Concert

Faculty New Brew Lunchtime Concert Series Featuring Carolyn Wilkins

Tuesday / April 21, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert series features some of Berklee’s most prestigious faculty performing at the Red Room @Cafe 939. The coffeehouse will have delicious lunch specials that complement any style of music.

Fine jazz is music of the spirit, by the spirit, and for the spirit. This performance will feature the words and music of pianist/vocalist Carolyn Wilkins as well as fresh treatments of African-American spirituals and popular works by jazz masters such as Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and Thelonious Monk. Wilkins celebrates the richness and humor of the human condition with songs about love, unity, nature, and spirituality. Firmly rooted in jazz tradition, she mixes the haunting eloquence of blues, the sophistication of swing, and the spiritual energy of gospel in a foot-tapping musical blend guaranteed to entertain and inspire the audience.

Admission: 
FREE

Cage the Elephant

Friday / May 1, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The band visits Berklee fresh back from SXSW, on the way to Coachella and Bamboozle.

Admission: 
$12 general admission; stuent discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Rock off Main Street—Rock Showdown

Sunday / April 19, 2009 / 12:30 p.m.
The Center for Arts in Natick
14 Summer Street
Natick
MA
United States
01760

The Berklee College of Music joins forces with the Center for Arts in Natick to sponsor the Rock Showdown, a series of showcase concerts for the best high school bands in the MetroWest and greater Boston regions.

Four bands will compete in the final showdown, where a talented lineup of Berklee faculty members will select musicians to receive a 50% scholarship to a Berklee College summer music program.

Performers include Blindfolds Aside, the Jessica Prouty Band, One Step Away, and Vitamin Seed.

Admission: 
$8

<em>Parade</em>

Tuesday / April 28, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Musical Theater Workshop, the Musical Theater Club, and the Musical Theater Orchestra present the musical Parade, with music by Jason Robert Brown and book by Albert Uhry.

Parade deals with the true story of the 1913 murder of Mary Phagan in Atlanta. The Jewish manager of the factory (Leo Frank) where she worked was arrested, tried, and convicted. After his sentence was commuted, he was lynched by Phagan's "friends." It is a difficult story, but one told with great sensitivity through wonderful music ranging from ballads to gospel.

Look for other Berklee events related to this show so you can become familiar with the story and the issues raised by one of the great trials of the 20th century.

Admission: 

Roberto Benigni: <em>TuttoDante</em>

Saturday / June 6, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Roberto Benigni

Two-time Academy Award–winner Roberto Benigni makes his Boston stage debut with his one-man show TuttoDante. The show is Benigni's unique creation, a fascinating voyage that extends from current events (cultural and political) to The Divine Comedy, from moments of pure humor to moments of breathtaking poetry-in particular Canto V from The Inferno, Dante's cosmos-bestriding, medieval epic of sin, salvation, and the everlasting.
 
Benigni has been perfecting his one-man show in his native Italy for the past three years in front of more than 1 million fans. He performs in English until the very end, when he recites the fifth chapter by heart in Italian.
 
The fifth canto describes the familiar and tragic love story between Paolo and Francesca, condemned for the sin of lust to pass eternity on the first of the descending rings of hell. Benigni illustrates the story as only he can—first as the familiar rascal running about the stage, then becoming the earnest student, kindly professor, and ultimately, the tragic actor performing the verse of Dante.
 
TuttoDante has received rave reviews all across Italy and in London.

Admission: 
$80, $60, $40, reserved seating

Berklee Scholarship Jazz Sextet

Monday / April 27, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
The Blue Note
131 W. 3rd Street
New York
NY
United States
10012
The Berklee Scholarship Jazz Sextet, From left: Victor Gould, Jonathan Greenstein, Ilan Bar-Lavi, Darren Barrett, Josh Hari, and Emile Martinez

The Berklee Scholarship Jazz Sextet will play two shows, at 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. For ticket information, contact the Blue Note Jazz Club at 212 475-8592, or visit  the club's website. The Blue Note is located at 131 West 3rd Street, in Greenwich village. General admission tickets are $10. Earlier that day, the Berklee Scholarship Jazz Sextet will visit WBGO 88.3 FM to give a live in-studio performance and interview from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Listen to the broadcast onWGBO

The Berklee Scholarship Jazz Sextet 2009

Associate Professor Darren Barrett, director/trumpet. Canadian trumpeter Darren Barrett was born to Jamaican parents who "pushed their children toward music." As a result, Barrett and his three older brothers each became professional musicians. In 1986, Barrett attended Berklee on full scholarship, receiving a bachelor of arts in professional music in 1990. During those years, his classmates included Antonio Hart, Javon Jackson, Mark Turner, Roy Hargrove, and Sam Newsome. He would later earn master's degrees in jazz performance and music education from Queens College, and a diploma from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at New England Conservatory. In 1997, he won first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, the biggest jazz competition in the world. Barrett released First One Up, his first album as a leader in 1999, followed by Deelings in 2001. Other career highlights include performances with Jackie McLean, Elvin Jones, and Herbie Hancock, among others. Barrett is currently an associate professor of ensembles at Berklee. 

