Jazz Festival


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

Jerry Bergonzi

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

Jazz Week Worcester

Stay tuned for more Lineup announcements!

Our Partners


Poster Gallery

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

(617) 564-3506


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 

Email:  sworkman@nejef.org 

The New England Jazz Enrichment Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization.

All donations are tax deductible to the extant of the law. 


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Night and Day

Night and Day: A Tribute to Cole Porter at the Historic Water Memorial Theater at Worcester Academy October 10th!