The event kicks off Jazz Appreciation month, April, and is put on in partnership with the City of Salem. Salem Five, a major festival sponsor, has donated the room and the concert is free to the public.
The free show will take place in the Salem Five Community Room on the Essex Street Walking Mall, on Saturday, April 5, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Performing this year will be the North Shore Jazz Project All Stars, a big band made up of the North Shore’s premier high-school jazz musicians, directed by professional saxophonist Mike Tucker..
“The NSJP All Stars play our main festival each year, and the crowd is always blown away by their talent, so we thought we’d invite them to perform at Jazz Appreciation Day,” said Larry Claflin Jr., the festival’s executive director. “Having these young musicians on-stage is represent a part of what we’re trying to do – providing students with an opportunity to perform at no cost to the public.”
This show will open the festival’s eighth season of producing free concerts and supporting music-education causes on the North Shore.
In the coming months, the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival, a volunteer-run nonprofit, will put on:
A fundraiser at the recently refurbished Ames Hall inside the Salem YMCA, featuring Boston-based Combo Sabroso, a Latin band with reggae influences, on April 26
The SJSF/Berklee Summer Series at Derby Square, Salem, with Berklee College of Music student bands, on May 10, June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9
The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival, a two-day concert at the Salem Willows, with 10 bands, a music-education tent, kids tent, 21-plus beer garden and artisans selling hand-made goods, Aug. 16-17
Please go to http://salemjazzsoul.org for more information.