Concert

Buffalo Soul

Sunday / August 1, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Jamaica Pond
Pinebank Promontory
Jamaica Plain
MA
United States
02130
Buffalo Soul

Berklee's 2010 Summer Concert Series has an evening of reggae at Jamaica Pond where the serene pool and rolling hills make a natural backdrop for vibing to positive music that moves the body and soul. 

Buffalo Soul is a heady force of futuristic reggae fusion sending a message of purely positive vibrations. The Boston-based group has shared the stage with other up-and-coming reggae greats such as the Aggrolites, Passafire and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and continues to make its own way into the Future Roots music scene. Embracing a love for experimental music, Buffalo Soul is on the steady path of creating a reggae soul revolution.

Buffalo Soul will perform, weather permitting, at the Pinebank Promontory, overlooking Jamaica Pond, in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. The concert is free and is presented with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.

Berklee at Jamaica Pond is part of Berklee's 2010 Summer Concert Series, which brings free musical performances by Berklee faculty, students, and alumni to neighborhoods in the Boston area and beyond.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee City Music All-Stars

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Target Stage
681 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Berklee City Music All-Stars

The Berklee City Music All-Stars 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.

Admission: 
Free

Tubby Love

Thursday / August 12, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Tubby Love

It's not the size of the band, it's the size of the love. Ranging from acoustic soul to futuristic reggae fusion, Tubby Love is diversely devoted to consciously delivering a message of truth and love in his music. Love's constant quest for a greater purpose can be easily translated in songs like "Constant Motion" and "The Awakening." A graduate of Berklee College of Music and recipient of the Scott Benson Award, Tubby Love has been blessed to share the stage with many of his influences, such as Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Passafire, and the Aggrolites, and continues to make a name for himself in the Future Roots music scene. "I try not to box myself into a genre," he says during an interview at the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival. "What I play is music. I draw inspiration from everything." Outwardly expressing his love for experimental music, Tubby Love is constantly collaborating and combining new flavors, creating what some are calling a "Reggae Soul Revolution." He just calls it music.

Admission: 
Free

Pablo Vallejos Group

Thursday / July 1, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A showcase of compositions by jazz composition major Pablo Vallejos, influenced by his Argentinian and European roots, in a small group formation and accompanied by high-level musicians.

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Nona Hendryx

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 3:30 p.m.
Target Stage
681 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Nona Hendryx

From her beginnings with Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles (the sweethearts of the Apollo Theater); to LaBelle (a trio with Patti LaBelle and Sarah Dash); followed by a stunning solo career; and then an induction into the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1999, Nona Hendryx has always been on the cutting edge of music. Her songs are edgy, provocative, political, and full of double entendres and empowering messages that enabled the trio to break the traditional girl-group mold. Their stage show was the forerunner of the epic productions we expect today, and they were the only contemporary black group to take their Wear Something Silver show to New York's prestigious Metropolitan Opera House and to major theaters and opera houses across the world. Labelle racked up three gold albums and a No. 1 worldwide hit with "Lady Marmalade (Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi Ce Soir?)." Recently, Hendryx toured festivals in Europe with the Daughters of Soul (Sandra St. Victor, Indira Khan, Lisa Simone, Lalah Hathaway, and Joyce Kennedy), toured in the U.S with Cyndi Lauper on the True Colors tour, and reunited with Patti Labelle and Sarah Dash for a 2008-2009 tour.

Admission: 
Free

Terence Blanchard

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 10:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Terence Blanchard

Hurricane Katrina informs Crescent City native son Terence Blanchard's impassioned song cycle A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina), a 13-track emotional tour de force of anger, rage, compassion, melancholy, and beauty. A Tale of God's Will features Blanchard's quintet-pianist Aaron Parks, saxophonist Brice Winston, bassist Derrick Hodge, drummer Kendrick Scott-as well as a 40-member string orchestra-and is his third album for Blue Note Records. (His second album for them, Flow, was nominated for two Grammys in 2006.) An important jumpstart for A Tale of God's Willwas director Spike Lee's decision to document the aftermath of Katrina on film, in what turned out to be the four-hour HBO documentary When The Levees Broke. Lee, who has enlisted Blanchard on numerous occasions to score films such as Mo' Better Blues, Malcolm X, The 25th Hour, and Inside Man, tapped him once again for his documentary. Four of the movie's tracks-"Levees," "Wading Through," "The Water," and "Funeral Dirge"-formed a nucleus of material for A Tale of God's Will. "Requiem tells the story," Blanchard says, "that needs to heard so that people will continue to talk about what happened after Katrina."

