Inaugural Somerville Jazz Festival Set For September

SOMERVILLE – Downtown Somerville will host its inaugural Somerville Jazz Festival on Sunday, Sept. 13 from 1 – 6 p.m., rain or shine, on the Somerset County Courthouse Green.  Jimmy Heath will be headlining the festival, which will also include The Gretchen Parlato Band, Harry Allen Quartet and Sherman Irby’s “Organomics.”

The festival producer and host is Sheila E. Anderson, author and on air personality of WBGO Jazz 88.3FM, Newark. “I am very excited about producing Somerville’s first jazz festival,” said Anderson. “The line-up reflects different generations of jazz and offers a cross section of performers.


“Gretchen Parlato has been making a name for herself since winning the 2004 Thelonious Monk vocal competition.  We will hear another side to Sherman Irby’s artistry, who has spent years working with Roy Hargrove and is a current member of Jazz at Lincoln Center. And, the octogenarian, Jimmy Heath continues to amaze me, he keeps sounding better and better.”

The outdoor festival is free of charge and is rain or shine.  Parking will also be free and available in Downtown Somerville’s numerous municipal lots and on-street parking.  Downtown Somerville restaurants will be featuring their wide-ranging cuisines outdoors in the vicinity of the stage.  The Somerville Jazz Festival is presented by the Somerville District Management Corporation (DMC).

“Somerville has many signature events throughout the year and the Somerville District Management Corporation is pleased to be bringing this fun, cultural event to our great downtown,” said Thomas Genova, chair, Somerville District Management Corporation.

More information about the Somerville Jazz Festival can be found at

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