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Newton Jazz Festival: News

Much Loved Friend and Founding Member Susan Geoffrion Parks has passed away - August 3, 2015

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to one of our founders, Susan Geoffrion Parks, who passed away unexpectedly on July 30th, 2015. For anyone that knew her, a musician herself, she was a great fan of music and supporter of the arts, arts education and arts in mental health. The Newton Jazz Festival and the Newton Jazz Enrichment Foundation would not now exist without her support and passion. Because of Susan, we keep going. Please keep Susan, her husband Bob and their families in your thoughts and prayers. 

The Lance Martin Band added to Jazz-in-the-Yard - July 28, 2014

The Lance Martin Band has just been added to the NEJEF/NJ&WF's Jazz-in-the-Yard lineup at the Jackson Homestead on Saturday Sept 20th!

Jazz Flautist Lance Martin and his band will be opening up the day at 12 noon. You don't want to be late for this one - Jazz Flute... Beyond what you are thinking... more info to come

B3 Kings added to "Jazz-in-the-Yard" - July 14, 2014

Festival favorites The B3 Kings are coming back to "Jazz-in-the-Yard"...B3 Kings

Some funky, bluesy, jazzy Hamond B3 to make you get up and dance! featuring Johnny Trama on guitar,Dave Brophy on drums and Rusty Scott on Hammond B3...

The Fest is Heating Up!

2014 Taking Shape - May 5, 2014

The 2014 Newton Jazz & Wine Festival is taking shape… turning in to a 3 day weekend event September 19, 20 & 21…

Friday Sept 19th - Patrice Williamson's Celebrating Ella with special guest vocalists Cassandra Pearl Wise, Lydia Harrell and others tba on Friday Sept 19th 8pm Tickets $25 proceeds to support the Newton Jazz & Wine Festival and the New England Jazz Enrichment Foundation Scholarship and Award Fund

Saturday Sept 20th 12:00-6:00pm - Jazz-In-The-Yard - The New England Jazz and Wine Festival at the Jackson Homestead featuring 5 local Jazz Artists, food and craft booths and a paid admission Wine tasting Tent… Free Admission to the Festival, Open to the Public All Ages

Sunday Sept 21st 1:00pm - NEJEF High School Jazz Band Showcase featuring 5 New England High School programs showcasing the Future of Jazz! Free to the Public. All ages show


Would you like to contribute to the success of these and future events? visit the "Sponsor" page at

Jazz in the Yard Directions and Parking - September 16, 2013

Directions and Parking for Jazz in the Yard can be found here.

Lineup is starting to Fillup! - June 12, 2013

So, our Saturday Jazz-in-the-Yard at the Jackson Homestead is taking shape.

We'll be welcoming: The Rollo Tomasi Quartet, a very cool group out of Boston - you'll love 'em!; The Brookline High School Jazz Band - a great ensemble that creates their own arrangements. We had the pleasure of working with them at JazzBoston's High School Jazz Band Showcase; and the local Phil Steffen Trio. Newton Resident and Guitarist Phil Steffen performed at the Newtonville Village Day and Jazz Fest last year. They are a fun group and when we say local, we mean he lives across the street!

Save the Date! Look forward to seeing you there!

High School Jazz Bands at the Boston Public Library - April, 2013

It's Jazz Week at the Boston Public Library!  Visit the Rabb Lecture Hall between 1-4:30pm on May 4, 2013 at the Central Library in Copley Square, Boston for performances by high school jazz bands from the Boston Latin School, Rivers School, Roland Hayes School of Music, and others.  For more information, visit

Directions to Jazz-in-the-Yard - October 12, 2012

Directions to Jazz in the Yard can be found here.

New Wine Food & Jazz Series! - October 4, 2012

News Flash! Announcing the Newton Jazz & Wine Festivals Monthly Wine Food & Jazz series with Karoun Restaurant & Bar starting in November! Stay tuned for details!

Lots of Great News! - September 18, 2012

Cabot's is now a sponsor! Joe says "Stop by for a cold one after the fest... and we mean COLD!"

The committee/team has been working their butts off to try and make this a great event from front to back. Sue Parks has created some amazing flyers and programs, Maureen Reilly has been working on Sponsors and set up the Wine and Jazz event at Karoun, Annabel Greenhill has been working on the web site, and Susan Workman has been keeping it going!

Next up: some great music with 3 fantastic events! Have you bought your tickets yet to Wine Food and Jazz with Patrice? We're running out and it should be a blast!

Sponsors Added! It keeps on coming! - September 12, 2012

The NJ&WF is proud to welcome b Street Restaurant and Bar in Newton Center and Solea on Moody Street in Waltham as advertising partners!

