Concert

Graduation Brass Finalists Reading

Thursday / March 10, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Faculty Graduation Brass Ensemble will perform the finalists' compositions for the Berklee Graduation Processional Reading, with Composition Department chair Gregory Fritze conducting.

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Remembering the Legendary Miss Lena Horne

Tuesday / February 22, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Miss Lena Horne was America's first international superstar of African descent who was a trailblazer in film, music, and human and civil rights. Her dignity, courage, pride, and talent influenced many who came after her. Berklee faculty, students, and staff—along with a special guest, the incredible Jo Thompson from Detroit—will star in an elegant evening of dance, song, and spoken word as we pay homage to Miss Lena Horne.

Along with this all-star big band concert, the tribute will include a clinic with Thompson and a panel discussion featuring Berklee veteran faculty members who will recount their stories of working as musicians during this turbulent period in American history. 

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Song with Nnenna Freelon

Tuesday / February 22, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Six-time Grammy nominee Nneena Freelon is a popular jazz singer, arranger, and educator. She has shared the stage or recordings with Jessye Norman, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Take 6, the Count Basie Orchestra, and more.

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Wayne Shorter Quartet

Tuesday / February 8, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter's continually expanding body of work is inextricably linked to the history of modern music. His music transcends genre while keeping the improvisational genius and surprise of jazz burning at the center. Regarded as one of the most significant and prolific performers and composers in jazz and modern music, Shorter has an outstanding record of professional achievement in his historic career as a musician. He has received substantial recognition from his peers, including six Grammy Awards and 13 other Grammy nominations to date. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from New York University, the New England Conservatory, and Berklee. In 1997, the National Endowment for the Arts presented Shorter with the prestigious Jazz Master Award. Shorter's childlike imagination and ceaseless innovation in music invite comparison to the enduring vitality of Picasso in the world of art or of Bergman in film. Today, Shorter continues to dazzle audiences with his Quartet and his Symphony project, creating some of the most powerful music of his career.

If the prolific composer had never written a single tune, his signature sound and choice of notes, sense of economy, and unparalleled expression on both tenor and soprano saxes would have earmarked him for greatness. Combine the writing prowess with the fragmented, probing solos and an enigmatic Buddhist-philosopher presence and you have the makings of a jazz immortal. "Life is so mysterious to me," says Shorter. "I can't stop at any one thing to say, 'Oh, this is what it is.' And I think it's always becoming, always becoming. That's the adventure. And imagination is part of that adventure."

Born in Newark, New Jersey on August 25, 1933, Shorter had his first great jazz epiphany seeing Lester Young as a teenager. While still in high school, he led several bands and participated in cutting contests in Newark's jazz scene. He attended college at New York University while also frequenting popular nightspots like Birdland and Cafe Bohemia. After graduation and a stint in the Army, Shorter began jamming with fellow tenor saxophonists John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, then joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Shorter made his recording debut as a leader in 1959. He joined the Miles Davis band in 1964, contributing several landmark compositions.

In 1970, Shorter cofounded Weather Report with keyboardist Joe Zawinul, Berklee and Miles Davis alumnus. It was the premier fusion group until disbanding in 1985 after 16 acclaimed recordings, including 1980's Grammy Award–winning 8:30. Shorter formed his own group in 1986 and produced a succession of electric jazz albums for the Columbia label. He reemerged on the Verve label with 1995's High Life. After the tragic loss of his wife in 1996, Shorter returned to the scene with 1997's 1 + 1, an intimate duet recording with Herbie Hancock.

By the summer of 2001, Wayne began touring as the leader of a talented young lineup featuring pianist Danilo Perez (now artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute), bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade. He marked another musical milestone in 2007 by pairing up a handful of the world's best orchestras to unveil his new symphonic repertoire.

The events in his incredible life's journey have been compiled by author Michelle Mercer in Footprints: The Life and Music of Wayne Shorter.

 

 

Admission: 
$66, $46, reserved seating

KidsJam: Train Songs

Monday / March 7, 2011 / 10:00 a.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

KidsJam is a free early childhood (3-5 years) music education program provided to the community. During these workshops, Berklee music education students, led by faculty members Libby Allison and Charlene Ryan, will practice their teaching skills with children in this fun and interactive setting.

The program is intended to introduce young children to a variety of musical activities essential to a well-rounded music education. These include singing and sound exploration; moving; playing rhythm instruments; and creating, listening, and responding to music, as well as learning about a variety of musical concepts and instruments.

Sessions are limited to 20 children. Email kidsjam@berklee.edu for registration and program information.

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KidsJam: Patriotic Songs and Stories

Monday / February 28, 2011 / 10:00 a.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

KidsJam is a free early childhood (3-5 years) music education program provided to the community. During these workshops, Berklee music education students, led by faculty members Libby Allison and Charlene Ryan, will practice their teaching skills with children in this fun and interactive setting.

The program is intended to introduce young children to a variety of musical activities essential to a well-rounded music education. These include singing and sound exploration; moving; playing rhythm instruments; and creating, listening, and responding to music, as well as learning about a variety of musical concepts and instruments.

Sessions are limited to 20 children. Email kidsjam@berklee.edu for registration and program information.

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KidsJam: Songs for Friends

Monday / February 14, 2011 / 10:00 a.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

KidsJam is a free early childhood (3-5 years) music education program provided to the community. During these workshops, Berklee music education students, led by faculty members Libby Allison and Charlene Ryan, will practice their teaching skills with children in this fun and interactive setting.

The program is intended to introduce young children to a variety of musical activities essential to a well-rounded music education. These include singing and sound exploration; moving; playing rhythm instruments; and creating, listening, and responding to music, as well as learning about a variety of musical concepts and instruments.

Sessions are limited to 20 children. Email kidsjam@berklee.edu for registration and program information.

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KidsJam: African American Songs and Stories

Monday / February 7, 2011 / 10:00 a.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

KidsJam is a free early childhood (3-5 years) music education program provided to the community. During these workshops, Berklee music education students, led by faculty members Libby Allison and Charlene Ryan, will practice their teaching skills with children in this fun and interactive setting.

The program is intended to introduce young children to a variety of musical activities essential to a well-rounded music education. These include singing and sound exploration; moving; playing rhythm instruments; and creating, listening, and responding to music, as well as learning about a variety of musical concepts and instruments.

Sessions are limited to 20 children. Email kidsjam@berklee.edu for registration and program information.

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Chotay Papita Ki Naav (Little Papaya Boat) Part II

Wednesday / January 26, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Electronic Production and Design faculty member Kai Turnbull and his talented student ensemble present a concert of original Indian-influenced fusion music.

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Larry Baione/Tony Germain Duo

Monday / February 7, 2011 / 3:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Guitar Department chair Larry Baione and Piano Department assistant chair Tony Germain will give a one-hour concert featuring standard tunes and originals.

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