Concert

Travel Notes: Andrea Pejrolo and Tom Hojnacki

Thursday / June 10, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join us for an exciting evening of original compositions and arrangements with this unique group. Tom Hojnacki on piano, and Andrea Pejrolo on bass take an innovative look at jazz based on originality and unconventionality.

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Pete Francis / The Rescues

Wednesday / May 19, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Pete Francis

New York-based singer/songwriter Pete Francis is set to release his new album, The Movie We Are In. Whereas Francis's previous solo albums were largely self-produced, he uprooted his approach to album-making and assembled an entirely new crew with Los Angeles–based producer Jeff Trott (right-hand man to Sheryl Crow as writer and guitarist). The results challenge listeners with contrast, combining the organic and the electronic, the standard and the hip, the familiar and the unfamiliar.

Also appearing: The Rescues. Four unique parts collided to make one majestic sound in 2008. What started as a one-night stand at a party has quickly turned into one of the most powerful forces in the Los Angeles music scene. Kyler England, Rob Giles, Adrianne Gonzalez, and Gabriel Mann, all successful singer/songwriters in their own right, joined together to form the Rescues and created a new, compelling sound where dark meets light, hope meets peril, and grace is found in unexpected places.

Admission: 
$15, general admission; $12, students

Zac Taylor / Nini+Ben / Kris Roche

Thursday / May 6, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Zac Taylor

In recent months, he's kicked things up by adding horns, a swingin' rhythm section, and some filthy electric guitar, dubbing the band Zac Taylor & The Drugs. Think Ben Folds' playfulness with some gritty Telecaster. The debut record Salesman is set to be released this spring. Produced by Berklee's own Ben Gebert, the vibe of the record has raw, tube-crunched guitar, rollicking drums, and some old school Wurlitzer to round out a jazzed-tinged, in-your-face pop-rock sound.

 

Admission: 
$5 Students, $7 GA

Craig Hlady Six Shades of Blue

Wednesday / July 28, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitar Department faculty member Craig Hlady leads his quartet of original blues influenced music.

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Composition Department Faculty Concert

Monday / September 27, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Several faculty from the Composition Department will present recent compositions.

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Allan Chase Trio and Quartet

Tuesday / August 10, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Ear Training chair Allan Chase (alto and baritone saxophone), Guitar faculty member Jon Damian (guitar), and guest Bob Nieske (bass) present a concert of original jazz compositions and rarely heard classics.

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Stanley Clarke Band Featuring Hiromi

Sunday / June 20, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Recording artist, performer, composer, conductor, arranger, producer, and film score composer Stanley Clarke is one of the most celebrated bass players in the world. Known for his ferocious dexterity and consummate musicality, Clarke is a true pioneer in jazz and jazz fusion. Unquestionably, he has attained "living legend" status during his 36-year career as a bass virtuoso.

Since her 2003 Telarc debut, Another Mind, keyboardist, composer, and Berklee alumna Hiromi Uehara has electrified audiences and critics in both hemispheres with a creative energy that defies the conventional parameters of jazz and pushes musicianship and composition to unprecedented levels of complexity and sophistication.

Admission: 
$33, $38, $50, reserved seating

Commencement Concert 2010

Friday / May 7, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Agganis Arena
925 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

It's graduation season at Berklee, and that means it's time for seniors and other students to perform in tribute to this year's honorees. THIS EVENT IS NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

Learn more in the news section of our website and on our commencement homepage.

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Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet at Newport Jazz

Saturday / August 7, 2010 / 11:30 a.m.
Newport Jazz Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Newport
RI
United States
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) Septet's members are in the inaugural class of the BGJI, a unique focused area of study at the college designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines. World-renowned pianist Danilo Perez serves as its artistic director. Members include Andrew Burglass, Greg Chaplin, Matthew Halpin, Christian Li, Hailey Niswanger, Paulo Stagnaro, and Mark Whitfield Jr.

Andrew Burglass is a guitarist from New Orleans. Originally inspired by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Steve Vai, his musical world was blown up when he discovered jazz as a student at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). Burglass graduated from NOCCA and Mandeville High School in 2008, and is currently attending Berklee College of Music on scholarship. Some of his career highlights include performances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; the Park City Jazz Festival, in Utah; and the Jazz in Marciac Festival, in France.

Greg Chaplin, 19, is an acoustic bassist from Hopedale, Massachusetts. He has worked with Patti Austin, David Baker, Chris Botti, Billy Childs, Jimmy Cobb, James Moody, McCoy Tyner, and Phil Woods, to name a few, and has also been active on the festival circuit, performing at the Monterey, Newport, and Tri-C Jazz Festivals, and at the Mary Lou Williams Festival at the Kennedy Center. In high school, he participated in the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Combo, the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz All-Stars, Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center, and the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia Park. Chaplin has a deep commitment to public service and is a volunteer at several local charities.

