Concert

Blake Branch Jazz Composition Recital

Tuesday / December 1, 2009 / 6:00 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Blake Branch presents his jazz composition portfolio in this recital.

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Berklee Artist Series featuring Greg Osby

Tuesday / November 3, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Greg Osby

The new Berklee Artists Series at Scullers is a monthly concert series featuring Berklee faculty artists and students in intimate combined concert performances at the world-renowned Scullers Jazz Club. On Tuesday, November 3 the series spotlights saxophonist Greg Osby.

Saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years. 

Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Osby is a shining beacon among the current generation of jazz musicians. He has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim for his recorded works and passionate live performances. 

Born and reared in St. Louis, Osby began his professional music career in 1975, after three years of private studies on clarinet, flute, and alto saxophone. Coming from a vibrant and musical city, Osby showed an early interest in the performing arts and spent his years in secondary school with a heavy involvement in blues and jazz groups. In 1978 Osby furthered his musical education at Howard University (Washington, D.C.) where he majored in jazz studies. He continued his studies at the Berklee College of Music from 1980 to 1983. 

Upon relocating to New York in early 1983, Osby quickly established himself as a notable and in-demand sideman for artists as varied as Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jim Hall, and Jaki Byard, as well as with many ethnic and new music ensembles in the New York area.

In 1985 Osby was invited to to join Jack DeJohnette's innovative group, Special Edition. It was as a member of this ensemble that Osby was able to fine tune the more challenging aspects of his conception in an open-ended, no-holds-barred musical situation.

In 1987, Osby signed his first recording deal with a new German label, JMT (Jazz Music Today). With this situation, he felt that he was finally able to document life as he saw it through music. He had free creative reign to do whatever he liked. He recorded four CD titles for that label. Osby signed with Blue Note Records in 1990 and recorded 15 outstanding recordings for that label as a leader. 

In 2008, Osby launched his own label, Inner Circle Music, which serves as a platform for many of today's brightest artists. From the pulse of the streets and the language of a generation, Osby has sketched numerous musical essays set to a contemporary score using the improvisational nature of jazz as the connecting thread. 

On 9 Levels, his latest recording on Inner Circle Music, Osby presents his wares in a sextet format and is joined by special guests, Nir Felder, guitar; Adam Birnbaum, piano; Joseph Lepore, bass; Hamir Atwal, drums; and a welcome newcomer to the international jazz scene, vocalist Sara Serpa.

The 2009/2010 Berklee Artist series will also include Terri Lyne Carrington; Donna McElroy; Marc Rossi; Gabrielle Goodman; Six Guitar Brothers: David Fiuczynski, David Gilmore, David Thomas, James Peterson, Thaddeus Hogath, Bill Banfield; George Russell Jr.; Lenny Stallworth; Stan Strickland; and Kenwood Dennard.

The concert series is arranged by Fred Taylor, Scullers' artistic director, and produced by Bill Banfield, professor of Africana Studies at Berklee.

Admission: 
$18

Singers' Night

Tuesday / November 3, 2009 / 7:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Singers' Night features voice students performing in a range of genres.

Liz Longley is a seventh semester student studying voice and majoring in songwriting. Within the past six months, Longley has won recognition in four major songwriting competitions in the folk/acoustic scene: new folk finalist at the Kerrville Folk Fest; emerging artist at Falcon Ridge Folk Fest; cowinner of Mountain Stage New Song Contest and grand prize winner of the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival's Songwriter Showcase.

Nicole Boggs is a professional music major from Denver, Colorado focusing on songwriting, performance, and contemporary writing and production. She has shared the stage with artists like Meshell Ndegeocello, Siedah Garrett, Joyce Kennedy, Josh Groban, Dianne Reeves, and Don Lewis, and has extensive studio experience with artists and producers including David Fair, Ryan Chrys, Justin Peacock, and Berklee alumnus Fernando Curiel.

Dewin Hernandez is a fourth semester student and a music education and music business/management major and vocalist/songwriter who fuses his love of jazz, soul, merengue, and salsa to create a unique sound that is completely his own. A previous Five-Week Singers Showcase participant, Hernandez was awarded the Youth of the Year award by Lawrence Community Works and a Spotlight award at the North Shore Music Theatre.

Caroline Allen is a first semester student from Shelby, North Carolina, who has been singing competitively since the age of 12. She won first place three years in a row at Carolinas' Star Systems Showcase in Charleston, South Carolina, and sang the national anthem for the Charlotte Bobcats, Charlotte Checkers, and Budweiser Summer Shootout at Lowes Motor Speedway. She has also worked with Brian Greene, a producer for Disney and a Christian label in Nashville, Tennessee. She has been been a demo vocalist for John Deboard and Rick Bowels. 

