Straight No Chaser are neither straitlaced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. As original member Randy Stine comments, "We take the music very seriously; we just don't take ourselves too seriously." In the process, they are reinventing the idea of modern pop a cappella.
Originally formed a dozen years ago while the members were students at Indiana University, the group has reassembled and reemerged as a phenomenon with a huge fan base, millions of viewers on YouTube, and a contract with Atlantic Records. In an era when so much pop music is the product of digital processing and ProTooling, Straight No Chaser is the real deal—the captivating sound of 10 unadulterated voices coming together to make extraordinary music.
Since his arrival in New York from Cuba in 1999, Dafnis Prieto has performed with Chucho Valdés, Michel Camilo, Don Byron, Steve Coleman, and Eddie Palmieri, among others. His own recordings have received Grammy Award nomimations. The Dafnis Prieto Si o Si Quartet includes Peter Apfelbaum, saxophone and percussion; Manuel Varela, piano; and Yunior Terry, bass. First set: concert. Second set: jam session.
Marsalis Berklee Jams is an innovative combination of concert performance, jam session, and classroom interaction. The program brings up-and-coming jazz groups to Boston for performances and jam sessions with Berklee students, as well as master classes and clinics. The series is produced in partnership with Marsalis Music, the Cambridge-based record label founded by Berklee alumnus Branford Marsalis.