Concert

Joe Louis Walker

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 2:00 p.m.
Target Stage
681 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Joe Louis Walker

Born and raised in San Francisco and now based in Westchester County, New York, Joe Louis Walker is one of the most heralded blues artists of our time. Walker is a true blues virtuoso whose skills as a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer have earned him a dedicated legion of fans around the world. He's recorded with B.B. King, James Cotton, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Steve Cropper, Ike Turner, and Branford Marsalis, among many others in a storied career that covers 18 solo albums, two live DVDs, and a number of compilations and guest appearances. He's played on two Grammy Award-winning albums and won three Blues Music Awards (formerly known as W.C. Handy Awards). In addition to his hot-ticket shows in the U.S., Walker has become an international ambassador for the blues overseas, having played at countless festivals throughout Europe, South America, Australia, the Middle East, and Asia.

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.

 

Admission: 
Free

Berklee P-Funk Ensemble with Lenny Stallworth

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 3:35 p.m.
Target Stage
681 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Lenny Stallworth

Berklee students will perform the music of classic funk band George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic.

Lenny Stallworth

Bassist Lenny Stallworth is a member of Willow Entertainment and leader of Flipside and Funk Mob in New England. Over his career, Stallworth has performed with Najee, Maceo Parker, Donald Brown, Ann Nesby, and Donnell Jones. He has also recorded with Rohn Lawrence, Teddy Riley, Ray Benzino, and Brian McKnight. Stallworth is an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music.  

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane/Hartman

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 10:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Kurt Elling

Berklee BeanTown Jazz concertgoers get a rare treat this year: four chances to hear a special performance, "Dedicated To You"—Kurt Elling Sings Coltrane/Hartman, Featuring Joel Frahm and the Laurence Hobgood Trio. The original 1960s era recording captured lightning in a bottle when the two legends came together, and Elling has made it his mission to put his own mark on what was a seminal moment in jazz history.

Elling's rich baritone voice spans four octaves and displays an astonishing technical facility and emotional depth. His repertoire ranges from his own compositions to modern interpretations of standards, both of which can be the springboard for free-form improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry.

One of Elling's major contributions is as a writer and performer of vocalese, the art of putting words to improvised solos of jazz artists. Elling, who has earned eight Grammy nominations, has set the solos of Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, and others to his own deeply spiritual and compelling lyrics, an approach that reminds us of the beauty of the original music and opens us up to a fresh vision.

Elling's new Concord recording, Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman, celebrates a 45-year-old collaboration between saxophonist John Coltrane and vocalist Johnny Hartman. The two jazz legends recorded several tracks on one day in March 1963, and the result quickly became a jazz classic. Elling's Dedicated to You features his take on several of the original tracks, including "Autumn Serenade" and "You Are Too Beautiful." 

During his four Berklee BeanTown concerts, Elling will be accompanied by his frequent collaborator, pianist Lawrence Hobgood, and by saxophonist Joel Frahm. 

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.

 

Admission: 
$28

Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane/Hartman

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134

Berklee BeanTown Jazz concertgoers get a rare treat this year: four chances to hear a special performance, "Dedicated To You"—Kurt Elling Sings Coltrane/Hartman, Featuring Joel Frahm and the Laurence Hobgood Trio. The original 1960s era recording captured lightning in a bottle when the two legends came together, and Elling has made it his mission to put his own mark on what was a seminal moment in jazz history.

Elling's rich baritone voice spans four octaves and displays an astonishing technical facility and emotional depth. His repertoire ranges from his own compositions to modern interpretations of standards, both of which can be the springboard for free-form improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry.

One of Elling's major contributions is as a writer and performer of vocalese, the art of putting words to improvised solos of jazz artists. Elling, who has earned eight Grammy nominations, has set the solos of Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, and others to his own deeply spiritual and compelling lyrics, an approach that reminds us of the beauty of the original music and opens us up to a fresh vision.

