Harpist Maeve Gilchrist was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. She began playing piano at 7 and soon picked up the clarsach (Celtic harp). Gilchrist studied at the Edinburgh Music School before winning a scholarship to attend Berklee. She has played and recorded with artists including Matt Glaser, Kathy Mattea, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Jamey Haddad, and has performed around the world. Gilchrist is currently performing with bassist Andres Rotmistrofsky and percussionist Marcelo Woloski, both of Argentina. Blending Scottish roots and jazz influences with Latin American rhythms, the trio creates a unique and multicultural sound.
The Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars. From left, Niv Toar, trumpet; Juan Maldonado, bass; Paulo Stagnaro, leader, congas; Marco Lopez, timbales; Abraham Olivo, piano; Enrique "Kalani" Trinidad, flute and saxophone.
Six top scholarship students at the pioneering Boston music college, the All-Stars came to Berklee from Puerto Rico, Israel, and the continental United States, and coalesced around their love for the polyrhythms and joyful precision of the Latin jazz form. Thanks to their tracks “Centro Havana,” “Puertorro,” and “Electrik,” they’ve been named the 2008 Best College Jazz Band in Down Beat magazine’s prestigious Student Music Awards, under the name La Timbistica.
David Yazbek is a long-time cult favorite—a recording artist, vocalist, and pianist known for his thrilling live performances and irreverent style. He is a two-time Tony Award nominee whose shows The Full Monty and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels have played in over 20 countries. His first album, The Laughing Man, won the N.A.I.R.D. Award for Best Pop Album of the Year. He is also a Grammy-nominated record producer and an Emmy-winning TV writer (for Late Night with David Letterman).
This event will be cabaret style with tables and chairs.
Bill Pierce brings the Berklee Blue Note Ensemble to celebrate
the tenth year of student performances at the club. This year's group: Melissa Aldana, tenor saxophone; Jeremy Sinclair, trumpet; Michael Palma, piano; Nadia Washington, vocals; Jeonglim Yang, bass; Dan Pugach, drums.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street NW
String jazz student supergroup.
Named for a bird that both chatters and improvises, Dr. Magpie is an ensemble of six of Berklee's finest string instrument players, who've come together to play jazz that draws equally from Appalachia, New York, Fort Worth, and the Left Bank of prewar Paris. This performance is part of the fifth season of the Conservatory Project, the Kennedy Center's effort to showcase the students of America's finest music colleges and conservatories.
This all-star group of top scholarship students from Puerto Rico, Israel, and the continental United States was named this year's Best College Jazz Band in Down Beat's prestigious Student Music Awards thanks to its tracks "Puertorro," and "Electrik." With graduation still ahead, these artists have performance and recording experience beyond their years. Leader and percussionist Paulo Stagnaro performs on Paquito D'Rivera's Funk Tango, winner of the 2007 Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Recording. Other members have performed with Cachao, Victor Manuelle, Danilo Perez, and Dave Valentin, among others, and recorded for XM Radio. Later this year the band will headline the Tito Puente Latin Music Series in Boston and perform in Washington, D.C.'s Duke Ellington Jazz Festival.
An amalgamation of talent, the Zach Hillyard Band has been playing throughout New England, with stints in New York City and southern California, for audiences of all ages and musical interests. With elements of pop, funk, and soul, this group offers a little something for everyone. It was recently named the Best College Band in New England in OurStage.com's College Clash competition.