Concert

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

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

Wednesday / September 15, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Various Boston venues
United States

The first college of jazz celebrates the birthplace of jazz as the 10th annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival pays tribute to the music and culture of New Orleans five years after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. From September 15 to 25, world-renowned superstars and popular local acts will perform free and ticketed concerts throughout the city. The 10-day event culminates on Saturday, September 25, in a free outdoor festival on three stages that stretches over six blocks in the South End and brings together people of all ages from every Boston neighborhood, throughout New England, and beyond. Last year's event drew over 80,000, a new festival record.

The festival's largest roster yet includes performances by 30 acts at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC), Scullers Jazz Club, Regattabar, Wally's Cafe, Berklee's Cafe 939 and David Friend Recital Hall, and outdoor stages along Columbus Avenue. The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival is copresented by Target and sponsored by Dunkin' Donuts, Blue Cross Blue Shield, WCVB-TV 5, and others. JazzBoston is a festival partner. The festival is also receiving support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, call 617 747-2261 or visit beantownjazz.org

"Jazz is one of America's greatest contributions to world culture. Without the music of New Orleans, there is no Berklee," says festival artistic director Terri Lyne Carrington. "So we're celebrating our 10th anniversary by giving Beantown a taste of the Big Easy, with New Orleans music on each stage of the outdoor festival, a traditional jazz band marching up and down Columbus Avenue, delicious Southern cuisine, and activities for the whole family." 

Carrington has assembled a diverse and exciting lineup in her second year as artistic director. Among the highlights are Kurt Rosenwinkel and the Orchestra de Jazz de Matosinhos (9/15, BPC); the Bad Plus (9/17, BPC); the John Coltrane Memorial Concert (9/18, Northeastern University); Robert Glasper (9/23, Regattabar); Danilo Perez (9/23–9/24, Scullers); Paula Cole (9/24, BPC); and Terence Blanchard (9/25, Scullers). 

The crown jewel is the free outdoor festival on Saturday, September 25, from noon to 6:00 p.m. on three stages on Columbus Avenue, starting at Massachusetts Avenue. Top acts include Al Kooper and the Funky Faculty, the Jonathan Batiste Trio, Greg Osby and Mark Turner, the Wild Magnolias, Nona Hendryx, the Julian Lage Trio, the Boogaloo Swamis, Rhiannon featuring Abraham Laboriel and Alex Acuña, Grace Kelly, Victor Mendoza, and others. 

The Target Family Park returns to transform the Carter Playground on Columbus Avenue into a hub of activity for kids of all ages, with inflatables, rides, face painting, balloons, and an instrument petting zoo staffed with Berklee professionals. More than 80 vendor booths will offer arts, crafts, accessories, and great food representing a variety of countries.

To browse a list of Berklee BeanTown Jazz festival concerts, visit beantownjazz.org.

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The Mark Poniatowski Situation

Wednesday / October 6, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join bassist Mark Poniatowski as he celebrates the release of his first CD: The Mark Poniatowski Situation. Poniatowski composed and arranged eight jazz instrumentals for the CD, which features a six-piece band. This performance will feature Walt Platt on trumpet, Jon Garniss on trombone, Kenny Hadley on drums, Joe Mulholland on piano, and Dino Govoni on sax.

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Liberal Arts Faculty Reading

Thursday / October 21, 2010 / 4:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Liberal Arts faculty members Ellen Francese, Doug Kohn, and Teodros Kiros will read fiction and nonfiction pieces just published by Bridgeport Word. Come and share in their original works.

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Phil Person: Tribute to the Jazz Icons

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

Faculty member Phil Person leads a quartet in a program of compositions by the icons of jazz.

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Singers Showcase Callback Auditions

Monday / September 20, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Singers Showcase Callback Auditions

This year, for the first time ever, Berklee judges are opening the doors to the final round of auditions for one of the college's most popular events: Singers Showcase. Each vocalist will perform in front of a panel of prestigious Berklee faculty and a live audience—a unique opportunity for aspiring performers to witness the audition experience. After the final audition, the audience will be invited to text their vote, which will be combined with the judges' scores. Be a part of the selection process, hear the judge's critiques, and support your favorite singer as the top vocalists are chosen for the December concert. Results will be announced at the end of the night!

Discounts are available.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Filmprov: <em>Duets</em>

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

Filmprov (an ever-evolving experiment in the union of film, musical improvisation, poetry, and beyond) presents Duets, an exploration of couplings—musical and visual, vocal and instrumental. Professor Lisa Thorson, vocals; Tim Ray, piano; Mark Harvey, trumpet; professor John Funkhouser, bass; and the animated found objects of Kate Matson's film world engage in a series of joyous, contemplative, and unexpected partnerings.

