Concert

Carlos Averhoff Jr. and IRESI Project

Monday / August 10, 2009 / 5:00 pm
Regattabar Courtyard Series
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Carlos Averhoff Jr. and IRESI Project

Carlos Averhoff Jr. is a saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator whose sound combines the rhythms of his native Cuba with modern styles of jazz and funk. Born in Havana, Averhoff began his musical training at the Manuel Saumell Music Conservatory, following in the footsteps of his father, also a renowned musician and educator.

He graduated from Amadeo Roldan School of Music and also studied at the Superior Institute of Art (ISA). He has recorded with Buena Vista Social Club, Roberto Fonseca, Elmer Ferrer, Jorge Reyes, and others.

In 2004, he settled in Spain, where he began leading his own quartet, and the following year, he took first place honors at the SGAE Awards for Jazz Interpretation and Composition. He came to Berklee in 2008 after receiving several scholarships, including the prestigious Charlie Parker Scholarship.

Averhoff is launching his music project IRESI while working on his first solo album, featuring original compositions that fuse elements straight-ahead jazz and funk with traditional Cuban styles such as danzon, son, bolero, Cuban timba, and Afro-Cuban.

Admission: 
Free

Tubby Love

Thursday / July 16, 2009 / 12:00 pm
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Tubby Love

Tubby Love is a reggae group whose members are students at Berklee. The group's latest release, Tubby Love and Graymation, features a refreshing and original blend of reggae, rock, and blues. 

Learn more about the group and listen to its original music at the Tubby Love myspace page.

 

Admission: 
Free

Nini & Ben

Thursday / June 11, 2009 / 12:00 pm
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

The music of Nini & Ben is characterized by the rich textures of innocence and experience. The duo has spent years performing all over Europe and Australia, writing poignant songs, and falling in love with the gypsy life style. With gritty slide guitar and graceful pedal steel accentuating an acoustic sound, the music comes alive through delicate songwriting and masterful musicianship. Having been cowriters since their teenage years, Nini and Ben came to Berklee to study with some of the industry greats, and are featured on the latest disc from Berklee's student-run Heavy Rotation Records. The group has just finished recording its first full length album at Avatar Studios, in New York,  to be released in the summer of 2009. 


 

Admission: 
Free

Dopapod

Saturday / August 8, 2009 / 5:00 pm
Derby Square, Salem
Front Street
Salem
MA
United States
01970
Dopapod

Dopapod is a Boston-based four-piece experimental funk group. The band's live shows showcase its meticulously crafted compositions as well as its commanding ability to improvise as both individuals and as one unit. The band's members possess supreme musicianship, but take the stage each night with a goal of keeping people dancing, entertained, and intrigued.

The band first came into being in October 2007, when keyboardist Philadelphia native Eli Winderman and Michelangelo Carubba—a drummer from Buffalo, New York, began jamming, writing and eventually playing shows. They performed as a duo until March 2008, when they expanded their sound with the addition of guitarist Rob Compa. Dopapod also recently added the talents of Chuck Jones on the bass. Dopapod is currently writing new songs as well as preparing older tunes to be recorded for their debut album, which is tentatively slated to be released in the spring of 2009.

Admission: 
Free

Tubby Love

Thursday / July 16, 2009 / 6:00 pm
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Tubby Love

Tubby Love is a reggae group whose members are students at Berklee. The group's latest release, Tubby Love and Graymation, features a refreshing and original blend of reggae, rock, and blues. 

Learn more about the group and listen to its original music at the Tubby Love myspace page.

Admission: 
Free

Nini & Ben

Saturday / August 8, 2009 / 2:00 pm
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125

The music of Nini & Ben is characterized by the rich textures of innocence and experience. The duo has spent years performing all over Europe and Australia, writing poignant songs, and falling in love with the gypsy life style. With gritty slide guitar and graceful pedal steel accentuating an acoustic sound, the music comes alive through delicate songwriting and masterful musicianship. Having been cowriters since their teenage years, Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert came to Berklee to study with some of the industry greats, and are featured on the latest disc from Berklee's student-run Heavy Rotation Records. The group has just finished recording its first full length album at Avatar Studios, in New York,  to be released in the summer of 2009. 

Admission: 
Free

Esperanto

Wednesday / July 8, 2009 / 6:30 pm
Sherborn Library
2 Sanger Street
Sherborn
MA
United States
01770
Esperanto

Esperanto is a Boston-based quartet featuring woodwind player Lucas Ellman, drummer James Krivchenia, bassist Joshua Hari, and pianist Shanley Wang. Playing a mixture of refreshing originals and unique arrangements, Esperanto pays respects to both established musical traditions while expanding forth into the uncategorized world of progress.

The band plays a wide variety of music, ranging from reimagined jazz standards by composers such Duke Ellington and Wayne Shorter to arrangements of songs by modern artists such as Radiohead. But above all else, the musicians all enjoy themselves when they play, and that enthusiasm always comes through in their performances.

Admission: 
Free

The Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band

Saturday / June 20, 2009 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band (BBEBB) has evolved from the desire of many talented jazz composer/instrumentalists from the Berklee community to initiate a forum that allows for the sharing of musical ideas, stimulating the creative process and fostering the creation of new music. This collective is composed of faculty members, staff members, alumni, and students who all share a vision of the ever-evolving world of jazz music, the positive opportunities provided by working within the jazz orchestra setting and the importance of the role played by the jazz orchestra in this music's evolution.

The BBEBB offers open rehearsal sessions and live performances of its resident and guest composers' music. Through these sessions and performances composer/writers and audience members can share in the guided and organic artistic process of creating and performing challenging new music.

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Roy Guzman Quintet

Saturday / June 13, 2009 / 8:00 pm
Duke Ellington Jazz Festival
Washington
DC
United States

The Roy Guzman Quintet, featuring Billboard Scholarship winner Roy Guzman, Billy Buss, Mark Whitfield Jr., Michael Sachs, and Greg Chaplin, performs shows at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. at Busboys & Poets, as part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Mark Hopkins and the Hotel

Saturday / August 8, 2009 / 1:00 pm
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Mark Hopkins

Student guitarist Mark Hopkins hits the Harbor Islands with his band, the Hotel. Hopkins cites a range of influences, from Paul McCartney and Jimi Hendrix to Jeff Buckley and Wayne Krantz. Hopkins's prior band, Tribe, released a disc, Vehicle, that was named album of the year by Maryland adult alternative radio station WRNR in 2004.

Seven months after taking up guitar at 12, Hopkins played Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at a school talent show and never looked back. Hopkins has toured the Northeast U.S. and has shared the stage with such artists as Bernie Worrell and Yellow Man.

Hopkins was lead frontman and sole songwriter for his first band, Tribe of Ben (or Tribe), formed in 1996. Tribe released four albums during its seven years, two of which were voted among the annual Top 25 Albums by WRNR radio personality Bill Wright. Tribe's album Grass Sofa Jamboree ranked number three in 2000, and the band's final album, Vehicle came in first place in 2004. In 2005, Hopkins decided to leave Tribe to establish a new project: a power trio of talented musicians focused on mature songwriting and soulful melodies.

Hopkins is a songwriting major at Berklee.

Admission: 
Free

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