Concert

Battle for Five-Week

Saturday / June 19, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Battle for Five-Week

The Five-Week Summer Performance Program, now in its 22nd year, is the largest, most comprehensive summer music program available. It attracts roughly 900 participants from across the U.S. and 50 different countries and focuses on all aspects of musical performance. Students play in ensembles, develop improvisational and reading skills, improve technique through weekly private lessons and enjoy lectures and demonstrations by well-known Berklee faculty and visiting artists.

The final four bands—Jaci and Those Guys, Ria, GJ, and Fellow Freak—will battle it out in a Battle of the Bands on Saturday, June 19 at Cafe 939 in front of an audience of Berklee faculty, students, Boston music industry experts, press, and more. A panel of judges will determine the final scholarship winner. These four bands will travel to Berklee’s campus, creating “Road to Berklee” videos for Berklee staff, students, Sonicbids teammates, fans, and family to enjoy at www.sonicbids.com/BerkleeBattle. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and admission is free.

Admission: 
Free

Dear Havanah

Thursday / June 17, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

Soulful, young, and energetic are three defining words for Boston-based, rock-infused, jam trio Dear Havanah. With their melodic hooks and honest, uninhibited live shows, the band is making waves. Dear Havanah has been tirelessly touring clubs and college campuses from the Northeast to the Midwest, making a name for themselves across the country. The band is currently collaborating with Soulive drummer Alan Evans on its second album. Evans is producing the new record, which is set for a release in summer 2010. 

Admission: 
Free

Jon Batiste Band

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 4:45 p.m.
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Jon Batiste

Jonathan Batiste is part of a culturally significant lineage of New Orleans musical families known worldwide. At the age of 8, he was already featured singing with his family in Japan. He later performed with them on percussion, and by 12 had found his destiny: the piano. Since then he has performed, recorded, and toured over 30 countries with artists such as Harry Connick Jr., Abbey Lincoln, Jimmy Buffett, Lenny Kravitz, Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, and currently with Cassandra Wilson and Roy Hargrove. He debuted at Carnegie Hall when he was 18 years old and has performed at major music festivals worldwide. He has three CD releases under his own name, the first when he was 17 and still studying at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) High School in New Orleans. He is also a graduate of the Juillard School in New York. 

Admission: 
Free

The Boogaloo Swamis

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 3:30 p.m.
BeanTown Stage
Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02215
The Boogaloo Swamis

The Boogaloo Swamis combine their rhythmic Cajun and zydeco music with Rockabilly, Tex Mex, blues, and original tunes for a hot musical gumbo. Four-time winners of Boston Music Awards' Outstanding World Music Act, the Boogaloo Swamis, true to their roots, create a party wherever they perform.

Admission: 
Free

The Greg Osby 6 Featuring Mark Turner

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 2:15 p.m.
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Greg Osby

Saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years, including Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jim Hall, and Jaki Byard. Osby has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim for his recorded works and passionate live performances. Osby signed his first recording deal with JMT (Jazz Music Today), recording four CDs for that label before signing with Blue Note Records in 1990 and recording fifteen recordings as a leader. In 2008, Osby launched his own label, Inner Circle Music, which serves as a platform for many of today's brightest artists. On 9 Levels, his latest recording on Inner Circle Music, Osby presents his wares in a sextet format and is joined by special guests Nir Felder, guitar; Adam Birnbaum, piano; Joseph Lepore, bass; Hamir Atwal, drums; and a welcome newcomer to the international jazz scene, vocalist Sara Serpa.

Admission: 
Free

Andy Milne and Dapp Theory

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 1:15 p.m.
Target Stage
681 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Dapp Theory

Toronto native Andy Milne draws inspiration from various forms of music, politics, philosophy, comedy, and science fiction. A recipient of the New Works commission and the French-America Jazz Exchange grants from Chamber Music America in 2006, and voted Rising Star Keyboardist by Down Beat magazine in 2004, Milne is one of the most important and respected voices in jazz today. His group Dapp Theory blends funk, hip-hop, and jazz with seamless precision. Their current release, Layers of Chance, features fresh compositions by Milne that blend various instrumental textures, infectious grooves, lush harmonies, and poignant lyrics. Milne has played with Joe Lovano, Archie Shepp, Ranee Lee, Cassandra Wilson, and Greg Osby. In addition to his multiple projects, Milne tours and records with trumpeter Ralph Alessi, teaches at the School for Improvisational Music, and is an adjunct professor at New York University, the New School University, and the Banff Centre.

