will come together simultaneously to interpret the same set list in their own style.

The audience will stroll along the Charles River on a two-mile loop, discovering new songs, artists, and areas of the Esplanade, creating a dynamic and evolving jazz concert experience. Jazz Along the Charles is a free public event, part of Celebrity Series’ commitment to free public performance experiences for the people of Boston. Previous Celebrity Series projects have included Street Pianos Boston (2013 & 2016), Le Grand Continental (2014), and Let’s Dance Boston! (2015 & 2017).

Jazz Along the Charles will feature the following 25 ensembles, who together showcase the diverse and talented jazz community of Boston:

Tim Ray Trio
Eric Hofbauer - solo jazz guitar
Jason Palmer Quintet
Charlie Kohlhase's Explorers Quintet
Hiro Honshuku & Yuka Kido’s Love To Brasil Project
Cocek! Brass Band
Novick Nieske Duo
Amber Ensemble
Krewe de ROUX
Paul White Music
John Kordalewski Trio
Yoron Israel Connection
OddSong, (sax quartet) with vocalist Rebecca Shrimpton
Planet Pluto
Samuel Batista Quartet
Big Time Company
Receita de Samba (Recipe of Samba)
The Unity Ensemble
Rebecca Cline Trio
Kevin Harris Project
Aska and Hot Club of Boston
Choro JP
Monica Pabelonio Quartet

“Jazz Along the Charles will showcase both the diversity and the unity of the Boston area jazz community, while celebrating the energy and spontaneity of improvisational music in a wide range of styles.”

Ken Field, composer, saxophonist, and Jazz Along the Charles curator

“Jazz is a core part of the Celebrity Series season programming every year and Jazz Along the Charles will shine a spotlight on the range of local talent, creating a walkable concert experience open to all. Building off the success of Let’s Dance Boston! and Street Pianos Boston, Jazz Along the Charles will allow us to bring a concert experience to the Esplanade that exposes a new audience to the wonders of jazz. ”

Gary Dunning, Celebrity Series President and Executive Director

Thank you to our supporters!

Jazz Along the Charles is sponsored by Leslie & Howard Appleby, Amy & Joshua Boger, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Donna & Michael Egan, and the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative. This concert is produced in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Esplanade Association.



Amanda Ice

Jazz Along the Charles Project Manager