Ilan Bar-Lavi, guitar. Israeli-Mexican guitarist and composer Ilan Bar-Lavi, 22, has performed throughout South America, Europe, and the United States with Grammy-nominated artist Ximena Sarinana, the Zinco Big Band, Arnie Lawrence, Secret Architecture, as well as with his own group, the Bar-Lavi World Jazz Quintet. He has recorded six albums as a sideman and two as a leader, composed music for Mexico's national cultural television station, and has scored various TV and radio ads in South America and Israel. 

Victor Gould, piano. A native of Los Angeles, California, pianist Victor Gould has performed with Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Kurt Elling, Benny Golson, Nicholas Payton, Ralph Peterson, and others. Gould's honors include Berklee's full-ride presidential scholarship, the Los Angeles Music Center's 2004 Spotlight Award, and the Charles (Dolo) Coker Scholarship Foundation prize. He was also selected as a semifinalist for the 2006 Thelonious Monk Piano competition. 

Jonathan Greenstein, tenor saxophone. Born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, 22-year-old tenor saxophonist Jonathan Greenstein has studied or performed with Greg Osby, George Garzone, Ralph Peterson, Joe Lovano, and Bill Pierce, to name a few. Before coming to Berklee on scholarship, he was a member of the IDF military band, where he was featured both as a soloist and arranger. Greenstein is the recipient of the 2007 AICF International Jazz Performance Studies Award. His quintet plans to release its debut album in 2009. 

Josh Hari, bass. Josh Hari was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, but later moved to Oakland, California, where he taught himself cello and guitar. After switching his focus to bass, he began playing in the renowned Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble. Upon graduation, he became immersed in the Bay Area's rich music scene, and before long he was an in-demand sideman for both jazz and hip-hop artists, recording and touring nationally with Lyrics Born, ALBINO!, Spaceheater, Bedrock, and others. He has also worked in jazz education, teaching music at public schools and at UC Berkeley through the Young Musicians Program. Hari is currently at Berklee on scholarship and working on his debut album as a leader. 

Emile Martinez, trumpet. Emile Martinez, a native of Los Angeles, California, started playing trumpet at 9. After graduating from of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), he received Berklee's full-ride presidential scholarship. Since coming to Boston, he has studied with Tiger Okoshi, Darren Barrett, and Ken Cervenka, and performed with the college's Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and hip-hop ensembles. He has received honors at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington and NAACP/ACT-SO competitions, and at the Reno Jazz Festival. 

Mark Whitfield Jr., drums. Mark Whitfield Jr., from Brooklyn, New York, made his first concert appearance at 2 as a guest drummer with his father, guitarist Mark Whitfield, and clarinet legend Alvin Batiste, at the Varsity Theater at Louisiana State University. At 4, he appeared with his father's quartet on the Good Morning America 1994 Thanksgiving Day broadcast. He would continue to perform with his father throughout his early years-at the JVC Jazz Festival in New York City, and at the jazz club, Smoke. He participated in Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center under the direction of Billy Taylor and Nathan Davis. Whitfield is currently on full scholarship at Berklee, where he has studied or performed with Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Hal Crook, and Ralph Peterson. 

 

 

 


Admission: 
$10.00

Berklee Scholarship Jazz Sextet

Monday / April 27, 2009 / 10:30 p.m.
The Blue Note
131 W. 3rd Street
New York
NY
United States
10012

The Berklee Scholarship Jazz Sextet will play two shows, at 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. For ticket information, contact the Blue Note Jazz Club at 212 475-8592, or visit  the club's website. The Blue Note is located at 131 West 3rd Street, in Greenwich village. General admission tickets are $10.00. Earlier that day, the Berklee Scholarship Jazz Sextet will visit WBGO 88.3 FM to give a live in-studio performance and interview from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Listen to the broadcast onWGBO

The Berklee Scholarship Jazz Sextet 2009

Associate Professor Darren Barrett, director/trumpet. Canadian trumpeter Darren Barrett was born to Jamaican parents who "pushed their children toward music." As a result, Barrett and his three older brothers each became professional musicians. In 1986, Barrett attended Berklee on full scholarship, receiving a bachelor of arts in professional music in 1990. During those years, his classmates included Antonio Hart, Javon Jackson, Mark Turner, Roy Hargrove, and Sam Newsome. He would later earn master's degrees in jazz performance and music education from Queens College, and a diploma from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at New England Conservatory. In 1997, he won first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, the biggest jazz competition in the world. Barrett released First One Up, his first album as a leader in 1999, followed by Deelings in 2001. Other career highlights include performances with Jackie McLean, Elvin Jones, and Herbie Hancock, among others. Barrett is currently an associate professor of ensembles at Berklee. 

