Concert

Tronzo/Raberg Duo

Wednesday / September 15, 2010 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This is a concert of new music improvisations utilizing slide and prepared guitar, acoustic bass and electronics. Featuring David Tronzo and Bruno Raberg.

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Bob Christopherson: Nothing Old-Nothing New

Monday / September 13, 2010 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Bob Christopherson performs in the opening concert for the second annual Piano Monday Series. An expression of original compositions and arrangements featuring Ron Mahdi, Casey Scheuerell, Eva Christopherson, and Bob Christopherson.

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Gail McArthur's Favorite Connections

Wednesday / September 22, 2010 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty member Gail McArthur leads an impressive line-up, playing a program of modern jazz originals with influences from many styles. Gail McArthur (saxophones), Baron Browne from Vital Information (bass), Steve Langone (drums), and Bobby Gallegos (trumpet).

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The Bad Plus

Friday / September 17, 2010 / 7:30 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Bad Plus

Arguably one of the biggest breakout stories of jazz in the past decade, the Bad Plus (Reid Anderson, bass; Ethan Iverson, piano; and David King, drums) has connected with the jazz world and beyond with These Are the Vistas (2003), Give (2004), Suspicious Activity? (2005), and Prog (2007). All three members of the Bad Plus hail from the Midwest. The roots of the group date back to circa 1984 when King first heard Anderson sing in a junior high rock band. By 1989, Anderson and Iverson were playing free jazz at restaurants throughout America’s dairy land. While 1990 marks King, Anderson, and Iverson’s first musical encounter, the group’s eponymous debut album was released in 2001 on Fresh Sound, a Spanish independent label. A 2002 performance at New York’s Village Vanguard led to the signing with Columbia Records. Since its debut recording, the group has been touring relentlessly, playing to and establishing one of the most diverse and ecstatic cross-over audiences at jazz clubs, symphony halls, and rock venues in the U.S. and abroad. Performing both original compositions and a variety of covers, the Bad Plus brings a winningly disparate body of influences to the stage.

Admission: 
$30, $25 reserved seating

Kurt Rosenwinkel and OJM

Wednesday / September 15, 2010 / 7:30 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Kurt Rosenwinkel

A native of the great jazz city of Philadelphia, Kurt Rosenwinkel studied at Berklee and gained his first formative professional experiences in bands led by Gary Burton and Paul Motian. He soon became a major force on the New York scene, gaining a reputation as an innovative bandleader, composer, and improviser. He displayed a strong command of jazz tradition and a great love of standard tunes, but also a determination to articulate his own language and create on his own terms. Following his early albums, East Coast Love Affair and Intuit, came four highly regarded discs on the Verve label: The Enemies of Energy, The Next Step, Heartcore, and Deep Song. In particular, Heartcore, coproduced by Q-Tip (formerly of A Tribe Called Quest), revealed Rosenwinkel's life of sonic exploration beyond the jazz realm. The Remedy preserves that aesthetic newness in the context of a live acoustic quintet. As he progressed steadily as a leader and sideman with the likes of Joe Henderson, Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, and Danilo Perez, Rosenwinkel also garnered impressive professional and critical acclaim. He now is a tenured professor at the Jazz Institute of Berlin.

Admission: 
$25, $20 reserved seating

An Evening With Jennifer Knapp

Thursday / September 2, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jennifer Knapp

Grammy-nominated and Dove Award–winning artist Jennifer Knapp returns from a seven-year hiatus with her new album, Letting Go (Graylin/RED/Thirty Tigers). Recorded in Nashville, Letting Go is produced by Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Martha Wainwright, Amy Grant) and features 10 intimate folk- and country-tinged rock songs showcasing Knapp's astonishing straightforwardness and spirituality.

Knapp's impressive history includes selling more than 1 million albums with her previous releases Kansas (debut 1998), Lay It Down (2000), and The Way I Am (2001). The Kansas-born musician toured the globe with artists such as Jars of Clay and was featured on 1999's Lilith Fair tour. Knapp received critical acclaim, with the Los Angeles Times calling her "a rising star" and People describing her as "an uncommonly literate songwriter." Knapp went on to win her first Dove Award in 1999 for Best New Artist, and scored a Grammy nod in 2002.

