Concert

Esperanto

Wednesday / July 8, 2009 / 6:30 pm
Sherborn Library
2 Sanger Street
Sherborn
MA
United States
01770
Esperanto

Esperanto is a Boston-based quartet featuring woodwind player Lucas Ellman, drummer James Krivchenia, bassist Joshua Hari, and pianist Shanley Wang. Playing a mixture of refreshing originals and unique arrangements, Esperanto pays respects to both established musical traditions while expanding forth into the uncategorized world of progress.

The band plays a wide variety of music, ranging from reimagined jazz standards by composers such Duke Ellington and Wayne Shorter to arrangements of songs by modern artists such as Radiohead. But above all else, the musicians all enjoy themselves when they play, and that enthusiasm always comes through in their performances.

Admission: 
Free

The Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band

Saturday / June 20, 2009 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band (BBEBB) has evolved from the desire of many talented jazz composer/instrumentalists from the Berklee community to initiate a forum that allows for the sharing of musical ideas, stimulating the creative process and fostering the creation of new music. This collective is composed of faculty members, staff members, alumni, and students who all share a vision of the ever-evolving world of jazz music, the positive opportunities provided by working within the jazz orchestra setting and the importance of the role played by the jazz orchestra in this music's evolution.

The BBEBB offers open rehearsal sessions and live performances of its resident and guest composers' music. Through these sessions and performances composer/writers and audience members can share in the guided and organic artistic process of creating and performing challenging new music.

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Roy Guzman Quintet

Saturday / June 13, 2009 / 8:00 pm
Duke Ellington Jazz Festival
Washington
DC
United States

The Roy Guzman Quintet, featuring Billboard Scholarship winner Roy Guzman, Billy Buss, Mark Whitfield Jr., Michael Sachs, and Greg Chaplin, performs shows at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. at Busboys & Poets, as part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Mark Hopkins and the Hotel

Saturday / August 8, 2009 / 1:00 pm
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Mark Hopkins

Student guitarist Mark Hopkins hits the Harbor Islands with his band, the Hotel. Hopkins cites a range of influences, from Paul McCartney and Jimi Hendrix to Jeff Buckley and Wayne Krantz. Hopkins's prior band, Tribe, released a disc, Vehicle, that was named album of the year by Maryland adult alternative radio station WRNR in 2004.

Seven months after taking up guitar at 12, Hopkins played Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at a school talent show and never looked back. Hopkins has toured the Northeast U.S. and has shared the stage with such artists as Bernie Worrell and Yellow Man.

Hopkins was lead frontman and sole songwriter for his first band, Tribe of Ben (or Tribe), formed in 1996. Tribe released four albums during its seven years, two of which were voted among the annual Top 25 Albums by WRNR radio personality Bill Wright. Tribe's album Grass Sofa Jamboree ranked number three in 2000, and the band's final album, Vehicle came in first place in 2004. In 2005, Hopkins decided to leave Tribe to establish a new project: a power trio of talented musicians focused on mature songwriting and soulful melodies.

Hopkins is a songwriting major at Berklee.

Admission: 
Free

Re-Up

Thursday / June 4, 2009 / 12:00 pm
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Re-Up

When Re-Up plays at Kendall Square, in Cambridge, you'll experience the effortless flow between hard-hitting hip-hop, soulful melodies, and booty-shaking grooves. With songs that are a collision of sophisticated composition, and raw energy, Re-Up will leave its mark on any audience. The rhythm section lays down a rock-solid foundation while the horns add colorful riffs and rhythmic punches. The DJ pours some hot sauce on top, using textural effects and well-placed scratches, and Spliff's unique presence ties it all together. The sound connects with listeners in a way that only an elite tier of bands achieve, and the live show is proof of this. After a few songs, you'll swear that this band is your family. And you'll be right.

Listen to Re-Up music on the band's myspace page.

 

Admission: 
Free

Triple Helix Celebrating Women's History Month

Tuesday / March 31, 2009 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Triple Helix piano trio caps off its third Berklee residency with a concert of music by women composers past and present. Presented by Arnold Friedman.

