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Northampton Jazz Festival

September 30 - October 1

Enjoy the Northampton Jazz Festival all weekend long with jazz performances by local and visiting artists at over a dozen different venues around downtown Northampton. We have lined up the best local, regional, and national jazz musicians for this annual weekend filled with free jazz in downtown Northampton.

Friday, September 30

4 to 10 PM at breweries, bars and restaurants throughout downtown!

​Saturday, October 1

Headliner: The Ron Carter Quartet 
with Renee Rosnes on piano, Jimmy Greene on saxophone, and Payton Crossley on drums
Academy of Music, 7:30 PM
Tickets go on sale June 1!

JAZZ ALL OVER TOWN 11:15 am ’til 6:30 pm
Expandable Brass Band kicks off the fest at 11:15 with a march around town and in Pulaski Park. Join them!
The Royal Bopsters quartet sings with backup trio at the Unitarian Society at 12 noon
Freddie Bryant guitar trio at the Parlor Room at 2:30 and again at 4:00
The Hot Club of New York   Matt “Fat Cat” Rivera spins rare 78rpm records starting at 2:30 in Pulaski Park
Ashley Pezzotti sings with her trio at the Unitarian Society at 3:00
Eh La Bas featuring Bria Skonberg, The Arntzen Brothers, Jennifer Hodge and Andrew Millar at Pulaski Park at 5:00 to close out the day!

Music Inn, A Film Documentary

June 16, Northampton Center for the Arts
6 PM: Wine and cheese reception
7PM: Film screening
​$10 donation at the door – no tickets required
Drummer and documentary film producer George Schuller returns to introduce Music Inn, an elegiac documentary, directed by Ben Barenholtz. The film charts the legacy of the Music Inn, a 1950s haven for jazz and folk artists who gathered each summer to hone their skills and explore their musical roots via jam sessions and discussions. Through interviews and archival footage, “Music Inn” traces the inn’s founders and tracks the enduring influence of the famed Berkshire Mountains site that eventually became America’s first concentrated jazz school.

Here are some tips on Planning Your Trip to the Northampton Jazz Festival, including an interactive map with parking indicated!

Northampton Jazz Fest


September 30
October 1


Downtown Northampton
Northampton, MA 01060 + Google Map