The NJ&WF has had the pleasure to eat at both of these fine restaurants. Make sure you stop in soon!

NJ&WF;has a Committee! - September 7, 2012

That's right! We're growing and so is the enthusiasm!

The NJ&WF is proud to welcome Maureen Reilly, Susan Workman, Susan Parks and Annabel Greenhill to the team to help promote and produce jazz & wine events throughout the greater Newton area!

They are joined by day-of-event volunteers Bobb Parks, Charles & Joe Cramer and Mario Cacciola.

You'll see them around. Make sure you say hello!

Dates and Artists Booked for 2012! - July 5, 2012

So it's official... 3 Days of events for the Newton Jazz and Wine Festival in September 2012!

On Thursday Sept 27th come out for our kickoff reception - it's Jazz, food and Wine tasting at Karoun Restaurant in Newtonville with Award Winning Vocalist Patrice Williamson ("Best Jazz Vocalist" - Boston Magazine). Get your tickets early. This event will sell out! $50 in advance/$60 at the door

On Saturday Sept 29th The NJ&WF;has teamed up with Mayor Setti Warren and the City of Newton to produce Newtonville Jazz and Village Day - 10AM to 5PM a full day Block Party with live jazz, children's activities, a Farmer's Market and more! FREE

Sunday Sept 30th 1:00-5:00PM - It's day 2 of the festival with four emerging artists outside at the Jackson Homestead... bring your lawn chairs and blankets! It's been a great place to hear jazz the last few years! FREE

Fall Festival Plans - May 24, 2012

the NJ&WF;committee was invited to Mayor Setti Warren's breakfast for the city's cultural organizations connecting us to the people that we need to help facilitate events such as ours in the City of Newton - it was nice to hear the Mayor personally say that he wanted to see the Jazz Fest happen!

Plans are in progress for a Block party style event on Walnut Street for September 15th! 2 stages of great music, vendors, a farmer's market and tons of fun! Keep your fingers crossed and your ears to the pavement for updates!

Keep on Swinging!

IT's a 2 Sax Tenor Battle with the Rusty Organ Group added to 2011 Fest! - September 15, 2011

That's right! Not just great Hammond B3 Jazz, but 2 tenors going at it... Featuring the quartet's own Tim Mayer, who was recently signed to a national recording contract. pitted against local favorite Andy Voelker... trading eights and fours, grit, swing and soul... you don't want to miss this!

Save the date! Saturday September 24th! 12 Noon to 5:00PM

Wine and Jazz in the Bokx! - January 23, 2011

the Newton Jazz & Wine Festival is proud to announce it's new relationship with Bokx109/Hotel Indigo - 399 Grove Street in Newton, MA.

Stay tuned for our March Mardi Gras flavored offering at Bokx109!

Winter Warmer: Jazz and Wine at the Museum - January 16, 2011

Welcome Start a new tradition... Historic Newton and the Newton Jazz & Wine Festival invite you to our "Winter Warmer" - A fun evening of wine samplings, Hors D´oeuvres by C. Tsar´s Mediterranean Bistro & Bar and great jazz featuring the Rusty Scott Trio. Come out for a winter gathering reminiscent of days past when entertainment was gathering around the hearth with family and friends sharing stories and good spirits. Bring your friends, bring your neighbors. Tickets are $30. Limited availability, advanced reservation required. Please call 617.796.1450 to reserve.

The Rusty Scott Trio - think about Red Garland or Bill Evans or even Vince Guaraldi (of "Charlie Brown" fame)... if you like the classic piano trio you'll love Rusty Scott. Rusty has been a mainstay on the New England Jazz scene for 20+ years at such places as The Regattabar, Wonderbar, Ryles, The Charles River Esplanade Hatch Shell... you can check out some of his offerings at

Good Weather, Good Jazz and Leo Colon - September 21, 2010

Weather reports say 70 and Sunny for the Jass Fest on Sat Sept 25th! So, nothing should be holding you back! Pack yerselves up and come on down!!!

Opening the Daylong concert will be Dominican guitarist Leo Colon and his group... teacher, bass player and jazz guitarist Colon has been working his way around the Boston music scene for a number of years... loved by his students both private and where he teaches at ZUMIX in East Boston, Leo comes out to showcase his chops! A little Latin grooves to get the morning going! Don't Miss It!

