Concert

The Journey Continues

Tuesday / September 29, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Journey Continues features the Winnie Dahlgren Quintet in the first half of the night, with the 18-piece Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band closing the concert.

Denmark native and vibraphonist Winnie Dahlgren '91 has shared the stage with many legendary artists, including Steve Lacy, Christian McBride, and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez. She surrounds herself with musicians from all over the world and nimbly migrates between genres, with styles ranging from classical and jazz to Latin and world music. Dahlgren has been commissioned to write a variety of jazz works, including compositions for small ensembles, big bands, and percussion groups. She is an associate professor in Berklee's Harmony Department.

The Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band (BBEBB) is a collective of faculty, staff, alumni, and students dedicated to the idea that jazz orchestras can create powerful and forward-looking music. Formed by a few talented members of the Berklee community—musicians who work as composers and instrumentalists—BBEBB provides a forum for the sharing of musical ideas, stimulating the creative process, and fostering new music.

The BBEBB offers open rehearsal sessions and live performances of music written by its resident and guest composers. Through these sessions and performances, composers and players invite audience members to witness the organic evolution and artistic process so critical to creating new music that challenges and inspires.

 

 

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Doug Johnson

Monday / September 14, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

As part of Piano Mondays, faculty member Doug Johnson presents
a classical piano recital featuring the music of Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, and Debussy.

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Victor Mendoza

Thursday / July 30, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States

Considered by critics around the world to be one of today's finest Latin jazz artists, Mexico-born vibraphonist and composer Victor Mendoza's career includes performances with his own group and as guest soloist around the globe. Groups he has made guest appearances with include the World Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Paquito D'Rivera; the Milan Svoboda Orchestra in Prague, sold-out shows at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and in Tel Aviv; and as soloist with the Carlos Chávez Symphony Orchestra in Mexico City. 

Previous recordings and performances with his own group, as well as with artists such as Paquito D'Rivera, Danilo Pérez, Michel Camilo, Claudio Roditi, Giovanni Hidalgo, Horacio "El Negro" Hernández, and Antonio Sánchez, have earned him the respect of critics and jazz fans around the globe.

Mendoza's This is Why disc led Latin Beat Magazine to name him one of the Outstanding Latin Jazz Artists of the Year. Black Bean Blues, his most recent recording, was named one of the best Latin jazz recordings of the year by Modern Drummer and led Jazziz to dub him "the genre's leading vibraphone practitioner" and "one of today's most resourceful composers." The Smithsonian Institute has included Black Bean Blues in Latin Jazz: The Perfect Combination, its first major exhibition about this genre. 

As a Berklee professor, Mendoza has earned an international reputation as a jazz educator, regularly conducting master classes at major music schools and universities around the world. Recent clinic and concert presentations include international conferences at PASIC, IAJE, Festival Internacional de la Marimba (Chiapas, Mexico), Festival Internacional de la Patagonia (Argentina), Perkuska (Poland), and the Journées de la Percussion festival in Paris. 

Victor's educational DVD, Latin Jazz Grooves, which focuses on Afro-Cuban performance and improvisation rhythmic concepts, will be released by Berklee Press/Hal Leonard this fall.

Read more about the Tito Puente Latin Music Series.

 

Admission: 
Free

Melissa Aldana Quintet

Saturday / September 19, 2009 / 9:30 p.m.
Stork Club
604 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118

Every member of the Melissa Aldana Quintet has a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where they are currently finishing their studies. The band features Shin Sakaino from Japan (bass); Michael Palma from Dallas, Texas (piano); and Melissa Aldana (tenor sax) and Pablo Eluchans (drums), both from Santiago, Chile. Joining them will be former member of Elvin Jones band and trumpeter Darren Barrett. This is one of the freshest jazz groups in Boston, playing amazing originals as well as some of the greatest classic standards known to the American songbook. Aldana will be performing with a special guest nightly, September 19-25.

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Jazz Vocal Series

Thursday / November 12, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jazz vocal students perform jazz, Latin, and standards, accompanied by a rhythm section.

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Alex Wintz and Jordan Seigel

Tuesday / September 22, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jazz Revelation Records (JRR) presents two artists from its latest release, Dedication. JRR is student-run, artist-driven record label created to present the top jazz composers and performers at Berklee College of Music. Gathered from all over the globe, JRR artists speak the language of jazz in a new way. Their youth, passion, and commitment are the launching pad for a new direction in an established tradition.  

