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July 17, 2012
For Immediate Release
                                                                        Contact: Michael Quinlin/ MassJazz
617 696 9880
                                                                                                            Lisa Simmons/ MOTT
617 973-8508

Massachusetts Issues 4th Annual MassJazz Travel Guide

Jazz Scene Vibrant in Bay State


(Boston) -  Officials in Massachusetts have issued the 4th annual MassJazz Travel Guide, a magazine highlighting jazz festivals, outdoor concerts and jazz courses taking place in Massachusetts this summer and fall.

The 40 page Guide is available for free at visitor kiosks around the state and at jazz clubs, hotels, restaurants and college campuses.  

The Guide lists hundreds of jazz events taking place from July through November and provides story items on local jazz musicians, connections to jazz studies on college campuses, and listings of live jazz in hotels, restaurants, concert halls and night clubs.

Among the highlights this year are new jazz festivals taking place around the Commonwealth: the Rockport Jazz Festival (July 15-19); the Berkshire Getaway Jazz Weekend (September 14-16) in Lee, and the Holyoke Latin Jazz Festival (October 13).  And this year’s Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival (September 29) is celebrating women in jazz with a line-up of great female performers.
MassJazz was launched in 2009 by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism to promote the state’s jazz scene year round to the travel industry.  

Other supporters of MassJazz include Berklee College of Music, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Top of the Hub Restaurant, Scullers Jazz Club, Regattabar Jazz Club, JazzBoston, WGBH 89.7 FM and other jazz groups across the state.

For more details, visit , and   For further information, contact MassJazz at 617 696-9880 or

About MassJazz:

MassJazz is a concerted, statewide effort initiated in 2009 to promote a full range of live jazz performances, community events, educational courses and related cultural activities to the convention and visitors industry.  Working with MOTT and other state convention and visitor agencies, MassJazz is branding Massachusetts as a jazz destination for domestic and international visitors.  For more information visit

About MOTT:

Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a leisure-travel destination.  MOTT serves as a leader in the tourism industry, helping to generate state and local tax revenues, create jobs and support the growth of travel-related businesses.  Tourism is an integral part of the state’s economy, generating over $887.2 million in state and local taxes and $14.2 billion in travel related expenditures.  The industry supports 125,800 in-state jobs.  For more information visit


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