Concert

Mitch Seidman and Friends

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

Jazz guitarist and faculty member Mitch Seidman will lead a trio performance of jazz compositions and standards.

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The International String Trio

Monday / July 27, 2009 / 5:00 p.m.
Regattabar Courtyard Series
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
The International String Trio

The International String Trio was founded in 1999 by its musical director and guitarist, Slava Tolstoy. During the last 10 years the group has performed at more than 1000 venues across the United States and has gained national recognition for its distinct sound and stylistic diversity. The trio's repertoire includes classical, jazz, popular, and world music (Italian, French, Russian, Jewish, Spanish, Latin American, Gipsy, and Irish).

The International String Trio has developed a unique concert program that is both highly entertaining and educational, energetic and musically gratifying. The group plays about 150 gigs a year at a variety of venues, including concert halls, jazz clubs, universities, schools, and private homes. At performances the IST enjoys leading its audiences on a cultural musical journey, as performances include music from countries around the world.

The inspiration for the group's latest CD, Appalachia, sprung from music written about the Appalachian Mountains. In addition, popular pieces from several other music traditions have been included to create a well-rounded and multicultural musical experience.

"Time to Say Goodbye;" "Tango from Scent of a Woman;" and "Ashokan Farewell," from Ken Burns's Civil War documentary, are a few of the songs featured on Appalachia. It also includes one original composition written by Slava Tolstoy ("Appalachian Waltz") and some of the most beautiful tunes from the Jewish tradition ("Erev Shel Shoshanim," "Jerusalem of Gold," and "Shalom Aleichem Waltz").

Admission: 
Free

Composition Department Faculty Concert

Monday / October 5, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Contemporary "classical" music by various Berklee composition faculty members.

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Alex Wintz

Thursday / July 30, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Alex Wintz

Born in California and raised in New York and New Jersey, Alex Wintz began playing guitar at the age of four. He has performed across the country and around the world, including in Singapore, Switzerland, and Canada; at the Monterey, Montreal, and Montreux jazz festivals; and at several U.S. venues including the Knitting Factory, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Smalls, Shanghai Jazz, and Ku'umbwa Arts Center.

Awards and honors include a Down Beat Student Music Award in 2006 for Outstanding Jazz Soloist in High School, Outstanding soloist at the NJ-IAJE jazz festival for 2 consecutive years, and an NJPAC Composition award; and seats the in New Jersey All-State Jazz Band and the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band Classic.

Over the years, he has studied with great teachers such as Vic Juris, Hal Crook, Dave Santoro, Rick Peckham, Dave Stryker, and Joe Lovano. Alex is attending the Berklee and is in his junior year.

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Rocco and the Stompers

Monday / August 3, 2009 / 5:00 p.m.
Regattabar Courtyard Series
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Rocco and the Stompers

Boston-based all-star octet, Rocco and the Stompers, merges the traditional 1930s Swing Era sound with contemporary arrangements and compositions. Formed in 2008, the group's focus has been to actively write and arrange material that lends itself to exciting live performances. With one sensational full length studio recording under its belt, the Stompers are quickly turning the heads of jazz audiences.

A Rocco and the Stompers show typically consists of swing covers, ranging from well-known hits like Benny Goodman's "Sing Me A Swing Song" to hidden gems like Duke Ellington's "Rendezvous With Rhythm." Along with flawless transcriptions, the Stompers play original arrangements of modern tunes like "Master of Puppets," (Metallica) "Casino Night Zone," (Sonic the Hedgehog 2) and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" (Daft Punk), all arranged in the style of the great writers, such as Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, and Artie Shaw. The group also performs a collection of original compositions that blur the line between the swing era and beyond.

The music is brought to life by some of New England's top musicians: John Replogle (trumpet), Mark Zaleski (alto sax, clarinet), Chris Gagne (trombone), Ben Whiting (baritone sax), Juan Andres Ospina (piano), Katie Thiroux (bass, vocals), and Matt Witek (drums). Group members have toured around the world, collectively playing with artists such as Danilo Perez, Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra, Benny Golson, Dave Brubeck, Slide Hampton, Christian McBride, Michel Camilo, Joe Lovano, Jethro Tull, Bennie Maupin, Chick Corea and George W. Russell Jr.

