Concert

The American Songbook: The JAZZ View- Remembering Billie Holiday

Saturday / September 20, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472

The American Songbook:  The JAZZ View, extremely well received in past years, returns for another season of stellar entertainment at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown. Advance ticket purchase is recommended as concerts frequently sell out.  

For the past three years, each concert has featured the songs of a single composer. This year, the series changes direction with tributes to the legendary singers who made these works famous: Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, and Sarah Vaughan.  This shift allows the band to examine many lesser known composers whose output was less prolific,yet highly influential to the songwriting genre and the standard song repertoire.   

September 20:  Remembering Billie Holiday, with "God Bless the Child," "Good Morning Heartache," "These Foolish Things" and many more of her hits.  

October 18:  The Legacy of Ella Fitzgerald
November 22:  Louis Armstrong, The Founding Father
February 14, 2015:  The Divine Sarah Vaughan
June 6, 2015:  The Unforgettable Nat King Cole

A sextet of some of the area’s finest jazz musicians performs, including Donna McElroy, vocals; Larry Monroe, saxophone; Russell Hoffmann, piano; John Repucci, bass; John Ramsay, drums; and Jeff Stout, trumpet.

Conceived by renowned composer/saxophonist Larry Monroe and vocalist Donna McElroy, longtime Berklee College faculty members, this series explores the interplay of two great art forms: jazz and the American Songbook.  Each concert features the work of a single performer or composer with Monroe providing background information on the songs and the artists. Performances are held in the intimate Black Box Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown. Tickets are $24; $22 for students and Arsenal Center members (plus ticketing fees).  For tickets or more information call 617-923-8487 or visit http://www.arsenalarts.org/music.    

 

Vocal Jazz Festival Day 1

Monday / December 1, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Vocal Jazz Ensembles perform music in the styles of such groups as The Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, Take 6, The Real Group, The Andrew Sisters, and The Swingle Singers as well as original arrangements. Featuring David Scott's vintage vocals and special guest Jeff Ramsey.

Sarah McKenzie Quintet

Monday / October 13, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York
NY
United States
10023
Sarah McKenzie

Sarah McKenzie is a pianist, vocalist, and composer "already in full possession of an individualistic voice," according to DownBeat magazine. Her second album, Close Your Eyes, won the ARIA award for Best Jazz Album in 2012, the same year she won a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music and performed at Umbria Jazz's Winter and Summer festivals. Her third release, with producer Brian Bacchus, will feature Warren Wolf and Ingrid Jensen.

Josh Plotner: Because We Can

Monday / December 15, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Alto saxophonist Josh Plotner presents a collection of original pieces in the styles of jazz, rock, Latin, and others.

Admission: 
Free

From The New World

Wednesday / October 1, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Better known as HK at Berklee, Hankyul Kang presents From the New World, debuting original compositions, as well as reharmonizations of famous songs in a piano trio setting. 
 

Admission: 
Free

Lacroix: Electronic Duo

Monday / September 29, 2014 / 9:00 p.m.
Berklee Dining Hall
160 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Daniel Gonzalez and live-looping guitarist Hector Hellion join forces to create a new way of music performance. This show will feature an eclectic electronic set with live loop improvisation.

Admission: 
Free

Caleb Tay: The Last, The First

Thursday / November 13, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Pianist Caleb Tay will present covers and arrangements of jazz and contemporary tunes.

Admission: 
Free

Those Who Can Teach, Perform!

Tuesday / March 24, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Each semester, the students and faculty of the MUED department present an eclectic program of music. Ensembles include the MUED Concert Choir, Big Band, Orff ensemble, and lots of surprises.

Admission: 
Free

Yun and the New Definition

Sunday / September 21, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Yun & the New Definition is a fusion big band made up of musicians from different schools around Boston. Their style is based on Chinese folk music as well as influences from jazz and contemporary music. Founded only a year ago, the band has played in the Chinese Lunar New Year Concert at the Berklee Performance Center, Grad Night at the Harvard Club (sharing the stage with Yo-Yo Ma), and the 2014 Ivy League Spring Festival Gala (with Grammy winner Eugene Friesen).

Gabrielle Goodman & Friends

Thursday / October 23, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Gabrielle Goodman, along with Walter Beasley, Donna McElroy, David Alan Bunn, Larry Watson, and other special guests, will perform songs from Gabrielle's catalogue as well as songs by artists she has worked with over the years: Chaka Khan, Michael Buble, Roberta Flack, Patti Labelle, and others.
 

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