Concert

Nando Michelin Group

Thursday / September 16, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Nando Michelin

The Nando Michelin Group will bring the sweet sounds of South American–influenced jazz, playing pieces from its latest album, Reencontro, as well as some new, unreleased compositions. The group features Melissa Aldana on saxophone, Rogério Boccato on percussion, Fernando Huergo on bass, Nando Michelin on piano, and Tiago Michelin on drums. Space is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission: 
Free

Dave Maxwell

Monday / September 13, 2010 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

David Maxwell, new to the piano faculty this fall, will be playing a variety of blues-related pieces: classic and original deep blues, boogie-woogie, funk, and gospel/jazz. Some of these songs he has showcased on his albums, and he'll also play some new material—and maybe a jazz piece or two. 

Maxwell played at the Blues Summit at Rose Hall/Lincoln Center this June featuring James Cotton, Taj Mahal, and other luminaries. He recently won the 2010 W.C. Handy Blues Music Award for Best Acoustic Album with Louisiana Red. He has also won a Grammy for his contribution to a James Cotton album, and many other nominations and awards for piano performance and recorded work. For the last two years, his band Maximum Blues was voted Best Blues Act at the Boston Music Awards.

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Dear Havanah / Mark Hopkins

Friday / September 24, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Dear Havanah

Every so often, a band comes along that blurs the lines of musical genres. With hints of pop, soul, and rock 'n' roll, Dear Havanah is that band. The Boston-based group is celebrating the release of its second album, The Whole Way Home, produced by Alan Evans of Soulive.

Drawing from a multitude of styles is easy for Dear Havanah, because each member comes from his own unique musical background. Citing influences that include Dave Matthews, the Black Crowes, and Grace Potter, Dear Havanah has no problem offering listeners something diverse and original.

2009 proved to be a successful year for the band. With their Veggie Co. Records debut on iTunes, Dear Havanah toured clubs and college campuses from the Northeast to the Midwest, making a name for themselves across the country.

Opening act Mark Hopkins weaves a lively tapestry with his groovy tunes, sewing in threads of blues and funk. With personal lyrics emphasizing imagery, his opening won’t be one to miss.

Admission: 
$10

Spajazzy: <em>Al Dente</em> / How to Hunt a Lehmann

Tuesday / September 21, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Spajazzy, Lehman, Hunt

Formed in 1998, Spajazzy blends the Italian melodic background of leaders Sergio Bellotti and Tino D'Agostino with the atmosphere and energy of electric jazz. This concert will showcase original compositions from the new album Al Dente, coproduced by Berklee faculty member/master keyboard player Steve Hunt. The group also features Bill Vint on saxophone.

Pianist Steve Hunt joins his colleague and drummer Bertram Lehmann in a program of eclectic jazz and acoustic fusion drawing on original compositions by both faculty members, as well as music of Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, and Turkish masters. Guests include Amir Milstein on flute and Annette Philip on vocals. 

 

 

 

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Julian Velard / Mikey Wax / Jeff LeBlanc

Friday / October 8, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Julian Velard

Native New Yorker, London resident, former kindergarten gym teacher, and one-time Parisian street sweeper, Julian Velard is a true original—the kind of character in a Wes Anderson or Quentin Tarantino film with whom you’d like to grab a drink. He fuses effortless cool with self-deprecating humor, serving up old-school pop perfection with a raised eyebrow.

After releasing three records independently, in 2007 Velard garnered UK major-label attention and was plucked from relative obscurity off MySpace. He signed a deal and promptly moved to England. Since then, he has straddled the Atlantic, writing songs for himself and others, and playing shows alongside Jamie Cullum, Kate Nash, Ben Kweller, Shelby Lynne, and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, among others. He is currently working towards the release of his label debut.

Mikey Wax and Jeff LeBlanc round out the bill.

Admission: 
$10 advance (general admission), $12 day of show

The Harmony Department Presents "Ones and Twos"

Tuesday / October 5, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert of solo and duo performances by Harmony Department faculty and guests, with original jazz compositions and arrangements by Harmony faculty performers. Featured performers include Kris Adams, Bill Bares, David Harris, Tom Hojnacki, Hey Rim Jeon, Steve Kirby, Alizon Lissance, Rick McLaughlin, Joe Mulholland, George W. Russell Jr., and J. Curtis Warner.

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Julien Kasper Band

Wednesday / September 29, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitar professor Julien Kasper performs original instrumental music from his three albums with Zac Casher on drums and Jesse Williams on bass.

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Fresh Prospects: David Wyatt and Katrina Bello

Friday / September 10, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Red Room at Cafe 939 presents Fresh Prospects, a showcase of the best up-and-coming Berklee artists reworking their favorite songs into intimate acoustic performances. This month's artists are David Wyatt and Katrina Bello.

Over the last few years David Wyatt has performed with many artists, including number one guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, opening for him in the Newcastle opera house and the Belfast Waterfront. He has also played alongside top slide guitarist Johnny Dickenson and James Morrison to name a few. Most recently Wyatt has been involved with two major record labels and recorded with top producer James Sanger, who has worked with the likes of Brian Eno and Keane. Soon to be released will be David's second album You Will Rise, where he teamed up with John Butler from Diesel Park West.

Katrina Bello is an emerging soul/r&b vocalist and songwriter from the D.C. metropolitan area. Bello decided to transfer to Berklee College of Music in her second year of college at the University of Pittsburgh, to continue working towards perfecting her craft. Currently in Boston, she is studying music and working with an array of producers in hopes of expanding her sound and honing her skills as both a singer and songwriter.

Admission: 
Free

Lihi Haruvi

Thursday / September 2, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Lihi Haruvi

Saxophonist Lihi Haruvi is currently a jazz performance and film scoring dual major at Berklee. One of her original tunes has been chosen for Berklee's 2010 Jazz Revelation Records CD.

Haruvi picked up the saxophone at the age of 10, and through the years she has led the Givat Brenner Alpanna saxophone quartet and been a player and a soloist in the Bnei-Hakibbutzim classical orchestra. She studied at the prestigious Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts, Tel-Aviv Conservatory, and Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. She received Excellent Musician status in the military and was accepted into the Israeli army orchestra as a lead alto and a soloist, where she served for two years.

Admission: 
Free

Jazz Vocal Series

Tuesday / November 2, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jazz vocalists will perform selections from the Great American Songbook accompanied by a trio.

Admission: 

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