Concert

Yellowjackets Ensemble

Thursday / December 11, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee students perform the high-octane jazz of the Yellowjackets, under the direction of Dave Weigert.

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An Evening with Monte Montgomery

Tuesday / June 23, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Monte Montgomery

Monte Montgomery has taken the acoustic guitar beyond anyone's expectations. His amazing fretwork, combined with unique combination finger- and pick-style playing through trailblazing "chordal" thoroughfares, often baffles even the most accomplished players. In 2004, Montgomery was named on Guitar Player magazine's list of Top 50 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time. Montgomery's fretwork has become the benchmark for acoustic guitar players.

Admission: 
$15

Poetry Slam Featuring Regie Gibson

Tuesday / December 9, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Regie Gibson

Berklee College of Music is proud to launch the first college-wide Poetry Jam and Slam. This event is hosted by Liberal Arts Department associate professor Michael Heyman and showcases the emerging Berklee slam poetry all-stars as well as a guest feature artist, internationally acclaimed poet Regie Gibson, performing spoken word with his trio of Robert Rivera (bassist/cellist), Todd Brunel (bass clarinetist), and Grant Smith (drummer). The evening will begin with an open mic, followed by Regie Gibson, and end with the big event, Berklee’s first-ever poetry slam. Leave your beret and bongos behind, and be prepared for the exuberant, genre-defying, political, personal, raucous, and powerful punch of the modern performance poetry movement.

Regie Gibson is an internationally acclaimed poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator, whose poetry appears in Storms Beneath the Skin (EM Press 2000). He has worked with Gwendolyn Brooks, the Last Poets, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Fareed Haque, Kurt Vonnegut, David Amram, and many other artists in a host of musical genres.

Michael Heyman is an associate professor in the Liberal Arts Department at Berklee, where he teaches courses on children’s literature, music for children, poetics, multicultural literature, and performance poetry. He is a scholar and writer of literary nonsense and children’s literature and is the head editor of the groundbreaking and best-selling, The Tenth Rasa: An Anthology of Indian Nonsense (Penguin 2007).

Admission: 
$5, general admission, student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Jane Olivor: A Boston Holiday Tradition

Saturday / December 20, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

American cabaret singer Jane Olivor will perform at the Berklee Performance Center for a very special event, A Boston Holiday Tradition. A Brooklyn native, Olivor eased her way into the burgeoning New York cabaret scene in the early 1970s and has been since compared to Barbra Streisand and Édith Piaf, as well as to Eartha Kitt and Johnny Mathis.

Admission: 
$35, $30, reserved seating

Ashley Alexander CD Release / Haley Arnott

Friday / December 5, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ashley Alexander

A native of Manchester, New Hampshire, Ashley Alexander has been singing and performing all over the country for most of her life. At a very young age she developed a love and appreciation for all styles of music such as jazz, pop, country, and r&b, which helped to influence her own vocal style. With years of experience, Alexander's passion, energy, and versatility have caught the attention of many people. Her mix of the spirit of country and the longing of soul translate to audiences all around and are received through her heartfelt vocal performances.

In past years she has opened for artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Christina Milian, O-Town, Dream Street, J.C. Chasez, Baby Bash, Cassidy, Nick Cannon, Tito Puente Jr., Stereo Fuse, and more at various radio shows and concerts. In 2003 she received a Los Angeles Music Award for while performing with her sister in their vocal group, Fantasy. They performed together as a duo for five years.

While studying at Berklee College of Music, Alexander spent her time gigging all around Boston as a lead vocalist for the band Classic Groove. She also heading her own band. During this time she made many trips to Los Angeles and Nashville to record. This December Ashley will release her debut solo album Heaven on Earth. She will perform a CD release concert that will include many close friends as members of her band at the Red Room at Cafe 939. A free CD will be available to all members of the audience with a ticket!

Haley Arnott is no stranger to the stage. The daughter of a singer and a bass player, music was always around her. Growing up in Holliston, Massachusetts she performed with her family, as well as in various talent shows and musicals. In 2004 she decided to pursue her love for music and study at Berklee. Over the years she has grown into a powerful and gritty soul singer and with the recent formation of her band she is beginning to create a buzz for herself around Boston nightspots. This November she will appearing in Berklee's vocalist showcase Singers Night.

Admission: 
$15, general admission

A Musical Theater Celebration

Tuesday / December 16, 2008 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Musical Theater Workshop in collaboration with the new Musical Theater Orchestra will present a program of orchestral and vocal musical theater selections. The repertoire will include pieces by Stephen Sondheim from such musicals as Follies and A Little Night Music, as well as selections from West Side Story and Kismet. The cast includes many of our best singers and instrumentalists and promises to be a very entertaining evening. Faculty member Sharon Brown directs the workshop and Peter Cokkinias directs the orchestra.

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Singers Showcase

Thursday / December 11, 2008 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Fall 2008 Singers Showcase will feature lead vocalists Tara Keith,
Orlando Dixon, Leslie Echevarria, Phillip Ferrell, Jenna O'Gara,
Mario Guthrie, and Luis Figueroa. They will be performing the music
of Sam Cooke, Natasha Bedingfield, Jon Secada, Melissa Etheridge,
Levi Stubbs, Deborah Cox, and many others. There will also be special
guest performances by Berklee faculty members and Showcase alumni
Darcel Wilson and Andrea Capozzoli.

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The Berklee Rainbow Band

Thursday / December 4, 2008 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

One of Berklee's top big band ensembles performs originals and arrangements of big band jazz under the direction of trombonist/composer/arranger Phil Wilson.

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Chimenea

Monday / October 19, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Chimenea plays rock tunes and film music in a new and refreshing way, where creativity and group improvisation go hand in hand with a careful use of space and dynamics. This quartet is based on jazz but goes beyond, fusing it with more modern elements and free playing. The program will also include original material by band members Ted Hadges (saxophone), Juan Andres Ospina (piano), Dylan Coleman (bass), and Pablo Eluchans (drum set).

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7 at Danny’s featuring Javier Marín

Wednesday / November 19, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Javier Marín is the publisher and CEO of El Planeta, New England's free, weekly Spanish-language newspaper. He will perform with his band, which also includes two JetBlue pilots, at an Executive Session during Berklee's Latin Culture Month.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

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