Joelle has been a contestant and finalist on a variety of shows including Showtime at the Apollo (2001), Star Search (2002), America's Most Talented Kid (2004), and season six of American Idol, where she was a Top 40 finalist. At age 11 Joelle performed "Georgia On My Mind" for the late Ray Charles at the Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival, and she is a regular national anthem performer for professional sports teams in California and in Boston, where she recently sang for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Nick Hakim was born and raised in Washington, D.C. Growing up he was surrounded by many different styles of music such as classic rock, soul, hip-hop, funk, punk rock, reggae, and Latin music. His mother is from Chile and his father is from Peru. Hakim started getting interested in music when he was 16. Some of his influences include Jimi Hendrix, D'angelo, Erykah Badu, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Toot and the Maytals, and many more. 

Edwin Sims is a seventh semester voice principal and songwriting major from Pflugerville Texas, who one day aspires to be a well respected songwriter in many genres from country and pop to Christian and r&b.

Dana Lauren is a jazz vocalist from Hartford, Connecticut, who's Dana Lauren Sextet was one of four groups chosen last summer to receive a full scholarship to the Aspen JAS Academy led by bassist Christian McBride. She performed with Arturo Sandoval at Sculler's in Boston, Birdland in New York, the Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club in Miami, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and is scheduled to appear with him at the Blue Note in New York in January. Sandoval also produced and is featured on her current CD, Stairway to the Stars.

Shea Rose, a Boston native and fifth semester professional music major, has been described as the female Lenny Kravitz meets Lauryn Hill, and was recently nominated for the 2010 New England Urban Music Awards in the r&b female category.  Shea performed at the BPC last fall as the opener for Berklee's Women in Rock concert, and was featured on Berklee's Heavy Rotation Records' Dorm Sessions 6 CD. She also collaborated with Cindy Blackman on a six-song EP, and she was called to open the 2009 New England Urban Music Awards.

Lillie Grace Tinsley is a first semester vocalist from Upper Marlboro, Maryland where she majored in classical piano in the Visual and Performing Arts Program at Suitland High School. Tinsley has performed at many different venues both nationally and internationally including the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Other high-profile gigs include the swearing-in ceremony of Washington, D.C.'s police chief, Cathy Lanier, and performing "God Bless America" at the Washington Nationals Baseball game in 2007, as well as several Presidential inaugural events in 2008.

Sophia Pizzulo is a 19 year-old vocal performance major from Los Angeles, California. In addition to her work here at Berklee, she plays with her band Sister Kin with classmate Sveta Bout; has appeared as a member of the chorus on the 2007 feature film Hairspray soundtrack; was featured on a track for the hip-hop artist Metaphor from New Jersey, released on the Northeastern record label, Greenline Records; and landed a part on three episodes of the new television series 90210, singing and dancing in a high school musical production of Spring Awakening.

Sidharth (Sid) Sriram is a third semester MP&E and vocal performance double major, with an interest in r&b/soul and jazz vocal music. He is also a professional performer of carnatic (South Indian classical) vocal music who has multiple songwriting competitions in and outside of Berklee.

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Mili Bermejo: Love Songs of the Americas

Tuesday / November 10, 2009 / 7:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Love Songs of the Americas A Collection of Classic Songs from North and South America Mili Bermejo, voice; Eugene Friesen, cello; Dan Greenspan, bass; Tim Ray, piano. This new musical project features Berklee faculty members Mili Bermejo and Eugene Friesen in truly luscious music - - romantic songs from a variety of lyrical traditions and cultures. Songs in Spanish and English will feature the vocal artistry of Mili in arrangements enhanced by the soulful cello of Eugene. Using musical language authentic to each song and filtered by jazz and other world traditions, Love Songs of the Americas will reveal a different facet of the four veteran musicians, all contributing to the compositions and arrangements and reflecting a great diversity of style and talent. The project will be recorded in the near future and will also include the World String Orchestra with 25 members.

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Canada Night at Berklee

Wednesday / October 28, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Canada Night at Berklee

Canadian students have become one of the largest international groups among those coming from Berklee's 70 different countries. This night showcases Lucian Gray (guitar) and Samantha Schultz (voice and guitar), winners of the prestigious Slaight Family Scholarship. The night also introduces a stunningly talented group of Canadian singer/songwriters, all current Berklee students: Keisa Ellestad (voice, piano, guitar), Matthew Genovese (voice, guitar), Ali Slaight (voice), and Ivonne Hernandez (fiddle, step dancing, vocals, percussion). Join us to celebrate the amazing cultural diversity at Berklee.

Read the full press release.

 

Admission: 
$20 general admission, free with Berklee ID

Jeannie, Kristen & Susan

Thursday / October 29, 2009 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Voice faculty members Jeannie Gagne, Kristin Cifelli and Susan Cattaneo present original songs and pop/rock classics. They will be joined on stage by faculty and students.

