Concert

Open Mic Night

Wednesday / October 6, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Cafe 939 presents Open Mic Night on the first Wednesday of every month. Sign-ups will start at 6:00 p.m. Two songs/10 minutes. First 18 to sign up, plus waitlist. Piano, DI, mics provided. No drum set; light hand percussion allowed.

Admission: 
Free

Bhrigu Sahni / Silvina Moreno

Tuesday / October 5, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Silvina Moreno, Bhrigu Sahni

Bringing together a large variety of styles, guitarist/composer Bhrigu Sahni showcases a collaboration with talented artists from all over the world, with a focus on Sufi Indian influences (Arooj Aftab) to intricate solo guitar arrangements to heavy grooving funk drum 'n' bass experimental sounds (Kinki Ski Monkey). You will definitely get your money's worth. 

The second half of the show is the sixth recital by Silvina Moreno, an Argentinian singer/songwriter. She will be showcasing her original songs along with her favorite covers. Her styles include a combination of English and Spanish music in the genres of rock, pop, reggae, funk, Latin American rhythms, and original Argentinian tango. Enjoy a wide variety of interesting music with amazing musicians. 

 

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Norm Zocher Group

Thursday / September 23, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Norm Zocher

The Norm Zocher Group will feature original, high-energy guitar-oriented jazz and fusion in celebration of the band's 20th year of performances at Berklee. Referred to as "a guitar legend in the making" and one of "Boston's best composers" in the press, the critically acclaimed leader's all-Berklee band will feature two outstanding graduates: Grammy-nominated drummer Pablo Bencid and bassist Alex Smith.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Uyanga

Tuesday / September 28, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Uyanga Boldbaatar presents Uyanga—a group recently voted as one of Boston's top three r&b bands at the Boston Music Conference R&B Competition. Uyanga will be performing original r&b, neo-soul, and pop, as well as a few of their favorite soul numbers, bringing their own unique flavors into the mix. The group is composed of Uyanga Boldbaatar, Anna Talpe, Mariama Ndure, Michelle Walter, Lucas Ellman, Gregory Marchand, Yuki Kishida, Amarnath HAzarika, Nelson Leong, and Ben Atkind.

Admission: 

Robert Glasper

Thursday / September 23, 2010 / 10:00 p.m.
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Robert Glasper

One artist, two distinct but interwoven concepts: This is the captivating logic behind Double-Booked, pianist Robert Glasper's third album for Blue Note, following up Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007).

An artist who "unfailingly gets the feeling right" (New York Magazine), Glasper has made waves throughout the music world as leader of both the acoustic Robert Glasper Trio and the electric, hip-hop-oriented Robert Glasper Experiment. With Double-Booked, the 32-year-old Houston native puts his enviable versatility front and center, emphasizing these different hemispheres of his musical brain at the same time.
Career-wise, this creates a constant balancing act, and on occasion literally being double-booked, appearing with the trio and the Experiment on the same night. Such is the storyline that emerges on Double-Booked, with conflicting voicemail messages from Terence Blanchard and Roots drummer Ahmir Questlove Thompson, each pulling for a different Glasper band.

"Most people, if they have different bands, they do separate albums," says Glasper. "But I felt I'd be making more of a statement if I put it all on one joint." The result, in essence, is a snapshot of Glasper's life. "This is what I'm dealing with," he continues. "It's not like I play jazz but I also play hip-hop now and then. I'm in it, for real, both sides of the spectrum. That's my life. A lot of people go in stages-they might focus on trio for a long time, then they change or whatever. My thing is both, all the time."

The first six tracks on Double-Booked feature Glasper in trio setting with longtime bassist Vicente Archer as well as drummer Chris Dave, who plays in Glasper's Experiment band but recently came on board the trio as well.

Hailed by listeners and critics, Glasper has also garnered the respect of the toughest audience of all: musicians from across the jazz spectrum. In a May 2008 Blindfold Test for Down Beat magazine, a fellow pianist instantly identified Glasper and praised him as "a fantastic musician," pinpointing characteristics of his unique style: "a harmonic maze, but also an insistent rhythm, certain turns and filigrees and ornaments, some of them sort of gospelish." 

 

Admission: 
$22

Robert Glasper

Thursday / September 23, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Robert Glasper

One artist, two distinct but interwoven concepts: This is the captivating logic behind Double-Booked, pianist Robert Glasper's third album for Blue Note, following up Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007).

