Concert

Chotay Papita Ki Naav (The Little Papaya Boat)

Tuesday / November 17, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Music synthesis (electronic production and design) faculty member Kai Turnbull and his talented Berklee student ensemble present a concert of original compositions and arrangements based on traditional and contemporary music genres from the Indian subcontinent.

Admission: 

Craig Hlady: Eight Shades of Blue

Wednesday / July 29, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitarist Craig Hlady leads a quartet of instrumental and vocal blues based music.

Admission: 

Mitch Seidman: Playing Guitar in a Jazz Ensemble

Tuesday / July 21, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Professional guitarist and Berklee professor Mitch Seidman will demonstrate techniques for soloing, comping chords, and other related topics.

Admission: 
Free

Ahmad Jamal

Friday / September 18, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Ahmad Jamal

Celebrated pianist/composer Ahmad Jamal continues his performance schedule around the world, as he has for well over the last four decades. Noted for his outstanding technical command and identifiable sound as a piano stylist, Jamal impresses fellow musicians and record buyers alike with his innovative, minimalist approach. He was a child prodigy who began to play the piano at the age of 3; he began formal studies at 7. While still in high school, he completed the equivalent of college master classes under the noted African American concert singer and teacher Mary Cardwell Dawson and pianist James Miller. He joined the musicians union at the age of 14, and he began touring upon graduation, drawing critical acclaim for his solos. In 1951, he formed his own group, the Three Strings (later renamed the Ahmad Jamal Trio), and was signed by John Hammond to Columbia's Okeh Records. The trio's classic live album Ahmad Jamal at the Pershing: But Not for Me climbed to number three on the pop charts. In the wake of But Not for Me's success, Jamal opened his own club, the Alhambra. In the years since, he's recorded album after album with various labels, most recently Birdology, Dreyfus, and Telarc.

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Schedule.

Admission: 
$28

Ahmad Jamal

Friday / September 18, 2009 / 10:00 p.m.
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138

Celebrated pianist/composer Ahmad Jamal continues his performance schedule around the world, as he has for well over the last four decades. Noted for his outstanding technical command and identifiable sound as a piano stylist, Jamal impresses fellow musicians and record buyers alike with his innovative, minimalist approach. He was a child prodigy who began to play the piano at the age of 3; he began formal studies at 7. While still in high school, he completed the equivalent of college master classes under the noted African American concert singer and teacher Mary Cardwell Dawson and pianist James Miller. He joined the musicians union at the age of 14, and he began touring upon graduation, drawing critical acclaim for his solos. In 1951, he formed his own group, the Three Strings (later renamed the Ahmad Jamal Trio), and was signed by John Hammond to Columbia's Okeh Records. The trio's classic live album Ahmad Jamal at the Pershing: But Not for Me climbed to number three on the pop charts. In the wake of But Not for Me'ssuccess, Jamal opened his own club, the Alhambra. In the years since, he's recorded album after album with various labels, most recently Birdology, Dreyfus, and Telarc.

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Schedule.

Admission: 
$25

Ahmad Jamal

Saturday / September 19, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138

Celebrated pianist/composer Ahmad Jamal continues his performance schedule around the world, as he has for well over the last four decades. Noted for his outstanding technical command and identifiable sound as a piano stylist, Jamal impresses fellow musicians and record buyers alike with his innovative, minimalist approach. He was a child prodigy who began to play the piano at the age of 3; he began formal studies at 7. While still in high school, he completed the equivalent of college master classes under the noted African American concert singer and teacher Mary Cardwell Dawson and pianist James Miller. He joined the musicians union at the age of 14, and he began touring upon graduation, drawing critical acclaim for his solos. In 1951, he formed his own group, the Three Strings (later renamed the Ahmad Jamal Trio), and was signed by John Hammond to Columbia's Okeh Records. The trio's classic live album Ahmad Jamal at the Pershing: But Not for Me climbed to number three on the pop charts. In the wake of But Not for Me's success, Jamal opened his own club, the Alhambra. In the years since, he's recorded album after album with various labels, most recently Birdology, Dreyfus, and Telarc.

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Schedule.

Admission: 
$28

Jose Ramos

Sunday / September 20, 2009 / 9:00 p.m.
Wally's Cafe
427 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02118

Equally at home playing jazz, jump blues, classic r&b, swing, or funk, Jose Ramos and his No Way Jose! Band keeps audiences hot, thirsty, and on the dance floor all night!

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 '50s—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.

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Schedule.

Admission: 
Free

Ahmad Jamal

Saturday / September 19, 2009 / 10:00 p.m.
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Ahmad Jamal

Celebrated pianist/composer Ahmad Jamal continues his performance schedule around the world, as he has for well over the last four decades. Noted for his outstanding technical command and identifiable sound as a piano stylist, Jamal impresses fellow musicians and record buyers alike with his innovative, minimalist approach. He was a child prodigy who began to play the piano at the age of 3; he began formal studies at 7. While still in high school, he completed the equivalent of college master classes under the noted African American concert singer and teacher Mary Cardwell Dawson and pianist James Miller. He joined the musicians union at the age of 14, and he began touring upon graduation, drawing critical acclaim for his solos. In 1951, he formed his own group, the Three Strings (later renamed the Ahmad Jamal Trio), and was signed by John Hammond to Columbia's Okeh Records. The trio's classic live album Ahmad Jamal at the Pershing: But Not for Me climbed to number three on the pop charts. In the wake of But Not for Me's success, Jamal opened his own club, the Alhambra. In the years since, he's recorded album after album with various labels, most recently Birdology, Dreyfus, and Telarc.

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Schedule.

 

Admission: 
$25

Wally's Stepchildren

Monday / September 21, 2009 / 9:00 p.m.
Wally's Cafe
427 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02118

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), Niki 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 '50s—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.

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Schedule.

 

Admission: 
Free

Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane/Hartman

Friday / September 25, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Kurt Elling

Berklee BeanTown Jazz concertgoers get a rare treat this year: four chances to hear a special performance, "Dedicated To You"—Kurt Elling Sings Coltrane/Hartman, Featuring Joel Frahm and the Laurence Hobgood Trio. The original 1960s era recording captured lightning in a bottle when the two legends came together, and Elling has made it his mission to put his own mark on what was a seminal moment in jazz history.

Elling's rich baritone voice spans four octaves and displays an astonishing technical facility and emotional depth. His repertoire ranges from his own compositions to modern interpretations of standards, both of which can be the springboard for free-form improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry.

One of Elling's major contributions is as a writer and performer of vocalese, the art of putting words to improvised solos of jazz artists. Elling, who has earned eight Grammy nominations, has set the solos of Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, and others to his own deeply spiritual and compelling lyrics, an approach that reminds us of the beauty of the original music and opens us up to a fresh vision.

Elling's new Concord recording, Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman, celebrates a 45-year-old collaboration between saxophonist John Coltrane and vocalist Johnny Hartman. The two jazz legends recorded several tracks on one day in March 1963, and the result quickly became a jazz classic. Elling's Dedicated to You features his take on several of the original tracks, including "Autumn Serenade" and "You Are Too Beautiful." 

During his four Berklee BeanTown concerts, Elling will be accompanied by his frequent collaborator, pianist Lawrence Hobgood, and by saxophonist Joel Frahm. 

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.

 

Admission: 
$28

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