Concert

Jer Coons w/ Special Guests Seth Glier and Jesse Ruben

Wednesday / September 29, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jer Coons

Armed with drop-dead catchy melodies, boyish good looks, and a charm equal to or greater than that of Paris Hilton, Jer Coons is poised for national recognition. Speak, his debut album, was released last September. You may have heard his song “Legs” when your iPod broke and you had to listen to the radio. It is also possible that you heard it while buying some fresh digs at Hollister, grabbing some fresh produce at various chain supermarkets, picking out fresh paint at Home Depot, taking a nap on a comfy mattress at Big Lots or even while eating the Endless Lunch for only $6.99 at T.G.I. Fridays. Basically, the only way you could have not heard “Legs” is if you shop at Whole Foods or Lowe's. Download Coons's cover of the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back."

Seth Glier will grab you—if not with his powerful falsetto or his melodic prowess, then with what Performer Magazine calls his “intoxicating groove.” The 20-year-old singer, pianist, and guitarist aims straight for the gut on his MPress Records debut, The Trouble with People.

Jesse Ruben’s story begins in the heart of a musical family. His father and grandfather were both professional musicians, performing at weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, corporate events, and other gatherings in Philadelphia and its environs. Ruben recalls watching in awe as his dad’s band rehearsed rock, pop, and r&b hits. He began taking piano lessons, but lost interest during his adolescence. “I had told myself I couldn’t play guitar because that was my dad’s instrument,” he says. “Then I realized how stupid that was.” His father bought him a cheap guitar with the promise of a better instrument if he made progress; the guitar felt right in Ruben’s hands, and by age 16 he was writing songs.

Admission: 
$10 in advance, $12 at the door

Kamora Trio

Wednesday / September 8, 2010 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ryan Dragon

Ryan Dragon, a jazz composition student at Berklee, has been studying music since the age of 8, focusing on trombone for the majority of his time. The Kamora Quartet features Dragon's original music as well as original compositions from other members of the group. Dragon recently started a record company called Kamora Records, a collective of young artists, primarily jazz musicians, who are constantly pursuing the dream of playing music for a living. In addition, he is collaborating on pieces with his sister Ashley to bring the arts of music and dance together to attain a freedom of expression that is so important in the arts.

This concert is presented by Harvard Longwood Campus and takes place at the Harvard School of Public Health.

 

Admission: 
Free

Merrily James

Wednesday / September 1, 2010 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Merrily James

Growing up in Seattle, Merrily James learned to sing by touring with the Total Experience Gospel Choir. At age 17 she was picked up by Showtime at the Apollo and had the audience singing along with her to Aretha Franklin on the national television series hosted by Sinbad. James has shared the stage with Bobby McFerrin, Phillip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire), Don Was, and Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power). She was selected as the sole performer for Google's grand opening celebration (Cambridge) in 2008 and has been featured with the New York Songwriters Circle. Last month she was the singer/songwriter winner of the Artist on the Verge Ourstage competition, and the Indie Artist Suggestion on Women of Substance Radio.

This concert is presented by Harvard Longwood Campus and takes place at Harvard Medical School.

 

Admission: 
Free

String Department Faculty Concert

Tuesday / September 14, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join the String Department faculty for our annual welcome-back concert. This sixth-annual concert highlights the immense musical diversity of the faculty and the department.

Admission: 

Lawrence "Larry" Watson: Singing the Mission Statement, with the Alvin Foster Orchestra

Monday / September 27, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Larry Watson

Professor Larry Watson will present a musical evening of "edutainment," performing original compositions and soulful African American classical music. He will be joined by the Alvin Foster Orchestra, a full orchestra and choir composed of Berklee alumni, faculty, students, and members of the Boston community. It will be an evening of celebration and retrospection honoring the music and the trailblazers of soul, rhythm, gospel, jazz, black arts songs, and contemporary music.

