The free show will take place in the Salem Five Community Room on the Essex Street Walking Mall, Saturday, April 6, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Performing this year will be the Brian Cogger Band, made up of several young musicians from around the North Shore.
The band plays a variety of jazz, funk and original music. The players are from Salem, Newburyport and Topsfield. Cogger and Aidan Scrimgeour (piano) have been playing together since meeting at the Northeast Jazz and Recording Camp, run every summer in Salem. They’ve both performed at the last two Salem Jazz and Soul Festivals, in student ensembles.
Eric Reardon, the band’s guitarist, has performed at the festival in several capacities, and he will again this summer.
Additionally, members from the Massachusetts and Salem Cultural Councils will be on-hand to present the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival with a coveted Gold Star Award, one of a handful given each year across Massachusetts. The ceremony will take place during intermission.
The festival is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization that produces free concerts and raises money for music education causes on the North Shore.
This show will open the festival’s seventh season of producing free concerts and supporting music education causes on the North Shore.
In the coming months, the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival will put on:
• A fundraiser at 43 Church restaurant in Salem, featuring Boston-based
soul/R&B singer Jesse Dee, with DJ sets by System Soul, on April 6.
• The SJSF/Berklee Summer Series at Derby Square, Salem, with Berklee College of
Music student bands, on May 11, June 8, July 13 and Aug. 10.
• The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival, a two-day concert at the Salem Willows, with 12
bands, Aug. 17-18.
• A fall fundraiser and a time and location to be determined.