Concert

The H.5 Collective

Tuesday / September 21, 2010 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The H.5 Collective

The H.5 Collective was born in the late nights of New England Conservatory's dorm life when five friends from all across the country (and even outside of it) decided to give in to their insomnia and jam. It was then that Charles Burchell, Gus Carns, Kimberly Mayo, Parker McAllister, and Aquiles Navarro realized that the ease and fun of their friendship translated to their group sound as well.

All students of jazz at NEC, the H.5 Collective aims to first serve the music's tradition by honoring those who have influenced them most, such as Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Sarah Vaughan, among many others. However, the band is careful not to turn influence into plain plagiarism, and they tastefully mix the heavy influence of "traditional" jazz with the courage to shirk convention and infuse their own voices into the music of their idols.

With sounds as diverse as New Orleans, New York, Seattle, Panama, and Chicago coming together, the results are always exciting. Burchell keeps the music swinging with his powerful, spring-loaded drumsticks. McAllister holds it down with bass lines that blaze both supportively and creatively. Carns inspires dream-like states with piano work pretty enough to paint; Navarro brings Panamanian fire to his bebop-minded trumpet playing; and Mayo sails on top with the earthy, rich singing that invokes the emotion of vocalists from decades past, while staying true to her young, original voice.  This show is part of the Jazz Revelation Records showcase.

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Zildjian Artist-in-Residence Final Concert featuring Lewis Nash

Wednesday / September 29, 2010 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Rhythm Is My Business is the title of his debut recording as a leader, and rhythm is a booming business as far as Lewis Nash is concerned. He is the drummer of choice for an incredible array of artists-from the masters of the music to the hottest young players of today-and is equally in demand as a clinician and educator.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Nash developed an early interest in music and began playing drums at age 10. By 18, he was performing with local jazz groups. By the time he was 21, Nash had become the "first call" jazz drummer in Phoenix, working with Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Red Garland, Lee Konitz, Barney Kessel, and Slide Hampton during their engagements in the city.

In 1981, Nash moved to New York City and joined the trio of the great jazz vocalist Betty Carter. For nearly four years, he toured internationally with Carter. He is featured on three of her recordings, including the Grammy-winning Look What I Got.

World-renowned bassist Ron Carter hired Nash in 1984. As a member of Carter's nonet, quintet, and quartet, Nash toured extensively and is featured on several of the bassist's recordings.

In the fall of 1986, saxophonist Branford Marsalis asked Nash to join his quartet. That active association spanned two years and several continents, and is documented on Marsalis' Grammy-nominated recording Random Abstract, as well as two videos: Royal Garden Blues (directed by Spike Lee) and Branford Marsalis: Steep.

1988 marked the return to the jazz scene of trombone master J.J. Johnson. Johnson frequently asked Nash to provide rhythm duties for his band. That same year, Nash joined the Don Pullen/George Adams quartet, succeeding the late Dannie Richmond. 1989 proved to be an even busier year for Nash, touring with legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins. He also performed with Stan Getz, Art Farmer, Clark Terry, and Milt Jackson.

From 1990 to 2000, Nash was a member of the Tommy Flanagan Trio, and is featured on seven CD recordings with the late piano master. During this period, Nash also toured and recorded with both the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. His impressive discography (over 300 recordings) includes projects with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Benny Carter, Hank Jones, and John Lewis, as well as new jazz stars Diana Krall, Joe Lovano, and Roy Hargrove. Demonstrating his stylistic diversity, Nash is also featured on recordings by Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, Nancy Wilson, Kenny Rankin, Melissa Manchester, and George Michael.

Currently, while he continues to perform and record with a wide variety of artists, Nash leads several of his own exciting groups, from duo to septet. Outside of his many touring and recording accomplishments, thanks to the sponsorship of Sonor drums, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, and Regal Tip drumsticks, Nash has become a sought after jazz educator. His lectures, clinics and workshops are as much in demand as his bandstand and studio work. Lewis Nash: Rhythm is indeed his business.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Gian Aurelio Faraone

Friday / September 24, 2010 / 4:00 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Gian Aurelio Faraone incorporates the signature sounds of the greatest Italian voices of the 20th century, from Caruso and Sinatra to Pavarotti and Bennett. A multicultural upbringing and fluency in three languages (Spanish, Italian, and English) gave Faraone the ability to reach out to many different cultures through various styles of music. The show will feature Faraone's great band and melodies including the timeless Italian and American classics from the golden era. The show will bring you back to the class and charm of the '50s  while giving you a taste of today's music. The band will be a jazz quintet (piano, bass, drums, guitar, and sax). The music style is easy listening. We will be swinging to the classic popular songs from the American, Italian, and Spanish repertoire featuring composers such as Domenico Modugno, Toto, Rodgers and Hart, and Charlie Chaplin. 

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Walkin' Up Hip Street / What's Yours Is Mine

Wednesday / September 22, 2010 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ayn Inserto

In the first half of the show, Walkin' Up Hip Street will highlight the jazz/funk-fusion music of the mid-'70s through the early '80s. The big band ensemble features the arrangements of Berklee faculty member Brian Lewis and is comprised of some of Berklee's finest faculty, students, and graduates.

In the second half, the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra presents What's Yours Is Mine, featuring a new aspect of the group: arrangements by Inserto of the band members' original compositions. There will also be new original music by Inserto herself. This 17-member big band has been performing in the Boston area for the last eight years, and will feature faculty members Allan Chase and Eric Byers.

