Get out your lawn chairs and picnic blankets as the Worcester Jazz Festival takes over Worcester Common! What better way to spend a fall afternoon than a day filled with the sounds of Jazz Legends– as well as some of the area's up-and-coming Jazz artists– performing in this fantastic setting outdoors on the Worcester Common at City Hall.
The Worcester Jazz Festival features Local and International Touring & Recording Artists along with Arts & Craft Vendor Booths, Food Trucks, a Wine & Beer Tent, and Face Painting & Balloons for the kids, making this an event the entire family can enjoy.
The 2nd Annual Worcester Jazz Festival was held Oct 10-12 2019
@1,000 people experienced 3 days and 4 events at 4 different venues!
Attendees enjoyed performances by Worcester Jazz Singers "A Tribute to Cole Porter" at the historic Lewis J. Warner Theater at Worcester Academy
Latin Jazz Night with the Carlos Odria Trio at Redemption Rock Brewing Company Internationally-acclaimed Yoko Miwa Trio with special guest Worcester Jazz Collective at the Pavilion at the Beer Garden
and Festival Day on the Common with headliners
George Garzone & The Fringe, award-winning vocalist Patrice Williamson A Tribute to Mac Rebennack by GUMBO
THE WPI Jazz Band with guest Toni Ballard, the Clark University Jazz Band and rising Jazz artist Cobby and her band.
Thank you to all who participated, supported, attended and sponsored!
The Tradition continues!
Worcester Jazz Festival 2020
October 7th - 16th
In an unsettled world music and the arts are needed more now than ever. The Worcester Jazz Festival will take place in some form in 2020.
stay tuned for more info.
f e a t u r i n g
Tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi is an internationally recognized jazz performer, composer, author, and educator.
Bergonzi has performed throughout the world at all the major jazz festivals and jazz venues, with his own ensembles as well as with numerous jazz greats. His music is renowned for its innovation, mastery, and integrity. His discography includes more than 60 recordings, notably Standard Gonz with the Jerry Bergonzi Quartet on the Blue Note label; he also has 60 recorded song titles registered with ASCAP.
As a clinician Bergonzi has taught at conservatories and music schools throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is the author of a series of instructional books with play-along CDs and videos, entitled Inside Improvisation, published by Advance Music.
Bergonzi is a three-time NEA grant recipient.
Jerry will be bringing his own band to WJF2020
for some hard Boppin' Jazz!
with Gypsy Jazz 440 • Jazzhers
Dale LePage & the Manhattans
Jazz on the Canal • WICN Jazz Stage
Latin Jazz Night • Women in Jazz
The Art of the Piano
Worcester's Jazz Guitarists
and more tba
Want to be in on the action?
NEJEF is looking for partners and sponsors to donate to this years Worcester Jazz Festival. To receive a sponsor and partnership application, please email or call:
Artistic Director Stephen Bourassa
Donate to help produce
the Worcester Jazz Festival!
Donate $25.00 and receive a
Live music sampler from WJF2018
Donate $50.00 and receive a
WJF2018 Live music sampler and NEJEF T-shirt or Polo
Donate $100.00 and receive a
WJF2018 Live music sampler and 2 tickets to
"Night and Day: Worcester Jazz Singers' Tribute to Cole Porter" on Thursday October 10th
Donate $500 or more and we will customize your perks, including Introducing an Artist on stage at the WJF!
Looking to become a vendor at this years festival?
Request an application
The New England Jazz Enrichment Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization.
All donations are tax deductible to the extant of the law.