Concert

Vocal Summit Jam Session

Saturday / June 26, 2010 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A vocal jam session as part of Vocal Summit.

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Al Kooper and the Funky Faculty

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 5:00 pm
BeanTown Stage
Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Al Kooper

In 1958, Al Kooper began his professional career as guitarist in the Royal Teens ("Short Shorts"). He metamorphosized into a Tin Pan Alley songwriter with cuts by Gary Lewis, Gene Pitney, Keely Smith, Carmen McRae, Pat Boone, Freddie Cannon, Lulu, Lorraine Ellison, and Donny Hathaway and later was sampled by the Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Pharcyde, and Alchemist.

In the mid-'60s, Kooper was a member of the Blues Project and then founded Blood, Sweat & Tears, remaining only for their debut album. He then slipped his producer hat on and began with the top-ten album Super Session in 1968, featuring Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills. He is well known for his organ playing on Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone." His playing skills have graced the works of the Rolling Stones; George Harrison; the Who; Jimi Hendrix; Peter, Paul & Mary; Tom Petty; Joe Cocker; B.B. King; Taj Mahal, Alice Cooper, and scores more.

Major moments include playing piano, organ, and French horn for the Rolling Stones on "You Can't Always Get What You Want"; keyboards on George Harrison's No. 1 hit "All Those Years Ago"; and keys on The Who Sell Out and on Electric Ladyland for Jimi Hendrix. As a producer he is best known for discovering Lynyrd Skynyrd and producing their first three albums, including "Sweet Home Alabama," "Free Bird," "Gimme Three Steps," and "Saturday Night Special." His other producing clients included the Tubes, Nils Lofgren, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the Staple Singers, Lorraine Ellison, Bob Dylan, Joe Ely, Thelonious Monster, and Green on Red. His autobiography, Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards, is considered by many to be a rock 'n' roll must-read. He scored Hal Ashby's first film, The Landlord; John Waters' film, Cry Baby; Michael Mann's TV series, Crime Story; and Peter Riegert's recent directorial debut King of the Corner. His live show accompanied by his band of Berklee professors, the Funky Faculty, has been acclaimed all over the world. In 2006, he received the Milestone Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2007 the AES awarded him the Les Paul Award, and in 2008 he was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. At 65, he shows no signs of retirement, with a new album, White Chocolate; more live concerts; and the brisk sale of his book.

Admission: 
Free

Julian Lage Trio

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 2:15 pm
BeanTown Stage
Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Julian Lage

When Julian Lage emerged on the music scene 13 years ago, the young San Francisco Bay Area musician was not only deemed a guitar-playing prodigy, but he was also offered record deals on numerous occasions. Playing a unique style that melded blues, classical, folk, and jazz influences, Lage decided to wait for the right moment to document his own music. He chose instead to become a sideman with established instrumentalists like Gary Burton and to collaborate with contemporaries such as pianist Taylor Eigsti. Along the way, Lage received recognition from musical luminaries, including Herbie Hancock and Béla Fleck, and patiently waited until he was ready to go into a studio with a band of like-minded players to realize his own musical vision. Now the time has come. At the age of 21, the Boston-based Lage releases his debut album, Sounding Point on EmArcy Records, an imprint of Universal Records. The music ranges from composed works and impromptu improvisations in duo and trio settings to solo excursions and a finale capped by a masterful rendering of Miles Davis's "All Blues." Lage also delivers impressively original covers of Elliott Smith 's "Alameda" and Neal Hefti's "Lil' Darlin'."

Admission: 
Free

Battle for Five-Week

Saturday / June 19, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Battle for Five-Week

The Five-Week Summer Performance Program, now in its 22nd year, is the largest, most comprehensive summer music program available. It attracts roughly 900 participants from across the U.S. and 50 different countries and focuses on all aspects of musical performance. Students play in ensembles, develop improvisational and reading skills, improve technique through weekly private lessons and enjoy lectures and demonstrations by well-known Berklee faculty and visiting artists.

The final four bands—Jaci and Those Guys, Ria, GJ, and Fellow Freak—will battle it out in a Battle of the Bands on Saturday, June 19 at Cafe 939 in front of an audience of Berklee faculty, students, Boston music industry experts, press, and more. A panel of judges will determine the final scholarship winner. These four bands will travel to Berklee’s campus, creating “Road to Berklee” videos for Berklee staff, students, Sonicbids teammates, fans, and family to enjoy at www.sonicbids.com/BerkleeBattle. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and admission is free.