With a considerable fan base, and critical and commercial successes, Knapp walked away from it all at the height of her career. After seven years of soul-searching and time spent in Australia, Knapp comes full circle in 2010 with a new album, new tour, and a renewed love of music. 

Admission: 
$15

Brian Wright / Drew O'Doherty

Thursday / September 30, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Brian Wright

Join us for night two of this mini-residency with Brian Wright. "When people ask what I sound like I usually say I'm somewhere between Woody Guthrie and the Velvet Underground," says Wright. It's true—along with hints of Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, fused with a bluesy slide guitar and a simple but enchanting Paul McCartney-like bass line. Also appearing: local artist Drew O'Doherty.

Today, when too much space is spent talking about what is going to happen to the music business, Brian Wright and the Waco Tragedies are like thieves in the night, sneaking into town to steal the thunder right out from under the media glare of despair. With their new album, Bluebird, released on the new Breakout Music label, the group is poised to plant a flag in their Los Angeles home—one band that isn't prepared to settle for less than greatness. The way they make that claim is at the heart of their strength.

"I was glad to see Drew's name appear solo on local live calendars, even happier to discover that he was as talented a songwriter as he was a guitarist. I didn't know what to expect the first time I caught him, and was immediately drawn in by his gentle acoustic playing, his warm voice, and his somber songs that evoked a little Eitzel, a little Springsteen, a little Tweedy. Some lyrics may have come from his past, some told the sad yet beautiful tales of others, but all were both intimate and captivating." —Bradley's Almanac

Admission: 
$8

Brian Wright / Coyote Kolb

Thursday / September 23, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Brian Wright

Join us for night one of this mini-residency with Brian Wright. "When people ask what I sound like I usually say I'm somewhere between Woody Guthrie and the Velvet Underground," says Wright. It's true-along with hints of Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark fused with a bluesy slide guitar and simple but enchanting Paul McCartney-like bass. Also appearing: local artist Coyote Kolb.

Today, when too much space is spent talking about what is going to happen to the music business, Brian Wright and the Waco Tragedies are like thieves in the night, sneaking into town to steal the thunder right out from under the media glare of despair. With their new album, Bluebird, released on the new Breakout Music label, the group is poised to plant a flag in their Los Angeles home—one band that isn't prepared to settle for less than greatness. The way they make that claim is at the heart of their strength.

Local act Coyote Kolb will be bringing some honest country and Americana to the show. Authentic guitar tones exchange the spotlight with the vocalist, whisking you miles from the busy city to places much simpler.

Admission: 
$8

Chasing Blue

Thursday / September 16, 2010 / 1:00 pm
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Chasing Blue

Chasing Blue plays a mix of original and traditional bluegrass material with unique arrangements and hard-driving style. Original material holds true to the bluegrass tradition but strong lyrical ideas and progressive musical ideas make the Chasing Blue sound.

Chasing Blue has showcased at the 2009 International Bluegrass Music Awards, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, and played venues and festivals across New England, Atlantic Canada, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

Influences include the Lonesome River Band, Mountain Heart, Tim O'Brien, Alison Krauss and Union Station, the Del McCoury Band, and Bob Wills.

Admission: 
Free

Robert Gillies

Thursday / August 26, 2010 / 1:00 pm
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Robert Gillies

Born in Stirling, Scotland, as the only child of two musical parents, Robert Gillies began playing music at the age of 4 but didn't truly find his passion within music until 16 years later, when a tumultuous event led to the awakening of a songwriter and a floodgate of songs. 

Now, 4 years later, Gillies is firmly entrenched in a life of music. Having spent several years traveling, serving as a volunteer in various positions around the world, and sharing his musical journey with those around him, he is now studying at Berklee College of Music. Before studying at Berklee, Gillies had shared his music at venues in Japan, Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., to much praise from peers and elders alike. 

What is it they hear in his music? Perhaps it is a sincerity driven by an earnest search for the positive in life, the desire to connect to those around him, and a certain sensitivity behind the well-crafted lyrics and solid musicianship. It can certainly be said that Gilllies is well on his way to somewhere special.

Admission: 
Free

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