Concert

Danilo Pérez Trio and Guests

Thursday / September 23, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Danilo Pérez

The extraordinary Panamanian pianist and composer Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz (covering the music of the Americas, folkloric, and world music) has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. The New York Times describes Danilo Pérez as "one of the best things that happened to jazz around the turn of the millennium." August 31 marks the release of his new CD, Providencia.

Pérez's abundant talents and joyous enthusiasm make his concerts both memorable and inspiring. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy), Pérez is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz.

He has led his own groups since the early '90s, and as bandleader has earned three Grammy nominations for his ebullient and innovative recordings. Pérez serves as the ambassador of goodwill for Unicef, cultural ambassador of Panama, president and founder of the Panama Jazz Festival, and a faculty member at Berklee College of Music.



 

 

Admission: 
$25

Allison Weiss / Lauren Zettler / Keppie Coutts

Wednesday / June 30, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Allison Weiss

The Red Room will be welcoming Allison Weiss and Lauren Zettler. Weiss brings "your saddest memories sung to the tune of your happiest," with her upbeat music as a backdrop to sad stories. Joining her will be Zettler, a Berklee alumna whose lush and colorful songs define her as a singer/songwriter.

Allison Weiss writes, “I play guitar and tell my secrets to audiences. When I don't hate the world, I'm completely in love with it. My passions in life are music, graphic design, laughing and making people laugh, having awesome conversations, the internet, the concept of love, and attempting to solve problems and/or win hearts through catchy songs of hope. My favorite part of playing music is paying my dues. I like to work hard and be rewarded. I like to play out of state and sleep on people's floors. I like to make xerox CDs and sell them for production cost. I like crowds who pay attention, and crowds who get drunk and dance. I like to break strings and break hearts and lose sleep and make friends.”

After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Lauren Zettler was convinced of a practical life, working for one of the largest music companies in the world in New York City. When she realized that she was evading her passion for performance, she quit her job, wrote her first EP, and went to LA. Her story will continue to unfold in the Red Room.

Opening the show will be another Berklee alumna, Keppie Coutts. John Mayer says Keppie's "voice is beautiful, just gorgeous. [She's] like a contemporary female Nick Drake . . . and [her] guitar playing is so beautiful, so raw."

Admission: 
$8

Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band

Saturday / June 26, 2010 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band (BBEBB) is an 18-piece big band/jazz orchestra—a collective of faculty, staff, alumni, and students dedicated to the idea that jazz orchestras can create powerful and forward-looking music. Formed by a few talented members of the Berklee community—musicians who work as composers and instrumentalists—BBEBB provides a forum for the sharing of musical ideas, stimulating the creative process, and fostering new music.

The BBEBB offers open rehearsal sessions and live performances of music written by its resident and guest composers. Through these sessions and performances, composers and players invite audience members to witness the organic evolution and artistic process so critical to creating new music that challenges and inspires.

Admission: 
Free

Buffalo Soul

Sunday / August 1, 2010 / 6:00 pm
Jamaica Pond
Pinebank Promontory
Jamaica Plain
MA
United States
02130
Buffalo Soul

Berklee's 2010 Summer Concert Series has an evening of reggae at Jamaica Pond where the serene pool and rolling hills make a natural backdrop for vibing to positive music that moves the body and soul. 

Buffalo Soul is a heady force of futuristic reggae fusion sending a message of purely positive vibrations. The Boston-based group has shared the stage with other up-and-coming reggae greats such as the Aggrolites, Passafire and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and continues to make its own way into the Future Roots music scene. Embracing a love for experimental music, Buffalo Soul is on the steady path of creating a reggae soul revolution.

Buffalo Soul will perform, weather permitting, at the Pinebank Promontory, overlooking Jamaica Pond, in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. The concert is free and is presented with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.

Berklee at Jamaica Pond is part of Berklee's 2010 Summer Concert Series, which brings free musical performances by Berklee faculty, students, and alumni to neighborhoods in the Boston area and beyond.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee City Music All-Stars

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 12:00 pm
Target Stage
681 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Berklee City Music All-Stars

The Berklee City Music All-Stars Ensemble is composed of the best and brightest City Music students, all of whom have attended Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program on full-tuition scholarships. The ensemble performs multiple genres of contemporary music, including jazz, pop, hip-hop, and rhythm and blues.