 

Admission: 
$28

Terence Blanchard

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Terence Blanchard

Hurricane Katrina informs Crescent City native son Terence Blanchard's impassioned song cycle A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina), a 13-track emotional tour de force of anger, rage, compassion, melancholy, and beauty. A Tale of God's Will features Blanchard's quintet-pianist Aaron Parks, saxophonist Brice Winston, bassist Derrick Hodge, drummer Kendrick Scott—as well as a 40-member string orchestra—and is his third album for Blue Note Records. (His second album for them, Flow, was nominated for two Grammys in 2006.) An important jumpstart for A Tale of God's Will was director Spike Lee's decision to document the aftermath of Katrina on film, in what turned out to be the four-hour HBO documentary When The Levees Broke. Lee, who has enlisted Blanchard on numerous occasions to score films such as Mo' Better Blues, Malcolm X, The 25th Hour, and Inside Man, tapped him once again for his documentary. Four of the movie's tracks—"Levees," "Wading Through," "The Water," and "Funeral Dirge"—formed a nucleus of material for A Tale of God's Will. "Requiem tells the story," Blanchard says, "that needs to heard so that people will continue to talk about what happened after Katrina."

Admission: 
$28

Vocal Summit Jam Session

Saturday / June 26, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A vocal jam session as part of Vocal Summit.

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Al Kooper and the Funky Faculty

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 5:00 p.m.
BeanTown Stage
Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Al Kooper

In 1958, Al Kooper began his professional career as guitarist in the Royal Teens ("Short Shorts"). He metamorphosized into a Tin Pan Alley songwriter with cuts by Gary Lewis, Gene Pitney, Keely Smith, Carmen McRae, Pat Boone, Freddie Cannon, Lulu, Lorraine Ellison, and Donny Hathaway and later was sampled by the Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Pharcyde, and Alchemist.

In the mid-'60s, Kooper was a member of the Blues Project and then founded Blood, Sweat & Tears, remaining only for their debut album. He then slipped his producer hat on and began with the top-ten album Super Session in 1968, featuring Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills. He is well known for his organ playing on Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone." His playing skills have graced the works of the Rolling Stones; George Harrison; the Who; Jimi Hendrix; Peter, Paul & Mary; Tom Petty; Joe Cocker; B.B. King; Taj Mahal, Alice Cooper, and scores more.

Major moments include playing piano, organ, and French horn for the Rolling Stones on "You Can't Always Get What You Want"; keyboards on George Harrison's No. 1 hit "All Those Years Ago"; and keys on The Who Sell Out and on Electric Ladyland for Jimi Hendrix. As a producer he is best known for discovering Lynyrd Skynyrd and producing their first three albums, including "Sweet Home Alabama," "Free Bird," "Gimme Three Steps," and "Saturday Night Special." His other producing clients included the Tubes, Nils Lofgren, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the Staple Singers, Lorraine Ellison, Bob Dylan, Joe Ely, Thelonious Monster, and Green on Red. His autobiography, Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards, is considered by many to be a rock 'n' roll must-read. He scored Hal Ashby's first film, The Landlord; John Waters' film, Cry Baby; Michael Mann's TV series, Crime Story; and Peter Riegert's recent directorial debut King of the Corner. His live show accompanied by his band of Berklee professors, the Funky Faculty, has been acclaimed all over the world. In 2006, he received the Milestone Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2007 the AES awarded him the Les Paul Award, and in 2008 he was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. At 65, he shows no signs of retirement, with a new album, White Chocolate; more live concerts; and the brisk sale of his book.

Admission: 
Free

Julian Lage Trio

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 2:15 p.m.
BeanTown Stage
Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Julian Lage

When Julian Lage emerged on the music scene 13 years ago, the young San Francisco Bay Area musician was not only deemed a guitar-playing prodigy, but he was also offered record deals on numerous occasions. Playing a unique style that melded blues, classical, folk, and jazz influences, Lage decided to wait for the right moment to document his own music. He chose instead to become a sideman with established instrumentalists like Gary Burton and to collaborate with contemporaries such as pianist Taylor Eigsti. Along the way, Lage received recognition from musical luminaries, including Herbie Hancock and Béla Fleck, and patiently waited until he was ready to go into a studio with a band of like-minded players to realize his own musical vision. Now the time has come. At the age of 21, the Boston-based Lage releases his debut album, Sounding Point on EmArcy Records, an imprint of Universal Records. The music ranges from composed works and impromptu improvisations in duo and trio settings to solo excursions and a finale capped by a masterful rendering of Miles Davis's "All Blues." Lage also delivers impressively original covers of Elliott Smith 's "Alameda" and Neal Hefti's "Lil' Darlin'."

Admission: 
Free

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