Published On: August 10th, 2023

Lisa Rogers Cherry and son Charles Cherry III, a Berklee College of Music student, enjoy the festival. Photo by Jon Chase.

Our nonprofit partner Cambridge Jazz Foundation is on a mission is make the art form of jazz accessible to all in our community and use it as a pathway to a more just society.

“When people come together around art and music, they become invested in community,” says Larry Ward, co-founder and executive producer of the annual Cambridge Jazz Festival, a free, two-day celebration at Danehy Park each July.

Even downpours couldn’t put a damper on the spirit and vibrancy of this year’s “Jazz Fest,” which brought together people of all ages and walks of life for music, dancing, picnicking, and catching up with neighbors. In addition to stellar performances by local and Grammy-award winning jazz musicians like Danilo Perez & The Global Jazz Messengers, the Cambridge Jazz Foundation honored several community members. Congrats to scholarship award winner, CRLS grad Nathan Asgdom, and Cambridge changemakers who received CAMMY Awards — Rev. Brenda Brown, Lance Dottin, Sara Reese-Monestime, Danilo Perez, and Patricia Zarate Perez.

Thank you to Larry and the many volunteers and musicians who produce this event every year and help keep Cambridge the home for arts and culture that we all love.

Learn more about Cambridge Jazz Festival on their website.