Concert

Bruce Gertz

Tuesday / October 27, 2009 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty bassist Bruce Gertz presents a concert.

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David Dyson

Monday / October 26, 2009 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Bassist, songwriter, arranger and producer David Dyson presents a concert.

Born in Rapid City, South Dakota in 1965, David Dyson was brought to Washington, D.C. by his parents at an early age. Dyson played the baritone (euphonium) in school, but switched to electric bass after hearing recordings of Larry Graham and Louis Johnson. After witnessing David's participation in school, church, local top 40, R&B, funk, and go-go bands (along with numerous studio sessions with local gospel artists), his parents were convinced that his talent was worth nurturing and were supportive to Dyson's matriculation at Berklee College of Music, where he was able to absorb an array of musical flavors as well as perform in diverse musical situations. Upon graduation, he locked in the position of bassist with Polygram recording artist Walter Beasley.

In January 1989, Dyson was called to audition for Maurice Starr (producer of New Kids on the Block) and landed the gig. Eventually earning the position of musical director, Dyson helped to take their live show to an unprecedented pinnacle. In February 1992, he moved on to tour and/or record with a vast selection of artists, such as world renowned jazz saxophonist Chico Freeman, the r&b songwriter/singer/bassist and 1997 Down Beat Poll winner Meshell Ndegeocello, contemporary jazz pioneers Bob James and Pieces of a Dream, award-winning Japanese jazz trumpeter Terumasa Hino, and South African artist Jonathan Butler, to name a few. In 1999, he joined trumpeter Tim Hagans and producer Bob Belden to write and record two CDs, both receiving Grammy nominations.

Dyson also performs as a solo artist with his band. In early 1999, he recorded his debut CD entitled Soulmates, which received worldwide critical acclaim. He then released his second effort, The Dawning, on his own label, Lohandfunk. His third CD, Unleashed! was released in late 2008.

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David Buda

Monday / October 26, 2009 / 4:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty bassist Daid Buda presents a concert.

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The Art of Spontaneous Composition—Rhiannon, Abraham, Alex, and Jetro

Wednesday / September 30, 2009 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rhiannon

A completely improvised performance with Abraham Laboriel on electric basses, Alex Acuna on drum set and percussion, Jetro da Silva on acoustic piano, and Rhiannon on voice.

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Tom Appleman Plays the Beatles

Wednesday / September 30, 2009 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty bassist Tom Appleman will be joined by fellow faculty guitarist Joe Musella in a performance of the Beatles' Abbey Road album in its entirety.

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Eguie Castrillo and His Orchestra

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 4:45 pm
Dunkin Donuts Stage
594 Columbus Ave
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Eguie Castrillo

Growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Eguie Castrillo first showed hints of musical ability playing a tiny organ in his parents' living room. Castrillo began playing the timbales at age 7, profoundly influenced by the music of the great bandleader and percussionist Tito Puente. These days, Castrillo is a high demand percussionist and an authority on the rhythms of the Caribbean countries Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad and Tobago.

When Castrillo's role model Tito Puente passed away in 2000, he decided to bring the mambo back with new touches. He put together an orchestra for the Latin Big Band concert at the Berklee Performance Center in November 2004. The orchestra played again at Berklee's Performance Center for a full house, doing a show called Latin Meets Jazz, and it also played at Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's Inaugural Ceremony to an audience of 10,000. 

 

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Kickin' the Blues, Featuring David Sanborn, Kevin Mahogany, and Amina Claudine Myers

Friday / September 25, 2009 / 7:30 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

David Sanborn

Renowned and revered the world over as one of the greatest saxophone players of all time, six-time Grammy winner David Sanborn is an artist whose music has inspired countless other musicians while creating a body of work that spans the genres of rock 'n' roll, r&b, pop, and jazz. A naturally gifted performer, Sanborn has helped defined the saxophone's modern sound while influencing a generation.

Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, Sanborn was inspired by the rich legacy of great Chicago blues artists who would play their way through town. Before he had finished high school, he had played with names such as Albert King and Little Milton. Since then he has performed with the Butterfield Blues Band, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, and James Taylor. Throughout the nineties and into the present, Sanborn has continued to tour and record, having amassed a wide and enthusiastic fan base around the world.

Amina Claudine Myers

Pianist, organist, vocalist, composer, actress, and educator Amina Claudine Myers has proven herself adept in the creative musical arts. She is well known for her works involving voice choirs, voice and instrumental ensembles, and performances in any combination of formations.

Since 1976 Myers has resided in New York, where she has moved into the theater realm, writing pieces for this medium and acting and composing music for a number of off-Broadway productions. She has recorded and/or performed with Archie Shepp, Charlie Haden's Liberation Orchestra, James "Blood" Ulmer, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Muhal Richard Abrams, Lester Bowie, and Bill Laswell. She currently has nine recordings released under her own name.

Kevin Mahogany

Kevin Mahogany's arrival in the early '90s on the jazz scene created an unprecedented stir and resurgence of vocal jazz. He grew up listening to the richly diverse musical sounds of his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, and recorded three well-received albums with Enja, the independent German label, before signing with Warner Brothers in 1995. His self-titled Warner debut received a host of accolades to include Newcomer of the Year (Penthouse) and the first of four nominations as No. 1 Jazz Singer of the Year (Down Beat Critics Poll).

In 2003 and 2004, Mahogany, along with Kurt Elling, Jon Hendricks, and Mark Murphy, toured extensively as the Four Brothers. Mahogany now tours in various configurations and conducts jazz clinics around the world.

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Schedule.

Admission: 
$45, $35, $25, reserved seating

Thaddeus Hogarth

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

Guitar faculty member Thaddeus Hogarth leads his group in a program of r&b/funk groovy music. Features original material along with some choice classic covers in the genre, by artists such as Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone. Features Hogarth on guitar, vocals, and harmonica, David Buda on bass, Joey Scrima on drums, and David Sparr on keys.

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Nando Michelin <em>Reencontro</em>

Thursday / November 19, 2009 / 6:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty pianist Nando Michelin presents South American–influenced jazz with his quartet for the CD release of Reencontro.

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Kaye Kelly Group

Thursday / October 15, 2009 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert of original indie pop/rock by singer/songwriter Kaye Kelly with piano, bass, drums, guitars, and background singers.

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