Concert

Fausto Cuevas y Su Orquesta la Moderna

Thursday / July 22, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States
Fausto Cuevas

Fausto Cuevas is a native of Brownsville, Texas, where he began playing drums at the age of 11. He continued throughout grade and high school, making his way to Berklee, where he discovered his love for percussion and studied with Giovanni Hidalgo and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez. From Boston, Cuevas traveled to Los Angeles where he currently resides.

In addition to performances at the famed Playboy Jazz Festival and the Blue Note in New York City, Cuevas has recorded, performed, and toured with artists ranging from Latin to legend, including Julio Iglesias, Al Jarreau, Tito Nieves, Roy Hargrove, and Britney Spears. He comes to this show directly from performing with Stevie Wonder in Norway.

This event is part of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series.

This concert is presented by Berklee College of Music, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, ParkArts, and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.

Admission: 
Free

William Cepeda

Thursday / July 29, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States
William Cepeda

Accomplished on the trombone and a noted composer and arranger, William Cepeda comes from a well-known Puerto Rican family rooted in music. He developed a unique style that he calls "Afrorican Jazz"—a fusion of jazz with the folk music he grew up with. 

Studying at Berklee and Queens College connected Cepeda to great jazz musicians and taught him the complexities of jazz improvisation and composition. He also played with and learned much from Dizzy Gillespie, a key figure in Latin jazz, and from African music star Miriam Makeba.

In 1997, Cepeda was selected as one of the most important and influential Puerto Rican composers. He has won awards and grants from Meet the Composer and American Composers Forum, among others. He is currently on faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. 

For this event, which is part of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series, Cepeda will perform with a band comprised primarily of Berklee faculty, students, and alumni.

This concert is presented by Berklee College of Music, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, ParkArts, and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.

Admission: 
Free

Mary Chapin Carpenter and Madeleine Peyroux

Sunday / June 27, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Mary Chapin Carpenter and Madeleine Peyroux

Celebrating Rounder Records's 40th anniversary, Grammy Award-winners Mary Chapin Carpenter and Madeleine Peyroux present a very special evening of quintessential American music. Each artist will perform with her own full back-up band. Please note that this concert has been moved from Symphony Hall to the Berklee Performance Center. All tickets issued by Symphony Hall will be honored at Berklee.

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter is an American folk and country music artist who performs with warmth, intelligence, and an unmistakable voice. The Boston Globe proclaimed that Carpenter's style displays "a mature and important ability to create songs that are simultaneously intimate and anthemic. Her melodies feel as natural and pleasing as a soft breeze; and her lyrics are empathetic and knowable."

Carpenter's blend of country, roots, and rock have earned her five Grammy Awards, and she is the only artist to have won four consecutive Grammys for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Her poetic lyrics include commentary about contemporary politics, such as reactions to the impact of Hurricane Katrina. Carpenter is involved in various charities and foundations, including Nashville Cares, the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, the Campaign for a Landmine Free World, UNICEF, Voters for Choice, the National Fair Housing Association, the Christopher Reeve Foundation, and Amnesty International. The Age of Miracles, Carpenter's forthcoming and 12th release, was recorded in Nashville and was released on Zoe/Rounder Records.

Smoky-voiced singer Madeleine Peyroux has achieved critical notice and sales success with her signature "postmodernist coolness" (Los Angeles Times). In her earliest works Peyroux chose "to tread in the footsteps of a lineage of female singers that includes Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Patsy Cline, and has earned herself a coterie of worshipful admirers in the process," according to the Telegraph UK. Peyroux's jazzy sound has evolved on her latest release, Bare Bones, which offers elements of folk, country, and soul/rock from her own pen. Peyroux says her music builds from wariness, to loss, to acceptance, and finally to hope. "I'm really happy that I got to write," says Peyroux. "It feels like a new segment, and it's great work. Deciding to write all the songs on [Bare Bones] was probably the most difficult choice I've had to make since I decided to become a musician."

Ticket holders for the Symphony Hall show may exchange their tickets for reserved seats at Berklee by any of the following methods. Please note: All exchanges must be made through Berklee. Symphony Hall ticket buyers are encouraged to exchange tickets in advance.

  • In advance, in person, during regular Berklee Box Office hours (Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.) 
  • By mail to: Attn: Box Office, Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass. Ave., Boston, MA 02115 
  • In person on the evening of the performance. The Box Office will open at 4:00 p.m. on June 27.
Admission: 
$56.50, $46.50, reserved seating

Wally’s Stepchildren

Sunday / September 19, 2010 / 9:00 p.m.
Wally's Cafe
427 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Wally's Cafe

Wally's Stepchildren is a funk/fusion band that has had rotating musicians at Wally's for almost 15 years. Some past notable members of this night include drummers John Blackwell (Prince), Adam Deitch (Justin Timberlake), Nikki Glaspie (Beyoncé), and John Roberts (Janet Jackson); guitarist Eric Krasno (Soulive); and keyboardist Rob Lewis (Puff Daddy).

Wally's Cafe was established on January 1, 1947 in Boston. The nightclub is located at the famed intersection of Massachusetts and Columbus avenues. The area was once home to many renowned jazz clubs during the 1940s and 1950s—places with names like the High Hat, Savoy Ballroom, Chicken Lane, the Wig Wam, Big M, and Wally's Paradise—that played a major role introducing jazz to the New England community. Wally's Café now features live music 365 days a year. Many of the musicians are professionals, but Wally's still maintains its tradition of providing students of academic institutions such as Berklee, the Boston Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory of Music with a stage to perfect their craft.

