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sunday july 14th

herter park amphitheater

OFFICIal capacity statement

Capacity on the amphitheater island is limited, and entry is not guaranteed. General admission attendees will be admitted first-come, first-served. We suggest arriving early to secure a spot. Walk-up entry is extremely limited & not guaranteed. We will update CRJF’s social pages & website with more info. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
- Boston Jazz Foundation




- 2024 LINEUP -

Grammy and Oscar award-winning drummer Charles Haynes and the Tabernacle builds music that pulls deep from the power of the Earth, energizing listeners to the dance floor. Inspired by equal parts Afrobeat, Jazz, Gospel, and Hip-Hop, the ensemble’s lively mix of horns, keys, vocals, and drums brings feelings and rhythms to the hearts and ears of listeners. Led by the enigmatic drummer and producer Charles Haynes, the Tabernacle's sound flows from the African diaspora in search of fresh sounds in the contemporary music landscape.


Haynes has worked across genres and disciplines as music director, producer, composer, arranger, and drummer for legends including Ed Sheeran, Queen Latifah, Lady Gaga, and Kanye West, as well as collaborations with Jazz icons Kenny Garrett, Shedrick Mitchell, Keyon Harrold, Roy Hargrove, Robert Glasper, and Samara Joy. Stream Charles Haynes and the Tabernacle’s latest release, The Village Pt:1, on all platforms slated for fall 2024 – new music is on the way to your soul. Prepare yourself to vibrate with Charles Haynes and the Tabernacle, where the echoes of ancestral spirits dance with the vibrant rhythms of the future.

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Brian Richburg Jr. is a masterful young drummer, composer, and producer who began perfecting his art at the age of 5. Inspired by his father, the legendary musician and pastor Brian Richburg Sr. of New Orleans. With a passion deeply rooted in the eclectic sounds and cultural mix of his hometown, Brian's way of playing perfectly merges blues and gospel with the rhythms of New Orleans music of African and Caribbean inspiration.

Brian's exceptional talent has earned him several accolades, including the prestigious ASCAP Louis Prima Award and full scholarships for the bachelor's and master's programs at the Berklee College of Music. He has made numerous tours, playing with jazz legends such as Nicholas Payton, Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr., Ellis Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Amina Figarova, Joanne Brackeen, Julius Rodriguez, Cisco Swank, and many others. His impressive resume includes performances at renowned music festivals such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival, Washington D.C., and Jazz a la Villette in Paris. He has also shared the stage with Grammy award winners and nominees such as Joss Stone, Marsha Ambrosius, Jon Batiste, Chief Adjuah (formally Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah), Leo Nocentelli, and Cautious Clay.


One of his most recent collaborations, playing in Chief Adjuah's new project, Bark out Thunder Roar Out Lightning, is a testimony to his versatility and musical dexterity. Effortlessly combine the folk styles, ceremonial and ritual practices of the Maroon and Afro-indigenous cultures, and the culture of New Orleans with Stretch Music. The result is an impressive sample of the Afro-expression of New Orleans and West Africa, where music, dance, and cultures amalgamate.

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Seba Molnar is an award-winning saxophonist, composer, and educator based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Originally from Canton, New York, Seba moved to Boston in 2012 to attend the Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee, Seba had the opportunity to study with world-renowned saxophonists George Garzone, Bill Pierce, and Tia Fuller. Seba has made a name for himself as an in-demand saxophonist, both as a side man and leading his own groups. Seba has shared stages with Grammy and Emmy Winning/Nominated artists like Ghost-Note, Braxton Cook, Makaya McCraven, Patrice Rushen, Debo Ray, Charles Haynes, jazz legend George Garzone, as well as Mighty Mystic, Java Jukebox, Kat Wright, and many more.


Seba frequently plays in Boston and tours around the greater New England area. Seba has also played at a number of international shows and festivals, such as Charles River Jazz Fest, Boston Jazz Fest, BAM’S Fest, Newton Festival of the Arts, First Night Boston, and the Burlington Discover Jazz Fest. Seba’s talents have also led him to be featured on national TV and radio. Though his music is heavily rooted in jazz, Seba’s curiosity for new sounds and innovation has enabled him to create a wide array of music that transcends genre. In March 2020, Seba released his debut album, Level Up, featuring mentor George Garzone, with Jens Sweeting, Soso Gelovani, and Clemens Grassman.


In addition to his musical talents, Seba is also the founder and executive director for the Charles River Jazz Festival and nonprofit the Boston Jazz Foundation, which seeks to bring new life to the Boston Jazz scene through educational workshops, scholarships, and performance opportunities. Seba is dedicated to preserving the tradition of the music while at the same time promoting a new generation of music, art, and culture.

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Jonathan Suazo is an award-winning saxophonist, composer, cultural advocate, and educator who also leads his own project entitled RICANO, a unique Afro Caribbean Jazz concept that blends the sounds of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Jonathan was named one of the top ten emerging jazz artists of 2023 by the GRAMMYS, and his debut album “Ricano” (Ropeadope Records) was listed at #6 in the best Jazz albums of 2023 by The New York Times. A Berklee Global Jazz Institute graduate, Jonathan has also received many honors, including the South Arts Jazz Road Tours Grant, the New Music USA Creator Fund Grant, A full tuition Scholarship to attend the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Masters Program, The Project Support Grant for Alumni by the Fundacion Banco Popular for his Ricano album and the Berklee Urban Service Award for using the arts to support humanitarianism.


Catalina Maria Johnson of Downbeat Jazz Magazine describes his music as “a soundscape propelled by lyrical sax playing,” and Giovanni Russonello from The NY Times describes his music as “richly built, written from the heart and packed with complexity, always seeking the next level of altitude. Suazo has collaborated and performed with artists like Miguel Zenón, Terri Lyne Carrington, David Sánchez, Charlie Sepúlveda, Eric Figueroa, Gonzalo Grau, Alex Alvear, Ricky Rodriguez, Ileana Cabra (iLÉ), Calma Carmona, Rakalam Bob Moses, Joe Lovano, Paoli Mejias, Humberto Ramirez, David Rivera, Tito Matos, Ricardo Pons, William Cepeda, Jon Secada, Pedro Capó, Obie Bermudez, Hans Glawischnig, Humberto Ramirez, Silverio Perez, Tony Escapa. 


He’s led his band at venues like The Keystone Korner, Jazz Showcase Chicago, the Santo Domingo Jazz Festival, Springfield Jazzfest, Sala Sinfónica Pablo Casals PR, Teatro Francisco Arriví (Puerto Rico), Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest (Anfiteatro Tito Puente), Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, Elephant Room Austin TX, SXSW 2023, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The MFA Boston, and many more. 

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Submerging audiences in spirited and deeply rooted encounters is how South African-born, New York-based vocalist, composer, and teaching artist NALEDI is making her mark in the global music industry. NALEDI's voice roots itself in an exploration of the jazz tradition, storytelling, and influences of her African heritage. She speaks and sings in over seven languages and uses dance and spoken word as a means of her artistic practice.


NALEDI's band combines virtuosic performances by young artists from all over the world with original music and storied covers influenced by South African Jazz and Black American Music. Charles River Jazz Festival will be presenting her in anticipation of her debut EP BATHO - set to release in the summer of '24.

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Founded by acclaimed jazz drummer and social activist Terri Lyne Carrington, the mission of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice is to support and sustain a cultural transformation in jazz, with the commitment to recruit, teach, mentor, and advocate for musicians seeking to study or perform jazz, with gender justice and racial justice as guiding principles.


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