More Music Than You Can Pound a Drumstick At

September 26th, 2010 by Harrumpher Leave a reply »

We flowed together yesterday for the Berklee (sponsored and no long South End) Beantown Jazz Festival — uxorial unit by T and I by cycle. It remains jamming with jamming, even though the college understandably plugs in more of its own people to showcase them. This day-long culmination of the week is free as well as fun.

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Berklee prof, well-established vibe player and band leader Victor Mendoza roused. He takes particular pride in assembling his group from throughout Latin America. vibes1
rhiannon1 Rhiannon alternated between poignant and powerful and poetic.
Her bassist, Abraham Laboriel, is more intense than you and I. He would pound his guitar and shake the stage. He apparently forgot to get old. laboriel3
caged Among the last of the season, a caged flower seemed to listen behind the iron fence next to one of the stages.

I arrived at noon, the time for the first sets. Despite the great weather, the crowds were far thinner than in previous-to-Berklee-sponsorship years. The dozens of music students in their purple shirts seemed to outnumber the audience, as they separately searched for someone who needed a sked.

Two hours later, Columbus Ave. South of Mass Ave. had pretty well filled up. This time, they had one fewer stage than usual and the one set up on the ball fields was for kids and family music. It was a kinder, gentler, quieter jazz fest.

As in the Deval Patrick/Tim Murray rally at three a quarter mile down the street, the spectators/auditors represented the races, cultures and ages of Boston. That section of town that befuddles clear neighborhood boundaries seems our best showing of cosmopolitan life.


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  1. Loni Ice says:

    Definitely sounds like a fun jazz fest! I’m used to the ones down in New Orleans, which have all of the freneticism of a zombie doing the St. Vitus Dance. You don’t often find family friendly jazz venues in New Orleans, though in my younger years I didn’t care much about that. I didn’t know that Boston had a jazz scene as well. From your description, I would have found it much more to my liking than some others I’ve heard. I get really tired of jazz that’s all brass and no strings. And I would have definitely enjoyed hearing a Latin American jazz band. It sounds like a lot of fun, I hope everyone had a blast!


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