Matthew Halpin is a tenor saxophonist from Dublin, Ireland, currently pursuing a degree in performance and jazz composition at Berklee. In 2009, he was one of only two international recipients of Berklee's full-ride Presidential Scholarship. He has played in many bands as a leader and as a member of renowned large ensembles like RTE National Concert Orchestra, the Dublin City Big Band, and the Riam Big Band. He was a headlining performer at the 2009 Sligo Jazz Project, a festival at which he'd been a student for the two previous years. Halpin has studied with George Garzone, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Branford Marsalis, and Jamie Oehlers. Before coming to Berklee, he studied classical music at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Pianist Christian Li, 19, was born in Montreal, Canada and raised in Horseheads, New York. The recipient of several Down BeatStudent Music Awards, he has performed with Geri Allen, Jack DeJohnette, Fred Hersch, Frank Morgan, Renee Rosnes, and Dave Santoro, among others. He was chosen for the New York State Band Directors Association Honors Jazz Band in 2006, and for New York's All-State Instrumental Jazz Band in 2006 and 2007. Li has studied at the Skidmore Jazz Institute, the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and the Vail Jazz Workshop. He is currently attending Berklee on a full-tuition scholarship, where he is majoring in jazz composition and music synthesis, and taking private lessons with professor JoAnne Brackeen.

Hailey Niswanger has an impressive list of accomplishments that reach far past the borders of her home in Portland, Oregon, and well beyond her years. She has shared stages with Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Duke, Red Holloway, Terri Lyne Carrington, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, James Moody, Maceo Parker, McCoy Tyner, Mark Whitfield, Phil Woods, and other jazz greats. Her 2009 debut album Confeddie has been covered in the Wall Street Journal,Jazz Times, and Jazziz, and was on the CMJ Jazz Top 40 chart for 11 consecutive weeks. Last year, Niswanger was selected as the new alto saxophonist in the internationally acclaimed big band the Either/Orchestra, occupying the chair previously held by Miguel Zenón. Niswanger is currently attending Berklee on a full scholarship, where she is majoring in performance.

Boston native Paulo Stagnaro is a percussionist and composer who has performed with Paquito D'Rivera, Gloria Estefan, Greg Hopkins, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Marcus Miller, Danilo Perez, Mark Turner, Diego Urcola, and others. In 2008, his band La Timbistica won the Down Beat Student Music Award. Stagnaro has played prominent festivals and venues across the globe, including both the Monterey and Newport  Jazz Festivals, IAJE, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, the Kimmel Center, and the Blue Note Jazz Club.

Mark Whitfield Jr. is a drummer from Brooklyn. He made his first concert appearance at age two as a guest drummer with his father, guitarist Mark Whitfield, and clarinet legend Alvin Batiste, at the Varsity Theater at Louisiana State University. At four, he appeared with his father's quartet on the Good Morning America 1994 Thanksgiving Day broadcast, and he would continue to perform with his father throughout his early years. Whitfield has opened shows for the likes of Peter Cincotti and Chris Botti, and performed at the Newport, Duke Ellington, and Monterey Jazz Festivals. He is currently on full scholarship at Berklee, where he studies with Hal Crook, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Ralph Peterson.

Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a unique focused area of study at the college designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines. Danilo Perez serves as its artistic director. For more information, visit: http://www.berklee.edu/focused/global-jazz

 

 

 

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Hailey Niswanger Quartet at Freihofer's Jazz Festival

Sunday / June 27, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
108 Avenue of the Pines
Saratoga Springs
NY
United States
Hailey Niswanger Quartet

Hailey Niswanger's accomplishments reach far beyond the borders of her home in Portland, Oregon and well beyond her years. The alto saxophonist has shared the stage with jazz greats Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Duke, George Garzone, Red Holloway, Terell Stafford, Phil Woods, James Moody, Steve Nelson, Christian McBride, McCoy Tyner, Maceo Parker, Wynton Marsalis, and Mark Whitfield, among others. Her own quartet has performed at the Portland Jazz Festival, Jimmy Mak's Jazz Club, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, and other jazz venues around Portland.  In September 2009 she was selected as the new alto saxophonist for the internationally acclaimed big band the Either/Orchestra, occupying the chair previously held by Miguel Zenon and Jaleel Shaw, among others.  

Niswanger's June 2009 recording debut as a leader-the self-produced and self-released CD Confeddie-established her throughout North America. The album was reviewed in such leading jazz magazines as Jazz Times and Jazziz and inspired veteran jazz critic Nat Hentoff to profile her in the Wall Street JournalConfeddie appeared on the Jazz Week Top 50 chart 3 times and was among the top 100 jazz CDs in the country for two months. It features a rhythm section composed of fellow Berklee students Michael Palma on piano, Greg Chaplin on bass, and Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums. 

Niswanger was a featured artist at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., where she won the festival's saxophone competition in 2008.

Niswanger's appearance is presented in collaboration with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), a unique focused area of study at the college designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines. Danilo Perez serves as its artistic director. For more information, visit: http://www.berklee.edu/focused/global-jazz

 

 

Admission: 
$44.00 - $58.00

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