Thursday, June 20, 2024

Danilo Pérez performs in March 2014. (Photo: Berklee Valencia Campus via Flickr)

The Cambridge Jazz Festival returns for its eighth edition July 29-30 at Danehy Park with more Grammy-winning and ways for attendees to enjoy the event.

Danilo Perez’s Global Messengers, a three-time Grammy winner, headlines the festival with the returning Eguie Castrillo and his orchestra – Castrillo was the featured percussionist on Arturo  Sandoval’s 1998 Grammy-winning album, “Hot House” – and Sound of Soul, featuring Bill Pierce, Bobby Broom, Consuelo Candelaria, Ron Mahdi, Ron Savage, Global Jazz Womxn, Albino Mbie and Gaby Cotter and the Timba Messengers. 

Castrillo headlines Saturday, when the focus is on Afro-Caribbean jazz connections, and Perez on Sunday. The lineup was announced in a Wednesday email from festival founder Larry Ward.

It will be “an unforgettable celebration of jazz music,” Ward said.

In addition to the live music, the festival will feature a variety of food and craft vendors, a kid’s area and a jazz museum and, new this year, a beer garden and private gazebos for intimate listening experiences. 

The festival can be attended for free; with $20 reserved seating; or with the gazebo experience – $400 for one day or $750 for both. The sun-shielding, floored tents hold up to eight people and come with snacks, daily parking passes, T-shirts and – tantalizing considering Cambridge’s increasing summer heat from the effects of climate change – all-day ice delivery.

The festival runs from 12:30 to 6 p.m. daily at Danehy Park, 99 Sherman St., in Neighborhood 9 just east of Fresh Pond. Tickets to the 8th Annual Cambridge Jazz Festival are here. 

For information, call Larry Ward at (617) 548-2482 or email [email protected].