The film Duets begins and finishes with Zen, a dance of two lines. The rhythmic Fractals jumps in, and the lines whirl through the geometric shapes, absorbing and playing with the primary colors of Fractals. As Zen concludes Fractals takes a new partner in the white and sometimes translucent circles of Dots. And the pairings proceed with the likes of silk, eggs, and some tiny cherubs in a deep green world. Interacting with and exploring these visual pas de deux are four exceptionally talented "Filmprovisers" who will have already wowed the audience with their round of musical duets in the first set.

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Sarah Brindell

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

Evolving out of down-tempo funk, pop, and jazz and infused with critical elements of Brazilian rhythms, Sarah Brindell's original music tantalizes the ears through its musical texture, compelling storytelling and palpable soul. Showcasing originals as well as arrangements of tunes by Sting and Freddie Hubbard from her sophomore studio album Dreaming Shoes, Brindell will lead a quintet rhythm section on an inspiring musical journey from beginning to, well, one that you just don’t want to end.

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The H.5 Collective

Tuesday / September 21, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The H.5 Collective

The H.5 Collective was born in the late nights of New England Conservatory's dorm life when five friends from all across the country (and even outside of it) decided to give in to their insomnia and jam. It was then that Charles Burchell, Gus Carns, Kimberly Mayo, Parker McAllister, and Aquiles Navarro realized that the ease and fun of their friendship translated to their group sound as well.

All students of jazz at NEC, the H.5 Collective aims to first serve the music's tradition by honoring those who have influenced them most, such as Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Sarah Vaughan, among many others. However, the band is careful not to turn influence into plain plagiarism, and they tastefully mix the heavy influence of "traditional" jazz with the courage to shirk convention and infuse their own voices into the music of their idols.

With sounds as diverse as New Orleans, New York, Seattle, Panama, and Chicago coming together, the results are always exciting. Burchell keeps the music swinging with his powerful, spring-loaded drumsticks. McAllister holds it down with bass lines that blaze both supportively and creatively. Carns inspires dream-like states with piano work pretty enough to paint; Navarro brings Panamanian fire to his bebop-minded trumpet playing; and Mayo sails on top with the earthy, rich singing that invokes the emotion of vocalists from decades past, while staying true to her young, original voice.  This show is part of the Jazz Revelation Records showcase.

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Zildjian Artist-in-Residence Final Concert featuring Lewis Nash

Wednesday / September 29, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Rhythm Is My Business is the title of his debut recording as a leader, and rhythm is a booming business as far as Lewis Nash is concerned. He is the drummer of choice for an incredible array of artists-from the masters of the music to the hottest young players of today-and is equally in demand as a clinician and educator.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Nash developed an early interest in music and began playing drums at age 10. By 18, he was performing with local jazz groups. By the time he was 21, Nash had become the "first call" jazz drummer in Phoenix, working with Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Red Garland, Lee Konitz, Barney Kessel, and Slide Hampton during their engagements in the city.

In 1981, Nash moved to New York City and joined the trio of the great jazz vocalist Betty Carter. For nearly four years, he toured internationally with Carter. He is featured on three of her recordings, including the Grammy-winning Look What I Got.

World-renowned bassist Ron Carter hired Nash in 1984. As a member of Carter's nonet, quintet, and quartet, Nash toured extensively and is featured on several of the bassist's recordings.

In the fall of 1986, saxophonist Branford Marsalis asked Nash to join his quartet. That active association spanned two years and several continents, and is documented on Marsalis' Grammy-nominated recording Random Abstract, as well as two videos: Royal Garden Blues (directed by Spike Lee) and Branford Marsalis: Steep.

1988 marked the return to the jazz scene of trombone master J.J. Johnson. Johnson frequently asked Nash to provide rhythm duties for his band. That same year, Nash joined the Don Pullen/George Adams quartet, succeeding the late Dannie Richmond. 1989 proved to be an even busier year for Nash, touring with legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins. He also performed with Stan Getz, Art Farmer, Clark Terry, and Milt Jackson.

From 1990 to 2000, Nash was a member of the Tommy Flanagan Trio, and is featured on seven CD recordings with the late piano master. During this period, Nash also toured and recorded with both the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. His impressive discography (over 300 recordings) includes projects with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Benny Carter, Hank Jones, and John Lewis, as well as new jazz stars Diana Krall, Joe Lovano, and Roy Hargrove. Demonstrating his stylistic diversity, Nash is also featured on recordings by Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, Nancy Wilson, Kenny Rankin, Melissa Manchester, and George Michael.

Currently, while he continues to perform and record with a wide variety of artists, Nash leads several of his own exciting groups, from duo to septet. Outside of his many touring and recording accomplishments, thanks to the sponsorship of Sonor drums, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, and Regal Tip drumsticks, Nash has become a sought after jazz educator. His lectures, clinics and workshops are as much in demand as his bandstand and studio work. Lewis Nash: Rhythm is indeed his business.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

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