Concert

Rocco and the Stompers

Monday / August 3, 2009 / 5:00 pm
Regattabar Courtyard Series
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Rocco and the Stompers

Boston-based all-star octet, Rocco and the Stompers, merges the traditional 1930s Swing Era sound with contemporary arrangements and compositions. Formed in 2008, the group's focus has been to actively write and arrange material that lends itself to exciting live performances. With one sensational full length studio recording under its belt, the Stompers are quickly turning the heads of jazz audiences.

A Rocco and the Stompers show typically consists of swing covers, ranging from well-known hits like Benny Goodman's "Sing Me A Swing Song" to hidden gems like Duke Ellington's "Rendezvous With Rhythm." Along with flawless transcriptions, the Stompers play original arrangements of modern tunes like "Master of Puppets," (Metallica) "Casino Night Zone," (Sonic the Hedgehog 2) and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" (Daft Punk), all arranged in the style of the great writers, such as Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, and Artie Shaw. The group also performs a collection of original compositions that blur the line between the swing era and beyond.

The music is brought to life by some of New England's top musicians: John Replogle (trumpet), Mark Zaleski (alto sax, clarinet), Chris Gagne (trombone), Ben Whiting (baritone sax), Juan Andres Ospina (piano), Katie Thiroux (bass, vocals), and Matt Witek (drums). Group members have toured around the world, collectively playing with artists such as Danilo Perez, Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra, Benny Golson, Dave Brubeck, Slide Hampton, Christian McBride, Michel Camilo, Joe Lovano, Jethro Tull, Bennie Maupin, Chick Corea and George W. Russell Jr.

Admission: 
Free

Emily Elbert

Thursday / August 6, 2009 / 12:00 pm
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Emily Elbert

Raised in Texas on a musical diet of Antonio Carlos Jobim, James Taylor, and oldies radio, 20-year old Emily Elbert first picked up the guitar when she was 15. Her self-taught approach on the instrument grew to include singing and songwriting, and her passionate involvement in these three endeavors soon led to the creation of her debut CD of original material, Bright Side, in 2006.

Elbert was selected to perform as a vocalist in the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble in 2007. That same year, she won the Grand Prize in the 2007 Texas Music Project Texas 10 Under 20 contest. Elbert then moved to Boston to study at the Berklee, but simultaneously continues to maintain a musical career; in 2008, she did weekend tours with G Love & Special Sauce and Kaki King and was a featured performer at the North American Folk Music Alliance in Memphis, Tennesee.

Boston-based WUMB-FM radio named her the Best New Artist of 2008. She has played more than 200 gigs nationwide, from Los Angeles to New York City, Alaska to Texas. Elbert is currently in the process of recording a follow-up EP to Bright Side, with an expected release in fall 2009.

Admission: 
Free

Gina Cimmelli

Monday / August 17, 2009 / 5:00 pm
Regattabar Courtyard Series
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Gina Cimelli and friends

Twenty-two year old singer/songwriter, Gina Cimmelli and her band Gina's Picture Show cook up familiar throw-back melodies from the 1920s to the 1960s, married with sincere lyrics and served with a wild variety of instrumentation. Cimmelli and her group are touring throughout New England this summer, having just released a five song EP, Don't Be Mad.

Admission: 
Free

Hailey Niswanger Quartet

Thursday / September 3, 2009 / 12:00 pm
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Hailey Niswanger

Only 19 years old and a Berklee freshman, jazz saxophonist Hailey Niswanger has an impressive list of accomplishments that stretch far beyond her hometown of Portland, Oregon.

In both 2006 and 2007, Hailey received scholarships to attend the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop in Boston under the direction of Terri Lyne Carrington.  She performed at the 2007 IAJE conference in New York with the Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra and Combo. 

In both 2007 and 2008, Niswanger performed with the Grammy Jazz Ensemble in Hollywood and the Jazz Band of America in Indianapolis. In 2007, she performed at the pre-festival events for the Monterey Jazz Festival and in 2008, she toured with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, including a performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Holland, and on the main stage of the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Hailey won the 2008 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Saxophone Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and was a featured artist at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival in 2009.

Niswanger has performed with a long list of jazz greats, including George Duke, Phil Woods, Christian McBride, and McCoy Tyner.

She released her debut CD, Confeddie, this year. 

 

Admission: 
Free

Jazz Vocal Series

Monday / March 30, 2009 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Under the direction of faculty vocalist Maggi Scott, faculty jazz vocalists will perform jazz standards in a variety of settings, including duets, accompanied by piano, bass, and drums.