Inserto is a groundbreaking composer who is emerging as one of the preeminent voices of her generation. She holds an M.M. in jazz composition from the New England Conservatory. She won the 2007 IAJE/ASCAP Emerging Composer Commission honoring Frank Foster, the 2003/04 and 2005/06 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards, the Concord Pavilion Associates Marian McPartland Award, and more. Her music has been performed at the IAJE Conference, Montreux Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, and 2009 Fano Jazz Festival in Fano, Italy, among others. She has received numerous commissions. Inserto lives in Boston, is an assistant professor at Berklee, and teaches privately in Massachusetts. Her second album, Muse, was released in February 2009 and features George Garzone. 

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Jeffrey Gaines/Jenn Adams

Saturday / September 18, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jeffrey Gaines

Since Jeffrey Gaines's self-titled debut was released, this expressive and dynamic singer, guitarist, and songwriter has been heralded for his soul-searching confessional lyrics and his powerful live performances. His accolades include Emmy nominations, Pollstar's best live solo artist, and worldwide theater, club, and arena tours.

Twisting the corners of folk, blues, and jazz into immediately personal songs, Jenn Adams is internationally recognized for her distinctive sound and well-crafted songwriting. With an extensive backlog of experience and craft, her songs scale a diverse foundation that refuses to blend into the ordinary.

Admission: 
$10

Nando Michelin Group

Thursday / September 16, 2010 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Nando Michelin

The Nando Michelin Group will bring the sweet sounds of South American–influenced jazz, playing pieces from its latest album, Reencontro, as well as some new, unreleased compositions. The group features Melissa Aldana on saxophone, Rogério Boccato on percussion, Fernando Huergo on bass, Nando Michelin on piano, and Tiago Michelin on drums. Space is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission: 
Free

Dave Maxwell

Monday / September 13, 2010 / 4:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

David Maxwell, new to the piano faculty this fall, will be playing a variety of blues-related pieces: classic and original deep blues, boogie-woogie, funk, and gospel/jazz. Some of these songs he has showcased on his albums, and he'll also play some new material—and maybe a jazz piece or two. 

Maxwell played at the Blues Summit at Rose Hall/Lincoln Center this June featuring James Cotton, Taj Mahal, and other luminaries. He recently won the 2010 W.C. Handy Blues Music Award for Best Acoustic Album with Louisiana Red. He has also won a Grammy for his contribution to a James Cotton album, and many other nominations and awards for piano performance and recorded work. For the last two years, his band Maximum Blues was voted Best Blues Act at the Boston Music Awards.

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Dear Havanah / Mark Hopkins

Friday / September 24, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Dear Havanah

Every so often, a band comes along that blurs the lines of musical genres. With hints of pop, soul, and rock 'n' roll, Dear Havanah is that band. The Boston-based group is celebrating the release of its second album, The Whole Way Home, produced by Alan Evans of Soulive.

Drawing from a multitude of styles is easy for Dear Havanah, because each member comes from his own unique musical background. Citing influences that include Dave Matthews, the Black Crowes, and Grace Potter, Dear Havanah has no problem offering listeners something diverse and original.

2009 proved to be a successful year for the band. With their Veggie Co. Records debut on iTunes, Dear Havanah toured clubs and college campuses from the Northeast to the Midwest, making a name for themselves across the country.

Opening act Mark Hopkins weaves a lively tapestry with his groovy tunes, sewing in threads of blues and funk. With personal lyrics emphasizing imagery, his opening won’t be one to miss.

Admission: 
$10

Spajazzy: <em>Al Dente</em> / How to Hunt a Lehmann

Tuesday / September 21, 2010 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Spajazzy, Lehman, Hunt

Formed in 1998, Spajazzy blends the Italian melodic background of leaders Sergio Bellotti and Tino D'Agostino with the atmosphere and energy of electric jazz. This concert will showcase original compositions from the new album Al Dente, coproduced by Berklee faculty member/master keyboard player Steve Hunt. The group also features Bill Vint on saxophone.

Pianist Steve Hunt joins his colleague and drummer Bertram Lehmann in a program of eclectic jazz and acoustic fusion drawing on original compositions by both faculty members, as well as music of Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, and Turkish masters. Guests include Amir Milstein on flute and Annette Philip on vocals. 

 

 

 

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Julian Velard / Mikey Wax / Jeff LeBlanc

Friday / October 8, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Julian Velard

Native New Yorker, London resident, former kindergarten gym teacher, and one-time Parisian street sweeper, Julian Velard is a true original—the kind of character in a Wes Anderson or Quentin Tarantino film with whom you’d like to grab a drink. He fuses effortless cool with self-deprecating humor, serving up old-school pop perfection with a raised eyebrow.

After releasing three records independently, in 2007 Velard garnered UK major-label attention and was plucked from relative obscurity off MySpace. He signed a deal and promptly moved to England. Since then, he has straddled the Atlantic, writing songs for himself and others, and playing shows alongside Jamie Cullum, Kate Nash, Ben Kweller, Shelby Lynne, and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, among others. He is currently working towards the release of his label debut.

Mikey Wax and Jeff LeBlanc round out the bill.

Admission: 
$10 advance (general admission), $12 day of show

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