Concert

Scotty Johnson

Monday / July 28, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty guitarist/vocalist Scotty Johnson performs West Coast blues/rock by Mose Allison, Chris Cain, Robben Ford, and the Meters with faculty keyboardist Matt Jenson and bassist Tom Appleman. Drummer Mike Casano completes the group.

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Let 'Er Rip: The Berklee Country Music Ensemble

Monday / August 4, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's finest pickers and growers will knock your boots off with hot country and a taste of bluegrass under the direction of faculty guitarist Mike Ihde. Special guest violinist Aishu Venkataraman, one of the youngest students in Berklee's history, will mix it up with a South Indian classical piece.

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A Night with Greg Hawkes

Wednesday / July 23, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Maryland native Greg Hawkes attended Berklee College of Music for two years, majoring in composition and flute. Hawkes's most notable involvement was with the Cars, where he pushed the limits of available technology and sequencing to help forge the sound of the 80's. His signature sounds include the Prophet V Touch Sync heard on "Let's Go" and "Hello Again" as well as arpeggiated and syncopated synth lines as heard in "Shake It Up" and "Heartbeat City."

Currently Hawkes lives in Boston, where he works as a session musician. He is a member of the New Cars, a quasi-reformation of the band also featuring original guitarist Elliot Easton. Filling in for other original Cars members are singer/guitarist Todd Rundgren, Utopia bassist/vocalist Kasim Sulton, and former Tubes drummer Prairie Prince. The band toured in 2006 and 2007 and released a new live album with three studio tracks, It's Alive!

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

A Night of Soul featuring Grace Taylor, Amy Heidemann, and Patricia Lewis

Thursday / July 17, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

ASCAP and BMI award-winning songwriter Grace Taylor is also an accomplished vocalist, arranger, and worship leader. With plans to write, arrange, and produce for film, theater, and live and studio recordings, this Berklee student is well on her way to setting the bar for excellence even higher.

Amy Heidemann is a 22-year-old Nebraska native turned city girl. In addition to her education at Berklee, she has performed all over the East Coast. Using a recipe of r&b, pop, and rock, Amy serves up an exciting new sound with a raw and addicting flavor for the musical palette.

Patricia Lewis's love for music began at age six, when she started playing classical violin, singing, and performing in operas at home in Puerto Rico. She later performed with jazz artists such as pianist Carli Muñoz, drummer Lenny White, and bass player Eddie Gomez, earning a scholarship to Berklee. She pours all this experience into her music—a mix of Latin folk, jazzy twists, and soulful melodies.

Admission: 
$10 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

FunkHouse

Tuesday / October 21, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

FunkHouse kicks butt, but they also caress cheek. Their music is like being thrown out of a bar by a 350-pound bouncer and then waking to realize it was only a dream and your mother is lovingly waking you with a kiss. No, no, no...it's like having Mike Tyson, dressed in his finest evening gown, whispering sweet nothings in your ear, and then biting it off. They're the jazz equivalent of the iTunes visualizer. Or to put it another way: FunkHouse is an energetic blend of modern jazz, funk, blues, 20th-century classical, Indian classical, and European and American folk music, which create a funky, groove-oriented, fresh, and original sound. Although the band consists of the standard jazz trio instrumentation of piano, bass, and drums, the sound of the band is anything but standard. Fired by Berklee faculty member John Funkhouser's "explosive piano playing" (Boston Globe) and set in bold relief by his "exquisite, tight originals" (The Octopus, Champaign, IL), the band stretches the limits of traditional jazz forms. One piece in the band's working repertoire is over a half hour of continuous music. Funkhouser draws for inspiration on great composers of extended musical works from all genres, like Charles Mingus, Frank Zappa, Igor Stravinsky, and Phish leader Trey Anistasio. Smoothly integrating composed music with improvisation, "FunkHouse takes the listener on a ride through the gamut of emotional territories," (North Denver Tribune, Denver, CO), from wild, funky romps to sumptuous, Keith-Jarrett-inspired ballads to burning modern jazz. As renowned pianist Kenny Werner put it, the band is "definitely on to something special." The band has two CDs of original material to its credit: FunkHouse, released in 1998, and FunkHouse II, released in 2003, which includes two extended suites and three shorter compositions.