Alex Wintz

Born in California and raised in the New York/New Jersey area, Alex Wintz began learning guitar at the age of four. He has had the opportunity to be mentored by such great teacher/musicians as Vic Juris, Mick Goodrick, Don Braden, Ron Jackson, Hal Crook, and Dave Santoro. He currently attends Berklee on a full scholarship. Awards of note include 2006 NFAA ARTS Award for Jazz, 2006 Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship, 2007 Berklee Guitar Achievement Award, and Most Outstanding Jazz Soloist category in the Down Beat Student Music Awards. He has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Most recently, Wintz was a semifinalist in the Montreux International Guitar Competition in Switzerland. His trio currently performs regularly in the Boston area.

Jordan Seigel

From Westlake Village, California, Jordan Seigel started playing piano when he was five years old. Now at the age of 20, Seigel has performed at various prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center, the Berklee Performance Center, the Jazz Bakery, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. At Berklee, he has received several honors, including the Alex Ulanowski Award and the Jazz Performance Award. Seigel has been fortunate enough to study with Aaron Goldberg, Hal Crook, Russ Ferrante, Joanne Brackeen, and Danilo Perez.

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Schedule.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Daniela Schachter Quintet

Monday / September 28, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Daniela Schächter and her quintet will perform her compositions and arrangements of jazz standards. This is the Boston Release Party of her latest album, Purple Butterfly.

"Putting art over commerce in her approach, Schächter has paid her dues and knows how to put her own spin on a tune. The kind of set a mainstream jazzbo will take to heart easily as the readings aren't straight, reliable ones, but they aren't ars gratia artis either." - Midwest Record

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Berklee Tower of Power Ensemble with Wayne Naus, Special Guest Little Joe Cook

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 4:30 p.m.
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Wayne Naus

Except for the real Tower of Power, this is probably the only band in the world that plays extensive repertoire of Tower of Power's Music because horn parts are virtually unavailable anywhere. The band was founded in September 2000 by renowned trumpeter, faculty member Wayne Naus, as an ensemble class at Berklee College of Music. The ensemble members were auditioned among the best musicians at Berklee. The ensemble has played at Berklee Encore Gala, Boston Grammy Award Reception, Boston Fleet Pavilion, and Berklee Performance Center. 

Wayne Naus 

Wayne Naus is the leader of Heart & Fire Latin jazz octet (with whom he recorded Chase the Fire) and Berklee faculty group Moksha. He is a touring member for the Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, and Lionel Hampton bands. He's performed with such artists as Arturo Sandoval, Gary Burton, Mike Gibbs, Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Tony Bennett. He has had solo trumpet performances of the National Anthem for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park and is a U.S. Navy musician.

Naus has RCA recordings with Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson, numerous international television and concert performances, and is the author of Beyond Functional Harmony, published by Advance Music.

He graduated from Berklee in 1976 with a BA in music education, and is currently and associate professor in the Harmony Department. He formed Tower of Power Ensemble in 2000. For the past 15 years, he has taught for the Five-Week Summer Performance Program, the Tower of Power Ensemble, and advanced theory classes.

Little Joe Cook

Born in South Philly on December 29, 1922, Little Joe Cook was the only child of Annie Bell, a blues singer who sang on the carnival circuit with the likes of Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters. His fine voice and musical interest started at a young age, and by 12, he formed his first group along with his three cousins called the Evening Star Quartet.

The quartet toured throughout the South with the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Blind Boys, and the Soul Stirrers. Cook then turned his attention to managing a rock group, who would later become his band, the Thrillers. They appeared on American Bandstand with their hits, "Let's Do The Slop," and "Peanuts." The popularity of "Peanuts" continued over the years as the Four Seasons recorded a version of the song and it was used in Skippy Peanut Butter commercial.

After a move to Boston in the late 1960s, he landed a regular gig at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has been performing there for more than 25 years. The scene on the Cantab dance floor is reminiscent of American Bandstand 45 years ago, and the mostly college age crowd love the "Peanut Man." Cook also recently performed with Harvey Robbins's Royalty of Doo-Wop and Rock 'n' Roll show at Symphony Hall in Boston, and in a music poll conducted by the Boston Phoenix, Cook was voted the 2002 best local r&b performer. 

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.

 

 

 

 

Admission: 
Free

David Garrett

Friday / October 30, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
David Garrett

A German violinist, child prodigy, and huge star in Europe and the Far East, David Garrett merges classical, rock, and r&b.

"David Garrett is already the stuff of legend—in him is enshrined an entire corpus of virtuoso violin art with a fearsome beauty beyond comprehension." - BBC Music Magazine

Admission: 
$28.50, $25.50, reserved seating

Michael Farquharson and Matthew Nicholl Joint Faculty Concert

Tuesday / September 22, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
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