Falmouth Jazz, Inc is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit effort to enrich the Falmouth Community through great live jazz.
Scenic Falmouth on Cape Cod has a long jazz tradition. The Cape has always been a favorite vacation destination for tourists and jazz musicians alike.
Tourists looking for entertainment found jazz in clubs like the Atlantic House in Provincetown which boasted acts like Gerry Mulligan, Johnny Hodges and and Billie Holiday. Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein opened his club named Storyville Cape Cod in Harwich. The Columns in West Dennis was a favorite spot where top musicians like Tony Bennet wold play under the tent in the summer. Famous jazz musicians like Dave McKenna and Ruby Braff put down roots on Cape Cod.
Falmouth developed a thriving jazz scene in places like the Casino on Falmouth Heights, the Coonamesset Inn and Mollies.
The village of Woods Hole in Falmouth became a hub of music. Jazz concerts began in in the late 60s. Well-known musicians with connections to the Cape like Dave McKenna, Al Cohn and Bobby Greene became regular performers.
Jazz could be heard at Community Hall, the Fishmonger Café and the Captain Kidd as well as the Firehouse in Woods Hole. Jazz performances were known under a variety of names over the years including Jazz in Community Hall, Jazz in the Firehouse, Sunday Night Jazz at the Kidd, Woods Hole Jazz and now Falmouth Jazz.
JazzFest Falmouth held an annual fall festival featuring performances by stars like Esparanza Spaulding, John Batiste, Grace Kelly, Catherine Russell, Tierney Sutton, Denise Donatelli and Karrin Allyson. The festival featured a very popular Friday night jazz stroll with groups playing in shops and restaurants along main street. The jazz stroll continues to this day.
Falmouth’s jazz scene is as vibrant as ever with performances at Highfield Hall and Gardens, the Gallery on Main, West Falmouth Library, Woods Hole Community Hall and local restaurants Harrys, the Captain Kidd and Liam McGuire’s.