BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The annual influx of music lovers from near and far is expected to once again crowd Boston’s historic South End this fall to celebrate with a mix of jazz, Latin, blues, and soul acts. Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), one of the world’s leading asset managers, is the presenting sponsor of Berklee’s 2012 BeanTown Jazz Festival, scheduled for September 28-30. Past festivals have drawn as many as 80,000 music fans.
“This landmark Boston event is an extraordinary and meaningful opportunity to hear free world-class concerts in a family-friendly environment,” said John Hailer, president & chief executive officer, Natixis Global Asset Management – The Americas & Asia. “Music inspires. It fosters creativity, discipline and commitment and that’s a winning combination that few would dispute. To support the Berklee BeanTown Jazz festival is to help support an incredible environment where families from Boston’s diverse neighborhoods can be introduced to top-notch artists who may serve as role models for the music world’s future stars.”
The festival opens September 28 at 7:30 p.m. presenting jazz pianists Geri Allen and Joanne Brackeen with special guests. The celebrations close on September 30 at 7:30 p.m. with banjo master Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts trio. Both concerts are ticketed events at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC). Tickets for the concerts will be available August 3 at 1:00 p.m. at berkleebpc.com or at the BPC box office.
Boston’s biggest block party takes place on Saturday, September 29, from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street in Boston’s South End. This year, the festival celebrates women in jazz, featuring free performances by some of the genre’s most acclaimed female artists. A festival highlight will be a performance by Boston native and BeanTown artistic director Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project, featuring Geri Allen, Lizz Wright, Tia Fuller, Ingrid Jensen, Helen Sung, and Nir Felder. Carrington won the 2012 GrammySM Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album for The Mosaic Project. Additional performers on the three outdoor stages include Lalah Hathaway, Hey Rim Jeon, and Hailey Niswanger.
The outdoor celebration also features an intriguing variety of family activities at the Natixis Family Park and vendor booths offering foods and crafts from all over the world. The Natixis Family Park will transform Carter Playground on Columbus Avenue into a hub of activity including inflatables, face painting, and an instrument petting zoo staffed by Berklee professionals.
Students and faculty play a major role in the festival with performances from faculty member Mark Walker and the Rhythm of the Americas Nonet, Summer in the City concert series standout artists and current Berklee students Lihi Haruvi and Caili O’Doherty, the Neo Soul Ensemble, and the Berklee City Music All Stars.
Additional ticketed events will soon be announced. Stay updated by checking beantownjazz.org.
The National Endowment for the Arts, for the third year in a row, has awarded a grant to Berklee College of Music to support the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival. Subaru of New England is also a festival sponsor.
In a recent announcement, NGAM was also named as the presenting sponsor of the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival®.
About Berklee College of Music
Berklee College of Music, for over 65 years, has evolved to support its belief that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through contemporary music education. The college was the first in the U.S. to teach jazz, the popular music of the time. It incorporated rock n’ roll in the 1960s, created the world's first degree programs in film scoring, music synthesis, and songwriting, and, in recent years, added world music, hip-hop, electronica, and video game music to its curriculum. With a diverse student body representing over 80 countries and a music industry “who’s who” of alumni that have received 222 Grammy Awards, Berklee is the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today – and tomorrow.
About Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A.
Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. (ngam.natixis.com) ranks among the world’s 15 largest asset managers.1 As a multi-boutique company, NGAM brings together the expertise of multiple specialized investment managers under one umbrella with the belief that this combined expertise offers unique market perspective. The firm spreads this same ideal in the global community by sponsoring programs and events that help enrich the lives of individuals and enhance and preserve the cultural experience for future generations through music.
1 Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2012 ranked Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. as the 13th largest asset manager in the world based on assets under management as of December 31, 2011.
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