10th Annual Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

Berklee Jazz Fest

What: 10th Annual Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

Where: Columbus Avenue between Burke Street and Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA.

When: September 15-25, 2010

Why: 10 days of jazz music to celebrate the perseverance of the New Orleans jazz culture in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  Tunes from local to world-renowned jazz, Latin, blues, and groove musicians will electrify the air throughout the week, with a free, three-staged, outdoor festival in the South End on Saturday the 25th from 12-6pm. Stop by Cafe 939, Berklee’s student-run coffee house and local hot spot to check out emerging artists over a warm chai latte. If you’re staying for a weekend, the festival has organized special hotel rates in the area for attendees.

Cost: Some events are ticketed, some are free. Check the website for performances—prices range from $10-30 per concert.

How to get there: Consult offManhattan’s Boston Public Transportation Advisor

Photos: Courtesy of Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

(Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Columbus Ave., Boston, MA., 617.747.3034, beantownjazz.org)