Admission: 
Free

Dear Havanah

Thursday / June 17, 2010 / 12:00 pm
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

Soulful, young, and energetic are three defining words for Boston-based, rock-infused, jam trio Dear Havanah. With their melodic hooks and honest, uninhibited live shows, the band is making waves. Dear Havanah has been tirelessly touring clubs and college campuses from the Northeast to the Midwest, making a name for themselves across the country. The band is currently collaborating with Soulive drummer Alan Evans on its second album. Evans is producing the new record, which is set for a release in summer 2010. 

Admission: 
Free

Jon Batiste Band

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 4:45 pm
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Jon Batiste

Jonathan Batiste is part of a culturally significant lineage of New Orleans musical families known worldwide. At the age of 8, he was already featured singing with his family in Japan. He later performed with them on percussion, and by 12 had found his destiny: the piano. Since then he has performed, recorded, and toured over 30 countries with artists such as Harry Connick Jr., Abbey Lincoln, Jimmy Buffett, Lenny Kravitz, Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, and currently with Cassandra Wilson and Roy Hargrove. He debuted at Carnegie Hall when he was 18 years old and has performed at major music festivals worldwide. He has three CD releases under his own name, the first when he was 17 and still studying at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) High School in New Orleans. He is also a graduate of the Juillard School in New York. 

Admission: 
Free

The Boogaloo Swamis

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 3:30 pm
BeanTown Stage
Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02215
The Boogaloo Swamis

The Boogaloo Swamis combine their rhythmic Cajun and zydeco music with Rockabilly, Tex Mex, blues, and original tunes for a hot musical gumbo. Four-time winners of Boston Music Awards' Outstanding World Music Act, the Boogaloo Swamis, true to their roots, create a party wherever they perform.

Admission: 
Free

The Greg Osby 6 Featuring Mark Turner

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 2:15 pm
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Greg Osby

Saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years, including Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jim Hall, and Jaki Byard. Osby has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim for his recorded works and passionate live performances. Osby signed his first recording deal with JMT (Jazz Music Today), recording four CDs for that label before signing with Blue Note Records in 1990 and recording fifteen recordings as a leader. In 2008, Osby launched his own label, Inner Circle Music, which serves as a platform for many of today's brightest artists. On 9 Levels, his latest recording on Inner Circle Music, Osby presents his wares in a sextet format and is joined by special guests Nir Felder, guitar; Adam Birnbaum, piano; Joseph Lepore, bass; Hamir Atwal, drums; and a welcome newcomer to the international jazz scene, vocalist Sara Serpa.

Admission: 
Free

Andy Milne and Dapp Theory

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 1:15 pm
Target Stage
681 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Dapp Theory

Toronto native Andy Milne draws inspiration from various forms of music, politics, philosophy, comedy, and science fiction. A recipient of the New Works commission and the French-America Jazz Exchange grants from Chamber Music America in 2006, and voted Rising Star Keyboardist by Down Beat magazine in 2004, Milne is one of the most important and respected voices in jazz today. His group Dapp Theory blends funk, hip-hop, and jazz with seamless precision. Their current release, Layers of Chance, features fresh compositions by Milne that blend various instrumental textures, infectious grooves, lush harmonies, and poignant lyrics. Milne has played with Joe Lovano, Archie Shepp, Ranee Lee, Cassandra Wilson, and Greg Osby. In addition to his multiple projects, Milne tours and records with trumpeter Ralph Alessi, teaches at the School for Improvisational Music, and is an adjunct professor at New York University, the New School University, and the Banff Centre.

Admission: 
Free

WeJazzUp

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 1:00 pm
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Frank Wilkins

Pianist, composer, producer, band leader, and educator Frank Wilkins is known throughout the United States for his soulful, swinging, sensitive approach to music. An alumnus of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music, Wilson has instructed at Berklee, Tufts University, Northeastern University, and the New England Institute of Art. Among his many accomplishments, Wilkins is the recipient of the Hank Jones Jazz Masters Award while attending Berklee and the Composition Grant from the Massachusetts Council of the Arts. For more then two decades Wilkins has been working with programs such as A Journey into Jazz and Eats and Beats, bringing the music and history to students in grades K-12. Renowned local, national, and international performances include Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kevin Eubanks, Jon Faddis, Najee, Rebecca Parris, and Mike Stern. Wilkins has opened for Ray Charles, Bill Cosby, Al Green, Gladys Knight, and Wynton Marsalis, among others. Performances have covered all of the major New England jazz/r&b clubs, as well as the Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, and many celebrated performances throughout West Africa, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, and Mexico.

Admission: 
Free

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