2015 Lineup Announcement

Main Stage

Kind of New: Jason Miles

Main Stage

Nina Ott Group: Latin Jazz

Main Stage

Women in World Jazz featuring Candida Rose

Main Stage

Southcoast Jazz Orchestra

Second Stage

UMass Dartmouth Student Jazz Band

Stay tuned for bios and videos of past performances!

New Bedford JazzFest 2015

We are almost done planning what could be the best New Bedford JazzFest yet! Join us Saturday, June 13th, at Pier 3 in New Bedford, for a day of local jazz, food, and fun. Coming soon: event details and lineup announcement. Keep your eye on our website and Facebook page for the latest details on the festival.

If you are interested in purchasing a booth space in the Artists’ Colony, please contact Alicia at 508.961.3072.

Set Times

Gates open at 2:00!











NBJF 2014 Lineup

It’s official….the 2014 New Bedford JazzFest line up is:

Shawnn Monteiro & the John Harrison Trio

The MonteiroBots

Southcoast Jazz Orchestra


Shawnn Monteiro


Shawnn Monteiro is an internationally known vocalist who records for the Whaling City Sound label based in New Bedford. A resident of Rhode Island, she is a professor at Hartt University, a comprehensive arts conservatory of the University of Hartford, CT. Her talent is genetic as her late father is former Duke Ellington Orchestra sideman Jimmy Woode. Shawnn was discovered by percussion great and Latin jazz impresario, Mongo Santamaria and during her two- year stint-with his band, she shared the stage with outstanding talents like Stan Kenton, Celia Cruz and Weather Report. During her 40-year career she has wowed audiences from Los Angeles to Rome with her warm voice and versatility.

John Harrison Trio

john harrison trio

John Harrison III is a multi-talented pianist, arranger, composer, and producer. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a major in composition, he also taught there and is now on the faculty of UMass Dartmouth. He has also been a guest faculty member at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and L’Ecole de Musiques, Toulouse, France. The former musical director for Capitol recording artists, Tavares, John now records for Whaling City Sound where his latest release is “Roman Sun”. Ron Mahdi is an assistant professor in the Ensemble & Bass Department of Berklee College of Music. A bassist, recording artist and clinician, he has performed with Kevin Eubanks, Roy Hargrove, James Williams, and Chet Baker among others. Ron has toured throughout Europe, Asia, Central America, and the USA with Roy Haynes, Donald Byrd, Nnenna Freelon, and Teodross Avery. Drummer Chris Poudrier graduated cum laude from UMass Amherst with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. A frequent guest faculty member for Berklee College of Music’s annual Percussion Festival, Chris is a drum set professor at UMass Dartmouth and music director for the University’s Latin Jazz Ensemble. He is an active composer, plays the Irish Uilleann and Bodhram and performs weekly in the greater Boston area.



marcus monteiro

Marcus Monteiro, the energetic young leader of the MonteiroBots, studied saxophone with the late Rick Britto from his junior year in high school through his tenure at UMass Dartmouth. Marcus teaches young children in the Music Together Program at the Marion Yoga Loft. The MonteiroBots host a funky jam session every Sunday evening at the Pour Farm Tavern in New Bedford and play at local and regional festivals.   Guitarist Chris Bryant graduated form the Berklee School of Music and lives in Wrentham. Bassist Mike Lavoie attended UMass Dartmouth and lives in New Bedford. Drummer, Mike Antunes lives in New Bedford.


Southcoast Jazz Orchestra


Southcoast Jazz Orchestra is a 17 piece  jazz group with a classic big band sound. They can be found throughout the year playing the New Bedford area.



Etymology is comprised of UMass Dartmouth students and they play a mix of early, modern, and Latin jazz with some personal inflections.