Salem Jazz and Soul Festival Jazz Appreciation Day Concert - Media Gallery

Salem Jazz and Soul Festival Upcoming Events

Spring Fundraiser, April 26, 7-11 p.m. (Larcom Theatre) Tickets are still available!

SJSF/Berklee Summer Series, May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, 5-7 p.m. (Derby Square)

SJSF Main Festival, Aug. 15-16, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Salem Willows)

Photos by Social Palates

Video by joey Phoenix

Salem Jazz and Soul Festival - Day One - Highlights by Social Palates

Salem Jazz and Soul Festival needs volunteers

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Volunteer Job Highlights

The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is only possible with the help of our volunteers. We would like to take the time to highlight some of the volunteer positions we have available to show you how you can apply your talents and skills to facilitate in the success of our organization.  Please take a moment to read through featured positions and click on the button at the bottom to visit our volunteer sign-up page.  

Family Tent

The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival has been a family friendly event for the past 8 years and counting.  We have made this possible by including a Family Tent to our list of free activities and attractions.  Working in this area of the festival requires a great understanding of children and engaging with both children and parents, exploring different musical instruments and artistic activities.  Family Tent volunteers will require a CORI check and should have experience working in childcare or child/family educational setting.  Please be prepared to submit any necessary paperwork to verify this experience. Family Tent Assistant

Grounds Set-up and Breakdown

It isn't easy getting all the gear, tents and equipment set up alone but with a swarm of ambitious volunteers it goes by in a flash! Consider coming early in the morning to help out with some heavy lifting and good old fashion hard work and watch as we transform the Willows into a full on festival experience. 


Of course at the end of the festival we will need to return the Willows to its original state.  Join us and help deconstruct the operation in a efficient and organized manner to wrap up by sunset.  We also need transportation assistants on FridayMonday to help collect and then return gear that was loaned out by our generous sponsors.   

Set Up Crew

Breakdown Crew

Friday/Monday Transport Crew

Weekend Transport Crew



Fortunately the Jazz fests need for security is minimal but it is still essential in providing a safe and accountable environment for both patrons, artists and fellow volunteers.  We are looking for responsible and trustworthy folks with a particular interest or experience in security and mediation to assist with stage, merchandise, Beer Garden and grounds security.  We are also looking for a

Gate Manager


The Gate Guard Manager will be the main point person at the gate entrance responsible for communicating with artists and essential personnel, orchestrating entrance and exiting of the festival restricted area.  Be prepared to be on and off your feet for the entirety of the day (7 am-7 pm, breaks will be given regularly and as needed).  This individual should be comfortable with the above responsibilities as well as speaking with the public in a pleasant fashion to best represent the SJSF organization in the community. 

Gate Guards

The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization 

that produces free concerts for the public and raises money to 

support music education programs

Check out our Indiegogo Campaign.

Photo Gallery: SJSF and Berklee present Bobby Wesley

SJSF/Berklee Summer Series presents Bobby Wesley at Opus Underground

Bobby Wesley is an up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter/vocalist from Detroit, now based in Boston. His compositions are a timeless mixture of contemporary jazz and neo-soul. He is in the process of recording his debut album. As an accomplished musician and graduate of Berklee College of Music, Wesley has had the honor of performing with Lalah Hathaway, Me’Shell Ndgeocello, Willie Nelson, and Annie Lennox. Bobby started out performing during open jam sessions in Detroit’s blues and jazz clubs at age 15. At 17, he was as a featured performer with jazz violinist Regina Carter during the Detroit Montrieux Jazz Festival.