Another act with international roots is the Amina Figarova Quintet, led by a Croatian-born pianist and composer who moved to New York in 2011 with her husband, flutist Bart Platteau.
“When they were here two years ago, they just blew everybody away,” Arnould said. “It’s pretty straight-ahead jazz, but all original compositions.”
The series will conclude with a bonus concert in September, when Chicago percussionist Yoron Israel will interpret the music of Stevie Wonder.
All performances are at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, in the same space that hosts the Me&Thee Coffeehouse, which features folk music from September through the spring.
“Acoustically it’s very sound,” Arnould said. “The musicians love it. It’s also very intimate. Musicians have sometimes surprised themselves with what they’ve produced there. I can’t tell you how many times a musician has said, ‘Why didn’t we record that?’”
Arnould is concerned that there are fewer outlets for jazz these days, whether in broadcast media or on stage, and feels this makes Marblehead Summer Jazz an important part of the music scene.
“It’s more and more difficult for people to hear jazz, particularly new jazz,” he said. “We have an audience that’s very rooted in jazz. The changing thing is building new audience. How you get younger people involved — that’s the struggle.”
If you go What: Marblehead Summer Jazz 2013 When: Saturdays at 8 p.m. July 13, Rebecca Parris; July 27, New Guitar Summit: J. Geils, Howard Alden, Gerry Beaudoin; Aug. 10, Amina Figarova Quintet; Aug. 24, Dmitry Baevsky Quartet; Sept. 21, Yoron Israel. Where: Unitarian-Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead Information: Tickets $26 in advance, $31 at door; preferred seating $36 in advance, $41 at door (Guitar Summit tickets $27 in advance, $32 at door, preferred seating $37 in advance, $42 at the door), available at www.marbleheadjazz.org or The Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington St., and Spirit of '76 Bookstore, 107 Pleasant St., both in Marblehead, or call 781-631-1538 or 781-631-6366.