Concert

Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars

Tuesday / June 10, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Symphony Hall, Boston
310 Massachusetts Ave
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars, six top scholarship students at the college, came to Berklee from Puerto Rico, Israel, and the United States, and coalesced around their love for the polyrhythm and joyful precision of the Latin jazz form. The group was named this year's Best College Jazz Band by Down Beat magazine, under the name La Timbistica, and recently performed as part of the Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Festival in Monterey, California. The All-Stars are led by conguero Paulo Stagnaro and include trumpeter Niv Toar, flutist Enrique Trinidad, pianist Abraham Olivo, bassist Juan Maldonado, and timbalero Marcos Lopez. They will headline the Tito Puente Latin Music Series in Boston this summer, and also perform at the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C. Read more . . .

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Keppie Coutts

Thursday / September 18, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

Keppie Coutts is an Australian-born funk-folkstress reveling in the new wave of folk fusion—an eclectic mix of acoustic-based songs that step inside jazz and soul. Coutts started out spreading her words as poetry at Sydney arts haunts and indie spaces. Very quickly, the words found a canvas of music, and almost as quickly she was thrust into the studio where she recorded her debut album On the Edge of a Dream. Since coming to Berklee in 2005, she has earned the praise of peers, audiences, and mentors. She won both the Performing Songwriter Competition and the Songwriter's Showcase Competition—two prestigious showcases that Berklee presents to display its best talent.

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Free Admission

The Berklee Monterey Quartet

Thursday / August 28, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

Each fall, Berklee chooses four of its finest students to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival, where they play for standing-room-only audiences. The group featured here performed at the festival in 2007. The members of the Berklee Monterey Quartet—Dan Carpel on bass, Jeff Miles on guitar, Mike Nishimura on piano, and Ryo Shibata on drums—are already highly sought-after, with dozens of professional credits, major awards, and concerts. Leader Nishimura, from Tokyo, held the coveted piano chair in the IAJE Sisters in Jazz Quintet and was chosen to perform at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center. Miles is a semifinalist in the 2008 Montreux International Guitar Competition.

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Free Admission

Alex Meek and Shine

Wednesday / August 13, 2008 / 5:30 p.m.
Regattabar Courtyard Series
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138

First inspired by his father’s creative drive as a glass artist, Meek started to play the guitar at the age of 8. Growing up in Wimble, Texas he discovered an interest in bluegrass, Texas swing, and gutbucket roadhouse blues. He studied with Brandon Gist, a phenomenal blues guitarist from Memphis; and Django Porter, a well-known gypsy and western swing guitarist from Austin, who taught him about jazz, swing, and the world of jam sessions. Meek performed in dozen of concerts around Texas hill country with the Django Porter Trio. He enrolled in Berklee in 2005 and during his second year started his own group called Shine—with Greg Albert on acoustic bass, Claudio Olacella on violin, and Mike Sachs on clarinet—that performs gypsy jazz, traditional gypsy music, original compositions, and swing.

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Free Admission

The Craig Hlady Group

Thursday / July 24, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Small group led by faculty guitarist Craig Hlady performing primarily original compositions combining elements of jazz, blues, and funk.

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Rainbow Band

Thursday / July 31, 2008 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
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Manolo Mairena

Thursday / July 24, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States

Composer, vocalist, and percussionist Manolo Mairena, a native of Costa Rica, began his career performing Puerto Rican traditional music. He has worked in the Afro-Caribbean and Latin American idioms with such Boston-area groups as Gonzalo Grau y la Clave Secreta, Mango Blue, Manguito, Marta Gomez, and Osmani Paredes. He has also toured Spain, Mexico, Australia, India, and Cuba. Mairena recently recorded a medley of boleros in tribute to the late Tito Rodriguez as a guest artist with Eguie Castrillo and His Orchestra. He is working on his first solo album.

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Free Admission

Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra with the Lawrence Fields Quartet (opening act)

Sunday / August 3, 2008 / 5:00 p.m.
Highland Park
Fort Avenue
Roxbury
MA
United States
02119
Kendrick Oliver

Under the musical direction of conductor, arranger, and tubist Kendrick Oliver, this youthful, vibrant, and energetic orchestra has been captivating audiences, selling out concerts, and turning heads since its inception in 1995. The Boston-based group combines Basie-style swing, head-bobbin' arrangements, high-powered rhythms, a Sunday-morning gospel feel, an unrestrained brass section, elegant vocals, and spectacular soloists to produce its infectious sound—nothing less than a swing, sing, stomp, shout experience. A native of St. Louis and 2008 Berklee graduate, Fields (Berklee class of 2008) has already worked or played with Nicholas Payton, Jeff "Tain" Watts '80, drummer Rodney Green, Lage Lund, and Oscar Brown Jr.

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Free Admission

Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars

Thursday / July 17, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States

The Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars, six top scholarship students at the college, came from Puerto Rico, Israel, and the United States, and coalesced around their love for the polyrhythms and joyful precision of the Latin jazz form. The group was named this year's Best College Jazz Band in Down Beat under the name La Timbistica, and recently performed as part of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Festival in Monterey. The All-Stars are led by conguero Paulo Stagnaro and include timbalero Marcos Lopez, bassist Juan Maldonado, pianist Abraham Olivo, trumpeter Niv Toar, and flutist Enrique Trinidad. They will headline the Tito Puente Latin Music Series in Boston this summer and perform at the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival in Washington DC.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Eguie Castrillo and his Orchestra

Thursday / July 31, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States

Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, percussionist Eguie Castrillo began playing the timbales at age 7—causing neighbors to call the police on numerous occasions. Influenced early by Tito Puente, Castrillo moved to Miami in 1993 to work with trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. After five years on the road, Castrillo moved to Boston to teach at Berklee. Working steadily as a conguero and timbalero, he released a mambo CD—Palladium Tradition—in 2005.

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Free Admission

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