Concert

Marcus Santos and Bloco AfroBrazil

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Columbus Avenue (Street Performance)
688 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
Bloco AfroBrazil

Led by Marcus Santos, Bloco AfroBrazil takes to the streets of Boston throughout the outdoor festival day, mixing traditional Brazilian grooves like samba, maracatu, and baião with funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop. Always one of the most visible and high-energy groups of the day, The group consists of more than 20 of the most talented percussionists and musicians in New England.

Bloco AfroBrazil is a Boston-area ensemble dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the vibrant Afro-Brazilian carnival traditions of Bahía, a state in northern Brazil where 90 percent of the population is of African descent. Carnival in Bahía's capital city of Salvador centers around the blocos Afros, or carnival clubs, that provide the musical "voice" of this celebration. As the blocos Afros parade throughout Salvador, they pick up revelers, promoting the traditional notion that Carnival is a time to join in, a time when rules can be broken and social barriers crossed. In some years, Carnival parades in Salvador have included up to 340,000 participants.

The energetic Marcus Santos leads Bloco AfroBrazil, which delivers captivating performances to its audiences. Born and raised in the city of Salvador, Santos grew up in the blocos Afros tradition. After performing with Brazilian groups like Mambolada and Jheremmias, he won a scholarship to attend Berklee. Upon his arrival, Santos founded Bloco AfroBrazil and its parent organization, AfroBrazil, dedicated to keeping Brazilian percussion traditions alive in the United States. Marcus has performed with artists such as the Gypsy Kings and Paquito D'Rivera.

Bloco AfroBrazil was recently nominated for a Boston Music Award for Best World Music Act.

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.

Admission: 
Free

Donald Harrison

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 1:30 p.m.
Dunkin Donuts Stage
594 Columbus Ave
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Donald Harrison

In the classic jazz genre, Donald Harrison is the originator of the nouveau swing style, which merges acoustic swing with modern r&b, second-line, hip-hop, New Orleans African American roots culture, and reggae rhythms. Harrison is a proven master of many musical genres and has written and performed many innovative classic jazz compositions. Some of his compositions are now part of the standard repertoire of jazz. He has also written and performed as a hip-hop MC. His influence on the whole rap culture as an early mentor of the Notorius B.I.G. on the science of rap and life was documented on VH-1. He is also a master singer/dancer in traditional New Orleans culture.

Today the 47-year-old saxophonist is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of these times, yet he remains inextricably tied to his New Orleans roots. Harrison has also discovered and nurtured some of the finest young jazz musicians like the young trumpeter Christian Scott, Mark Whitfield, Dwayne Burno, Christian McBride, Cyrus Chestnut, as well as rap icon the Notorious B.I.G.—his neighbor in Brooklyn for eight years. In the new millennium, Harrison has written and performed major orchestral works. Recently he has performed with his own groups as well as with the Head Hunters, Jennifer Holliday, Larry Coryell, and the Art of Four with Billy Cobham, Ron Carter, and James Williams.

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.

 

Admission: 
Free

Yoron Israel: David "Fathead" Newman Tribute

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 3:00 p.m.
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Yoron Israel

Drummer, percussionist, composer, band leader, and educator, Yoron Israel, a native Chicagoan, is one of the most gifted and sought-after musicians in the music industry today.

Israel's exciting and tasteful drumming, along with his compositional talents, are spotlighted throughout his CDs. They are: Basic Traneing (Ronja Music Company), Chicago (Double Time), Live at the Blue Note (Half Note), A Gift for You (Ronja Music Company) He brings his unique influences and experiences in the jazz, Latin, gospel, funk, r&b, and orchestral idioms full circle with his compositions, arrangements, repertoire, and ensemble concepts. Israel is the assistant chair of percussion at Berklee College of Music. 

Over the past 10 years, Israel has performed regularly with the late David "Fathead" Newman in a variety of settings. He is featured on Newman's last four recordings. Joining Yoron in his septet for the BeanTown Jazz Festival will be a number of other great musicians with long associations with Newman and his music, including Marcus Belgrave (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Howard Johnson (baritone saxophone), Bill Easley (flute, tenor, and alto saxophones), Dave Leonhardt (piano), and John Menegon (bass).

David "Fathead" Newman, legendary saxophonist/flutist and composer, was a prominent member of the Ray Charles band in the fifties and sixties and a renowned bandleader in his own right thereafter. He passed away on January 20, 2009 at age 75.

For more information visit Israel's website

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Admission: 
Free

Joe Louis Walker

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 2:00 p.m.
Target Stage
681 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Joe Louis Walker

Born and raised in San Francisco and now based in Westchester County, New York, Joe Louis Walker is one of the most heralded blues artists of our time. Walker is a true blues virtuoso whose skills as a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer have earned him a dedicated legion of fans around the world. He's recorded with B.B. King, James Cotton, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Steve Cropper, Ike Turner, and Branford Marsalis, among many others in a storied career that covers 18 solo albums, two live DVDs, and a number of compilations and guest appearances. He's played on two Grammy Award-winning albums and won three Blues Music Awards (formerly known as W.C. Handy Awards). In addition to his hot-ticket shows in the U.S., Walker has become an international ambassador for the blues overseas, having played at countless festivals throughout Europe, South America, Australia, the Middle East, and Asia.

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.

 

Admission: 
Free

Berklee P-Funk Ensemble with Lenny Stallworth

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 3:35 p.m.
Target Stage
681 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Lenny Stallworth

Berklee students will perform the music of classic funk band George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic.

Lenny Stallworth

Bassist Lenny Stallworth is a member of Willow Entertainment and leader of Flipside and Funk Mob in New England. Over his career, Stallworth has performed with Najee, Maceo Parker, Donald Brown, Ann Nesby, and Donnell Jones. He has also recorded with Rohn Lawrence, Teddy Riley, Ray Benzino, and Brian McKnight. Stallworth is an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music.  

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane/Hartman

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 10:00 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

Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane/Hartman

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 8:00 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

Roy Guzman Quintet

Friday / June 12, 2009 / 9:00 p.m.
Duke Ellington Jazz Festival
Washington
DC
United States

The quintet, featuring Billboard scholarship winner Roy Guzman, Billy Buss, Greg Chaplin, Michael Sachs, and Mark Whitfield Jr., performs at 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. at Busboys & Poets as part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival. Read more about the concert.

Admission: 
Free

Colin Cannon's CD Release

Thursday / July 30, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Colin Cannon draws from many musical genres to create his own unique style. The music is a fusion of modern jazz laced with subtle Eastern influences, funk, rock, and drum 'n' bass. Cannon's music is not only enjoyed by jazz fans but is also widely accepted by jam band, rock, fusion, blues, and even bluegrass audiences.

Cannon and his band will be celebrating the release of their CD In Summary. The group consists of Cannon (guitar), Zak Croxall (bass), Tom Hartman (drums), and Manami Morita (piano). Members have played with internationally acclaimed musicians such as Esperanza Spalding and Greg Hopkins, and have performed in Boston's most prestigious venues.

Admission: 
FREE

Two-Hand Guitar Technique w/Don Lappin

Thursday / July 30, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Don Lappin

Don Lappin's Two-Hand Technique for Guitar is the culmination of 25 years of constant development and refinement. Don brings you his amazing and unique approach to the instrument in a fun, clear, and entertaining way. Watch as Don not only shows you his technique, but demonstrates how to get started improvising with it, too!

Admission: 
Free

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