Concert

Jim Benoit Percussion Recital

Wednesday / March 24, 2010 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jim Benoit, percussionist and vibraphonist, will give a one-hour recital featuring a wide variety of music from solo classical and contemporary pieces to a septet performance by the Waitiki 7.

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Anat Cohen at the Berklee Performance Center on New Year’s Eve

Thursday / December 31, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

First Night Boston, Berklee College of Music, and WGBH 89.7 present Anat Cohen at the Berklee Performance Center on New Year's Eve, Thursday, December 31, kicking off NPR's annual worldwide broadcast Toast of the Nation. The concert is a centerpiece of this year's First Night Boston festival.

Entrancing audiences on both clarinet and saxophone, Berklee alumna Cohen is one of jazz's brightest young stars. She recently completed a week-long engagement at the legendary Village Vanguard in New York, and was named Clarinetist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. Her quartet features Jason Lindner on piano, Joe Martin on bass, and Daniel Freedman on drums.

Admission is $18 by purchase of a First Night button. Cohen performs two sets: 8:00 p.m. (WGBH 89.7 broadcast), and 9:30 p.m. Virtuoso jazz violinist Ben Powell performs the first set of the evening at 6:30 p.m.  Each of the three performances will be seated separately. The Berklee Performance Center is located at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. Please call 617 747-2261 for more information.

New Year's Eve 2009 marks the sixth consecutive year that Berklee, WGBH 89.7, and NPR have collaborated to kick-off the live holiday special Toast of the Nation. Heard on more than 200 NPR affiliate stations and NPR Worldwide, Toast of the Nation begins in Boston and will move across the country, with live celebrations from John Pizzarelli in Washington, D.C., the Bad Plus in New York, Irvin Mayfield Quintet in Minneapolis, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy in Los Angeles.

For a full schedule of performances, and to find local participating NPR stations, visit wbgo.org/toast. Hosted by Eric Jackson of WGBH's Eric in the Evening, the concert can be heard locally on WGBH 89.7 FMToast of the Nation is produced for NPR by WBGO-FM, Newark; WGBH Radio produces the Boston portion of the broadcast.

The Hynes Auditorium Garage will provide a $7 discounted parking rate if the garage's ticket is presented with BPC parking validation stamp after the concert. The Hynes Auditorium Garage is located at 50 Dalton Street, Boston. The discounted rate applies to cars entering the garage after 5:00 p.m.

Learn more about Anat Cohen and the concert.

 

Admission: 
$18 by purchase of a First Night button

New Piano Music

Monday / February 1, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert of students' piano compositions performed by student pianists.

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Tom Kain Double Trio

Monday / April 12, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Come join Tom Kain as he leads two keyboard trios (Piano and B-3 Organ) and special guests through various jazz favorites. Among others, the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Tower of Power, George Shearing, and Chick Corea will be on the bill.

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Spring Winds

Thursday / April 1, 2010 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Flute Choir, the Spring Winds Ensemble, and outstanding flute soloists will present a global music potpourri under the direction of professor Wendy Rolfe.

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Composition Student Awards Concert

Thursday / March 25, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Original chamber music compositions will be featured by three selected Berklee student composers.

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Danny Mo's Family Reunion 2010

Wednesday / March 10, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This annual event celebrates the gift of music and features the 2010 Wes Wehmiller Scholarship recipient, along with the Danny Mo All-Stars.

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Maggie Scott's Jazz Vocal Series

Wednesday / March 3, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jazz Vocal students performing the repertoire of the Great American Songbook masters with trio accompaniment.

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David Gilmore

Wednesday / December 16, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Over the past decade guitarist and composer David Gilmore has recorded and performed with some of the most highly influential and innovative artists in modern music today including Wayne Shorter, Dave Douglas, Muhal Richard Abrams, Sam Rivers, Steve Coleman, Don Byron, Cassandra Wilson, Uri Caine, Randy Brecker, and David Sanborn.

Gilmore has appeared on more than 50 recordings and been a major presence on the international touring scene. In the spring of 2001 he released his first recording as a leader, Ritualism, which received major international critical appraise and was nominated for Debut CD of the Year in 2001 by the Jazz Journalists Association. Gilmore was recently voted into the Rising Stars category in Down Beat Magazine's Critic's Poll.

Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Gilmore sought out music at a young age experimenting with piano, drums, and percussion before discovering the guitar at the age of 15. After a few years of private study with Boston local guitar gurus John Baboian and Randy Roos, Gilmore moved to New York to attend New York University, where he studied under the tutelage of sax titan Joe Lovano and pianist Jim McNeely. Shortly after his graduation in 1987, Gilmore began touring and recording in earnest with many of the members of the fledging M-Base Collective, and soon after began to find himself in many other diverse musical situations, recording and/ or touring with Ronald Shannon Jackson, Trilok Gurtu, Graham Haynes, Robin Eubanks, and Lonnie Plaxico. In the early 1990s he became an active member of the popular jazz/fusion group Lost Tribe, coproducing their first two recordings for the Windham Hill Label. Over the years he has also lent his skills to a variety of pop/ comme! rcial acts including Japan’s Monday Michiru, Meshell Ndegeocello, Melissa Etheridge, Joan Osborne, Mavis Staples, Isaac Hayes, Boz Scaggs, Tommy Lang of Austria, Rise Robots Rise, and toured extensively with multiplatinum-selling artist Joss Stone. In 1995 Gilmore got the call to join sax legend Wayne Shorter’s group, and appears on Shorter’s Grammy Award winning album, High Life on Verve. He can be found on recordings by Christian McBride, Carolyn Leonhart, Don Byron, Ron Blake, and Uri Caine.

As a composer, improviser, and guitarist, Gilmore is committed to pushing the boundaries of improvisational music, at the same time without alienating the uninitiated listener. His music reflects the diverse musical influences and experiences he has assimilated throughout his career. The exploration of rhythm is a major component of his music, utilizing many non-Western approaches and integrating them into a modern framework. Gilmore was a recipient of the Chamber Music America New Works Composer Grant, enabling him to compose a commisioned work entitled "African Continuum," which was performed in public in the spring and fall of 2003. His playing has been compared to guitarists with styles as diverse as George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, and Leo Nocentelli. Unified Presence features Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Ravi Coltrane, and Claudia Acuna.

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Ensemble Showcase: Bluegrass, Soul, Hip-Hop

Friday / December 11, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Brian Ellis, Dave Hollender, John McGann, Mark Simos, and Skip Smith. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including bluegrass, soul, and hip-hop. 

1:00 p.m. Brian Ellis: Hip-Hop
2:15 p.m. Skip Smith: Aretha, Stevie, Chaka, Marvin
3:30 p.m. John McGann: Bluegrass
6:30 p.m. Mark Simos: Bluegrass
8:00 p.m. Dave Hollender: Bluegrass

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change without notice.

 

Admission: 
Free

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