An annual jazz festival is drawing visitors to the Berkshires on the weekend of June 5, 6, 7 and 8. It’s the Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend, which started three years ago and has been growing ever since. The festival takes place in downtown Lee, MA, just a few minutes from our Lenox inn.
Here’s the lineup of jazz performers –
Among the talented performers who will be there, the most well-known is The Sounds of Shearing, a tribute band to the late George Shearing. According to The Berkshire Eagle, Shearing had connections to the Berkshires, having summered here for 10 years before his death in 2011. The quintet performs music based on the Shearing quintet of the 1950’s through the 1980’s. They will be featured on June 6th at 8 PM, at the First Congregational Church in Lee.
However the jazz festival kicks off on Thursday evening, June 5th, when the Sonny and Perley Quartet perform at 8:00. Sonny and Perley are a husband and wife duo, who sing jazz as well as American songbook and cabaret standards.
On June 7th at 8:00, audiences will enjoy the New Black Eagles Jazz Band, a 7-piece band that will make you think you’re in New Orleans. They perform jazz from the 1920’s and 1930’s.
Finally on Sunday, June 8th the Starving Artist Cafe in Lee will host a jazz brunch with The Penguins Jazz Quartet.
The Berkshires is known for its art and culture, and visitors also enjoy jazz at the Pittsfield Jazz Festival in October. We also recommend a visit to Tanglewood on June 27, for the Kenny Barron Trio at Ozawa Hall.