Admission: 
Free

WeJazzUp

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Frank Wilkins

Pianist, composer, producer, band leader, and educator Frank Wilkins is known throughout the United States for his soulful, swinging, sensitive approach to music. An alumnus of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music, Wilson has instructed at Berklee, Tufts University, Northeastern University, and the New England Institute of Art. Among his many accomplishments, Wilkins is the recipient of the Hank Jones Jazz Masters Award while attending Berklee and the Composition Grant from the Massachusetts Council of the Arts. For more then two decades Wilkins has been working with programs such as A Journey into Jazz and Eats and Beats, bringing the music and history to students in grades K-12. Renowned local, national, and international performances include Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kevin Eubanks, Jon Faddis, Najee, Rebecca Parris, and Mike Stern. Wilkins has opened for Ray Charles, Bill Cosby, Al Green, Gladys Knight, and Wynton Marsalis, among others. Performances have covered all of the major New England jazz/r&b clubs, as well as the Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, and many celebrated performances throughout West Africa, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, and Mexico.

Admission: 
Free

Spontaneous Composition with Rhiannon, Alex Acuna, Abe Laboriel Sr. and Jetro DaSilva

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 1:05 p.m.
BeanTown Stage
Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Rhiannon

A vibrant, gifted singer, performance artist, composer, and master teacher, Rhiannon has been bringing her unique and potent blend of jazz, world music, improvisation, and storytelling to audiences for more than three decades. From her stellar collaborations with the all-women's jazz ensemble Alive! to a cappella ensemble SoVoSó to Bobby McFerrin and Voicestra to her groundbreaking solo and ensemble performances, Rhiannon enthralls and inspires her audiences. In addition to her ongoing solo performing and recording career, and her current ensemble projects, Rhiannon enjoys a longtime musical collaboration with vocal improvisation master Bobby McFerrin. Since 1986 she has been a member of his 12-voice orchestra, Voicestra. In 1997 Rhiannon recorded Circlesongs with McFerrin, and has been a featured soloist on annual U.S. and European Voicestra tours. She currently performs completely improvised concerts with two brilliant instrumental trios—one on each coast of the U.S.—as well as with WeBe3, a unique and compelling a cappella ensemble with fellow Voicestra members Joey Blake and David Worm. They released their first CD in May 2008, WeBe3 Live and Improvised: World Tour 2007. In the fall of 2008 Rhiannon joined the faculty of Berklee College of Music as an associate professor of voice.

Admission: 
Free

Mendoza Vibe

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
BeanTown Stage
Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Victor Mendoza

Considered by critics around the world to be one of today's finest Latin jazz artists, Mexican-born vibraphonist and composer Victor Mendoza's career includes performances with his own group and as guest soloist around the globe. Presentations include guest appearances with 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 soloist performance 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. This Is Why, one of Victor's previous recordings, led Latin Beat Magazine to name him one of the Outstanding Latin Jazz Artists of the Year. Black Bean Blues is Mendoza's most recent recording and was named one of the best Latin jazz recordings of the year by Modern Drummer Magazine and led Jazziz Magazine to dub him "the genre's leading vibraphone practitioner" and "one of today's most resourceful composers."
As a professor at Berklee, Mendoza has earned an international reputation as a jazz educator, regularly conducting master classes at major music schools and universities around the world. Mendoza's educational DVD, Latin Jazz Grooves, which focuses on Afro-Cuban performance and improvisation rhythmic concepts, is being released by Berklee Press/Hal Leonard this fall.

Admission: 
Free

Jose Ramos Special Blend Blues Band

Monday / September 20, 2010 / 9:00 p.m.
Wally's Cafe
427 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Jose Ramos

Equally at home playing jazz, jump blues, classic r&b, swing, or funk, Jose Ramos and his No Way Jose! Band keep audiences hot, thirsty, and on the dance floor all night.

Wally's Cafe was established on January 1, 1947 in Boston. The nightclub is located at the famed intersection of Massachusetts and Columbus avenues. The area was once home to many renowned jazz clubs during the 1940s and 1950s—places with names like the High Hat, Savoy Ballroom, Chicken Lane, the Wig Wam, Big M, and Wally's Paradise—that played a major role introducing jazz to the New England community. Wally's Café now features live music 365 days a year. Many of the musicians are professionals, but Wally's still maintains its tradition of providing students of academic institutions such as Berklee, the Boston Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory of Music with a stage to perfect their craft.

Admission: 
Free

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