Alvin Foster, a Berklee alumnus, has demonstrated his compositional skills, vocal prowess, and ability to execute several musical styles that are part of the foundation of the Berklee curriculum. Watson has invited Alvin Foster to be the evening's musical director and conductor. Watson, one of Foster's mentors, is inviting several members of the Berklee community to present an evening of music that captures the essence of the Berklee mission statement:

"The mission of Berklee College of Music is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in music as a career."

Alvin has transcribed and composed several string and horn parts to several of my original compositions. The musical selections represent the part of the African diaspora that affirms the fluidity of the traditional definitions currently associated with soul, blues, jazz, contemporary pop, rhythm, and gospel music. The music presented will tap into the tradition characterized by Nina Simone, Sweet Honey and the Rock, Donny Hathaway, the Last Poets, Gil Scott Heron, and the Sounds of Blackness. The music borrows from all of the traditional categories that popularly define black music and thereby is an authentic homage to the black musical tradition.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Katherine Jenkins

Friday / November 12, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Katherine Jenkins

Katherine Jenkins is a Welsh mezzo-soprano, a classical-popular crossover singer. Her albums feature a mixture of arias, popular songs, hymns and light classical music. Jenkins is a judge on Popstar to Operastar and is also set to star in the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special.

Six out of seven of Jenkins's studio albums reached number one in the classical charts between 2004 and 2008, selling a total of more than 4 million copies. After her first album, Premiere, made her the fastest-selling mezzo-soprano to date she became the first British classical crossover artist to have two number one albums in the same year. She is also the first female artist to win two consecutive Classical BRIT Awards: her second album, Second Nature, reached number 16 in the UK pop charts and was Album of the Year in the 2005 BRIT Awards.

Admission: 
$40, $30, reserved seating

Djavan

Sunday / October 31, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Djavan

Recognized worldwide as one of Brazil's biggest musical stars, Djavan is a prolific and creative singer/songwriter. He fuses bossa nova, samba, and Bahian rhythms with jazz, pop, funk, and r&b.

Singing with a rich, expressive voice, Djavan creates innovative poignant music filled with poetic images, honesty, and humility.

Admission: 
$65, $50, $40, $30, reserved seating

The Richard Thompson Band

Friday / October 29, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Richard Thompson

No artist to emerge in the second half of the '60s has gone on to have a more productive and vital career than singer/songwriter/guitarist Richard Thompson. While still a teenager, he founded and led Fairport Convention, which was to British folk-rock what the Byrds were to the idiom's American equivalent.

Thompson, who was described in Rolling Stone as the "thinking man's guitar god," is among the most distinctive of guitar virtuosos, capable of breathtaking drama and sublime delicacy, depending on the song and the amp setting.

Over the course of his career, Thompson has earned numerous awards and honors, including the Ivor Novello Award for songwriting, the Orville Gibson Award for guitarists, and a spot in the Top 20 of Rolling Stone's list of all-time guitar greats. In 2006, he was awarded the BBC Lifetime Achievement Award.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see him perform on electric guitar fronting a full band! The latest lineup features Pete Zorn (guitars, flute, sax, mandolin), Michael Jerome (drums), Taras Prodaniuk (bass), and Joel Zifkin (violin, mandolin).

 

Admission: 
$39.50, $36.50 reserved seating

Fall Together

Wednesday / October 27, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Fall Together

Fall Together is the annual Jazz Composition Department faculty concert, featuring music written by jazz comp faculty and played by a faculty jazz orchestra. Music for this concert will be written by Greg Hopkins, Bob Pilkington, Ken Pullig, Marc Rossi, Bruce Thomas, and Phil Wilson.

Available discounts

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Buika

Saturday / October 23, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Buika

Hailed as the "Flamenco Queen," Concha Buika is the daughter of political refugees from the African nation of Equatorial Guinea and grew up in a Gypsy neighborhood on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

Often compared to a young Nina Simone, Buika completely surrenders herself to her art, plunging deep into her emotions and emerging with a sonorous, rasping voice that reveals her inner anguish. The New York Times calls her unique blend of flamenco, jazz, soul, and blues, "luminous . . . magnificent . . . superb!”

Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.

Admission: 
$37, $32, $30, reserved seating

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