Admission: 
Free

Grace Kelly

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 3:30 p.m.
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Grace Kelly

When it comes to Grace Kelly—saxophonist, vocalist, composer, lyricist, arranger—people seem to be divided into two groups: those who marvel at her proficiency, creativity and ever-accelerating growth, and those who have yet to encounter the 18-year-old wunderkind.
She has performed with high-profile artists such as Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr., and appeared on NPR's Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. Kelly has won the Outstanding Jazz Act honors at the annual Boston Music Awards and local ABC affiliate WCVB-TV named her one of five Bostonians to Watch in 2009. The 2009 57th Down Beat Critics Poll added her to its list of Alto Saxophone Rising Stars, the youngest ever to be named so.

To this astonishing list of kudos and credits, Kelly now adds Mood Changes, the fifth release on her PAZZ label. The album mixes six standards with four Kelly originals and features her working quintet (Jason Palmer, trumpet; Doug Johnson, piano; John Lockwood, basses; Jordan Perlson or Terri Lyne Carrington, drums), with guest appearances by guitarist Adam Rogers on two tracks and trombonist Hal Crook on one.

Admission: 
Free

Danilo Pérez Trio and Guests

Friday / September 24, 2010 / 10:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Danilo Perez

The extraordinary Panamanian pianist and composer Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz (covering the music of the Americas, folkloric, and world music) has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. The New York Times describes Danilo Pérez as "one of the best things that happened to jazz around the turn of the millennium." August 31 marks the release of his new CD, Providencia.

Pérez's abundant talents and joyous enthusiasm make his concerts both memorable and inspiring. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy), Pérez is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz.

He has led his own groups since the early '90s, and as bandleader has earned three Grammy nominations for his ebullient and innovative recordings. Pérez serves as the ambassador of goodwill for Unicef, cultural ambassador of Panama, president and founder of the Panama Jazz Festival, and a faculty member at Berklee.

Admission: 
$25

Danilo Pérez Trio and Guests

Friday / September 24, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Danilo Perez

The extraordinary Panamanian pianist and composer Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz (covering the music of the Americas, folkloric, and world music) has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. The New York Times describes Danilo Pérez as "one of the best things that happened to jazz around the turn of the millennium." August 31 marks the release of his new CD, Providencia.

Pérez's abundant talents and joyous enthusiasm make his concerts both memorable and inspiring. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy), Pérez is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz.

He has led his own groups since the early '90s, and as bandleader has earned three Grammy nominations for his ebullient and innovative recordings. Pérez serves as the ambassador of goodwill for Unicef, cultural ambassador of Panama, president and founder of the Panama Jazz Festival, and a faculty member at Berklee.

Admission: 
$25

Danilo Pérez Trio and Guests

Thursday / September 23, 2010 / 10:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Danilo Perez

The extraordinary Panamanian pianist and composer Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz (covering the music of the Americas, folkloric, and world music) has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. The New York Times describes Danilo Pérez as "one of the best things that happened to jazz around the turn of the millennium." August 31 marks the release of his new CD, Providencia.

Pérez's abundant talents and joyous enthusiasm make his concerts both memorable and inspiring. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy), Pérez is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz.

He has led his own groups since the early '90s, and as bandleader has earned three Grammy nominations for his ebullient and innovative recordings. Pérez serves as the ambassador of goodwill for Unicef, cultural ambassador of Panama, president and founder of the Panama Jazz Festival, and a faculty member at Berklee.

 

 

Admission: 
$25

Danilo Pérez Trio and Guests

Thursday / September 23, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Danilo Pérez

The extraordinary Panamanian pianist and composer Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz (covering the music of the Americas, folkloric, and world music) has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. The New York Times describes Danilo Pérez as "one of the best things that happened to jazz around the turn of the millennium." August 31 marks the release of his new CD, Providencia.

Pérez's abundant talents and joyous enthusiasm make his concerts both memorable and inspiring. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy), Pérez is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz.

He has led his own groups since the early '90s, and as bandleader has earned three Grammy nominations for his ebullient and innovative recordings. Pérez serves as the ambassador of goodwill for Unicef, cultural ambassador of Panama, president and founder of the Panama Jazz Festival, and a faculty member at Berklee College of Music.



 

 

Admission: 
$25

Allison Weiss / Lauren Zettler / Keppie Coutts

Wednesday / June 30, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Allison Weiss

The Red Room will be welcoming Allison Weiss and Lauren Zettler. Weiss brings "your saddest memories sung to the tune of your happiest," with her upbeat music as a backdrop to sad stories. Joining her will be Zettler, a Berklee alumna whose lush and colorful songs define her as a singer/songwriter.

Allison Weiss writes, “I play guitar and tell my secrets to audiences. When I don't hate the world, I'm completely in love with it. My passions in life are music, graphic design, laughing and making people laugh, having awesome conversations, the internet, the concept of love, and attempting to solve problems and/or win hearts through catchy songs of hope. My favorite part of playing music is paying my dues. I like to work hard and be rewarded. I like to play out of state and sleep on people's floors. I like to make xerox CDs and sell them for production cost. I like crowds who pay attention, and crowds who get drunk and dance. I like to break strings and break hearts and lose sleep and make friends.”

After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Lauren Zettler was convinced of a practical life, working for one of the largest music companies in the world in New York City. When she realized that she was evading her passion for performance, she quit her job, wrote her first EP, and went to LA. Her story will continue to unfold in the Red Room.

Opening the show will be another Berklee alumna, Keppie Coutts. John Mayer says Keppie's "voice is beautiful, just gorgeous. [She's] like a contemporary female Nick Drake . . . and [her] guitar playing is so beautiful, so raw."

Admission: 
$8

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