Admission: 
Free

Tubby Love

Thursday / August 12, 2010 / 6:00 pm
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Tubby Love

It's not the size of the band, it's the size of the love. Ranging from acoustic soul to futuristic reggae fusion, Tubby Love is diversely devoted to consciously delivering a message of truth and love in his music. Love's constant quest for a greater purpose can be easily translated in songs like "Constant Motion" and "The Awakening." A graduate of Berklee College of Music and recipient of the Scott Benson Award, Tubby Love has been blessed to share the stage with many of his influences, such as Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Passafire, and the Aggrolites, and continues to make a name for himself in the Future Roots music scene. "I try not to box myself into a genre," he says during an interview at the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival. "What I play is music. I draw inspiration from everything." Outwardly expressing his love for experimental music, Tubby Love is constantly collaborating and combining new flavors, creating what some are calling a "Reggae Soul Revolution." He just calls it music.

Admission: 
Free

Pablo Vallejos Group

Thursday / July 1, 2010 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A showcase of compositions by jazz composition major Pablo Vallejos, influenced by his Argentinian and European roots, in a small group formation and accompanied by high-level musicians.

Admission: 

Nona Hendryx

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 3:30 pm
Target Stage
681 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Nona Hendryx

From her beginnings with Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles (the sweethearts of the Apollo Theater); to LaBelle (a trio with Patti LaBelle and Sarah Dash); followed by a stunning solo career; and then an induction into the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1999, Nona Hendryx has always been on the cutting edge of music. Her songs are edgy, provocative, political, and full of double entendres and empowering messages that enabled the trio to break the traditional girl-group mold. Their stage show was the forerunner of the epic productions we expect today, and they were the only contemporary black group to take their Wear Something Silver show to New York's prestigious Metropolitan Opera House and to major theaters and opera houses across the world. Labelle racked up three gold albums and a No. 1 worldwide hit with "Lady Marmalade (Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi Ce Soir?)." Recently, Hendryx toured festivals in Europe with the Daughters of Soul (Sandra St. Victor, Indira Khan, Lisa Simone, Lalah Hathaway, and Joyce Kennedy), toured in the U.S with Cyndi Lauper on the True Colors tour, and reunited with Patti Labelle and Sarah Dash for a 2008-2009 tour.

Admission: 
Free

Terence Blanchard

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 10:00 pm
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Terence Blanchard

Hurricane Katrina informs Crescent City native son Terence Blanchard's impassioned song cycle A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina), a 13-track emotional tour de force of anger, rage, compassion, melancholy, and beauty. A Tale of God's Will features Blanchard's quintet-pianist Aaron Parks, saxophonist Brice Winston, bassist Derrick Hodge, drummer Kendrick Scott-as well as a 40-member string orchestra-and is his third album for Blue Note Records. (His second album for them, Flow, was nominated for two Grammys in 2006.) An important jumpstart for A Tale of God's Willwas director Spike Lee's decision to document the aftermath of Katrina on film, in what turned out to be the four-hour HBO documentary When The Levees Broke. Lee, who has enlisted Blanchard on numerous occasions to score films such as Mo' Better Blues, Malcolm X, The 25th Hour, and Inside Man, tapped him once again for his documentary. Four of the movie's tracks-"Levees," "Wading Through," "The Water," and "Funeral Dirge"-formed a nucleus of material for A Tale of God's Will. "Requiem tells the story," Blanchard says, "that needs to heard so that people will continue to talk about what happened after Katrina."

 

Admission: 
$28

Terence Blanchard

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Terence Blanchard

Hurricane Katrina informs Crescent City native son Terence Blanchard's impassioned song cycle A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina), a 13-track emotional tour de force of anger, rage, compassion, melancholy, and beauty. A Tale of God's Will features Blanchard's quintet-pianist Aaron Parks, saxophonist Brice Winston, bassist Derrick Hodge, drummer Kendrick Scott—as well as a 40-member string orchestra—and is his third album for Blue Note Records. (His second album for them, Flow, was nominated for two Grammys in 2006.) An important jumpstart for A Tale of God's Will was director Spike Lee's decision to document the aftermath of Katrina on film, in what turned out to be the four-hour HBO documentary When The Levees Broke. Lee, who has enlisted Blanchard on numerous occasions to score films such as Mo' Better Blues, Malcolm X, The 25th Hour, and Inside Man, tapped him once again for his documentary. Four of the movie's tracks—"Levees," "Wading Through," "The Water," and "Funeral Dirge"—formed a nucleus of material for A Tale of God's Will. "Requiem tells the story," Blanchard says, "that needs to heard so that people will continue to talk about what happened after Katrina."

Admission: 
$28

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