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The Heart and Soul of Cuban Salsa: Issac Delgado Meets Berklee

Thursday / November 12, 2009 / 7:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Issac Delgado

Issac Delgado is a familiar voice to those who follow the musical development in Cuba. Born into a theatrical and musical family in Havana, he began his artistic career in a band called Proyecto with the virtuoso pianist and composer, Gonzalo Rubalcaba. He eventually moved to Pacho Alonso’s Orchestra and later to the Galaxia Group, recording two albums with each group.

His work with N. G. La Banda, one of the most creative Cuban dance groups, attracted large audiences in Europe, Japan, and the United States. The group’s 1992 release En la Calle included the number one world beat hit of the year, “Necesito Una Amiga.”

In 1991, Issac decided to form his own orchestra by scouting talented young musicians who were interested in starting a new stage in their artistic careers. Dando la Hora, his first album as a soloist, is a collector’s item for tropical music lovers. It featured arrangements by Gonzalo Rubalcaba and the first computer synchronized horn section in salsa. Con Ganas, his second production, was also a resounding success.

Always in search of new horizons, in 1995 Issac Delgado joined the RMM International label, recording El Año Que Viene. This recording had an unprecedented impact on the salsa industry, earning him the opportunity to perform at one of the largest salsa festivals around the world: the New York Salsa Festival at Madison Square Garden with Celia Cruz, El Canario, and Grupo Niche. His second RMM release Otra Idea recorded in New York, united the adventurous Afro-Cuban spirits of pianist Ivan “Melon” Gonzalez and arranger/songwriter Joaquin Betancourt with New York’s most ardent practitioners of new Afro-Caribbean dance music, Isidro Infante, Johnny Almendra, Papo Pepin, and Ruben Rodriguez. Mi Primera Noche, an avant-garde project that does not break the traditions of tropical music, followed this release in 1999.

By 2000, Issac was ready to produce his own recording. At Abdala, the state-of-the art recording studio in Havana, Issac delivered a well-balanced, powerful work. La Formula became an instant success and the number one song in Cuba. This production includes collaborations with Pablo Milanes, Juan and Samuel Formell of Los Van Van, and once again, master pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Delgado pours his passionate, hard-hitting sounds and breaks into all the tracks. The Latin Music Recording Academy recognized this effort and nominated Issac for two Grammy Awards in 2001. The nominations were for Best Tropical Album and Best Tropical Song for “La Formula."

Versos en el Cielo was a well-received follow-up to La Formula featuring all the passion and complexity of his previous work along with a new lyrical sound. Throughout the production is the unmistakable rhythm of Cuba’s timba mixed with the New York sound. Other Seis del Solar members Mark Quinones, Arturo Ortiz and Ruben Rodriguez joined Irizarry in Havana for this unique production. In collaboration with multi-Grammy winner engineer Jon Fausty, it promised to be the next step in the evolution of Caribbean music.

Frustrated by restrictions in Cuba, Delgado and his family walked across the Mexican-United States border to launch a new phase of his career. His first release in the U.S., 2007’s En Ultima Plana, earned Delgado global acclaim including three Grammy nominations, and the hit single “La Mujer Que Mas Te Duele” (featuring Victor Manuelle). Combining Cuban and American Latino, sweetness and drive, musical quality and pop energy in an exuberant demonstration of salsa, timba and son, Delgado and producer Sergio George delivered danceable fun.

His last release, Asi Soy, recorded in Puerto Rico and Miami, is distinguished by great quality of the vocals and of excellent musical direction. Delgado delivers his traditional salsa/timba fused with rhythms and romantic musical influences of pop along with the contemporary sounds of urban music. The singer also acts as composer and producer and is once again accompanied by producer Sergio George and Jose M. Lugo, Gilberto Santa Rosa’s musical director.

Delgado is an artist that assumes challenges and considers music as a vital and inescapable experience. He has studied his roots, identity, history, and culture. During his impressive path, El Chevere de la Salsa has gifted us with the results of his lifetime work—incredibly rich, soulful, beautiful heritage of his musical homage to the land and the people of Cuba.

Admission: 
$25, $20 reserved seating

Tom Kain Piano Recital

Wednesday / October 21, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Pianist and composer Tom Kain hosts a night of original jazz works and "hidden gems" of the jazz tradition. Expect some unconventional instrumentation and an intriguing night of new music.

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Don Was Meets Berklee

Thursday / November 19, 2009 / 7:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Don Was

The man behind the hits for Bonnie Raitt, the Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan plays his favorites with student groups led by faculty member Marty Walsh.

Admission: 
$25, $20, reserved seating

Fall Together: Jazz Composition Faculty Department Concert

Wednesday / October 28, 2009 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

From small group to large ensembles, recent works by Jazz Composition Department faculty will be featured in this annual fall concert with guest composer, Jere Laukkanen.

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