Concert

Jose Ramos

Sunday / September 20, 2009 / 9:00 p.m.
Wally's Cafe
427 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02118

Equally at home playing jazz, jump blues, classic r&b, swing, or funk, Jose Ramos and his No Way Jose! Band keeps 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 '50s—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.

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Schedule.

Admission: 
Free

Ahmad Jamal

Saturday / September 19, 2009 / 10:00 p.m.
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Ahmad Jamal

Celebrated pianist/composer Ahmad Jamal continues his performance schedule around the world, as he has for well over the last four decades. Noted for his outstanding technical command and identifiable sound as a piano stylist, Jamal impresses fellow musicians and record buyers alike with his innovative, minimalist approach. He was a child prodigy who began to play the piano at the age of 3; he began formal studies at 7. While still in high school, he completed the equivalent of college master classes under the noted African American concert singer and teacher Mary Cardwell Dawson and pianist James Miller. He joined the musicians union at the age of 14, and he began touring upon graduation, drawing critical acclaim for his solos. In 1951, he formed his own group, the Three Strings (later renamed the Ahmad Jamal Trio), and was signed by John Hammond to Columbia's Okeh Records. The trio's classic live album Ahmad Jamal at the Pershing: But Not for Me climbed to number three on the pop charts. In the wake of But Not for Me's success, Jamal opened his own club, the Alhambra. In the years since, he's recorded album after album with various labels, most recently Birdology, Dreyfus, and Telarc.

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Schedule.

 

Admission: 
$25

Wally's Stepchildren

Monday / September 21, 2009 / 9:00 p.m.
Wally's Cafe
427 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02118

Wally's Stepchildren is a funk/fusion band that has had rotating musicians at Wally's for almost 15 years. Some past notable members of this night include drummers John Blackwell (Prince), Adam Deitch (Justin Timberlake), Niki Glaspie (Beyoncé), and John Roberts (Janet Jackson); guitarist Eric Krasno (Soulive); and keyboardist Rob Lewis (Puff Daddy).

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 '50s—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.

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Schedule.

 

Admission: 
Free

Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane/Hartman

Friday / September 25, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Kurt Elling

Berklee BeanTown Jazz concertgoers get a rare treat this year: four chances to hear a special performance, "Dedicated To You"—Kurt Elling Sings Coltrane/Hartman, Featuring Joel Frahm and the Laurence Hobgood Trio. The original 1960s era recording captured lightning in a bottle when the two legends came together, and Elling has made it his mission to put his own mark on what was a seminal moment in jazz history.

Elling's rich baritone voice spans four octaves and displays an astonishing technical facility and emotional depth. His repertoire ranges from his own compositions to modern interpretations of standards, both of which can be the springboard for free-form improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry.

One of Elling's major contributions is as a writer and performer of vocalese, the art of putting words to improvised solos of jazz artists. Elling, who has earned eight Grammy nominations, has set the solos of Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, and others to his own deeply spiritual and compelling lyrics, an approach that reminds us of the beauty of the original music and opens us up to a fresh vision.

Elling's new Concord recording, Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman, celebrates a 45-year-old collaboration between saxophonist John Coltrane and vocalist Johnny Hartman. The two jazz legends recorded several tracks on one day in March 1963, and the result quickly became a jazz classic. Elling's Dedicated to You features his take on several of the original tracks, including "Autumn Serenade" and "You Are Too Beautiful." 

During his four Berklee BeanTown concerts, Elling will be accompanied by his frequent collaborator, pianist Lawrence Hobgood, and by saxophonist Joel Frahm. 

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.

 

Admission: 
$28

The Branford Marsalis Quartet

Wednesday / September 23, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Branford Marsalis

Shortly following the release of what had already been described as their greatest work to date, Metamorphosen, the Branford Marsalis Quartet's personnel changed for the first time in over a decade.  With the departure of protean drummer, Jeff "Tain" Watts, the bandleader was faced with the enormous task of finding another drummer, and what he found in 18-year old Justin Faulkner was nothing short of astonishing. The "new" Branford Marsalis Quartet includes Faulkner on drums, Eric Revis on bass, Joey Calderazzo on piano, and, of course, Branford Marsalis on saxophone. 

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Schedule.

Admission: 
$41, $35

Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane/Hartman

Friday / September 25, 2009 / 10:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134

Berklee BeanTown Jazz concertgoers get a rare treat this year: four chances to hear a special performance, "Dedicated To You"—Kurt Elling Sings Coltrane/Hartman, Featuring Joel Frahm and the Laurence Hobgood Trio. The original 1960s era recording captured lightning in a bottle when the two legends came together, and Elling has made it his mission to put his own mark on what was a seminal moment in jazz history.

