Concert

Marié Digby and Eric Hutchinson

Friday / May 30, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Marié Digby is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, and pianist best known for her acoustic version of Rihanna's No. 1 hit, "Umbrella," which attracted attention on YouTube in 2007. The song was featured on the third-season-opening episode of the MTV show The Hills, and landed on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. Digby performed the song on the late-night talk show Last Call with Carson Daly in August 2007. Digby released her first official single, "Say It Again," to radio stations in January 2008 and her debut album Unfold in April.

Eric Hutchinson is an American singer/songwriter born in Washington, DC. Currently living in New York City, Hutchinson plays venues across the United States and Canada and has toured with Joe Jackson and G. Love. He has opened shows for such artists as Blind Melon, Jonatha Brooke, Marshall Crenshaw, Pete Francis, Ari Hest, Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, David Mead, Jason Mraz, OneRepublic, Bob Schneider, and Rachael Yamagata. In September 2007, recognition from Perez Hilton catapulted Hutchinson's album Sounds Like This onto the iTunes list of top 10 sellers.

This event is standing room only.

Admission: 
$15 Adult G.A.

Matt Wertz

Wednesday / June 18, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Matt Wertz is a handsome Missouri-born soulful rocker who has been splitting his past six years between his home in Nashville and hundreds of stages around the world. His latest offering, Everything In Between, displays a patina that prompts an even deeper appreciation of his music than initially deemed possible.

This event is standing room only.

Admission: 
$15 Adult G.A.

The Brakes, Carney, George Stanford

Wednesday / June 4, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Brakes are a genuine rock and roll band at first glance, but given a closer look, elements of folk, jazz and even post-rock reveal themselves, making their sound a distinct intertwining of American music held together by insightful lyrics and memorable songs. Carney is a 4-piece Los Angeles musical phenomenon, who despite their young age (all 4 members are in their early 20's), have years of musical experience behind them. George Stanford's EP shows a songwriter following in the tradition of such greats as Paul Simon to Chris Martin. It also displays his immense range of talent--Stanford plays all instruments except drums on the EP. Purchase tickets at: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/9002

Admission: 
$12 Adult G.A.

An Evening with Lizz Wright

Friday / June 27, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Lizz Wright's first two Verve releases, Salt and Dreaming Wide Awake, established her as one of the jazz world's most celebrated rising stars, both an accomplished songwriter and a versatile, deeply expressive singer. On her third and most recent album, The Orchard, the Georgia-bred, New York-based artist takes a substantial leap forward, transcending genre distinctions to deliver a vibrant, intensely creative milestone. Wright is an effortlessly magnetic performer, delivering subtly persuasive vocal performances in jazz/r&b settings.

This event is standing room only.

Admission: 
$20 Adult G.A.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet

Saturday / June 14, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The legendary pianist, who celebrated his 87th birthday last December, came to national attention in the 1950s with his adventurous use of uncommon time signatures and his incorporation of classical approaches in jazz. Observers wonder why he continues to perform at such a brisk pace, when he could be taking in the view from his studio window in Connecticut. His son, Darius Brubeck, explains, "In jazz, if you don't have a working group, you can't improvise. So that's a stark choice for him. Not going on the road means you don't play jazz, and he doesn't want to give that up." Brubeck continues to opt for a smaller venue in Boston, instead of the larger ones he could play, because he enjoys the intimacy, and he thinks his audience does, too. Reedman Bobby Militello, bassist Michael Moore, and drummer Randy Jones round out the group.

Admission: 
$40, $32.50, reserved seating

Daryl Lowery Instant!Groove

Monday / July 28, 2008 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Regarding the band's debut CD Jazziz magazine wrote "Daryl Lowery and Instant!Groove specialize in the funky soul-jazz grooves commonly referred to as 'acid-jazz.' The rhythm section is elastic, mid-tempo patterns aid excellent solos...resulting in a sound akin to John Scofield's A Go Go CD."

Admission: 

Gail McArthur's Connections

Monday / July 14, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty member Gail McArthur leads Connections, featuring Vital Information's Baron Browne on bass, faculty member Leo Blanco on keyboards, and a special guest on drums. The group will perform original material with a jazz/fusion/ECM twist.

Admission: 

The Rockhoppers

Wednesday / June 25, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Rockhoppers, with Giles McNamee, managing director, McNamee Lawrence & Co. http://www.rockhoppers.org/

Admission: 
$10 Adult G.A.

The Berklee Monterey Quartet

Thursday / August 28, 2008 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Admission: 
Free Admission

Manami Morita

Thursday / September 4, 2008 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210

Manami Morita, a native of Saitama, Japan, started playing classical piano at 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. In 2004, Morita put aside thoughts of becoming a flight attendant or English teacher to follow her dream of playing jazz when she received a scholarship to study at Berklee. She was recently awarded the Mary Jane Earnhart Endowed Scholarship. Morita appears on the latest Jazz Revelation Records CD release, Common Ground, with the track “Going Home.”

Admission: 
Free Admission

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