Concert

George Russell Jr. Ensemble

Sunday / August 9, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

With featured guest the City Music Choir under the direction of Nichelle Mungo. Learn more about this event.

Admission: 
FREE

Berklee City Music All Stars

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Target Stage
681 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
City Music All-Stars

The Berklee City Music All-Star Ensemble is composed of the best and brightest City Music students, all of whom have attended Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program on full-tuition scholarships. The ensemble performs multiple genres of contemporary music, including jazz, pop, hip-hop, and rhythm and blues.

In recent years, the City Music All-Stars have performed with Bobby Brown and Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) and given concerts for Quincy Jones and former first lady Laura Bush.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble

Saturday / August 8, 2009 / 11:30 a.m.
Charlemont Reggae Festival
Mohawk Trail, Charlemont Fairgrounds
Charlemont
MA
United States
01339

Matt Jenson, assistant professor of piano, created the class The Music and Life of Bob Marley, and has been teachinig the course since 2002. The class studies Marley's life in-depth, maintaining the utmost respect for  the soulfulness of his music, for his message of love, and his insistence that human consciousness be raised.

The one-semester class consist of 15 auditioned singers and instrumentalists from around the world, ranging in age from 18-35. Jenson takes the students on a biographical tour of Marley's fascinating life, and then rigorously coaches the ensemble for performances. The ensemble performs Jenson's meticulously written arrangements of the Jamaican icon's music, taken directly from Marley recordings and including additional horn parts, reharmonizations, and some new introductions and endings.

The Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble has performed at the Montreal International Reggae Festival, the Vermont Reggae Festival, Bill's Bar, the Outerland Club (Martha's Vineyard), the Beachcomber (Cape Cod), the Stone Church (Newmarket, New Hampshire), the Berklee Performance Center, and Roxbury Community College. 

Admission: 
$17 adv, $20 day of

Terri Lyne Carrington Group

Sunday / August 9, 2009 / 5:00 p.m.
Highland Park
Fort Avenue
Roxbury
MA
United States
02119
Terri Lyne Carrington

It's one of the coolest outdoor concerts every summer, with a fantastic view of the city: Jazz at the Fort. This year, Berklee faculty member Terri Lyne Carrington headlines, leading her group. The Berklee City Music All-Stars open the night—a group of some of the best young jazz players around, who will tackle standards and original student compositions. Learn more about the event.

Admission: 
FREE

Lisa Thorson

Tuesday / September 22, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134

Professor of voice Lisa Thorson and her longtime trio will present a spirited mix of innovative arrangements and compositions that look to the past and give a nod to the future. Featuring Thorson, vocals; Tim Ray, piano; David Clark, bass; and George Schuller, drums.

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Emily Hulslander

Thursday / August 13, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Emily Hulslander

According to the blog Let's Call This,  Emily Hulslander is "some kind of magical cross between the playfulness of Sophie Milman and the seriousness of Sonya Kitchell, two of my favorite current singer songwriters. Emily is definitely one to watch (and hear) in the Boston music scene."

Admission: 
Free

Steve Smith and the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra

Thursday / September 17, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Steve Smith performs with the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Greg Hopkins as part of the Zildjian Annual Major Artist Residency.

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Jane Bunnett, featuring Elio Villafranca

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 3:10 p.m.
Dunkin Donuts Stage
594 Columbus Ave
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Jane Bunnett

By the early 1990s, Jane Bunnett had become a regular visitor to Havana's music venues; she was incorporating Cuban musicians, beginning with the pianist Hilario Durán, into her Toronto bands; and she had released her first Cuban-influenced album, 1991's Spirits of Havana. Since then, Bunnett has moved from strength to strength, touring internationally and recording a string of critically lauded albums. Her comfortable house in Toronto's west end has become a home away from home for a growing number of extraordinary young Cuban musicians who've migrated to Toronto. Bunnett, playing only soprano saxophone, is cast sometimes as lyric lead balladeer, sometimes (as on the Canadian folk tune "She's Like a Swallow") as a bold and surprising jazz soloist. Most of the material is ancient; Bunnett's choices and the contexts in which she places these tunes are consistently fresh.

Elio Villafranca is at the forefront of the generation of remarkable Cuban pianists, composers, and bandleaders that for several years has been making major creative contributions to modern jazz. He has released two CDs as a leader and, as a sideman, has worked with Wynton Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Sonny Fortune, Dave Valentin, Horacio "El Negro" Hernández, and Giovanni Hidalgo, among others. 

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.

Admission: 
Free

Cole DeGenova and the Peoples Republic

Saturday / May 9, 2009 / 5:00 p.m.
Derby Square, Salem
Front Street
Salem
MA
United States
01970
Cole DeGenova

Cole DeGenova—a pianist, vocalist, songwriter, percussionist, and poet from Chicago—and his group kicks off the Berklee Summer Series at Derby Square.  He began studying music at 4, and was working as a professional musician by 15. He studied classical, jazz, blues, Cuban, and Brazilian percussion, but was also influenced by neo-soul and hip-hop. He has performed with or opened for some of Chicago's top artists, including Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, Jon Faddis, and Corey Wilkes. DeGenova was chosen by the Jazz Institute of Chicago to perform at the world-famous Auditorium Theatre, and, in 2005, performed with the Illinois Music Educators' Association's All-State Honors Jazz Band. Now attending Berklee, DeGenova is spreading his music to a wider audience. He toured the Midwest with Hal Reed and the Mob, and in Switzerland with his original funk/r&b band Apollo Jones. His latest project is a funk, neo-soul, blues, and jazz group called The People's Republic. The group plans to release its debut EP this summer.

Read more about Berklee performances at the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival. 

Admission: 
Free

Julian Lage Group

Thursday / September 17, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134

Guitarist and Berklee alumnus Julian Lage '08, at 21, is already an accomplished artist. He was 8 when he played with Carlos Santana and 13 when he first played with Gary Burton. The Guardian of London calls him a "big talent blossoming." Lage recently released his debut recording, Sounding Point, on EmArcy Records, featuring his working band—saxophonist Ben Roseth, cellist Aristides Rivas, bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer/percussionist Tupac Mantilla. He'll perform two sets at Scullers.

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