Concert

An Ewe Proverb

Wednesday / February 17, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Joe Galeota and the Berklee West African Drum and Dance Ensemble will perform an evening of traditional Ewe music from Southern Ghana and Togo, featuring Berklee Africa Scholar Victor Dogah. Jordan Benissan, a Togolise Ewe master drummer who teaches at Colby College in Maine, will MC the night.

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Dorm Sessions 7 CD Release Concert

Wednesday / February 10, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Black Kettle

Dorm Session 7 features a mix of rock, pop, Latin, country, r&b, hip-hop, and folk by Berklee students and alumni including Ann DriscollJordan TarrantLiz Longley,Tin SoldierJulia EasterlinLipteaseBlack KettleTais Alvarengaand KR & the Future. Free copies of the CD will be given away at the concert.

Heavy Rotation Records is a class that gives Music Business/Management majors at Berklee hands-on experience in running a record company. The student staff oversees all of the label's functions, including A&R, marketing, promotion, sales, web development, media, touring, and accounting. Learn more about the event.

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Lisa Thorson: Today

Thursday / February 25, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A jazz concert led by Voice Department professor Lisa Thorson with Tim Ray, piano; David Clark, bass (Bass Department professor); and George Sculler, drums. Compositions include works by Thorson, Fewell, Guinga, Corea, Newman, Ellington, and more!

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Roots and Reason Concert

Thursday / February 4, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Roots and Reason series kicks off on a night blues, gospel, and bluegrass. Guest artist Ben Payton, a Delta blues guitarist from Mississippi, will perform.

Roots music is a chronicle of the ongoing story of America told through song. The Africana Studies program at Berklee presents students, faculty, and very special guests in a celebration of traditions from West Africa, the Caribbean, and rural America. *Please note: The band the Roots will not be performing at this show. Learn more about the event.

Admission: 
$20, $15, reserved seating

The Roots of the Caribbean

Thursday / February 25, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

You may not be able to keep yourself from dancing, as the Bob Marley, Afro-Cuban, and Steel Pan ensembles perform. Learn more about the Roots and Reason series.

This year's Africana Studies music programming celebrates the richness of America’s roots music traditions. The roots music artist is the chronicler of the ongoing story of America, told through song. Roots music is the intermingling of cross-cultural influences. Johnny Cash once said, "Every successful country singer I know has a humble background. . . and the colored blues has been a part of their musical heritage. Every one of them bar none. Elvis will tell you himself that where he got his style is from colored blues singers." From this fusion and sharing of American cultures came spirituals, blues, gospel, folk, country, and bluegrass—the roots of all American popular music.

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David Thorne Scott Hard Bop Sextet

Thursday / January 28, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The David Thorne Scott Hard Bop Sextet is composed of master musicians creating joyful, profound, groovin' jazz in the spirit of 1960s Blue Note Records. The band is led by vocalist David Thorne Scott, who contributes the original songs. The rest of the lineup is the classic trumpet/sax plus rhythm section made famous by Lee Morgan, Joe Henderson, and many others.

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Composition Department Faculty Concert

Monday / February 8, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert of newly composed contemporary classical music by Berklee faculty composers, including works by Margaret McAllister, Thomas J. McGah, Francine Trester, Richard Applin, Vuk Kulenovic, Ramon Castillo, and Beth Denisch. Performances by Berklee faculty and guest performers.

 

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Best of Berklee Songwriters Club

Thursday / February 4, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
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Stambandet

Thursday / January 28, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An accomplished vocal-band presenting the best of traditional Nordic vocal music with a contemporary edge. Led by Berklee faculty member Allen LeVines, all language barriers are transcended by the unique sounds and rhythms of the group's music. Says Guy Van Duser of Rounder Records: " ...the singers' voices are pure and clear, and the songs are of a folk tradition that sounds fresh and new to American ears." 

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Terri Lyne Carrington

Tuesday / January 19, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Terri Lyne Carrington

This series continues with acclaimed drummer, composer, producer, clinician, and Berklee professor Terri Lyne Carrington. After an extensive touring career of more than 20 years with luminaries Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves, and more, she recently returned to her hometown of Medford, Massachusetts, and was appointed professor at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music. Carrington also received an honorary doctorate from Berklee in 2003.

After studying under full scholarship at Berklee, with the encouragement of her mentor, Jack DeJohnette, Carrington moved to New York in 1983. For five years she was a much in-demand musician, working with James Moody, Lester Bowie, Pharoah Sanders, and others. In the late '80s she relocated to Los Angeles, where she gained recognition on late night TV as the house drummer for The Arsenio Hall Show, then again in the late '90s as the drummer on the Quincy Jones late night TV show Vibe, hosted by Sinbad.

In 1989, Carrington released a Grammy-nominated debut CD, Real Life Story,  featuring Carlos Santana, Grover Washington Jr., Dianne Reeves, Wayne Shorter, Patrice Rushen, Gerald Albright, John Scofield, Robert Irving III, Greg Osby, Don Alias, and Hiram Bullock. Other solo CDs include 2002’s Jazz Is a Spirit, featuring Herbie Hancock, Gary Thomas, Wallace Roney, Terence Blanchard, Kevin Eubanks, and Bob Hurst, and 2004's Structure, a cooperative group that features Adam Rogers, Jimmy Haslip, and Greg Osby. Both CDs were released on the Europe-based ACT Music label and enjoyed considerable media attention and critical acclaim in the European and Japanese markets.

Her production collaborations with such artists as Gino Vannelli, Peabo Bryson, Dianne Reeves, Siedah Garrett, and Marilyn Scott have produced notable works as well, including a special song commissioned by the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games, "Always Reach for Your Dreams" (featuring Peabo Bryson), and her production of the Dianne Reeves Grammy-nominated
CD That Day, which hovered at the top of the music charts for many months.

Carrington has played on many recordings throughout the '80s and '90s to today. Notable examples of her work include Herbie Hancock's Grammy-winning CD Gershwin's World, where she played alongside Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder. She has toured with each of Hancock's musical configurations (from electric to acoustic) over the last 10 years and is featured on his Future2Future DVD.

The 2009/2010 series Berklee Artists Series at Scullers will include Greg Osby; Donna McElroy; Marc Rossi; Gabrielle Goodman; Six Guitar Brothers: David Fiuczynski, David Gilmore, David Thomas, James Peterson, Thaddeus Hogath, Bill Banfield, and George Russell Jr.; Lenny Stallworth; Stan Strickl; and Kenwood Dennard.

The concert series is arranged by Fred Taylor, Scullers' artistic director, and produced by Bill Banfield, professor of Africana Studies at Berklee College of Music.

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$18, $10 with Student ID

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