Highland Jazz


Dear Friends and Fans of Highland Jazz,
After 35 years of bringing the joyful sounds of jazz to the Metro West community, Highland Jazz is coming to an end. We’ll strike up the band for the final concert at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Newton South High School. Invite your family and friends to join us for this gala retrospective featuring outstanding musicians, memorable performances and even a few surprises. In the next several weeks, we’ll post ticket information and other details on our website. You’ll also receive a concert flyer by mail. We’ve been privileged to share our love of jazz with you for more than three decades and showcase up-and-coming artists, many who have gone on to achieve international acclaim. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you in the audience on March 31. Warmest wishes to you and yours for a safe, joyful holiday season and a healthy, happy and musical new year.
Hank Solomon, Managing Director
Highland Jazz

We mourn the loss of two of Highland Jazz’s beloved performers, vocalist Rebecca Parris and pianist, vocalist and bandleader, Paul Broadnax, who both passed away in 2018. We will sorely miss their enormous talent and enduring spirit. May their music and lives continue to enlighten our hearts and enrich our souls.

Rebecca Parris
December 28, 1951-June 17, 2018
Paul Broadnax
January 27, 1926-August 1, 2018

Jazz Man


To purchase a Highland Jazz series subscription or individual concert and pay by credit card via PayPal, use our Online Ticketing services below(a small convenience fee is included) or complete and return the printable order form and a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your check payable to: Highland Jazz P.O. Box 610037 Newton, MA 02461. Thank you.
  • $20 Advance ($19 Senior)
  • $10 Student
  • $25 Door

Box office: Tickets will be sold outside the entrance to the Newton South High School Auditorium starting at 1:00 p.m. on the day of the concert. If you require any additional information, please call 781-237-1917.
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The Finale

Highland Jazz, known for assembling top flight performers and showcasing up-and-coming artists, will not disappoint in its series finale. The joyous sounds of jazz will once again fill the halls of Newton South High School as Boston jazz giant Jason Palmer and his quintet perform the first set. Greg Hopkins, the Motor City-born trumpeter, arranger and bandleader, brings an all-star contingent to the Highland Jazz stage for the second set. We’re also thrilled to welcome back Gabrielle Goodman, who captivated our Highland Jazz audience in her previous performance and is the featured vocalist for this series finale.

JASON PALMER QUINTET- Trumpeter and composer extraordinaire Jason Palmer has performed alongside jazz giants such as Roy Haynes, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Common, and Roy Hargrove. Palmer has toured more than 30 countries with artists Greg Osby, Grace Kelly, and Matana Roberts. For the past 12 years he has headed the revolving weekend showcase of musicians at Boston’s historical Wally’s Jazz Café. In addition to performing on 40+ albums as a sideman, Palmer has recorded eight albums, three of which received at least 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine.  Palmer maintains a busy schedule as a faculty member at Berklee College of Music and a visiting Assistant Professor at Harvard University. His quintet spotlights an outstanding array of jazz artists including tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger, pianist Kevin Harris, bassist Max Ridley and drummer Lee Fish.

GREG HOPKINS QUINTET-Highland Jazz fan favorite and venerable trumpeter and bandleader, Greg Hopkins is hardly ever seen without his trumpet. This Berklee School of Music professor has performed with Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Lena Horne, Dizzy Gillespie, Gladys Knight and various Motown artists. Hopkins, the former arranger and trumpeter with the Billy Maxted and Buddy Rich orchestras, brings an all-star contingent to the Highland Jazz stage to spotlight the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, two men whose body of jazz work forever changed the world of music. Rounding out the Quintet are Bill Pierce (tenor sax), Tim Ray (piano), John Lockwood (bass) and Joe Hunt (drums). Hopkins will bring the energy and passion of “Duke and Strays” alive as he did in the stirring 2017 Highland Jazz season opener.

GABRIELLE GOODMAN -Gabrielle Goodman began work as a backup vocalist for Roberta Flack who hailed Goodman as “one of the finest singers around today.” It’s no wonder, since the Baltimore native and Berklee College of Music professor has a four octave vocal range. A jazz, R&B, classical and gospel vocalist, Goodman has also performed with Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Nancy Wilson, and as an opening act for Miles Davis, Ray Charles, the Crusaders and other legends. Goodman has also provided vocals for many legends such as Patti Labelle, Nona Hendryx, and Jennifer Hudson. She has appeared 11 times with the Boston Pops as a soloist under the direction of Keith Lockhart. Goodman has appeared as solo artist at the Montreux and North Sea music festivals where she received standing ovations.
Bill Pierce
John Lockwood
Lee Fish

About us

Highland Jazz has presented over 200 concerts over the past 35 years. While our venues in and around Newton, MA have changed since our launch in 1983, we have established ourselves as the oldest, continuous, community-based jazz series in New England. most of the non-profit jazz organizations which were flourishing then have disappeared from the scene.
Our concerts have spanned the range of mainstream acoustic jazz, bebop, swing, Latin American, blues, gospel and Dixieland. These have featured the most talented and respected musicians in New England and elsewhere. We have showcased emerging artists from New England Conservatory and Berklee School of Music as they began their professional journeys and broadened our audience reach. We have also enabled youngsters from local middle and high schools to open our concerts and gain an early connection to professional musicians and a discerning jazz audience. In doing so, we are extremely proud to have served as a platform for the musicians who have gone on to national and international acclaim.
Please check out our Highland Jazz Memories Blog on this page where you will encounter our glorious history in song and story. These have been assiduously and lovingly compiled by my predecessor, Nancy Alimansky, and is now available as an eBook. Come live the memories and share the music. Help us continue the tradition. Become part of our living history.

Contact Us

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Contact Information

By E-mail: highlandjazz@verizon.net

By Phone: (781) 237-1917

By Mail: Highland Jazz P.O. Box 610037 Newton, MA 02461


Directions to Newton South High School

140 Brandeis Road, Newton Centre From 128 (North or South), take Exit 20A (Route 9 east) and follow Route 9 for two miles. Stay in the travel lane, right. There will be a small green sign on the left sign of the highway about 1/4 mile from the exit that says NEWTON CENTRE/WEST ROXBURY next right. Go up the ramp and take a right onto Parker St. for 1/4 mile, then turn left onto Hagen Rd. Hagen Rd. will turn into Greatmeadows. Follow to the end and take a left at the stop sign onto Brandeis Rd. The school is 1/4 mile ahead on the right.


This program is sponsored in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as administered by the Newton Cultural Council.

Concert goers can present their ticket stubs at Legal Seafoods in Chestnut Hill and receive a complimentary cup of clam chowder with every entree ordered!

Concert goers can present their ticket stubs at The Capital Grille in Chestnut Hill and receive a free calamari appetizer.

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