Salem Jazz and Soul Festival presents the 2016 SJSF/Berklee Summer Series at Derby Square

Salem jazz and Soul Festival by Creative Salem

SJSF/Berklee Summer Series at Derby Square

This series of free concerts runs from May through August and takes place outdoors on Derby Square (24 Front St., Salem, Mass.) from 5 to 7 p m. on the second Saturday of each month. Sponsored by Berklee College of Music and our generous sponsors (see below), the series showcases up and coming talent from Berklee. Come on out and enjoy some wonderful live music!

Location: Derby Square, 24 Front St.  Salem, MA (Google Map) (Rain location, Koto, 90 Washington St., Salem)

When:   5-7 p.m., The second Saturday of every month (May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug 13)

Cost:  All Derby Square shows are free to the public. 

May 14, 2016  5-7 p.m.

 Howling Wolf Taqueria presents

MIXCLA featuring Zahili Gonzalez Zamora

Pulling from three dynamic spirits of The Zahili Gonzalez Zamora Project, a new mixture of sonic masterpieces is born. MIXCLA is a play on words between mezcla and mix. It is also a merging of cultures hailed from the mountains of Chile, to the traditions of Japan, which driven by the fires of Cuba achieve a truly unique Latin jazz experience. MIXCLA is led by composer/pianist and singer Zahili Gonzalez Zamora, with Gerson Esteban Lazo Quiroga on bass and backing vocals, and Takafumi Nikaido on percussion. This mixture of cultural spices makes the perfect recipe for one of a kind musical experience.

June 11, 2016  5-7 p.m

 Creative Salem presents

Maddie Jay & the pH Collective

Maddie Jay & The pH Collective brings to the table a unique blend of acid jazz, old school beats and psychedelic girl rap. They serve up steaming plates of groovy original music, sautéed with spicy synth lines, creamy vocal harmonies and meaty bass fills. All music is composed by bassist and front woman Maddie Jay, and is guaranteed to dish out something you have not heard before.



July 9, 2016  5-7 p.m.

 The Lobster Shanty presents

Selah Poitier

Born in the Bahamas, bassist, singer, songwriter, poet and composer Selah Poitier is a new artist with an eclectic musical style influenced by sounds from modern jazz, hip-hop, Neo Soul and rhythm & blues as well as her traditional
Bahamian roots and more. She lists Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Nina Simone, Esperanza Spalding and Bob Marley among some of the artists who inspire her.

Aug. 13, 2016   5-7 p.m.

 In a Pig’s Eye presents


RickExpress has worked with many artist including Valerie Simpson, Sam Smith, Ledisi, Talib Kweli, Sinbad, Sheila E., Lady Gaga, Robert Glasper, Snarky Puppy and more. Ricky continues to study music and perfect his genius as a student at Berklee College of Music.