Concert

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

 

 

 

Admission: 

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

Heavy Rotation Records

Wednesday / May 26, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Liberty Hotel
215 Charles Street
Boston
MA
United States
02114
Heavy Rotation Records

The Liberty Hotel and Heavy Rotation Records present an incredible night of new music from three of Berklee College of Music's best performing artists: Julia Easterlin, Nini & Ben, and Black Kettle.

Loop master Julia Easterlin, who has performed with the Neville Brothers, Coolio, and Ravi Coltrane, showcases her award-winning songwriting and vocal style, which has made her one of the most intriguing up-and-coming artists.

Local favorites Nini & Ben, having just wrapped up a five-show run at the famed SXSW festival and an in-studio performance on Boston's WERS radio, share their beautiful songs and masterful musicianship as part of their spring tour in support of their album The Reasons We Try.

Pop-rock band Black Kettle, who has been nominated as one of the top five bands to look out for this year by the Boston Phoenix, will perform their acclaimed new record release.

Be sure to join us for a fun-filled night of music with some of the hottest bands in Boston!

Admission: 
$25, 21+, All ticket sales go to scholarship fund

Ian Axel / Matt Duke / Joey Ryan

Tuesday / May 18, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Matt Duke looks super-young—almost teenage—in photographs, but the sound of his voice and the gravity of his lyrical content make you believe he is an old soul who has been through a lot. "That's exactly the image I am hoping to project," says Duke, who incorporates pop, folk, jazz, and rock into his repertoire. His stadium-ready Vedderesque voice may have mass appeal, but for now you are more likely to see him in a coffeehouse setting, following in the footsteps of some of his heroes, such as Ani DiFranco and Conor Oberst. Although he dropped out of college after "15 minutes," he has used many great novels as a jumping-off point for many of his finest tunes. 

As a toddler in Fair Lawn, NJ, Ian Axel would pick out his favorite songs by ear on his grandmother's upright piano ("Tequila" being the first). While writing perpetually from his very first time in front of the piano, it was not until college that Ian started to sing. The encouragement came from Chad Vaccarino, whom he met in a class at New York University. Chad happened to hear a song in-progress that Axel was humming and was so inspired, he forced Axel to take voice lessons and even paid for them. "Everything in my life changed," Axel says. "Even my hair turned curly." Chad co-penned most of Axel's early songs, and his vocals make up an integral part in the title track, "This Is the New Year." 

Joey Ryan was able to independently finance his current EP, "Kenter Canyon," by licensing his music to various media outlets. His music has been featured on Private Practice, One Tree Hill, iTunes Indie Spotlight, KCRW's Weekend Becomes Eclectic, and various commercials, including two long-running ads for Wrigley's in the UK. Five of Ryan's tracks were produced by Tony Berg (Jesca Hoop, Aimee Mann) and feature performances by Sara Bareilles, Dave Rawlings, Z Berg, and Matt Chamberlain. With harmonies by Bareilles, the opening track "Broken Headlights" pays tribute to the shockingly clear Los Angeles air after it rains, gracefully likening it to the confessions of a long-hidden love. The song received its first airplay from Chris Douridas on KCRW.

Admission: 
$8/advance, $10/door

Julia Easterlin

Saturday / August 21, 2010 / 2:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Julia Easterlin

Julia Easterlin weaves jazz, electronic music, and unexpected instruments (such as Scandinavian Tupperware) into performances that have been described as "mesmerizing" and "Ella Fitzgerald meets Stomp." Her current work involves using a looping station to create tracks in front of the audience, incorporating instruments, vocals, hand claps, tongue clicks and the serendipitous sound events that only a live setting can provide.

Easterlin was the lead soprano for the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensembles (2006, 2007), performing with Allen Toussaint, the Neville Brothers, Coolio, Kurt Elling, and James Moody. In 2008 she was presented with Down Beat magazine's Young Jazz Vocalist Award.

