Concert

Jazz Vocal Series

Monday / March 30, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Under the direction of faculty vocalist Maggi Scott, faculty jazz vocalists will perform jazz standards in a variety of settings, including duets, accompanied by piano, bass, and drums.

Admission: 

Berklee Monterey Quintet

Thursday / September 10, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
The Roy Guzman Quintet

Each fall, Berklee chooses its finest students to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival, where they perform to standing-room-only audiences. Led by guitarist Roy Guzman, the group featured here performed at the festival in 2007, and are already highly sought after, with dozens of professional credits, major awards, and concerts. The Berklee Monterey Quintet features:

  • Roy Guzman, guitar, also a composer and the group's leader, is from Cupey, Puerto Rico and has been a part of the growing jazz scene of the San Juan's metropolitan area since he was 16

  • Billy Buss, trumpet, winner of two Down Beat Student Music Awards for Outstanding Performance/Soloist
  • Greg Chaplin, bass, selected as bassist for the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Combo, where he played with Phil Woods, James Moody, McCoy Tyner, Patti Austin, and others
  • Michael Sachs, saxophone, attending Berklee on a full tuition scholarship  
  • Mark Whitfield Jr., drums, performer at the JVC Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, and the Kennedy Center

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Katie Thiroux Trio

Monday / July 20, 2009 / 5:00 p.m.
Regattabar Courtyard Series
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Katie Thiroux Trio

Los Angeles-bred bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux brings her trio to Cambridge. The Katie Thiroux Trio has performed from coast to coast at venues such as the Kitano, Cachaca Jazz Club, the Lighthouse, Catalina's Jazz Club.

Influenced by the invigorating styles of Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Bill Evans and Anita O'Day, the Katie Thiroux Quartet swings hard every time. Thiroux's acrobatic vocal arrangements and instrumentals have established the group's unique style, which is why its leader is regarded as one of today's most exceptional young talents.

Thiroux is also an on-call sideman. She was called in to perform at the 2009 Münster Jazz Festival, joining Mosaic, a group led by drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and also featuring Geri Allen and Ingrid Jensen.

Other notable performances include the Monterey, Newport Beach, and Vail jazz festivals. Thiroux studies at Berklee on the full-ride Presidential Scholarship.

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Animal Zoo featuring Manami Morita

Saturday / August 15, 2009 / 11:30 a.m.
Salem Jazz and Soul Festival
157 Fort Avenue
Salem
MA
United States
01970
Animal Zoo

Manami Morita, a native of Saitama, Japan, started playing classical piano at age 4. At the time, she hated piano lessons because she wasn't attracted to classical piano. She loved to play but wanted more musical freedom. At 13, Morita discovered jazz and became addicted, even learning improvisation on her own. She was recently awarded the Mary Jane Earnhart Endowed Scholarship. Morita has performed with acclaimed musicians such as Esperanza Spalding, Greg Hopkins, Mark Walker, Rosa Passos, and Oscar Stagnaro.

Washington D.C. native Randy Runyon began playing guitar at the age of 11. He grew up listening to bands like the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix. He discovered a love for jazz during high school and began studying with Baltimore great Carl Filipiak. Since enrolling at Berklee, Runyon has performed with Terri Lyne Carrington at the Blue Note and Iridium Jazz Clubs in New York; with greats such as Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, and Joe Lovano; and with Tiger Okoshi at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Thailand Jazz Conference in Bangkok, the IAJE convention in New York, and the International Trumpet Guild in Alberta, Canada. Performing with Randy is his band, Animal Zoo, whose music.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra

Monday / May 4, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra directed by Eugene Friesen presents a program of original work for strings including two premieres: “String Beings” by faculty composer Bruce Thomas and “Fiddle Suite for String Orchestra” by Berklee graduate Andrew Reiner ’08. The program will also feature Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, various Berklee student soloists, and a performance of Friesen’s string symphony “Under the Sun.”

Admission: 

La Timbistica

Thursday / July 23, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
La Timbistica

La Timbistica is a contemporary All-Star Latin band made up of some of the best young musicians on the East Coast. It was named Down Beat magazine's 2008 Jazz Group of the Year in the collegiate category. This powerhouse sextet (which also performs as a 12-piece salsa band) recently lit up the stage at the Duke Ellington and Monterey jazz festivals, two of the largest and most prestigious festivals in the U.S.

The All-Stars are led by conguero Paulo Stagnaro and include timbalero Marcos Lopez, bassist Juan Maldonado, pianist Alex Brown, saxophonist Godwin Louis, and flutist Enrique Trinidad.

Its Latin jazz repertoire ranges from Afro-Cuban and Brazilian classics to some of it modern original compostions. The group also has a vast repertoire ranging from 1970s, to some of the most contemporary salsa and timba from artists like Isaac Delgado, Marc Anthony, and Victor Manuelle. La Timbistica is a mainstay in the Boston music scene, making regular appearances at Havana Club, Mojito's Lounge, Wally's Jazz Café as well as various music festivals in the area. 

Members have performed and recorded with some of the Latin industry's most prominent musical figures, such as Paquito D'Rivera, Danilo Perez, Batacumbele, Truco y Zaperoco, N'Klabe, Victor Manuelle, Kevin Ceballo, and Tony Perez, among many others.

 

Admission: 
Free

No Picks Allowed

Tuesday / September 22, 2009 / 9:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A set of original rock/fusion instrumentals including two guitars, bass, drums, and possibly keys, led by Don Lappin.

Admission: 

Arturo Peña and Friends

Monday / October 19, 2009 / 9:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Drummer Arturo Peña will present a set with a big band. The tunes are going to be his compositions and/or arrangements with a touch of Latin and jazz.

Admission: 

100th Anniversary Benny Goodman Tribute

Wednesday / September 23, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty clarinetist Harry Skoler with special guest clarinetist Felix Peikli celebrates the 100th anniversary of Benny Goodman’s birth in a sextet tribute. This jazz concert will feature two clarinets, piano, guitar, bass, and drums.

Admission: 

Friends of the Clarinet

Wednesday / January 28, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Friends of the Clarinet present two major works for the clarinet: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581, and Béla Bartók's Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano. Both works demonstrate the great maturity of the composers and explore new techniques for the clarinet with respect to tone-quality, meter, and rhythm. The performers include three Berklee faculty members: Colin Belise, viola; Peter Cokkinias, clarinet; and Kari Juusela, cello, as well as Peter Krysa and Adele Ohki on violin and Kanako Nishikawa on piano.

Admission: 

Pages