Admission: 
Free

Emily Elbert

Thursday / August 6, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Emily Elbert

Raised in Texas on a musical diet of Antonio Carlos Jobim, James Taylor, and oldies radio, 20-year old Emily Elbert first picked up the guitar when she was 15. Her self-taught approach on the instrument grew to include singing and songwriting, and her passionate involvement in these three endeavors soon led to the creation of her debut CD of original material, Bright Side, in 2006.

Elbert was selected to perform as a vocalist in the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble in 2007. That same year, she won the Grand Prize in the 2007 Texas Music Project Texas 10 Under 20 contest. Elbert then moved to Boston to study at the Berklee, but simultaneously continues to maintain a musical career; in 2008, she did weekend tours with G Love & Special Sauce and Kaki King and was a featured performer at the North American Folk Music Alliance in Memphis, Tennesee.

Boston-based WUMB-FM radio named her the Best New Artist of 2008. She has played more than 200 gigs nationwide, from Los Angeles to New York City, Alaska to Texas. Elbert is currently in the process of recording a follow-up EP to Bright Side, with an expected release in fall 2009.

Admission: 
Free

Gina Cimmelli

Monday / August 17, 2009 / 5:00 p.m.
Regattabar Courtyard Series
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Gina Cimelli and friends

Twenty-two year old singer/songwriter, Gina Cimmelli and her band Gina's Picture Show cook up familiar throw-back melodies from the 1920s to the 1960s, married with sincere lyrics and served with a wild variety of instrumentation. Cimmelli and her group are touring throughout New England this summer, having just released a five song EP, Don't Be Mad.

Admission: 
Free

Hailey Niswanger Quartet

Thursday / September 3, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Hailey Niswanger

Only 19 years old and a Berklee freshman, jazz saxophonist Hailey Niswanger has an impressive list of accomplishments that stretch far beyond her hometown of Portland, Oregon.

In both 2006 and 2007, Hailey received scholarships to attend the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop in Boston under the direction of Terri Lyne Carrington.  She performed at the 2007 IAJE conference in New York with the Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra and Combo. 

In both 2007 and 2008, Niswanger performed with the Grammy Jazz Ensemble in Hollywood and the Jazz Band of America in Indianapolis. In 2007, she performed at the pre-festival events for the Monterey Jazz Festival and in 2008, she toured with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, including a performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Holland, and on the main stage of the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Hailey won the 2008 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Saxophone Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and was a featured artist at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival in 2009.

Niswanger has performed with a long list of jazz greats, including George Duke, Phil Woods, Christian McBride, and McCoy Tyner.

She released her debut CD, Confeddie, this year. 

 

Admission: 
Free

Jazz Vocal Series

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

Under the direction of faculty vocalist Maggi Scott, faculty jazz vocalists will perform jazz standards in a variety of settings, including duets, accompanied by piano, bass, and drums.

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Berklee Monterey Quintet

Thursday / September 10, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
The Roy Guzman Quintet

Each fall, Berklee chooses its finest students to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival, where they perform to standing-room-only audiences. Led by guitarist Roy Guzman, the group featured here performed at the festival in 2007, and are already highly sought after, with dozens of professional credits, major awards, and concerts. The Berklee Monterey Quintet features:

  • Roy Guzman, guitar, also a composer and the group's leader, is from Cupey, Puerto Rico and has been a part of the growing jazz scene of the San Juan's metropolitan area since he was 16

  • Billy Buss, trumpet, winner of two Down Beat Student Music Awards for Outstanding Performance/Soloist
  • Greg Chaplin, bass, selected as bassist for the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Combo, where he played with Phil Woods, James Moody, McCoy Tyner, Patti Austin, and others
  • Michael Sachs, saxophone, attending Berklee on a full tuition scholarship  
  • Mark Whitfield Jr., drums, performer at the JVC Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, and the Kennedy Center

 

 

Admission: 
Free

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