The Joe McMahon Trio added to the Lineup - September 12, 2010

Just added to the Jazz Fest... The Joe McMahon Trio. Featuring Mike Mele on guitar, this Boston based classic guitar trio is reminiscent of the great Jazz guitar trios of the 1950's and 1960's. Playing standards and some of McMahon’s originals-McMahon and Mele celebrated their 20-year collaboration with a new CD “The Joe McMahon trio” available on iTunes, and CDUniverse... Check it out!

The Lineup is Expanding for the 2010 Newton Jazz Festival - August 18, 2010

Don't miss a fun-filled day of outdoor Jazz at the Historic Jackson Homestead at 527 Washington St, Newtonville, MA... Saturday Sept 25th 11AM to 6PM... featuring...

Newton resident Nathan Aronow and The Nathan Aronow Nextet

Award Winning Vocalist Patrice Williamson


The Rusty Scott Organ Group - Hammond B3 Jazz!

More to follow! It'll be a Swingin' Time!

Battle of the Saxes! - October 11, 2009

Like a little excitement in your Jazz? Then this show is for you!

with BILL PIERCE and GORDON BEADLE - Wednesday Oct 14, 2009 7:30PM
“As ‘Short Bread’ attests quite eloquently, Scott is well on his way” – Bob Young, Boston Herald

Back by Popular demand, The Rusty Scott Quartet returns to The Regattabar to present "Battle of the Saxes", pitting the quartet’s own Tim Mayer against the gritty sound of Gordon Beadle (Roomful of Blues, Duke Robillard) and the sophistication of renowned tenor man Bill Pierce (Art Blakey, Tony Williams). Last Spring’s show was received with a Standing Ovation! A fun time is guaranteed for all!

Pianist Rusty Scott leads the group as it pays tribute to the great tenor battles of yesteryear, trading eights and fours over breakneck tempos. Not just a jazz concert but a tenor sax free-for-all, the show features the music of Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Johnny Griffin, Sonny Stitt, and Gene Ammons, as well as original compositions by the quartet. The rhythm section features the incomparable Keala Kaumeheiwa on bass and Dave Brophy on drums.

Doors open at 7:00PM.

Next Year! - August 12, 2009

Although things could change, it's looking like we won't be producing the Newton Jazz Fest this year due to economic circumstances.

But keep your eyes open as plans are already in the works for 2010 so it should be a nice, big event with the area's hottest jazz.

If you're interested in volunteering, feel free to drop me a line. it takes a lot more than one person to make a great event happen!

Thank you for your interest and support and we'll see you soon!


Stephen Bourassa
Newton Jazz and Wine Festival
New England Jazz Productions

Jazz and Wine Tastings at Your Home for the Holidays! - October 29, 2008

In days gone by House or Salon Concerts were a grand and fun time for family, friends and neighbors to come together under one roof, enjoy each others company with hors d'oeuvres, fine drink and good live music...

This was how Bach, Mozart, Pachelbel and many others made their living before the advent of recordings, stadium concerts and promotional merchandise.

New England Jazz and Wine Festivals, producers of the Newton and Salem Jazz and Wine Festivals, now offer the opportunity for you and your friends to start a new old tradition...

House Jazz and Wine Parties...

Different set-ups available to fit your budget starting with...

Listen to Award-Winning Solo piano or guitar, duos, trios, quartets & quintets available... Enjoy the music of Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Coltrane, etc. while you sip your favorite...

You and your guest can sample a flight of 3 to 5 of New England's Finest Wines with introductions from one of our local distributors as you savor finely prepared...

Don't feel like cooking for 30? Have one of our favorite restaurants whip up a fine selection of hors d'oeuvres and crudite...

Select just the music or any combination to fit your plans and we'll put together a package for you.

You can also bring your party to one of our participating restaurants making for an easy setup and cleanup!

Classical soloists and ensembles also available!

Email New England Jazz and Wine Festivals for more info!

Tenor Great Bill Pierce Added to Jazz Fest - September 10, 2008

The Newton Jazz and Wine Fest and BLOCK PARTY are proud to announce that Tenor Sax Great Bill Pierce (Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Art Farmer, Hank Jones, James Williams, and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers) has been added to the bill as guest sax with the Rusty Scott Organ Group!

Don't Miss It!

Award Winning Vocalist Patrice Williamson and The Rusty Scott Quartet!!! - September 9, 2008

Reserve your table NOW for a great evening of Jazz, Food and Wine as Award-Winning Vocalist ("Best Jazz Artist" ~ Boston Magazine) Patrice Williamson teams up with critically-acclaimed The Rusty Scott Quartet on Sunday Sept 21st 7PM at Ariadne Restaurant and Bar, 344 Walnut Street, Newtonville, MA
$10 advance/$15 door. Limited Seating Available. Contact: Ariadne at (617) 332-4653
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