Cutler Jazz Festival — April 23rd

St. Mark's School invites the public to its annual festival

Above: St. Mark’s students and faculty at their 2019 jazz festival. The public is welcome to the free concert this weekend. (image cropped from smugmug)

This month, St. Mark’s School is holding its annual jazz festival. The Cutler Jazz Festival features guest performers along with the school’s Jazz Band. As always, the public is invited to attend for free.

This year’s festival features “world-renowned saxophonist and percussionist Yosvany Terry, who also conducts jazz ensembles at Harvard University”. They will also be joined by MIT’s Jazz Band directed by Keala Kaumeheiwa. The school’s Jazz ensembles are directed by St. Mark’s Jazz Director Stephen Fell. 

An announcement from the school promotes of their guest performer:

The New York Times says: “Mr. Terry, a Cuban-born, conservatory-trained musician who moved to New York in 1999, has centered his career on such multilevel fluencies. In recent years, along with a few other bandleaders of similar background, he has helped reframe the sound of Afro-Cuban jazz in New York, reaching for a flexibly cerebral, harmonically advanced and culturally resonant kind of fusion.”

For a sample of Terry’s music, below is a video from a 2019 performance at the Kennedy Center.

The St. Mark’s concert will take place Sunday, April 23rd at 6:30 pm in the Class of ’45 Hall in the Putnam Family Arts Center. A reception to greet the artists will follow.

No registration is required to attend.

Parking for Sunday’s event is available in the SM Athletics Parking lot off Rt 85 (north of Taft Hall). Click here for a campus map.

Updated (4/11/23 8:21 am): Although I stated the date correctly as April 23rd, I had accidentally referred to this Sunday. 

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