Concert

Spontaneous Composition with Rhiannon, Alex Acuna, Abe Laboriel Sr. and Jetro DaSilva

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 1:05 pm
BeanTown Stage
Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Rhiannon

A vibrant, gifted singer, performance artist, composer, and master teacher, Rhiannon has been bringing her unique and potent blend of jazz, world music, improvisation, and storytelling to audiences for more than three decades. From her stellar collaborations with the all-women's jazz ensemble Alive! to a cappella ensemble SoVoSó to Bobby McFerrin and Voicestra to her groundbreaking solo and ensemble performances, Rhiannon enthralls and inspires her audiences. In addition to her ongoing solo performing and recording career, and her current ensemble projects, Rhiannon enjoys a longtime musical collaboration with vocal improvisation master Bobby McFerrin. Since 1986 she has been a member of his 12-voice orchestra, Voicestra. In 1997 Rhiannon recorded Circlesongs with McFerrin, and has been a featured soloist on annual U.S. and European Voicestra tours. She currently performs completely improvised concerts with two brilliant instrumental trios—one on each coast of the U.S.—as well as with WeBe3, a unique and compelling a cappella ensemble with fellow Voicestra members Joey Blake and David Worm. They released their first CD in May 2008, WeBe3 Live and Improvised: World Tour 2007. In the fall of 2008 Rhiannon joined the faculty of Berklee College of Music as an associate professor of voice.

Admission: 
Free

Mendoza Vibe

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 12:00 pm
BeanTown Stage
Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Victor Mendoza

Considered by critics around the world to be one of today's finest Latin jazz artists, Mexican-born vibraphonist and composer Victor Mendoza's career includes performances with his own group and as guest soloist around the globe. Presentations include guest appearances with the World Festival Orchestra under the direction of Paquito D'Rivera, the Milan Svoboda Orchestra in Prague, sold-out shows at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and in Tel Aviv, and soloist performance with the Carlos Chávez Symphony Orchestra in Mexico City. 
Previous recordings and performances with his own group, as well as with artists such as Paquito D'Rivera, Danilo Pérez, Michel Camilo, Claudio Roditi, Giovanni Hidalgo, Horacio "El Negro" Hernández, and Antonio Sánchez, have earned him the respect of critics and jazz fans around the globe. This Is Why, one of Victor's previous recordings, led Latin Beat Magazine to name him one of the Outstanding Latin Jazz Artists of the Year. Black Bean Blues is Mendoza's most recent recording and was named one of the best Latin jazz recordings of the year by Modern Drummer Magazine and led Jazziz Magazine to dub him "the genre's leading vibraphone practitioner" and "one of today's most resourceful composers."
As a professor at Berklee, Mendoza has earned an international reputation as a jazz educator, regularly conducting master classes at major music schools and universities around the world. Mendoza's educational DVD, Latin Jazz Grooves, which focuses on Afro-Cuban performance and improvisation rhythmic concepts, is being released by Berklee Press/Hal Leonard this fall.

Admission: 
Free

Jose Ramos Special Blend Blues Band

Monday / September 20, 2010 / 9:00 pm
Wally's Cafe
427 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Jose Ramos

Equally at home playing jazz, jump blues, classic r&b, swing, or funk, Jose Ramos and his No Way Jose! Band keep audiences hot, thirsty, and on the dance floor all night.

Wally's Cafe was established on January 1, 1947 in Boston. The nightclub is located at the famed intersection of Massachusetts and Columbus avenues. The area was once home to many renowned jazz clubs during the 1940s and 1950s—places with names like the High Hat, Savoy Ballroom, Chicken Lane, the Wig Wam, Big M, and Wally's Paradise—that played a major role introducing jazz to the New England community. Wally's Café now features live music 365 days a year. Many of the musicians are professionals, but Wally's still maintains its tradition of providing students of academic institutions such as Berklee, the Boston Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory of Music with a stage to perfect their craft.

Admission: 
Free

Tubby Love

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

Vox Rocks: Final Concert and Circle Song

Thursday / June 24, 2010 / 4:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Vox Rocks final concert

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Vox Rocks: Syncopation

Thursday / June 24, 2010 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Syncopation performs as part of Vox Rocks.

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Rachel P / Nick Howard / Mikey Wax

Wednesday / June 23, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rachel P

Rachel P is a New York City singer/songwriter who’s about to change everything. With a rapidly growing fan base, having already shared the stage and toured with such acts as the Strokes, Lady Gaga, Marc Ford, Rachael Yamagata, Susan Tedeschi, and Toots and the Maytals. . . she’s ready. Her self-titled debut EP is piano-driven soul/pop saturated with distorted trombones and ambient synths. Best of all, her music is the ultimate remedy to our darkest moments: an infectious smile, a giving heart, a radiant soul, and a whole lot of love.

Moving to the United States five years ago with nothing but his guitar and a dream, Nick Howard literally worked around the clock balancing countless day jobs and night jobs. He managed to squeeze in his music at every possible opportunity to carve out time for music. Five years later he is an award-winning touring and recording artist. Howard is currently supporting the release of his debut album, Something to Talk About.

On the morning of his graduation from Vanderbilt University, singer/songwriter Mikey Wax received a letter that took nearly 20 years to get to him. It was from his late grandfather, who had written the letter when it was clear he had little time left to live. Inside were words of love and wisdom to make up for lost time that the two would never share. Inspired by his grandfather's words, Wax began pursuing a music career to show the world the songs he had quietly been writing in his dorm room. The collection of songs eventually turned into his debut album, Change Again. The album deals with uncertainty, love, and loss, which is displayed beautifully in the title track "In Case I Go Again."

Admission: 
$8

Dave Mattacks with the Crigler Band

Monday / June 21, 2010 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert as part of the Berklee Percussion Festival.

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Vox Rocks: Vox One

Wednesday / June 23, 2010 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A concert featuring Vox One as part of Vox Rocks.

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Vox Rocks: Jam Session

Tuesday / June 22, 2010 / 7:30 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
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