Concert

Alex Wintz and Jordan Seigel

Tuesday / September 22, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jazz Revelation Records (JRR) presents two artists from its latest release, Dedication. JRR is student-run, artist-driven record label created to present the top jazz composers and performers at Berklee College of Music. Gathered from all over the globe, JRR artists speak the language of jazz in a new way. Their youth, passion, and commitment are the launching pad for a new direction in an established tradition.  

Alex Wintz

Born in California and raised in the New York/New Jersey area, Alex Wintz began learning guitar at the age of four. He has had the opportunity to be mentored by such great teacher/musicians as Vic Juris, Mick Goodrick, Don Braden, Ron Jackson, Hal Crook, and Dave Santoro. He currently attends Berklee on a full scholarship. Awards of note include 2006 NFAA ARTS Award for Jazz, 2006 Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship, 2007 Berklee Guitar Achievement Award, and Most Outstanding Jazz Soloist category in the Down Beat Student Music Awards. He has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Most recently, Wintz was a semifinalist in the Montreux International Guitar Competition in Switzerland. His trio currently performs regularly in the Boston area.

Jordan Seigel

From Westlake Village, California, Jordan Seigel started playing piano when he was five years old. Now at the age of 20, Seigel has performed at various prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center, the Berklee Performance Center, the Jazz Bakery, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. At Berklee, he has received several honors, including the Alex Ulanowski Award and the Jazz Performance Award. Seigel has been fortunate enough to study with Aaron Goldberg, Hal Crook, Russ Ferrante, Joanne Brackeen, and Danilo Perez.

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Schedule.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Daniela Schachter Quintet

Monday / September 28, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Daniela Schächter and her quintet will perform her compositions and arrangements of jazz standards. This is the Boston Release Party of her latest album, Purple Butterfly.

"Putting art over commerce in her approach, Schächter has paid her dues and knows how to put her own spin on a tune. The kind of set a mainstream jazzbo will take to heart easily as the readings aren't straight, reliable ones, but they aren't ars gratia artis either." - Midwest Record

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Berklee Tower of Power Ensemble with Wayne Naus, Special Guest Little Joe Cook

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 4:30 p.m.
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Wayne Naus

Except for the real Tower of Power, this is probably the only band in the world that plays extensive repertoire of Tower of Power's Music because horn parts are virtually unavailable anywhere. The band was founded in September 2000 by renowned trumpeter, faculty member Wayne Naus, as an ensemble class at Berklee College of Music. The ensemble members were auditioned among the best musicians at Berklee. The ensemble has played at Berklee Encore Gala, Boston Grammy Award Reception, Boston Fleet Pavilion, and Berklee Performance Center. 

Wayne Naus 

Wayne Naus is the leader of Heart & Fire Latin jazz octet (with whom he recorded Chase the Fire) and Berklee faculty group Moksha. He is a touring member for the Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, and Lionel Hampton bands. He's performed with such artists as Arturo Sandoval, Gary Burton, Mike Gibbs, Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Tony Bennett. He has had solo trumpet performances of the National Anthem for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park and is a U.S. Navy musician.

Naus has RCA recordings with Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson, numerous international television and concert performances, and is the author of Beyond Functional Harmony, published by Advance Music.

He graduated from Berklee in 1976 with a BA in music education, and is currently and associate professor in the Harmony Department. He formed Tower of Power Ensemble in 2000. For the past 15 years, he has taught for the Five-Week Summer Performance Program, the Tower of Power Ensemble, and advanced theory classes.

Little Joe Cook

Born in South Philly on December 29, 1922, Little Joe Cook was the only child of Annie Bell, a blues singer who sang on the carnival circuit with the likes of Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters. His fine voice and musical interest started at a young age, and by 12, he formed his first group along with his three cousins called the Evening Star Quartet.

The quartet toured throughout the South with the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Blind Boys, and the Soul Stirrers. Cook then turned his attention to managing a rock group, who would later become his band, the Thrillers. They appeared on American Bandstand with their hits, "Let's Do The Slop," and "Peanuts." The popularity of "Peanuts" continued over the years as the Four Seasons recorded a version of the song and it was used in Skippy Peanut Butter commercial.

After a move to Boston in the late 1960s, he landed a regular gig at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has been performing there for more than 25 years. The scene on the Cantab dance floor is reminiscent of American Bandstand 45 years ago, and the mostly college age crowd love the "Peanut Man." Cook also recently performed with Harvey Robbins's Royalty of Doo-Wop and Rock 'n' Roll show at Symphony Hall in Boston, and in a music poll conducted by the Boston Phoenix, Cook was voted the 2002 best local r&b performer. 

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.

 

 

 

 

Admission: 
Free

David Garrett

Friday / October 30, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
David Garrett

A German violinist, child prodigy, and huge star in Europe and the Far East, David Garrett merges classical, rock, and r&b.

"David Garrett is already the stuff of legend—in him is enshrined an entire corpus of virtuoso violin art with a fearsome beauty beyond comprehension." - BBC Music Magazine

Admission: 
$28.50, $25.50, reserved seating

Michael Farquharson and Matthew Nicholl Joint Faculty Concert

Tuesday / September 22, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
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Scott Tarulli Group

Tuesday / September 22, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Original instrumental music by the Scott Tarulli Group.

Admission: 

Michael Farquharson and Matthew Nicholl

Tuesday / September 22, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Michael Farquharson and Matthew Nicholl present a joint faculty concert.

Admission: 

The Joshua Three

Thursday / February 25, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Canadian singer-songwriter Joshua Penslar works folk, pop, bluegrass, and cabaret influences into a style that is at once intimate and refreshingly casual. Songs about life, love, and loss share the set with the occasional musical parody and acoustic covers of your favorite guilty-pleasure dance hall hits. 

Admission: 
Free

The Eighth Annual New Music Festival

Tuesday / February 16, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This event showcases original arrangements or compositions in different styles performed by a variety of musical groups, including Silvina Moreno, Ferrous Wheel, SuperVolcano, Deezy and the Brobots, and Eva Louhivuori.

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Logan 5 and the Runners / LipTease / Brite Lite Brite

Friday / February 26, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
LipTease

Electro-pop performers Logan 5 and the Runners and LipTease co-headline this explosive evening of music, with special guest Brite Lite Brite.

With icy synths and strangled guitars, Boston's Logan 5 and the Runners are the sound of Britpop thrown into "a neurotic disarray, not from an elitist high, but from a deep-down scavenger low" (Boston Phoenix). Though named after cult '70s movie Logan's Run and inspired by cinema, the band eschews political sci-fi for French New Wave and Valley of the Dolls. Featurette (2009) was released to rave reviews. Members include frontman David Berndt, keyboardist/trumpeter Chris Barrett, bassist Mike DeLisle, drummer Marc Beaulieu, and guitarist Nick Balkin.

Liptease has grown from a concept to an independent work of art. The band has a vibe that is free and eclectic with no boundaries. With many influences, ranging from electronic to r&b to neo-pop, the band is rediscovering today's musical heritage.

Brite Lite Brite's debut album, Universe Universe, marks their move toward organic electronica and a preoccupation with life and our universe. Brite Lite Brite's career highlights include winning the grand prize, electronica category, in the 2007 John Lennon Songwriting contest. The band was chosen by MTV to open the 2008 Choose or Lose Tour, by Platform One Entertainment as part of their Spring 2009 Campus Music Invasion, and by Gap Stores to perform in August 2009 at the largest-ever simultaneous live acoustic music event.

Admission: 
$8 general admission; student discount available at Berklee Performance Center box office

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