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John Scofield kicks off Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival / Boston Magazine

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The Beantown Jazz Festival, Berklee's annual block party, is back. Spanning Boston's Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street, the free event will feature live performances, food vendors, and family-friendly activities. The festival's artistic director and Berklee professor Terri Lyne Carrington says it's not just for jazz enthusiasts. "Every year there's beautiful music," she says. "Sometimes it's Latin jazz, sometimes it's more R&B based, sometimes it's more blues. There's really something for everybody."

This year's roster includes a number of critically acclaimed artists, from seven-time Grammy-winner Al Jarreau, to Billy Hart Trio and Mili Bermejo. The main festival takes place on Saturday, running from noon until dusk across three stages.

Grammy-winning guitarist - John Scofield kicks off the festival on Friday night with music from his new record, Country for Old Men, at the Berklee Performance Center (7:30 p.m., ticketed). A Berklee alumnus, Scofield has a penchant for playing in Boston. He says, "I have a really close tie with the Boston music scene. It's really nostalgic. I really learned how to play jazz in this city."

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