Concert

Jane Bunnett, featuring Elio Villafranca

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 3:10 pm
Dunkin Donuts Stage
594 Columbus Ave
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Jane Bunnett

By the early 1990s, Jane Bunnett had become a regular visitor to Havana's music venues; she was incorporating Cuban musicians, beginning with the pianist Hilario Durán, into her Toronto bands; and she had released her first Cuban-influenced album, 1991's Spirits of Havana. Since then, Bunnett has moved from strength to strength, touring internationally and recording a string of critically lauded albums. Her comfortable house in Toronto's west end has become a home away from home for a growing number of extraordinary young Cuban musicians who've migrated to Toronto. Bunnett, playing only soprano saxophone, is cast sometimes as lyric lead balladeer, sometimes (as on the Canadian folk tune "She's Like a Swallow") as a bold and surprising jazz soloist. Most of the material is ancient; Bunnett's choices and the contexts in which she places these tunes are consistently fresh.

Elio Villafranca is at the forefront of the generation of remarkable Cuban pianists, composers, and bandleaders that for several years has been making major creative contributions to modern jazz. He has released two CDs as a leader and, as a sideman, has worked with Wynton Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Sonny Fortune, Dave Valentin, Horacio "El Negro" Hernández, and Giovanni Hidalgo, among others. 

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.

Admission: 
Free

Cole DeGenova and the Peoples Republic

Saturday / May 9, 2009 / 5:00 pm
Derby Square, Salem
Front Street
Salem
MA
United States
01970
Cole DeGenova

Cole DeGenova—a pianist, vocalist, songwriter, percussionist, and poet from Chicago—and his group kicks off the Berklee Summer Series at Derby Square.  He began studying music at 4, and was working as a professional musician by 15. He studied classical, jazz, blues, Cuban, and Brazilian percussion, but was also influenced by neo-soul and hip-hop. He has performed with or opened for some of Chicago's top artists, including Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, Jon Faddis, and Corey Wilkes. DeGenova was chosen by the Jazz Institute of Chicago to perform at the world-famous Auditorium Theatre, and, in 2005, performed with the Illinois Music Educators' Association's All-State Honors Jazz Band. Now attending Berklee, DeGenova is spreading his music to a wider audience. He toured the Midwest with Hal Reed and the Mob, and in Switzerland with his original funk/r&b band Apollo Jones. His latest project is a funk, neo-soul, blues, and jazz group called The People's Republic. The group plans to release its debut EP this summer.

Read more about Berklee performances at the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival. 

Admission: 
Free

Julian Lage Group

Thursday / September 17, 2009 / 8:00 pm
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134

Guitarist and Berklee alumnus Julian Lage '08, at 21, is already an accomplished artist. He was 8 when he played with Carlos Santana and 13 when he first played with Gary Burton. The Guardian of London calls him a "big talent blossoming." Lage recently released his debut recording, Sounding Point, on EmArcy Records, featuring his working band—saxophonist Ben Roseth, cellist Aristides Rivas, bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer/percussionist Tupac Mantilla. He'll perform two sets at Scullers.

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The David Zoffer Differential

Thursday / September 10, 2009 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The David Zoffer Differential's original double vocal prgressive funk/pop/jazz/rock/blues hybrid brings the incredibly powerful Muse Receptor portable music computer and Native Instruments Komplete 5 software suite to a high-energy live show. This technology addresses electric/electronic music live performance challenges that stem from low budgets, rising travel costs, and shorter setup time in performance venues with an environmentally concious, low-weight, great-sounding, and versatile solution. This concert will feature premieres of songs from the DZD's upcoming second CD as well as tunes from previous albums.

Zoffer, a Brookline resident, chairs New England Conservatory's pre-/continuing education and summer school jazz department, and is an assistant professor of contemporary writing and production at Berklee. The DZD is Zoffer on keys, guitar, vocals, and bass; Alexa on vocals; Isaak Haselkorn on drums; and Jamie Stewardson on guitar and bass. This event is made possible by Berklee's 2009 Faculty Fellowship Grant.

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Reality Featuring Jovol "Bam Bam" Bell

Thursday / August 27, 2009 / 12:00 pm
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Reality

Texas-born drummer Jovol Bell has a sound that is just as big as the state he hails from. His infectious fusion of hip-hop and straight-ahead jazz produces a unique old-school feel with a new-school sound.

He started playing drums at the age of 5 in church. In 2002, he performed at the International Association of Jazz Educators conference with legendary drummer Ed Thigpen and up-and-coming jazz artist Sean Jones.

Bell cites as his influences: "the power and speed of Dennis Chambers, the finesse of Vinnie Colaiuta, and the soulful playing of Ralph Peterson." 

 

 

Admission: 
Free

The Randy Roos Band: A Reunion

Thursday / September 17, 2009 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

When Victor Bailey, the bassist who replaced Jaco Pastorius in Weather Report from 1982 to 1986, found a live tape of the hard-working group from back in the day, it forcefully reminded Randy Roos, Berklee associate professor of guitar, how original and fun that music was. This concert is a result of that encouragement and features new versions of the band's material. Its roots are in '70s fusion, but opened up and brought into this millennium. Bailey and Roos are joined by Berklee faculty member Steve Hunt on keyboards (also an original member) and Dean Johnston on drums.

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Adrianne Lenker

Thursday / August 20, 2009 / 12:00 pm
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Adrianne Lenker

Hailing from Minneapolis, Adrianne Lenker is an authentic and passionate singer, songwriter and performer. Her debut CD, Stages Of The Sun, produced by Steve Hodge (Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Sting), was released on LucidTunes when AdriAnne was only 14. The title cut was a top 5 finalist for song of the year in the 2005 Independent Music Awards in the Singer/Songwriter category. The Lenker song, "My Bliss," was a finalist in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition. Four tracks from the album were featured on MTV's The Hills in 2007 and 2008.

Lenker's follow-up CD/DVD, Live at the Southern, was recorded just before her 15th birthday in July 2006 at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. Her third release, Then The Rain Came will be released in 2009.

Tim Cain, a writer with the Herald & Review (Illinois), wrote about the singer/songwriter after hearing her live show:

"I saw her perform in Chicago with an audience largely consisting of musicians. She held this group of professionals enraptured, and we all found one thing unbelievable and asked each other the same question as one voice: 'Is she really 14?' Apparently so, and she's a little like Jewel, except tougher, and a little like Liz Phair, but not quite as edgy. She writes a heckofa song."


 

Admission: 
Free

The Journey Continues

Tuesday / September 29, 2009 / 8:15 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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

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