Ilan Bar-Lavi, guitar. Israeli-Mexican guitarist and composer Ilan Bar-Lavi, 22, has performed throughout South America, Europe, and the United States with Grammy-nominated artist Ximena Sarinana, the Zinco Big Band, Arnie Lawrence, Secret Architecture, as well as with his own group, the Bar-Lavi World Jazz Quintet. He has recorded six albums as a sideman and two as a leader, composed music for Mexico's national cultural television station, and has scored various TV and radio ads in South America and Israel. 

Victor Gould, piano. A native of Los Angeles, California, pianist Victor Gould has performed with Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Kurt Elling, Benny Golson, Nicholas Payton, Ralph Peterson, and others. Gould's honors include Berklee's full-ride presidential scholarship, the Los Angeles Music Center's 2004 Spotlight Award, and the Charles (Dolo) Coker Scholarship Foundation prize. He was also selected as a semifinalist for the 2006 Thelonious Monk Piano competition. 

Jonathan Greenstein, tenor saxophone. Born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, 22-year-old tenor saxophonist Jonathan Greenstein has studied or performed with Greg Osby, George Garzone, Ralph Peterson, Joe Lovano, and Bill Pierce, to name a few. Before coming to Berklee on scholarship, he was a member of the IDF military band, where he was featured both as a soloist and arranger. Greenstein is the recipient of the 2007 AICF International Jazz Performance Studies Award. His quintet plans to release its debut album in 2009. 

Josh Hari, bass. Josh Hari was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, but later moved to Oakland, California, where he taught himself cello and guitar. After switching his focus to bass, he began playing in the renowned Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble. Upon graduation, he became immersed in the Bay Area's rich music scene, and before long he was an in-demand sideman for both jazz and hip-hop artists, recording and touring nationally with Lyrics Born, ALBINO!, Spaceheater, Bedrock, and others. He has also worked in jazz education, teaching music at public schools and at UC Berkeley through the Young Musicians Program. Hari is currently at Berklee on scholarship and working on his debut album as a leader. 

Emile Martinez, trumpet. Emile Martinez, a native of Los Angeles, California, started playing trumpet at 9. After graduating from of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), he received Berklee's full-ride presidential scholarship. Since coming to Boston, he has studied with Tiger Okoshi, Darren Barrett, and Ken Cervenka, and performed with the college's Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and hip-hop ensembles. He has received honors at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington and NAACP/ACT-SO competitions, and at the Reno Jazz Festival. 

Mark Whitfield Jr., drums. Mark Whitfield Jr., from Brooklyn, New York, made his first concert appearance at 2 as a guest drummer with his father, guitarist Mark Whitfield, and clarinet legend Alvin Batiste, at the Varsity Theater at Louisiana State University. At 4, he appeared with his father's quartet on the Good Morning America 1994 Thanksgiving Day broadcast. He would continue to perform with his father throughout his early years-at the JVC Jazz Festival in New York City, and at the jazz club, Smoke. He participated in Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center under the direction of Billy Taylor and Nathan Davis. Whitfield is currently on full scholarship at Berklee, where he has studied or performed with Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Hal Crook, and Ralph Peterson. 

 

 


Admission: 
$10.00

Mikhail Zhvanetski

Saturday / May 16, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Mikhail Zhvanetski

Russian satiric writer and stand-up comedian Mikhail Zhvanetski will be celebrating his 75 birthday this year with a series of concerts in the United States and Canada. This program will be presented entirely in Russian, without translation. For tickets, call 617 787-1088. For more information, call 617 727-0222.

Admission: 

Jessica Lea Mayfield / Among the Oak and Ashes

Tuesday / June 2, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jessica's first album White Lies fell into the hands of Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. After an introduction, Mayfield and Auerbach hit the studio, laying the foundation of her debut full-length album With Blasphemy, So Heartfelt.

Among the Oak and Ash's self-titled debut starts at the beginning.
It is immersed in some of America's oldest music—in this case
Appalachian music—and illuminates the tenacity, beauty, and
universality of its themes and subjects

 

 

Admission: 
$12

Ryan's Smashing Life

Saturday / May 30, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 


 

Admission: 
$10

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