Coming SOON TO NUBIAN SQUARE
JAZZ URBANE CAFE
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.
Events + Updates
Yours, Mine and Ours: Episode 5
The Moonlighters' Club
Ujima has teamed up with the Moonlighters' Club and Ujima's Business Support Member Team to produce a new podcast: Yours, Mine, and Ours! "Yours, Mine, and Ours" spotlights the businesses of Ujima's Good Business Alliance, created for the community, by the community, with a special emphasis on Ujima's good business standards. In this episode, host Joel Edwards chats with Nia Grace and Turahn Dorsey of Jazz Urbane Cafe. Jazz Urbane Cafe is a new arts and restaurant venture planned to launch soon in Boston’s Nubian Square neighborhood. This space 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.
Check out this episode for the story behind the music, and what Jazz Urbane hopes for a more joyous and creative Boston.
On October 15th, 2021, we celebrated our new partnership with the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art (The ICA) with the “Jazz Urbane Cafe at the ICA,” a showcase intended to give attendees a taste of what is to come at the Cafe in 2022.
The evening featured Greg Groover, Jr., the Charles Overton Ensemble and the Imagine Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Bill Banfield. The performances also celebrated the releases of the new Bill Banfield's Jazz Urbane and Gregory Groover, Jr. albums.
Jazz Urbane Cafe’s sister company, Jazz Urbane Recordings, is a contemporary music label that embraces Jazz’s, R+B’s, Hip Hop’s and Classical’s powerful legacies. Check here for current album and playlist releases from the label! And, expect to see all of these wonderful artists on the Jazz Urbane Cafe stage.
Produced by Bill Banfield and Turahn Dorsey in collaboration with Joey Blake and Prince Charles Alexander, “Hey… Holla When You Hear Me,” like its 2014 predecessor “Playing With Other People’s Heads,” seamlessly blends contemporary styles, creating a powerful dialogue between genres and musical traditions. Every Bill Banfield album is an event because it brings together an incredible community of artists and this release does not disappoint.
“The Message: Negro Spiritual Songbook, Vol. 2.” this album builds on Gregory Groover Jr.'s independent 2018 EP (Vol. 1) and is his profound interpretation of Black America’s praise music through Jazz’s evolving language. What results is a radical theology that connects you to a higher power.