Concert

Oleta Adams

Friday / September 26, 2014 / 10:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Oleta Adams

Since her 1990 debut album went platinum, the Grammy-nominated Oleta Adams, a pianist and vocalist in genres including gospel, jazz, R&B, soul, and pop, has garnered worldwide acclaim and sold more than 2.5 million albums. Her music has appeared in several major motion pictures, and her songs and albums have graced an array of Billboard charts, pointing to her dexterity across genres. An immensely talented artist, composer, producer, and musician, Adams consistently delivers soulful, uplifting performances.

Oleta Adams

Friday / September 26, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Oleta Adams

Since her 1990 debut album went platinum, the Grammy-nominated Oleta Adams, a pianist and vocalist in genres including gospel, jazz, R&B, soul, and pop, has garnered worldwide acclaim and sold more than 2.5 million albums. Her music has appeared in several major motion pictures, and her songs and albums have graced an array of Billboard charts, pointing to her dexterity across genres. An immensely talented artist, composer, producer, and musician, Adams consistently delivers soulful, uplifting performances.

Prince & Janet: The Tribute

Thursday / September 25, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Delve into the catalog of pop legends Prince and Janet Jackson in engaging new ways. The night's music, dancing, and theatrics promises to deliver surprises and to showcase the celebrated and influential music from both artists, as interpreted by Berklee students. The JEvie Pop Series is produced and presented by the Live Show Production club at Berklee.

Sapporo Junior Jazz School Band Premiere

Thursday / September 25, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Presented by faculty trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, this 22-piece jazz big band with selected junior high school students from the city of Sapporo, Japan, will premiere its concert before performing at the BeanTown Jazz Festival show on September 27.

Sapporo Junior Jazz School was founded in 2000 as a one-year project for Sapporo Jazz Forest, once the biggest Jazz Festival in Hokkaido prefecture. (Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido.) The aim was to offer quality jazz music, promote jazz locally, and cultivate amateur musicians.

There are two big bands in Sapporo Junior Jazz School: one for approximately 40 primary school students aged 6 to 12, the other for approximately 20 students who are 12 to 15 years old. This school is a one-year private jazz school. An audition is held in March every year and 150 children apply.

 

Admission: 
Free

In the Midnight Hour

Thursday / October 16, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Blues guitarist/sitarist Shwetaank Gupta collaborates yet again with musicians from around the globe on a fusion, funk, and classical repertoire with fresh, original arrangements.

Admission: 
Free

Light Bright

Thursday / October 9, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Led by Dylan Vadakin, Steven Bunce, and Kyle Lankton,  Light Bright is an original seven-piece jazz, hip-hop, and funk band. With three vocalists, two saxophones, bass, drums, and vibraphone, Light Bright is a unique listening experience.

Admission: 
free

Multicultural Welcome Concert featuring Omar Thomas Large Ensemble

Thursday / September 4, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee Harmony Department assistant professor Omar Thomas, recipient of a Boston Music Award for Jazz Artist of the Year in 2012, performs with his ensemble. Thomas is a composer, arranger, and trombonist and is the protégé of lauded composers and educators Ken Schaphorst and Frank Carlberg. He has also studied under multiple Grammy-winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider. He is the winner of the 2008 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and has performed at the exclusive JaZzCap Showcase in New York City.

Admission: 
FREE

Sapporo Junior Jazz School Band

Saturday / September 27, 2014 / 1:10 p.m.
Natixis Global Asset Management Stage
640 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Sapporo Junior Jazz School Band

The Sapporo Junior Jazz School band consists of junior high school students from Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido Prefecture and Japan’s fourth-largest city. The band’s instrumentation is made up of two alto saxophones, two tenor saxophones, five trombones, four trumpets, guitar, bass, piano, drums, and additional percussion. Students must audition and are accepted into the school and the band via a highly selective process.

Admission: 
Free

An Evening with the MArs Rising Band

Friday / November 14, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Heavily influenced by classic rock and pop/rock artists, MArs Rising, led by Marena Segura, will play a few originals and cover tunes in both English and Spanish.

Admission: 
Free

Vulnerable: A Marvin Gaye Tribute

Thursday / December 4, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Vulnerable: A Marvin Gaye Tribute, with Aloe Blacc, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, and the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra. Curated and produced by Revive Music. 

Emerging from a generation rooted in conformity, Marvin Gaye was a nonconformist. More than a superb vocalist and subtle composer, Gaye was a visionary who expressed the tenor of his times. Over a 10-year period starting in the late 1960s, Gaye embarked on a passion project that he later described as the best stuff he ever recorded. The project became known as Vulnerable. Recording songs such as “Why Did I Choose You?”, “She Needs Me,” “Funny Not Much,” “This Will Make You Laugh,” and “The Shadow of Your Smile” with Bobby Scott and his orchestra, Vulnerable represents Gaye’s commitment to creating a successful jazz record.

In homage of this landmark recording and Gaye’s artistic contributions, Revive Music Group, in collaboration with Berklee, will present the first live performance of Vulnerable in its entirety, alongside his popular and lesser-known compositions. Performing will be special guests Aloe Blacc, who cowrote and sang on Avici’s “Wake Me Up,” which charted at No. 1 in more than 100 countries, and whose current album, Lift Your Spirit, includes the Top 10 hit “I’m the Man”; Miguel Atwood Ferguson, a musician, composer, and arranger who appears on more than 300 recordings from Ray Charles and Henry Mancini to Erykah Badu and Flying Lotus; and the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets on sale Tuesday, August 26, at 1:00 p.m.

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