Concert

The David Zoffer Differential

Thursday / September 10, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The David Zoffer Differential's original double vocal prgressive funk/pop/jazz/rock/blues hybrid brings the incredibly powerful Muse Receptor portable music computer and Native Instruments Komplete 5 software suite to a high-energy live show. This technology addresses electric/electronic music live performance challenges that stem from low budgets, rising travel costs, and shorter setup time in performance venues with an environmentally concious, low-weight, great-sounding, and versatile solution. This concert will feature premieres of songs from the DZD's upcoming second CD as well as tunes from previous albums.

Zoffer, a Brookline resident, chairs New England Conservatory's pre-/continuing education and summer school jazz department, and is an assistant professor of contemporary writing and production at Berklee. The DZD is Zoffer on keys, guitar, vocals, and bass; Alexa on vocals; Isaak Haselkorn on drums; and Jamie Stewardson on guitar and bass. This event is made possible by Berklee's 2009 Faculty Fellowship Grant.

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Reality Featuring Jovol "Bam Bam" Bell

Thursday / August 27, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Reality

Texas-born drummer Jovol Bell has a sound that is just as big as the state he hails from. His infectious fusion of hip-hop and straight-ahead jazz produces a unique old-school feel with a new-school sound.

He started playing drums at the age of 5 in church. In 2002, he performed at the International Association of Jazz Educators conference with legendary drummer Ed Thigpen and up-and-coming jazz artist Sean Jones.

Bell cites as his influences: "the power and speed of Dennis Chambers, the finesse of Vinnie Colaiuta, and the soulful playing of Ralph Peterson." 

 

 

Admission: 
Free

The Randy Roos Band: A Reunion

Thursday / September 17, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

When Victor Bailey, the bassist who replaced Jaco Pastorius in Weather Report from 1982 to 1986, found a live tape of the hard-working group from back in the day, it forcefully reminded Randy Roos, Berklee associate professor of guitar, how original and fun that music was. This concert is a result of that encouragement and features new versions of the band's material. Its roots are in '70s fusion, but opened up and brought into this millennium. Bailey and Roos are joined by Berklee faculty member Steve Hunt on keyboards (also an original member) and Dean Johnston on drums.

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Adrianne Lenker

Thursday / August 20, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Adrianne Lenker

Hailing from Minneapolis, Adrianne Lenker is an authentic and passionate singer, songwriter and performer. Her debut CD, Stages Of The Sun, produced by Steve Hodge (Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Sting), was released on LucidTunes when AdriAnne was only 14. The title cut was a top 5 finalist for song of the year in the 2005 Independent Music Awards in the Singer/Songwriter category. The Lenker song, "My Bliss," was a finalist in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition. Four tracks from the album were featured on MTV's The Hills in 2007 and 2008.

Lenker's follow-up CD/DVD, Live at the Southern, was recorded just before her 15th birthday in July 2006 at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. Her third release, Then The Rain Came will be released in 2009.

Tim Cain, a writer with the Herald & Review (Illinois), wrote about the singer/songwriter after hearing her live show:

"I saw her perform in Chicago with an audience largely consisting of musicians. She held this group of professionals enraptured, and we all found one thing unbelievable and asked each other the same question as one voice: 'Is she really 14?' Apparently so, and she's a little like Jewel, except tougher, and a little like Liz Phair, but not quite as edgy. She writes a heckofa song."


 

Admission: 
Free

The Journey Continues

Tuesday / September 29, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Journey Continues features the Winnie Dahlgren Quintet in the first half of the night, with the 18-piece Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band closing the concert.

Denmark native and vibraphonist Winnie Dahlgren '91 has shared the stage with many legendary artists, including Steve Lacy, Christian McBride, and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez. She surrounds herself with musicians from all over the world and nimbly migrates between genres, with styles ranging from classical and jazz to Latin and world music. Dahlgren has been commissioned to write a variety of jazz works, including compositions for small ensembles, big bands, and percussion groups. She is an associate professor in Berklee's Harmony Department.

The Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band (BBEBB) is a collective of faculty, staff, alumni, and students dedicated to the idea that jazz orchestras can create powerful and forward-looking music. Formed by a few talented members of the Berklee community—musicians who work as composers and instrumentalists—BBEBB provides a forum for the sharing of musical ideas, stimulating the creative process, and fostering new music.

The BBEBB offers open rehearsal sessions and live performances of music written by its resident and guest composers. Through these sessions and performances, composers and players invite audience members to witness the organic evolution and artistic process so critical to creating new music that challenges and inspires.

 

 

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Doug Johnson

Monday / September 14, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

As part of Piano Mondays, faculty member Doug Johnson presents
a classical piano recital featuring the music of Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, and Debussy.

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Victor Mendoza

Thursday / July 30, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States

Considered by critics around the world to be one of today's finest Latin jazz artists, Mexico-born vibraphonist and composer Victor Mendoza's career includes performances with his own group and as guest soloist around the globe. Groups he has made guest appearances with include the World Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Paquito D'Rivera; the Milan Svoboda Orchestra in Prague, sold-out shows at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and in Tel Aviv; and as soloist with the Carlos Chávez Symphony Orchestra in Mexico City. 

Previous recordings and performances with his own group, as well as with artists such as Paquito D'Rivera, Danilo Pérez, Michel Camilo, Claudio Roditi, Giovanni Hidalgo, Horacio "El Negro" Hernández, and Antonio Sánchez, have earned him the respect of critics and jazz fans around the globe.

Mendoza's This is Why disc led Latin Beat Magazine to name him one of the Outstanding Latin Jazz Artists of the Year. Black Bean Blues, his most recent recording, was named one of the best Latin jazz recordings of the year by Modern Drummer and led Jazziz to dub him "the genre's leading vibraphone practitioner" and "one of today's most resourceful composers." The Smithsonian Institute has included Black Bean Blues in Latin Jazz: The Perfect Combination, its first major exhibition about this genre. 

As a Berklee professor, Mendoza has earned an international reputation as a jazz educator, regularly conducting master classes at major music schools and universities around the world. Recent clinic and concert presentations include international conferences at PASIC, IAJE, Festival Internacional de la Marimba (Chiapas, Mexico), Festival Internacional de la Patagonia (Argentina), Perkuska (Poland), and the Journées de la Percussion festival in Paris. 

Victor's educational DVD, Latin Jazz Grooves, which focuses on Afro-Cuban performance and improvisation rhythmic concepts, will be released by Berklee Press/Hal Leonard this fall.

Read more about the Tito Puente Latin Music Series.

 

Admission: 
Free

Melissa Aldana Quintet

Saturday / September 19, 2009 / 9:30 p.m.
Stork Club
604 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118

Every member of the Melissa Aldana Quintet has a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where they are currently finishing their studies. The band features Shin Sakaino from Japan (bass); Michael Palma from Dallas, Texas (piano); and Melissa Aldana (tenor sax) and Pablo Eluchans (drums), both from Santiago, Chile. Joining them will be former member of Elvin Jones band and trumpeter Darren Barrett. This is one of the freshest jazz groups in Boston, playing amazing originals as well as some of the greatest classic standards known to the American songbook. Aldana will be performing with a special guest nightly, September 19-25.

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Jazz Vocal Series

Thursday / November 12, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jazz vocal students perform jazz, Latin, and standards, accompanied by a rhythm section.

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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

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