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Berklee Jam Ensemble

Wednesday / August 6, 2008 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Jam Ensemble, under the direction of faculty member John Funkhouser, will be playing music of two great jam bands: the Grateful Dead and Phish, including the Dead's classic jam "Estimated Prophet/Eyes of the World" and Phish's anthem "You Enjoy Myself."

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Jazz Revelation Records Night Featuring Manami Morita and Carmen Spada

Thursday / July 31, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Manami Morita, a native of Saitama, Japan, started playing classical piano at age 4. At the time, she hated piano lessons because she wasn't attracted to classical piano. She loved to play but wanted more musical freedom. At 13, Morita discovered jazz and became addicted, even learning improvisation on her own. In 2004, Morita put aside thoughts of becoming a flight attendant or English teacher to follow her dream of playing jazz when she received a scholarship to study at Berklee. She was recently awarded the Mary Jane Earnhart Endowed Scholarship.

Pianist/vocalist Carmen Spada presents original music as well as new arrangements on old standards in a sextet setting. The combination of students and faculty from Japanese and Italian heritage is what lends a name to this unique ensemble: East Meets West. The group features three horns and is a cooperative, featuring music written and arranged by Spada as well as trombonist Jason Camelio and saxophonist Will Silvio.

Admission: 
$12 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office.

Jazz Revelation Records Night Featuring Pat Carroll and Edouard Brenneisen

Thursday / July 24, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Pat Carroll, a saxophonist from Pleasanton, California, has been focused on music since age 12, when he began studying with noted San Francisco musician Dann Zinn. In his junior year of high school, Carroll was awarded the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship at the 2004 Monterey Jazz Festival. In 2005, he was commissioned to write and perform original music as a member of the SFJAZZ Young Composers Project, a group that rehearsed with the likes of Ravi Coltrane, Miguel Zenon, Vijay Iyer, and Maria Schneider. Currently in his final year at Berklee, Carroll has studied with Hal Crook, Ralph Peterson, and Joe Lovano.

Paris-born Edouard Brenneisen considers himself equally a guitarist and a composer. With a strong scholarly background, having studied jazz and classical music in Paris, and on scholarship at Berklee College of Music, Brenneisen pursued his apprenticeship privately with such luminaries as David Liebman, Tim Miller, Lionel Loueke, and Jean-Michel Pilc. He is committed to reconcile European and American jazz aesthetics, and got a chance to expose people to his music in the United States and all over Europe.

Admission: 
$12 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office.

The Trachtenburg Slideshow Players

Thursday / July 10, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Trachtenburgs are a domestic trio (dad Jason, mom Tina Piña,and 12-year-old daughter Rachel) who play quirky indie pop songs in the key of unironic good, clean fun with one major catch: All the songs' carefully rhyming lyrics come from the vintage slide collections they have found at estate or garage sales that accompany their performances.

Admission: 
Tickets: $13 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Tucker Jameson and the Hot Mugs/Julian Peterson/Richard Reese and Friends

Friday / July 25, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Photo by Kim @​ Lyrical photography

Tucker Jameson and the Hot Mugs is a band of youthful, enthusiastic, and energetic performers who demonstrate creative and technical abilities beyond their years. They hail from all over the country and bring with them the diversity that contributes to their exciting sound.

Julian Peterson is in love with the passion and elegance of old soul and blues singers. He pays tribute to many great artists--Ray Charles, Al Green, Otis Redding, Muddy Waters, and Freddie King--with a sound that is fresh and engaging. He describes the music he writes as a mix of old and new; music with bluesy melodic lines and passionate lyrics.

Admission: 
Tickets: $10 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office

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