“They’re incredible musicians and nice human beings,” she said. “That’s what makes it so good.”
In addition to holding a free, two-day festival each August, which features some of the best up-and-coming acts in jazz and rhythm and blues, Salem Jazz and Soul sponsors a free summer series with young talent from Berklee College of Music.
The nonprofit festival also includes local student performers on the same stage with professional acts and supports local music programs.
“We’ve donated almost $25,000 thus far and will be making another donation before the end of the year,” Claflin said. “It depends on how we do with this event.”
One additional benefit to “Krypton Night” is that it allows all those Salem people who had to work on Halloween to put on some costumes of their own and have a party.
“A lot of our fan base is people who work in the tourism industry,” Claflin said, “who don’t have a chance to celebrate.”
If you go What: "Krypton Night," to support Salem Jazz and Soul Festival Where: Murphy's Restaurant & Pub, 300 Derby St., Salem When: Sunday, 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door More information: www.salemjazzsoul.org