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Defenders of the Groove Featuring Ernie Andrews, Plas Johnson, and Melvin Sparks

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 4:45 pm
Target Stage
681 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Plas Johnson

M.F. Productions presents Defenders of the Groove, featuring vocalist Ernie Andrews, saxophonist Plas Johnson, and guitarist Melvin Sparks.

Ernie Andrews

Ernie Andrews was discovered at the age of 17 by songwriter Joe Greene in 1947, when he won an amateur show at the Lincoln Theatre on Central Avenue in Los Angeles. With a 300,000-seller hit, "Soothe Me" with "Wrap It Up And Put It Away" on the flip side, Ernie Andrews became a singer to be reckoned with. In 1953, he had another big record with "Make Me a Present of You" with Benny Carter. Ernie's life was profiled in an award-winning documentary, available on video, Ernie Andrews' Blues on Central Avenue, directed by Lois Shelton. Ernie continues to play clubs, concerts, and jazz festivals throughout the world, and often performs in Las Vegas. In 1989 he recorded with Gene Harris and the Philip Morris Superband Live at Town Hall NYC for Concord, and subsequently toured with the band for three months covering five continents. Having the ear to improvise and a rich, resonant voice, Andrews plays his vocal chords as a saxophonist plays his horn. He must be seen to be fully appreciated.

Plas Johnson

Plas Johnson has been one of the most well-known and sought-after saxophonists around the California studio scene. Born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, he played in and around New Orleans while growing up, before going on the road in 1951 with the Chartes Brown Blues Band. Plas attended the Westlake School of Music in Los Angeles for a year and a half, when his studies were derailed by an overloaded schedule of record dates. He was brought to the attention of Johnny Otis, who immediately added him to his blues aggregation. Johnny then introduced Johnson to Dave Cavanaugh, who held an influential A&R position at Capitol Records, where he soon became a regular session sideman and soloist during Capitol's halcyon years. He joined The Merv Griffin Show band, led by Mort Lindsey, in 1970, where he remained for the next fifteen years. Johnson's recent recordings include his own albums, Hot, Blue & Saxy, Evening Delight, and Christmas in Hollywood, and Keep That Groove Going! on Milestone with Red Holloway. You may also find him around town occasionally with his own group, at jazz festivals around the world, and in the recording studio. Plas Johnson combines some of the best elements of jazz and blues, and is admired and emulated by sax players worldwide.

Melvin Sparks

Over the last 30 years, guitarist Melvin Sparks has played with some of jazz's greatest musicians: David "Fathead" Newman, Lou Donaldson, Hank Crawford, Reuben Wilson, and John Patton are amongst the many. During the 1970s, Sparks backed up Lou Donaldson on the funk/jazz classics "Everything I Play Is Funky" and "Hot Dog." Sparks recorded seven albums of his own and played on over 100 other albums. As a session man for Blue Note and Prestige Records, Sparks laid his signature guitar work on many other musicians' albums without ever being in the spotlight. Sparks continues to perform with the greats, such as Leon Spencer Jr., Mike Clark, and Idris Muhammed and is now breaking out his legendary guitar wizardry with many younger bands and artists such as Galactic, the Greyboy Allstars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Derek Trucks, and Robert Walter's 20th Congress. Melvin Sparks defined the jazz guitar sound of a generation.

Admission: 
Free

Roy Guzman Quintet

Thursday / June 11, 2009 / 6:00 pm
Duke Ellington Jazz Festival
Washington
DC
United States
The Roy Guzman Quintet

The Roy Guzman Quintet, featuring Billboard Scholarship winner Roy Guzman, Billy Buss, Mark Whitfield Jr., Michael Sachs, and Greg Chaplin, performs on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage to kick off their three-day appearance at the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival.

Admission: 
Free

The New Thelonious Monk Institute Ensemble

Wednesday / June 17, 2009 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
New Thelonious Monk Institute Ensemble

Hear the latest crop of young Thelonious Monk Institute wizards—five of them Berklee alumni—in their only public performance before heading off to New Orleans for studies with Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and other jazz greats. The show will stream live worldwide on BIRN 2, Berklee Internet Radio. Learn more about the event.

Admission: 
$10

World Percussion Festival Opening Concert Featuring Eguie Castrillo

Monday / June 22, 2009 / 12:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
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