Concert

Orquesta Bacharengue

Thursday / July 9, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Mozart Park
10 Mozart Street
Boston
MA
United States
02130
Orquesta Bacharengue

Orquesta Bacharengue, led by Berklee faculty member Ricardo Monzón, was inspired by the enthusiasm that grew around the formation of the Berklee Merengue Ensemble in 2008. Drawing on a wealth of connections between students, faculty, and Boston-area musicians, the group brings talented musicians together to perform two popular genres developed in the Dominican Republic, bachata and merengue, hence the name Bacharengue. The energy and dynamism of this combination will surely get the audience dancing. Joining Orquesta Bacharengue for this concert will be special guest Henry Jiménez, composer, pianist, producer, and arranger for Grammy-winner Olga Tañón and Latin Grammy-winners Johnny Ventura and Milly Quezada.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Tower of Power Ensemble

Sunday / July 12, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This 17-piece ensemble performs the funk and r&b music of Tower of Power. It's one of Berklee's most prestigious ensembles, composed of the school's finest students. The group's instrumentation is five vocalists, backed by seven horns and a five-piece rhythm section. The group has become famous for its high-powered performance and tight ensemble work.

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Javier Arroyo and the Salsa Night Band

Thursday / July 16, 2009 / 7:00 pm
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States
Javier Arroyo and the Salsa Night Band

Bandleader Javier Arroyo, a Cape Cod resident, has deep roots in music. As a young boy in Puerto Rico, his father and uncles would gather up in the evenings, bringing their guitars along with the Puerto Rican "cuatro," and sing old boleros, guarachas, rancheras, and Puerto Rican "decimas." Javier loved the way the sounds intermixed and soon developed his singing skills in tone with them. They would give him nickels and quarters for singing the songs they especially liked.

Arroyo has performed on stage with such artists as Willie Colón, Luisito Ayala, Puerto Rican Power, Cano Estremera, and El Gran Combo.

Arroyo's Salsa Night debuted at the Puerto Rican Festival 2002 in Boston. The 12-piece group features some of the best musicians in the Northeast and is recording its first CD.

Read more about the Tito Puente Latin Music Series.

Admission: 
Free

Gentlemen Hall

Thursday / September 17, 2009 / 12:00 pm
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Gentlemen Hall

The six musicians of Gentlemen Hall will appear at Kendall Square with a seamlessly blended sound that highlights music backgrounds influenced by funk, pop, soul, r&b, rock, and electronica. Some have described it as dance floor funk. Hear them and see if you agree.

Here's how the band describes itself: Transcending the physical and surpassing the metaphysical at the speed of physics, Gentlemen Hall takes funk and pop to the 11th exponent of all that grabs your attention, exponentially. Six musicians with musical backgrounds from funk, pop, soul, r&b, rock and electronica come together in a highly infectious and original blend that defies mortal comprehension, but that's ok, people love it anyway. Gentlemen Hall is unbound by traditional genre, though the masses have come to describe their music as dance floor funk.

Listen to Gentlemen Hall

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Angel featuring New Move / Billy Buss

Wednesday / July 22, 2009 / 6:00 pm
Mothers Rest Playground
Back Bay Fens
Boston
MA
United States
Angel

A stellar evening of outdoor music is on tap in Boston's Fenway neighborhood as Angel, featuring New Move, performs. Vocalist Angel leads her band in a concert of adult contemporary and jazz music, featuring compositions by artists such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Lalah Hathaway, Chaka Khan, Dianne Reeves, and Yellowjackets. New Move features Alex Han, saxophone; Macston Maccow, drums; Winston Maccow, bass; and George Russell Jr., keyboard. The opening act for Swingin' in Mothers Rest will be trumpeter Billy Buss and his band. 

Angel is a singer and actress with an extensive background in live and recorded performances, community organizing, and outreach via the arts. She has performed with local and national theater companies. Angel's work includes voice-overs, commercials, demo recordings, and jingles. She has performed with Michael Buble, Jetro DaSilva, Vivian Male, and John Robinson. She has recorded for Walter Beasley, Les Hodges, Chris Parks, Andrew Sherman, and Elizabeth Withers, to name a few. As an active member of Soul of Boston, Angel has traveled extensively, singing various styles from jazz to gospel and continuing her work in the community as an artist advocate.

Trumpeter Billy Buss is a Berkeley, Calif. native, and has received numerous awards, including the Monterey Jazz Festival's full-tuition Jimmy Lyons Scholarship to Berklee, two Downbeat Student Music Awards as Outstanding Performance/Soloist, the Gold Award in Jazz from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and recognition from the White House as a 2006 Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He has performed at the New Orleans, Monterey, Umbria, Montreux and JVC Jazz festivals; the Dubrovnik Summer Music Festival in Croatia; numerous festivals in Japan; and a variety of clubs in New York. Buss is currently in his final year at Berklee.

Admission: 
Free

Dancing in the Light

Monday / July 27, 2009 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Dancing in the Light makes its second appearance in the David Friend recital hall on July 27 at 7:30 pm. Randy Felts and friends will present a new program of music, video images, and modern dance. Using the synthophone (digital saxophone), the group will take you on a journey to many exotic locations.

Also performing are Michael Farquharson (bass), Ricardo Monzón (drums/percussion), and Lisa Leake (dance).

Felts's synthophone controls synthesizer voices, audio loops, and complex evolving video that is played in response to Leake's movement. The video sources include live images, photos, and art prints, thanks to local artists Dan Hart and Julie Talcott. These images are selected live from notes played on the synthophone and then modified by breath control.

A mixture of themes from classical jazz and original melodic material form the basis of this "cinematic jam." The overall combination of elements is unique and not-to-be-missed.

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Chotay Papita Ki Naav (The Little Papaya Boat)

Tuesday / November 17, 2009 / 6:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Music synthesis (electronic production and design) faculty member Kai Turnbull and his talented Berklee student ensemble present a concert of original compositions and arrangements based on traditional and contemporary music genres from the Indian subcontinent.

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Craig Hlady: Eight Shades of Blue

Wednesday / July 29, 2009 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitarist Craig Hlady leads a quartet of instrumental and vocal blues based music.

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Mitch Seidman: Playing Guitar in a Jazz Ensemble

Tuesday / July 21, 2009 / 1:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Professional guitarist and Berklee professor Mitch Seidman will demonstrate techniques for soloing, comping chords, and other related topics.

Admission: 
Free

Ahmad Jamal

Friday / September 18, 2009 / 7:30 pm
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Ahmad Jamal

Celebrated pianist/composer Ahmad Jamal continues his performance schedule around the world, as he has for well over the last four decades. Noted for his outstanding technical command and identifiable sound as a piano stylist, Jamal impresses fellow musicians and record buyers alike with his innovative, minimalist approach. He was a child prodigy who began to play the piano at the age of 3; he began formal studies at 7. While still in high school, he completed the equivalent of college master classes under the noted African American concert singer and teacher Mary Cardwell Dawson and pianist James Miller. He joined the musicians union at the age of 14, and he began touring upon graduation, drawing critical acclaim for his solos. In 1951, he formed his own group, the Three Strings (later renamed the Ahmad Jamal Trio), and was signed by John Hammond to Columbia's Okeh Records. The trio's classic live album Ahmad Jamal at the Pershing: But Not for Me climbed to number three on the pop charts. In the wake of But Not for Me's success, Jamal opened his own club, the Alhambra. In the years since, he's recorded album after album with various labels, most recently Birdology, Dreyfus, and Telarc.

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Schedule.

Admission: 
$28

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