Concert

Curtis Peoples / Zach Comtois

Friday / November 12, 2010 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Curtis Peoples

Curtis Peoples is a songwriter who knows how to create dynamic pop songs that fans of rock, acoustic folk, and pop can enjoy equally. With a mix of free-spirited choruses and addictive rhythms, Peoples's style of "coffeeshop arena rock" is genuinely his own unique musical fingerprint.

23 years old, fresh off tours of Europe and the United States, and with a EP fresh under his belt, Zach Comtois is ready to take on the world. His blend of clever lyrics, contagious hooks, and six-string prowess will hypnotize audiences into buying millions of records. Seriously, it's going to happen.

 

 

Admission: 
$8 general admission

Open Mic Night

Wednesday / August 4, 2010 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This open mic at the Red Room is part of the Five-Week Summer Performance Program.

Admission: 
Free

Students from Hokkaido Groove Camp

Friday / July 30, 2010 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In 2006, the Hokkaido Groove Camp was established just outside of Sapporo, the fifth-largest city in Japan. Berklee faculty member Tiger Okoshi is the director; other faculty and staff members who have participated include JoAnne Brackeen, David Clark, Yoron Israel, Jim Odgren, Bruno Raberg, Daniela Schachter, Mike Tucker, and Mark Walker. Berklee Global Institute student Takeshi Ohbayashi participated in the camp in 2006-and it made him believe that Berklee was the place to be.

Five students from Hokkaido Groove Camp are attending Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program this summer, and they all will be featured in this concert. It's a perfect musical way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Massachusetts Hokkaido Association.

Tomoaki Baba, tenor sax, Sapporo
Takayuki Sato, alto sax, Sapporo
Yuta Seki, drums, Sapporo
Ryouma Shinshou, piano, Sapporo
Izumi Thron, bass, Kyoto

Admission: 

Ron Reid & the Sunsteel Sextet / Jazz Robertson

Sunday / August 1, 2010 / 5:00 pm
Highland Park
Fort Avenue
Roxbury
MA
United States
02119
Ron Reid

Ron Reid is a native of Trinidad and Tobago and an associate professor in contemporary writing at Berklee. His sextet Sunsteel plays an eclectic mix of Caribbean folk, calypso, Afro-Cuban, and jazz melodies. This smoldering ensemble—composed of Berklee alumni and faculty—conducts workshops and lecture demonstrations at colleges and high schools and performs concerts, corporate events, and club dates. Vocalist Vaughnette Bigford will be the special guest for this performance.

Jazz Robertson got her induction into the music scene at the tender age of 5, when she took in her first live concert: Eric Clapton. But it wasn't Clapton's guitar chops that made her jaw drop; it was Steve Gadd's killer drumming. 10 years later she received a drum set from her mother, and within months she was playing in local bands around Pittsburgh. After passing up an opportunity to go to law school, she auditioned for Berklee and was accepted on a full-tuition scholarship. Robertson will feature vocalist Nadia Washington.

Jazz at the Fort is presented by Berklee College of Music and ParkArts.

Admission: 
Free

Future Vince / Neara Diego

Wednesday / July 28, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Future Vince is a music group made up of players from around the world. Founded by Julian Forte and Vincenzo Marranca, the band has its roots in Boston where its members met at Berklee. The group's vibe can be characterized as melodically and rhythmically complex while keeping in touch with its alternative roots. The band experiments with odd harmonic progressions and interesting time signatures to bring a new flavor to the pop-rock genre. Carefully thought out arrangements and measured allocation of individual member talent allows Future Vince to shine as an original group with an unmatched sound. Also playing: Neara Diego.

Admission: 
Free

Alicia Lemke and Friends

Friday / July 30, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Alicia Lemke

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Alicia Lemke is a young singer/songwriter currently attending Berklee on scholarship. Both an accomplished jazz singer and self-taught guitarist, Lemke began writing her own brand of folk music a little over a year ago, and has just released her first original EP titled Shades of Motion. Musically speaking, Lemke is an amalgam of poetic and whimsical lyrics, lilting melody, and fingerstyle guitar, with a clear, graceful, and strong voice. Her songs speak of her own self-awareness, honesty, and personal experience.

Though her first forays into music were in community musical theater as early as middle school, Lemke’s real passion came from 10 years of classical alto saxophone and jazz baritone saxophone. Her leadership in high school propelled her into college jazz ensemble, where she doubled on baritone sax and vocals. Her discovery of vocal jazz inspired her to take a semester off from school to work under the tutelage of jazz piano legend Garry Dial (Manhattan School of Music) in Manhattan. It was during that spring that she picked up acoustic guitar, and upon encouragement from her mentor Mr. Dial, auditioned for Berklee College of Music.
 
Russell Lacy is a native Virginia fingerpicker who meshes old-time and bluegrass music with his own interpretations of Delta blues and songster traditions. His songwriting drifts easily from ballads to blues numbers, and by playing the chords, melody, and bass simultaneously, Lacy creates a full sound that is reminiscent of John Hurt, Doc Watson, Robert Johnson, and countless others in American roots music.

The Groove praised Nathan Reich's album Arms Around a Ghost as featuring "serious songwriting. . . literary but straightforward, playful but honest."

