Concert

Walkin' Up Hip Street / What's Yours Is Mine

Wednesday / September 22, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ayn Inserto

In the first half of the show, Walkin' Up Hip Street will highlight the jazz/funk-fusion music of the mid-'70s through the early '80s. The big band ensemble features the arrangements of Berklee faculty member Brian Lewis and is comprised of some of Berklee's finest faculty, students, and graduates.

In the second half, the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra presents What's Yours Is Mine, featuring a new aspect of the group: arrangements by Inserto of the band members' original compositions. There will also be new original music by Inserto herself. This 17-member big band has been performing in the Boston area for the last eight years, and will feature faculty members Allan Chase and Eric Byers.

Inserto is a groundbreaking composer who is emerging as one of the preeminent voices of her generation. She holds an M.M. in jazz composition from the New England Conservatory. She won the 2007 IAJE/ASCAP Emerging Composer Commission honoring Frank Foster, the 2003/04 and 2005/06 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards, the Concord Pavilion Associates Marian McPartland Award, and more. Her music has been performed at the IAJE Conference, Montreux Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, and 2009 Fano Jazz Festival in Fano, Italy, among others. She has received numerous commissions. Inserto lives in Boston, is an assistant professor at Berklee, and teaches privately in Massachusetts. Her second album, Muse, was released in February 2009 and features George Garzone. 

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Jeffrey Gaines/Jenn Adams

Saturday / September 18, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jeffrey Gaines

Since Jeffrey Gaines's self-titled debut was released, this expressive and dynamic singer, guitarist, and songwriter has been heralded for his soul-searching confessional lyrics and his powerful live performances. His accolades include Emmy nominations, Pollstar's best live solo artist, and worldwide theater, club, and arena tours.

Twisting the corners of folk, blues, and jazz into immediately personal songs, Jenn Adams is internationally recognized for her distinctive sound and well-crafted songwriting. With an extensive backlog of experience and craft, her songs scale a diverse foundation that refuses to blend into the ordinary.

Admission: 
$10

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.

Admission: 

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.

Admission: 

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

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