Boston is famous for many things including (but not limited to) its historical significance, its universities, its hospitals and medical research, its wicked good sports teams and fans, the wicked awesome accents of its people, and its status as having one of the world's preeminent jazz scenes. With a steady stream of performances by local musicians and visiting artists, thriving jazz clubs, and the distinguished presence of Berklee College of Music, the city is a year-round haven for the art form. Once a year, however, the music and the people who play and champion it, grab the spotlight during Jazz Week.

The theme of the 2014 version of the event, which takes place from Friday April 25 to Sunday, May 4, is "No Walls: A salute to the Power of Jazz to Bring People Together." It refers to both the music's unique ability to transcend race and other differences as well as the locally penned composition, "No Walls," which will be interpreted by a number of bands throughout the event.

Jazz Week will include a gaggle of shows, the highlight of which will be a free concert on Wednesday, April 30 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., which will feature the Boston-area 10-piece ensemble Either/Orchestra, the hip-hop-infused Jason Palmer Band, and Watchout Creole Jazz, among others. The concert will mark International Jazz Day.

On May 4, longstanding jazz promoter Fred Taylor will be honored for his contributions to the jazz community at Sculler's, the Boston club that he still books. Artists who will be on hand to play for Taylor will include Rebecca Parris, Bob Gulotti, and Amanda Carr. To learn more about these and other Jazz Week happenings, visit the site of the event's presenting organization, JazzBoston.

Photo: Either/Orchestra.