Concert

Zach Hillyard Band

Thursday / August 7, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

The Zach Hillyard Band [ZHB]—vocalist/keyboardist Hillyard, bassist Wesley Cole, drummer Francesco Basile, and guitarist Niklas Karlsson—offers a unique blend of quality musicianship, songwriting, and danceable grooves. Intermingling pop, funk, soul, and r&b, ZHB has an appeal that stretches far and wide. The group recently won OurStage.com’s College Clash Competition, earning the title "Best College Band in New England" and a $5,000 grand prize, and took top honors in the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Competition. ZHB has performed in Boston and New York, and toured southern California last year, where the band recorded its debut album with producer Michael Woodrum. The CD has gained attention with national radio airplay, and the band is planning a nationwide tour for the summer of 2008.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Sol Melodiq

Thursday / July 31, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

Sol Melodiq aspires to create new sounds that touch, examine, and uplift the soul. The band, which formed at Berklee, is comprised of skilled musicians fluent in jazz, rock, hip-hop, funk, classic soul, and world music. Jamaal Moore (saxophone and percussion), James Richardson (keyboard and synthesizer), and Stacey Wade (keyboard and organ for Al Green) make up the core of the band. Additional members include Berklee students Clynton Cox (guitar/vocals), Freddy DeBoe (tenor saxophone), and Gabe Jones (drums/vocals). The band plays biweekly shows at the Beehive, the Good Life, Park Ave. Lounge, and the Mission Bar & Grille, and recently performed at the Boston Urban Music Awards. Sol Melodiq is currently working on an album due out this fall.

Admission: 
Free Admission

The Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

Tuesday / July 15, 2008 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

As part of a continuing commitment to jazz education and the perpetuation and development of top-level jazz musicians and jazz performance, the Monterey Jazz Festival proudly sponsors the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Formerly known as the High School All-Star Big Band, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra includes some of the top high school jazz students in the nation and represents the very highest level of musicianship.

Under the directorship of Paul Contos, renowned saxophonist and flautist, the ensemble studies and performs the most challenging big band literature available. Orchestra members are selected through a rigorous audition process that includes review by a national panel of judges comprised of professional jazz musicians and educators. After obtaining a place in the orchestra, members gather in either New York City or Boston for one weekend in the summer to begin rehearsals in preparation for an international tour.

The orchestra has performed at festivals and various venues in Canada, Japan, Australia, and Europe, garnering worldwide acclaim. In September, the Next Generation Orchestra gathers once again to prepare for a slot on the main stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival, where they are featured with one or more special guest artists.

In 2008, the 21-piece jazz orchestra features members selected from 18 high schools from the four corners of the country. 11 states contributed members this year in an unprecedented cross-section of the best high school jazz programs in the country.

The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra will embark on its annual summer tour, starting with rehearsals at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and then record an album. For more information, please visit www.montereyjazzfestival.org.

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The Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars

Thursday / July 10, 2008 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210

The Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars, six top scholarship students at the college, came from Puerto Rico, Israel, and the United States, and coalesced around their love for the polyrhythms and joyful precision of the Latin jazz form. The group was named this year's Best College Jazz Band in Down Beat under the name La Timbistica, and recently performed as part of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Festival in Monterey. The All-Stars are led by conguero Paulo Stagnaro and include timbalero Marcos Lopez, bassist Juan Maldonado, pianist Abraham Olivo, trumpeter Niv Toar, and flutist Enrique Trinidad. They will headline the Tito Puente Latin Music Series in Boston this summer and perform at the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C.

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Zili Misik

Thursday / June 26, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

Zili Misik—led by Kera Washington and featuring Joanna Maria; Berklee student Hinako Sato; and alumnae Rajdulari, Krystal Johnson, Joy Roster, Lexi Havlin, and Jobeth Umali—creates music that bridges cultures, generations, and continents. With captivating sounds that evoke the African continent, Zili retraces routes of forced exile and cultural resistance through rhythm and song. Powerful Haitian, Brazilian, and West African rhythms infuse Zili's original and traditional folk songs. Reconnecting Haitian mizik rasin, jazz, roots reggae, samba, Cuban son, and neo-soul, Zili honors its influences while creating a sound that is uniquely its own. Zili's songs are sensual, political, self-reflective, and positive, with lyrics that glide seamlessly from English to Creole to Portuguese to Spanish.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Juan Chavez

Thursday / July 17, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

Born in Dallas, Berklee student violinist Juan Pablo Chavez is widely recognized for his knowledge of Afro-Cuban music and has taught many classes and performed throughout the country including such venues as the Kennedy Center, Disney’s Epcot Center, and the San Jose Jazz Festival. At Berklee he is studying with violinist Rob Thomas (Mahavishnu Project, String Trio of New York). He is currently working on his first album, Salsa for Strings, and writing a book on contemporary Afro-Cuban violin.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Tantanakuy

Thursday / July 24, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

Marcelo Woloski (percussionist) and Andres Rot (bassist) have gone through a long musical journey together. After playing with core artists in the Argentina folk field, they both went to Boston to attend Berklee. It's not surprising, then, that they named their band Tantanakuy—"to become brothers" in the indigenous Coya language. This fairly new group is already playing the most important venues in Boston and New York. Rot and Woloski have performed with artists including Leo Blanco, Fernando Brandão, Paquito D'Rivera, Jamey Haddad, and Terri Lyne Carrington.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Carmen Spada

Thursday / June 12, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

Carmen Spada, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, started playing piano at 7 but didn’t discover jazz until he started singing with a vocal jazz ensemble in high school. After studying at the Humber College Community Music School in Toronto, Spada was accepted at Berklee, where he studied with Danilo Perez, Hal Crook, Joe Lovano, Greg Hopkins, and Scott Free. He was a recipient of the 2007 Herb Pomeroy Award in Jazz Composition; his music was performed in the Best of Jazz Composition 1 concert and the Jazz Co-Operative Big Band concert. In 2007, Spada was chosen to have his music critiqued in a master class by visiting composer Maria Schneider. Spada’s tune “Lullaby” appears on the new Jazz Revelation Records CD Common Ground.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars

Wednesday / June 11, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Symphony Hall, Boston
310 Massachusetts Ave
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars, six top scholarship students at the college, came to Berklee from Puerto Rico, Israel, and the United States, and coalesced around their love for the polyrhythm and joyful precision of the Latin jazz form. The group was named this year's Best College Jazz Band by Down Beat magazine, under the name La Timbistica, and recently performed as part of the Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Festival in Monterey, California. The All-Stars are led by conguero Paulo Stagnaro and include trumpeter Niv Toar, flutist Enrique Trinidad, pianist Abraham Olivo, bassist Juan Maldonado, and timbalero Marcos Lopez. They will headline the Tito Puente Latin Music Series in Boston this summer, and also perform at the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C.

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Soul Summer's Evening with Jaheim

Monday / June 2, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jaheim is the forerunner of today's soul-originated r&b and a vocalist in the tradition of such greats as Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross. Jaheim has released three albums over the past five years, platinum status Ghetto Love, Still Ghetto, and Ghetto Classics. Now he returns with his chart-topping hit The Makings of a Man on Atlantic Records.
Tickets on sale 5/03/08 at 10:00am

Admission: 
$58, $48 Reserved Seating

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