Agora Trio is a jazz group featuring three esteemed musicians and Berklee faculty members: bassist Bruce Gertz, pianist Steve Hunt, and drummer Henrique De Almeida. Gertz has toured with Maynard Ferguson, Marlena Shaw, Gary Burton, Dave Brubeck, Jerry Bergonzi, and others. Hunt has spent time on the road and around the world with the likes of Billy Cobham, Stanley Clarke, Angela Bofill, Tom Brown, and Allan Holdsworth. De Almeida leads his own groups, the Brazilian Jazz Project, and the jazz fusion group World News and is an in-demand producer/composer, a frequently published author, and a clinician for many percussion-related companies. He has worked with Nat Adderley, Leo Blanco, Bill Cosby, Gloria Estefan, and Danilo Perez, among many others. Join this world-class trio for a set of improvisational exploration.
Judah & the Lion is an Americana pop trio with roots in Nashville. Drawing on many influences, the band's folk instrumentation showcases fresh musicianship and powerful vocal harmonies. The band got its start in December of 2011 and exists to create honest and relatable music. Lead singer Judah Akers, banjo player Nate Zuercher, and mandolinist Brian Macdonald present the kind of vocal harmonies that make the heart ache. The group has released two successful EPs, First Fruits and Sweet Tennessee. The latter blasted onto the Billboard charts, hitting the Top 20 in a variety of genres – #2 on Bluegrass, #9 on Heatseekers and #15 on Folk. Sweet Tennessee also made it to #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart and broke into the Top 25 chart of albums overall. The band has hit the road repeatedly in support of both releases, making the cross-country trek for extensive national tours and playing to sold-out crowds throughout the South and in the group's collective birthplace, Nashville. In 2014, Judah & the Lion released Kids These Days, embracing the band’s folk trio roots and expanding into the territory of new instrumentation from there.
Watch a music video for Judah & the Lion's "Sweet Tennessee" here:
Pianist Davis Whitfield and band perform original compositions and covers.
As the son of musicians, Davis Whitfield's early years were filled with music. While at Berklee, Davis performed at the 2013 Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival in Nancy, France, with Inna Dudukina. Whitfield also received a scholarship from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts and a Presidential Scholarship at Berklee College of Music to pursue his undergraduate degree.