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Saturdays, 10:00-11:00pm

Jazz Urbane Hour with Dr. Bill Banfield on KBLA 1580 AM



Jazz Urbane Cafe is a new arts and restaurant venture planned to launch soon in Boston’s Nubian Square neighborhood. Jazz Urbane Cafe will be an urban arts venue that spotlights local and national artists who define and celebrate the diverse cultural traditions that make Boston a unique and global city. Complementing our performance series will be an exciting dining program designed to make the Cafe a full sensory experience.

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John Paul McGEE PRESENTS "A Gospejazzical christmas"

Jazz Urbane Recordings is thrilled to present the enchanting holiday magic of John Paul McGee's latest masterpiece: "A Gospejazzical Christmas"

Get ready to embark on a musical journey through the joyous spirit of the season, as John Paul McGee elegantly infuses the timeless melodies of Christmas with his signature blend of the gospel and jazz traditions.


What makes this even more special? "A Gospejazzical Christmas" is Jazz Urbane Recording's first-ever holiday collection! Let the magic of John Paul McGee's artistry elevate your season to new heights.

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The Jazz Urbane Cafe Collection is our first retail offering and features a curated “starter kit” of sorts that gives you a taste of what is to come and let’s you bring Jazz Urbane home. 

Our collection includes Jazz Urbane branded aprons, hats, a pair of stemless wine glasses, canvas totes, stickers, and pins. 

You can purchase the collection as a full kit or each item individually.


The Jazz Urbane Cafe collection offers the perfect gift for the foodie, oenophile or music lover in your life. 

More than that, purchasing the collection is a great way to support Black-owned business in Boston and to invest in an up-and-coming cultural and economic anchor in Roxbury’s Nubian Square.

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Black leaders are developing Nubian Square. Can they revitalize the economic heart of Black Boston?

Boston Globe (March 23, 2023)

Richard Taylor gazed at the Boston skyline in 1975, eyes focused on the Prudential Tower. From the roof of his Dudley Square townhouse, he had a great view of the skyscraper — a symbol of the city’s next step in urbanization. In that moment, Taylor knew his neighborhood would eventually be touched by that kind of investment. Now, he can finally see that day just over the horizon.

Taylor is one of the most prominent Black developers in Boston. With his partners, he is bringing an ambitious project dubbed Nubian Square Ascends to the neighborhood, which was renamed in 2019. It is a 97,000-square-foot, $120 million endeavor — financed in part by equity crowdfunding from local residents — that will sit on the city-owned Blair Lot. The development will include 15 condo units for artists, a life sciences training center, a 300-space parking lot, a performance hall, and a food market.

Read the full article here

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Celebrating Change — and Calling for More — in Classical Music

Dr. Bill Banfield, Boston Globe (March 15, 2023)

“Young man, anyone can be creative,” the composer T.J. Anderson once told me. “The duty of the composer is to document the culture as he or she sees it.”


I consider Anderson, a leading contemporary composer, to be my musical father. He shared this insight with me when I was a young composer at New England Conservatory in the early 1980s and he was chair of the music department at Tufts University. I aspired to be a symphony composer whose work was commissioned and performed one day, and Anderson helped me see what it truly means to contribute to society as an artist. All these years later, his words still ring true.

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