Concert

Eric Robertson and the Boston Boys

Thursday / August 19, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Eric Robertson

The sound of Eric Robertson and the Boston Boys is contemporary roots rock, blending reverence for the Beatles and the energy of the Avett Brothers with hints of Appalachian string band music. Featuring singer/songwriter Eric Robertson, the Boston Boys is a new band emerging from the hotbed of talented young players in the hip Boston music scene. All band members are either students at or alumni of the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

Admission: 
Free

Ben Powell Quartet

Saturday / August 14, 2010 / 5:00 p.m.
Derby Square, Salem
Front Street
Salem
MA
United States
01970
Ben Powell

Violinist, composer, and band leader Ben Powell was born in Cheltenham, England into a musical family. His talent was evident from a very young age, resulting in an invitation to solo at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics in Japan. He joined the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at age 16. At the same time, he developed not only a strong interest in jazz but the ability to play swinging improvisations. Powell moved on to Berklee, and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in jazz composition. During his three years as a student in Boston, Powell also enjoyed playing in the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.

He has shared the stage with greats such as Herbie Hancock, Gloria Estefan, and Paul Simon, to name a few, and has had the privilege of performing for Laura Bush and Queen Noor of Jordan. Light, his recording debut, features him already as a mature jazz soloist. Powell's musicianship, technical brilliance, and mature intuition bring audiences to their feet.

 

Admission: 
Free

Nicky Egan

Saturday / July 10, 2010 / 5:00 p.m.
Derby Square, Salem
Front Street
Salem
MA
United States
01970
Nicky Egan

Nicky Egan is a soul singer who blends funk, r&b, and rock. She drives her performances with memorable songs, energy, and a positive message. Egan's band the Majority has toured all over the United States, including stints at the famed Whiskey a Go Go and a fundraiser for Penn State Children's Hospital where they played to a crowd of 10,000.

Admission: 
Free

Charlie Mars / Jay Nash

Thursday / May 13, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Charlie Mars

On his latest album, Charlie Mars hits a groove that's hardwired to hearts and hips. This is an album that writhes through the headphones, which will ultimately be tossed in favor of a living room dance floor. Mars has sewn together tightly crafted songs with moods and melodies that pulse with sex, wonderment, and personal destruction—all themes that may clash on paper but in music suggest mysteries that are organic to us all. Special guest: Jay Nash.

Admission: 
$12/advance, $15/doors

The Thickness / The Brunt of It / Alien 8

Friday / June 18, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Photo by Sarah Mica

Since 2005, the Thickness has brought its version of punk to crowds all over the United States and Canada. The band's high-energy show and stand-up comedy have drawn comparisons to NOFX, Bad Religion, and Face to Face.

Admission: 
$9

Music from Spain

Friday / May 28, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Three visiting students from the Pinto Conservatory will be highlighted in performances of various styles of music. Presented by faculty member Gregory Fritze.

Admission: 

Lance Van Lenten: Evolving Quartet

Wednesday / July 14, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Contemporary original jazz compositions and the music of major jazz composers performed by a quartet led by Lance Van Lenten (saxes-flute), with Joe Mulholland (piano), David Clark (bass) and Casey Scheuerell (drums).

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Hailey Niswanger

Thursday / June 24, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Hailey Niswanger

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.

Admission: 
Free

Christian Li Trio

Monday / August 23, 2010 / 5:00 p.m.
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Christian Li Trio

Christian Li is a jazz pianist from Horseheads, New York. He has won several Down Beat magazine Student Music Awards and has attended highly selective programs, including the Skidmore Jazz Institute, the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and the Vail Jazz Workshop. Li was the New York State All-State Instrumental Jazz Band pianist for 2006 and 2007 and the New York State Band Directors Association Honors Jazz Band Pianist in 2006. 

In 2008, he received a full-tuition scholarship to attend Berklee. There he studies privately with JoAnne Brackeen and Ed Bedner and has had the opportunity of working with Jack DeJohnette, Danilo Perez, and Terri Lyne Carrington, among others. Li has also worked with the Cornell University and Ithaca College big bands, and played solo piano at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

This concert is part of Courtyard Series: Berklee at the Regattabar.

Admission: 
Free

The Annette Philip Group

Saturday / May 8, 2010 / 5:00 p.m.
Derby Square, Salem
Front Street
Salem
MA
United States
01970
Annette Philip Group

 

Annette Philip is an Indian vocalist, composer/arranger, recording artist, and choir conductor who thrives on experimenting with the human voice. In 2003, she cofounded Artistes Unlimited (AU) in New Delhi, a performing arts ensemble promoting collaboration among musicians in the city. With a vast, genre-spanning repertoire, AU is now India's largest and most diverse youth platform for musicians, with a rotating lineup of over 250 artists.

Philip was the 2009 Berklee recipient of the Sylvia Zunz Memorial Scholarship, awarded for her commitment to learning and performing music from the Great American Songbook tradition. She is currently recording and performing with her own jazz fusion ensemble, the Annette Philip Quintet, as well as the Boston-based vocal group Women of the World and the Makanda Project big band. A recent Berklee graduate, Philip is also an established recording artist, lending her voice to albums, jingles, and voiceovers in nine languages.

 

Admission: 
Free

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