Elling's rich baritone voice spans four octaves and displays an astonishing technical facility and emotional depth. His repertoire ranges from his own compositions to modern interpretations of standards, both of which can be the springboard for free-form improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry.

One of Elling's major contributions is as a writer and performer of vocalese, the art of putting words to improvised solos of jazz artists. Elling, who has earned eight Grammy nominations, has set the solos of Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, and others to his own deeply spiritual and compelling lyrics, an approach that reminds us of the beauty of the original music and opens us up to a fresh vision.

Elling's new Concord recording, Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman, celebrates a 45-year-old collaboration between saxophonist John Coltrane and vocalist Johnny Hartman. The two jazz legends recorded several tracks on one day in March 1963, and the result quickly became a jazz classic. Elling's Dedicated to You features his take on several of the original tracks, including "Autumn Serenade" and "You Are Too Beautiful." 

During his four Berklee BeanTown concerts, Elling will be accompanied by his frequent collaborator, pianist Lawrence Hobgood, and by saxophonist Joel Frahm. 

 

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.

 

 

Admission: 
$28

Berklee Salsa Ensemble

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Dunkin Donuts Stage
594 Columbus Ave
Boston
MA
United States
02120

Come dance to the tropical rhythms of the Berklee student Salsa Ensemble, directed by Bernardo Hernández, assistant professor. Hernández, who has played with a wide range of innovative artists, has led the group in a string of performances throughout the Boston area. The ensemble features Berklee's best student performers of salsa.

Hernández has worked as a composer, arranger, and producer of music for Radio Caracas TV musicals and the WCVB-TV Boston talk show Aqui, and has written jingles and arrangements for singers and orchestras in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Spain, Mexico, and the United States. Hernandez has recorded as a leader for CBS and Polydor. 

He has performed with Soledad Bravo; Vicky Carr; Chekeré; Tito Gomez; Humano; Antonio Lauro; Israel Lopez; Victor Mendoza; Pablo Milanes; Dan Moretti; the Pampero Studio Orchestra; the Pan-American and Palladium 51 big bands; Los Pleneros del Coco; Tito Puente, Jr.; Ismael Miranda, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez; Oscar Stagnaro; Cecilia Todd; Bebo Valdez; Roberto Vizcaino; and Nancy Wilson. 

 

Hernández is an alumnus of Berklee and the Jose Angel Lamas Music Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela.

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.

 

Admission: 
Free

The Donna McElroy Quartet

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 12:50 p.m.
Target Stage
681 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120

Donna McElroy is an arranger/background vocalist on gold and platinum releases "Why Haven't I Heard From You?" by Reba McIntyre; "We Shall Be Free" by Garth Brooks, "Addictive Love" by BeBe and CeCe Winans, and "House of Love" by Amy Grant. She is the recipient of Grammy nomination for Bigger World (WB), a Dove Award for Songs from the Loft (Reunion), and a 1993 Best Actress Award for the Circle Players' performance of Sister Mary Regina (Nunsense).
Television appearances include Arsenio Hall, Tonight Show, and Grammy Awards.

Lately, McElroy's been doing more in her community and in the Boston area; hosting a website for pedagogical support for new singers; developing an American Negro spirituals curriculum for the Voice Department at Berklee; and working to raise money for the schools and young music students in the Ivory Coast, West Africa. 

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.

Admission: 
Free

Ashanti Munir

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Ashanti Munir

Ashanti Munir's powerful voice has earned her comparisons to Lalah Hathaway.  She's still riding high from the success of her 2008 debut CD, Balance, which received rave reviews internationally. The single "I'm Staying Home Tonight" was a dance floor favorite in the UK, and Balance was #18 on Solar Radio's Best of 2008 chart in London. A native Bostonian, Ashanti was nominated for a 2006 New England Urban Music Award, and won the historic Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in 1992. She was a background vocalist for Michael Buble at the Verizon Center in Manchester, N.H. and has opened for Johnny Kemp, Alyson Williams, Esperanza Spalding, Freddie Jackson, Helen Rogers, and Terri Lyne Carrington.

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.

Admission: 
Free

Elan Trotman

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 1:20 p.m.
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Elan Trotman

Barbados native and saxophonist Elan Trotman has made a name for himself as one of New England's up-and-coming jazz artists. His reputation was cemented in 2008 when he was named Best Jazz Artist at the New England Urban Music Awards. He has performed, recorded, and toured with an elite group of artists, including vocalists Roberta Flack and Brian McKnight and saxophonist Kirk Whalum. Trotman also serves as musical director, saxophonist, and keyboardist in the band led by Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo.

Trotman is a graduate of Berklee and a music teacher in the Boston public schools system.

Listen to Elan Trotman

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.

Admission: 
Free

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