Elling's new Concord recording, Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman, celebrates a 45-year-old collaboration between saxophonist John Coltrane and vocalist Johnny Hartman. The two jazz legends recorded several tracks on one day in March 1963, and the result quickly became a jazz classic. Elling's Dedicated to You features his take on several of the original tracks, including "Autumn Serenade" and "You Are Too Beautiful." 

During his four Berklee BeanTown concerts, Elling will be accompanied by his frequent collaborator, pianist Lawrence Hobgood, and by saxophonist Joel Frahm. 

See the full Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival schedule.

 

Admission: 
$28

Roy Guzman Quintet

Friday / June 12, 2009 / 9:00 p.m.
Duke Ellington Jazz Festival
Washington
DC
United States

The quintet, featuring Billboard scholarship winner Roy Guzman, Billy Buss, Greg Chaplin, Michael Sachs, and Mark Whitfield Jr., performs at 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. at Busboys & Poets as part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival. Read more about the concert.

Admission: 
Free

Colin Cannon's CD Release

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

Colin Cannon draws from many musical genres to create his own unique style. The music is a fusion of modern jazz laced with subtle Eastern influences, funk, rock, and drum 'n' bass. Cannon's music is not only enjoyed by jazz fans but is also widely accepted by jam band, rock, fusion, blues, and even bluegrass audiences.

Cannon and his band will be celebrating the release of their CD In Summary. The group consists of Cannon (guitar), Zak Croxall (bass), Tom Hartman (drums), and Manami Morita (piano). Members have played with internationally acclaimed musicians such as Esperanza Spalding and Greg Hopkins, and have performed in Boston's most prestigious venues.

Admission: 
FREE

Two-Hand Guitar Technique w/Don Lappin

Thursday / July 30, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Don Lappin

Don Lappin's Two-Hand Technique for Guitar is the culmination of 25 years of constant development and refinement. Don brings you his amazing and unique approach to the instrument in a fun, clear, and entertaining way. Watch as Don not only shows you his technique, but demonstrates how to get started improvising with it, too!

Admission: 
Free

Obbini Tumbao

Thursday / July 23, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States
Obbini Tumbao

Due to weather, this event has been moved to the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts at 85 West Newton Street, Boston, MA.

Cacao Música recording artists and winners of the 2006 Boston Phoenix poll for Best World Music Act, Obbini Tumbao delivers a double shot of high-energy music that makes audiences want to get up and dance.

Rebecca Cline, a pianist from Athens, Georgia, joins forces with Anita Quinto, a percussionist from Caracas, Venezuela, to produce a compelling new sound for fans looking for more of that infectious groove associated with acts like the Buena Vista Social Club. The band's powerful horn section, made up of trumpets and trombones, is supported by an ebullient rhythm section of congas, timbales, bongos, piano, and bass.

Fronted by the area's most in-demand lead vocalists and the two dynamic co-leaders, Obbini Tumbao leaves audiences feeling enthralled and hungry for more. In five short years, Obbini Tumbao has gained the loyal affection of the Boston-area dancing and salsa-music-loving public. It performs regularly to sold-out audiences at venues such as the Blue Note's Regattabar, Scullers Jazz Club, and Ryles Jazz Club.

Read more about the Tito Puente Latin Music Series.

Admission: 
Free

City Music Network Jam

Saturday / August 8, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Part of the City Music Festival. Learn more about this event.

Admission: 
FREE

Jon Finn's Extravaganza 2009

Tuesday / August 4, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty member Jon Finn will present an evening of mostly original music. His band has released several full-length CDs (new one on the way) to international critical acclaim. This concert features guests Bob Bowlby, Dave Buda, Larry Finn, Richard Flanagan, Dino Govoni, Rich Kelley, Don Lappin, Ricardo Monzon, Ross Ramsay, Angel Rubero, Guy Van Duser, and many others. "Good Music People Like."

 

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