• Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building (map)
  • 2300 Washington Street, 2nd Floor
  • Roxbury, MA, 02119
  • United States

Returning for their 13th year The Makanda Project band will host their annual free concert series in Dudley Square at the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building and First Church of Roxbury. This year they will be joined by renowned tenor saxophonists Ricky Ford and Chico Freeman. Both of whom arrived on the scene in the 1970’s & 1980’s and have continued to create powerful music throughout the years since.

Ricky Ford is a Boston native currently living in France for the past twenty-plus years. He has previously performed with The Makanda Project during his rare trips back home. Performing several of Ricky Ford’s compositions in the past, the band sees performing with Mr. Ford as a continued opportunity to further develop and collaborate with successful musicians.

Born in Chicago, IL, Chico Freeman recently relocated to New York after living extensively in Europe. This will be the first time The Makanda Project performs with Chico Freeman. The highlight of this collaboration will be the debut of a new arrangement of one of Mr. Freeman’s compositions, as well as adding his unique voice to several of the Makanda Ken McIntyre compositions in the band’s repertoire.

This annual concert series honoring the late Makanda Ken McIntyre is a Roxbury staple further amplified by two incredible musicians. Please be sure to come out and bear witness to an extraordinary foray into the music of Makanda.

All concerts are free and open to the public.

Performance Schedule:

Saturday, March 3rd, 7:00pm to 9:30pm
The Makanda Project featuring Ricky Ford
Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building (2nd floor)
2300 Washington Street Roxbury, MA 02119

Saturday, April 14, 7:00pm to 9:30pm
The Makanda Project featuring Chico Freeman
Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building (2nd floor)
2300 Washington Street Roxbury, MA 02119

Saturday, July 7th, 1:00pm to 4:30pm
The Makanda Project
First Church in Roxbury
10 Putnam Street Roxbury, MA 02119

Saturday, August 11th, 1:00pm to 4:30pm
The Makanda Project
First Church in Roxbury
10 Putnam Street Roxbury, MA 02119

Saturday, September 15th, 1:00pm to 4:30pm
The Makanda Project
First Church in Roxbury
10 Putnam Street Roxbury, MA 02119

Supported by the Fellowes Fund of the Boston Public Library, the Boston Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation

For more information about The Makanda Project please click here. To request access services for Dudley Square concerts, please call (617) 750-3842 or email John Kordalewski at jsnjk@verizon.net