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Berklee Monterey Quintet

Thursday / September 10, 2009 / 12:00 pm
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
The Roy Guzman Quintet

Each fall, Berklee chooses its finest students to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival, where they perform to standing-room-only audiences. Led by guitarist Roy Guzman, the group featured here performed at the festival in 2007, and are already highly sought after, with dozens of professional credits, major awards, and concerts. The Berklee Monterey Quintet features:

  • Roy Guzman, guitar, also a composer and the group's leader, is from Cupey, Puerto Rico and has been a part of the growing jazz scene of the San Juan's metropolitan area since he was 16

  • Billy Buss, trumpet, winner of two Down Beat Student Music Awards for Outstanding Performance/Soloist
  • Greg Chaplin, bass, selected as bassist for the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Combo, where he played with Phil Woods, James Moody, McCoy Tyner, Patti Austin, and others
  • Michael Sachs, saxophone, attending Berklee on a full tuition scholarship  
  • Mark Whitfield Jr., drums, performer at the JVC Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, and the Kennedy Center

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Katie Thiroux Trio

Monday / July 20, 2009 / 5:00 pm
Regattabar Courtyard Series
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Katie Thiroux Trio

Los Angeles-bred bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux brings her trio to Cambridge. The Katie Thiroux Trio has performed from coast to coast at venues such as the Kitano, Cachaca Jazz Club, the Lighthouse, Catalina's Jazz Club.

Influenced by the invigorating styles of Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Bill Evans and Anita O'Day, the Katie Thiroux Quartet swings hard every time. Thiroux's acrobatic vocal arrangements and instrumentals have established the group's unique style, which is why its leader is regarded as one of today's most exceptional young talents.

Thiroux is also an on-call sideman. She was called in to perform at the 2009 Münster Jazz Festival, joining Mosaic, a group led by drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and also featuring Geri Allen and Ingrid Jensen.

Other notable performances include the Monterey, Newport Beach, and Vail jazz festivals. Thiroux studies at Berklee on the full-ride Presidential Scholarship.

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Animal Zoo featuring Manami Morita

Saturday / August 15, 2009 / 11:30 am
Salem Jazz and Soul Festival
157 Fort Avenue
Salem
MA
United States
01970
Animal Zoo

Manami Morita, a native of Saitama, Japan, started playing classical piano at age 4. At the time, she hated piano lessons because she wasn't attracted to classical piano. She loved to play but wanted more musical freedom. At 13, Morita discovered jazz and became addicted, even learning improvisation on her own. She was recently awarded the Mary Jane Earnhart Endowed Scholarship. Morita has performed with acclaimed musicians such as Esperanza Spalding, Greg Hopkins, Mark Walker, Rosa Passos, and Oscar Stagnaro.

Washington D.C. native Randy Runyon began playing guitar at the age of 11. He grew up listening to bands like the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix. He discovered a love for jazz during high school and began studying with Baltimore great Carl Filipiak. Since enrolling at Berklee, Runyon has performed with Terri Lyne Carrington at the Blue Note and Iridium Jazz Clubs in New York; with greats such as Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, and Joe Lovano; and with Tiger Okoshi at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Thailand Jazz Conference in Bangkok, the IAJE convention in New York, and the International Trumpet Guild in Alberta, Canada. Performing with Randy is his band, Animal Zoo, whose music.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra

Monday / May 4, 2009 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra directed by Eugene Friesen presents a program of original work for strings including two premieres: “String Beings” by faculty composer Bruce Thomas and “Fiddle Suite for String Orchestra” by Berklee graduate Andrew Reiner ’08. The program will also feature Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, various Berklee student soloists, and a performance of Friesen’s string symphony “Under the Sun.”

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La Timbistica

Thursday / July 23, 2009 / 12:00 pm
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
La Timbistica

La Timbistica is a contemporary All-Star Latin band made up of some of the best young musicians on the East Coast. It was named Down Beat magazine's 2008 Jazz Group of the Year in the collegiate category. This powerhouse sextet (which also performs as a 12-piece salsa band) recently lit up the stage at the Duke Ellington and Monterey jazz festivals, two of the largest and most prestigious festivals in the U.S.

The All-Stars are led by conguero Paulo Stagnaro and include timbalero Marcos Lopez, bassist Juan Maldonado, pianist Alex Brown, saxophonist Godwin Louis, and flutist Enrique Trinidad.

Its Latin jazz repertoire ranges from Afro-Cuban and Brazilian classics to some of it modern original compostions. The group also has a vast repertoire ranging from 1970s, to some of the most contemporary salsa and timba from artists like Isaac Delgado, Marc Anthony, and Victor Manuelle. La Timbistica is a mainstay in the Boston music scene, making regular appearances at Havana Club, Mojito's Lounge, Wally's Jazz Café as well as various music festivals in the area. 

Members have performed and recorded with some of the Latin industry's most prominent musical figures, such as Paquito D'Rivera, Danilo Perez, Batacumbele, Truco y Zaperoco, N'Klabe, Victor Manuelle, Kevin Ceballo, and Tony Perez, among many others.

 

Admission: 
Free

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