An artist who "unfailingly gets the feeling right" (New York Magazine), Glasper has made waves throughout the music world as leader of both the acoustic Robert Glasper Trio and the electric, hip-hop-oriented Robert Glasper Experiment. With Double-Booked, the 32-year-old Houston native puts his enviable versatility front and center, emphasizing these different hemispheres of his musical brain at the same time. The first six tracks on Double-Booked feature Glasper in trio setting with longtime bassist Vicente Archer as well as drummer Chris Dave, who plays in Glasper's Experiment band but recently joined the trio as well.

Hailed by listeners and critics, Glasper has also garnered the respect of the toughest audience of all: musicians from across the jazz spectrum. In a May 2008 Blindfold Test for Down Beat magazine, a fellow pianist instantly identified Glasper and praised him as "a fantastic musician," pinpointing characteristics of his unique style: "a harmonic maze, but also an insistent rhythm, certain turns and filigrees and ornaments, some of them sort of gospelish."  

 

Admission: 
$25

Sadao Watanabe

Thursday / September 23, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Sadao Watanabe

Alto saxophonist Sadao Watanabe performs with his band featuring Danny Grissett (piano), Ben Williams (bass), and Johnathan Blake (drum set). Sponsored by the Woodwind Department.

Born on February 1, 1933, Sadao Watanabe began playing the alto sax at age 18. He made a name for himself in the jazz scene, participating in Toshiko Akiyoshi's Cozy Quartet and various other sessions. He studied abroad at Berklee Music of College, enriching his musical style by performing with big acts such as Chico Hamilton and Gary McFarland. Forming his own band after returning to Japan in 1965, Watanabe became more active in the national music scene and played a major role in creating in the big bossa nova boom in Japan in the '60s. The 1968 Newport Jazz Festival marked the beginning of his international career.

In 2001, Watanabe was appointed as the executive producer of the Japanese Government Exhibition Project for the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan. He culminated the events with a performance with youth percussion and chorus groups from five continents in an extraordinary cross-cultural blend of rhythm and song. This project has spread to Jakarta, Guam, and the Zaragoza Expo 2008.

On behalf of his lifetime contribution in music, Watanabe received the Mainichi Art Awards last year. He appeared at the Montreal and Toronto jazz festivals with his Japanese band last July. His 70th album, Into Tomorrow, was released last September.

Admission: 

<em>The Why</em> / Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys are a musical alchemy descending into the rabbit hole of performance art. With their toys and voices they create a death-folk, steamcrunk, organic-industrial experience.

The award-winning film The Why features music by Walter Sickert. The Why draws from the evil tones of early Polanski with inspired dialogue and linearity, while shocking the viewer with gritty vignettes of Hooper-like violence. Although the film is more arthouse than horror, viewers are still caught in a metaphysical mélange absent of love, absent of hate, and absent of reason.

Admission: 
$10

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet

Saturday / September 18, 2010 / 5:00 p.m.
Monterey Jazz Festival
United States
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet will play at the 53th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, which features live jazz on multiple stages over three days. This show will be hosted at the Coffee House Gallery at the festival.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), directed by world-renowned pianist Danilo Perez, is a unique focused area of study at the college designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines. Danilo Perez serves as its artistic director. Students may pursue a performance degree, diploma, or two-year certificate through the institute.

The BGJI has three main goals: to provide an interdisciplinary music program where students may explore their creativity to the highest level; to explore the social power of music as a tool for the betterment of society; and to connect musical creative thinking with the restoration of nature.

The Monterey Jazz Festival is dedicated to perpetuating the uniquely American form of music known as jazz by producing performances that celebrate the legacy and expand the boundaries of jazz, and by presenting year-round local, regional, national, and international jazz education programs.

Learn more about the BGJI Septet.

Admission: 
$15.00

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet

Friday / September 17, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Monterey Jazz Festival
United States
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet will play at the 53th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, which features live jazz on multiple stages over three days. The group will be laying at the Garden Stage at the festival.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), directed by world-renowned pianist Danilo Perez, is a unique focused area of study at the college designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines. Danilo Perez serves as its artistic director. Students may pursue a performance degree, diploma, or two-year certificate through the institute.

The BGJI has three main goals: to provide an interdisciplinary music program where students may explore their creativity to the highest level; to explore the social power of music as a tool for the betterment of society; and to connect musical creative thinking with the restoration of nature.

The Monterey Jazz Festival is dedicated to perpetuating the uniquely American form of music known as jazz by producing performances that celebrate the legacy and expand the boundaries of jazz, and by presenting year-round local, regional, national, and international jazz education programs.

Learn more about the BGJI Septet.

Admission: 
$15

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