Admission: 
Free

Aaron Gottlieb Trio

Thursday / July 22, 2010 / 1:00 pm
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Heck Room Music Series is a monthly concert series featuring Berklee's top acoustic performers. Jazz drummer Aaron Gottlieb spent his formative years growing up in Michigan City, Indiana. Frequently, he would go into the city with his father to the blues clubs and was allowed to sit in, developing his ears under the guidance of older musicians. Gottlieb credits his band director for steering him towards the jazz idiom.

"My band director put up these flyers in the back of the band room about an Ed Shaughnessy clinic that was going to take place. There was a picture of this guy with huge sideburns, a huge turquoise medallion, a monster Ludwig kit, and he looked like he was having a blast. Having never seen The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, I had no clue as to who this guy was. A few days later, my grandmother, who always played Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington records whenever I visited, found Rich Versus Roach in an old record store and gave it to me. After those two events, I was hooked. I started listening to all of the great jazz drummers: Elvin Jones, Joe Morello, Ed Thigpen, the list goes on. I suppose the rest is history."

In high school, Gottlieb took lessons from local legend Eddie Knight of South Bend, Indiana. Later, he attended Indiana University, where he studied percussion with Steve Houghton and Andy Smith. Feeling that Indiana was no longer the best place to truly grow as a musician, Gottlieb transferred to Berklee. Majoring in music business, he still manages to maintain a regular performance schedule as a bandleader and sideman. Currently, Gottlieb studies with Casey Scheuerell and Yoron Israel, and is making plans to record his first album.

Admission: 
Free and open to the public

Same Mistake Twice / Jaci and Those Guys

Saturday / July 24, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Same Mistake Twice

Join us for a free night of female-led pop-punk. Same Mistake Twice is a Boston-based pop-punk band that met while attending Berklee College of Music. They have had a solid four-piece lineup for about a year, but are more excited than ever to begin their journey together. Last summer they played three Warped Tour dates, and this summer they plan on doing the entire tour. They also opened for Amanda Palmer from the Dresden Dolls in mid-April. Their lead singer, Alisha Dixon, has auditioned for American Idol about six times and was seen on the 2008 Hollywood week in season 7! With catchy lyrics and spiteful undertones, the band members hope that each song has a meaning that changes on a person-to-person basis.

Jaci and Those Guys will be opening the show. The band recently won a scholarship to Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program through a battle of the bands held at the Red Room. The band's sound is more than just accessible: It comes at a fast pace with an occasional heaviness. J&TG has done well in multiple sponsored events, and the band's success is sure to continue.

Admission: 
Free

Siena Jazz Meets Berklee Global Jazz Institute

Saturday / November 20, 2010 / 6:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert celebration of the academic exchange between the Siena Jazz Foundation in Italy and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. The concert will include students and faculty from both academic institutions.

Admission: 

The Christoph Huber & Nikolas Anadolis Quartet and the Italo Cunha Group

Tuesday / September 21, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jazz Revelation Records

Christoph Huber was born 1988 in Aarau, Switzerland. With his father being a professional pianist, composer, and arranger, he grew up in a very musical environment. After starting out with a recorder and Swiss melodeon, he began taking lessons on drums at 8 and tenor saxophone at 9 years of age. His first saxophone teacher was the Polish saxophonist and clarinetist Witek Kornacki. Huber had his first public appearances as an improviser at the age of 11. From 2004 to 2009 he studied with former Berklee faculty member Fritz Renold. During this period he started to focus on tenor saxophone as his principle instrument and the intention to pursue a career as a professional musician became clear. From 2005 to 2009 he regularly participated in the annual festival Jazzaar Concerts in Aarau, where he had the opportunity to perform with and learn from artists such as Christian Jacob, Buster Williams, Victor Lewis, Adam Nussbaum, Barry Lee Hall Jr., Tommy Smith, Donny McCaslin, Tierney Sutton, Mark Gross, Tia Fuller, the Whitney Houston Rhythm Section, Steve Reid, Tom Garling, Gildas Boclé, and many more. In addition to his practice as a performer, Huber is also developing his skills as a composer and arranger for different musical formations and instrumentations. He's currently attending Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship. His saxophone teacher is Ed Tomassi.

Italo Cunha—a 17-year-old jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, student, and teacher from Brasilia, Brazil—attends Berklee on a scholarship. He started playing piano at age 4, guitar at 9, and was performing professionally by 12. Cunha was chosen by the Escola de Musica de Brasilia to play for Brazil's Minister of Education as part of Young Artist Revelation. He received a contemporary musical education degree from the Toque de Classe Institute in 2007—becoming the youngest recipient ever. Relating his song to the album title, Cunha says, "I think Birds of a Feather means friendship. My song reflects that. 'Stories' is about good times and memories with my friends, that's how I got the inspiration. Friendship is one of the most valuable things we have in life."

Jazz Revelation Records is a student-run, artist-driven record label created to present the top jazz composers and performers from the Berklee College of Music. Gathered from all over the globe, JRR artists speak the traditional language of jazz in a new way. Their youth, their passion, and their commitment are the launching pad for a sound that gets inside your head, your heart, and yes, you'll tap your feet and maybe hum along after a while.

Admission: 
$10.00

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