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What's Happening at the Jazz Urbane Cafe


January 15, 2023 | Imagine Orchestra performs at The Embrace Gala

April 14
, 2023 | Jazz Urbane at Boston ICA

June - 0ctober, 2023 | Jazz Urbane joins Arts Emerson at unCommon Stage, Wednesdays at 6pm

November 11, 2023 | Jazz Urbane at Boston ICA

November 12, 2023 | Jazz Urbane at Boston ICA

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The Jazz Urbane Imagine Orchestra Takes Residence at The Longy School

The Jazz Urbane Imagine Orchestra, made up of Jazz Urbane roster artists, beginning Fall of 2022 will be “ensemble in residence” at the historic music conservatory. Jazz Urbane’s three decades' old orchestra will rehearse, record, and provide two concerts per school season on campus in Longy’s venerable Edward Pickman Concert Hall in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This ongoing partnership begins as Jazz Urbane Recordings' roster artists continue their regular concert offerings at the ICA Boston and their decade plus home, Darryl’s Corner Kitchen, Boston. logo 2.webp

Jazz Urbane Cafe Plans for 2023 Opening in Roxbury | December 30, 2022


Roxbury will be seeing the arrival of a new arts and cultural space in 2023. In Nubian Square’s Bolling Building, Jazz Urbane Cafe, a jazz club and restaurant, will hold what directors hope will be a soft opening in the summer. Its arts program will feature nightly musical performances, as well as film screenings, dance and theater shows, and installations, while culinary and bar programs will make the cafe “a full sensory experience,” according to its website.[READ MORE]

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Jazz Club and Restaurant in the Works for Nubian Square 

Boston Globe | December 21, 2022

A Boston-area neighborhood is about to get jazzy. Jazz Urbane Cafe, a 200-seat jazz club and restaurant, is heading for the Bolling Building in Roxbury’s Nubian Square. The 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,” according to its website. [READ MORE]

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Nubian Square Jazz Cafe Wins Approval; Bill Providing for a Liquor License Goes to Governor

The Universal Hub | December 13, 2022

The Zoning Board of Appeal today unanimously approved plans for Jazz Urbane Cafe, a 200-seat performance space and restaurant in Nubian Square's Bolling Building. Separately, a bill that would give Boston five new liquor licenses - four for the Bolling Building and one for the Strand Theatre in Uphams Corner, could soon be signed by Gov. Baker, Jazz Urbane attorney Lesley Delaney Hawkins said today. [READ MORE]

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Boston Restaurant Updates : Odds and Ends

Boston Magazine | December 12, 2022

Also a step closer to opening? Jazz Urbane Cafe in Nubian Square. Once open, the café will play host to live music, other entertainment, and community events, and it will also serve lunch and dinner, plus catering—“a fusion of global flavors with many ingredients sourced locally.” [READ MORE]

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How to Close the Racial Wealth Gap Through Building Community Wealth

GBH News  | Basic Black,  April 24, 2022


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Boston Neighborhood Finally Gets the Business It Wants - And Invests in It Too

Next City | Oscar Perry Abello, May 24, 2022

So many things could have gone wrong with the vacant storefront at the historic former Ferdinand Furniture store building in Boston’s predominantly-Black Roxbury neighborhood.




The Bay State Banner (March 31, 2021)
Nubian Square comes alive with ‘Nubian Nights’ [Read More]

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One Night in Boston (June 18-20, 2021)
Partners King Boston, Jazz Urbane Cafe, BAMS Fest, Boston Children’s Chorus, Boston Ujima Project, Boston While Black, Project STEP, and Roxbury Cultural District, launch Boston's first annual arts-driven Juneteenth celebration. Televised on NBC 10, activated in Nubian Square.


Nubian Nights (March-April 2021, Weekends)
Partners Roxbury Cultural District, Jazz Urbane Cafe, Nubian Gallery, Black Market and LuminArtz present “Nubian Nights,” a multimedia light and music installation.


Boston Magazine (January 16, 2019)
Dudley Square Will Get a New Jazz Club and Restaurant [Read More]

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