 

Admission: 
Free

Black Kettle

Saturday / August 21, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Black Kettle

Born of the songwriting duo of Keeley Bumford and Kailynn West, Black Kettle can engage the innocence of a child as well as the heartbreak of the hopeless romantic. One of the top five local Boston acts to watch in 2010 as noted by the Boston Phoenix, they blend folk, pop, and indie rock with melodies guaranteed to stick. Their debut album, Narrative, is now available. 

 

Admission: 
Free

Elise Hayes

Saturday / August 21, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Elise Hayes

Elise Hayes is a pop artist with an r&b/soul sensibility, blending thoughtful songwriting with a soulful punch. At Berklee, she performed with and for music industry giants such as Barry Eastmond, Steve Winwood, Philip Bailey, Rosa Passos, Howard Shore, and many more, and won an award for Outstanding Achievement in Vocal Performance. In 2008, she formed the neo-soul group Sutra, which performed all over New England. Hayes recently released the EP Steady the Pace.

Admission: 
Free

Panamerican Quartet

Thursday / September 9, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Panamerican Quartet

The Panamerican Quartet is a collaborative Latin Jazz project featuring two generations of Grammy Award winning musicians who have toured the globe with Paquito D'Rivera. The group features Paulo Stagnaro, percussion; Oscar Stagnaro, bass; Alex Brown, piano; and Mark Walker, drums.

Paulo Stagnaro, a rising percussionist and composer, is quickly establishing both a national and international reputation. Over the past year, Paulo has performed with artists such as bass giants Marcus Miller, and Israel "Cachao" Lopez, as well Danilo Perez, Mark Turner, Paquito D'Rivera, Gloria Estefan, Diego Urcola, and Greg Hopkins, among many others.

Oscar Stagnaro, is an exceptional bassist with a mastery of several music styles, from jazz and fusion to Latin jazz, Brazilian jazz, and South American music. Says Bass Player magazine, "Oscar's technical agility, advanced harmonic and melodic knowledge, and grounding in funk and R&B--as well as his dedication to Latin traditions--give him the ultimate flexibility when it comes time to lay down a groove." Stagnaro, who has earned two Latin Grammy Awards for recordings with Paquito D'Rivera, has played with a long list of music greats, including Ray Barreto, Michel Camilo, Giovanni Hidalgo, Freddy Hubbard, David Sanchez, and Chucho Valdez, among many others. Stagnaro has been a Berklee faculty member since 1988. 

Jazz pianist and composer Alex Brown is quickly establishing both a national and international reputation. In 2007, Alex joined the group of ten-time Grammy-Award-winner Paquito D'Rivera. Alex has also performed with musicians including Jane Bunnett, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, the New York Voices, Terell Stafford, Gary Thomas, Dave Valentin, Miguel Zenon, and Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Brown has received a Grammy nomination and has won awards from several prestigious sources, including Downbeat magazine and ASCAP.

Drummer/percussionist Mark Walker established a reputation in the Chicago area as a first-call session drummer and percussionist, playing on over a thousand jingles and record dates. He has won three Grammy Awards and earned several Grammy nominations for his work with various artists, including Oregon, Donato Poveda, Paquito D'Rivera and Caribbean Jazz Project. He has been a member of the Berklee faculty since 2001.

Admission: 
Free

Folk Arts Quartet

Sunday / August 15, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Quincy
MA
United States
02171
Folk Arts Quartet

The Folk Arts Quartet has stormed the global folk scene, combining traditional styles from the fiddle world with the arts heritage of the classical string quartet. The result is a new, grooving, and prodigiously tasteful progressive string quartet pioneering a new genre: "ChamberGrass."

The original members met while studying at Berklee, arranging traditional Celtic and old-time tunes and original compositions using an array of techniques and ideas. Their groovy, contemporary style nods to their many influences and breathes new life into folk and chamber music. The quartet has had the honor of being mentored by some of the best contemporary string players around, including Eugene Friesen, Mads Tolling, Matt Glaser, and John McGann. The band released its self-titled debut to critical acclaim in 2009.

 

Admission: 
Free

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