Joe's extensive background in gospel music has allowed him to produce his albums as well as sing on them. A native of Georgia, Joe later moved to Opelika, Alabama and released My Name Is Joe in 2000, his third and most successful album, reaching the top of the r&b album charts and #2 on the Billboard 200, eventually selling more than three million copies. This album was also his first to make an impression outside the US. It featured the Top 5 r&b (#2) and pop (#4) hit lead single "I Wanna Know," which also reached the top 40 in the UK and Australia.
Gabe Dixon formed the Gabe Dixon Band at the University of Miami in 1998. Gabe turned down a spot on Paul McCartney's world tour in 2001 and chose to focus on his own music including last year's the Gabe Dixon Band album, which received great reviews from the media and fellow artists.
Jay Nash, Californian native and rock troubadour, has been blessed with the kind of excruciatingly rustic voice so rarely heard on record. Coupled with that is his unnervingly candid approach to songwriting—the man is a burgeoning talent set for realization with his latest studio release The Things You Think You Need.
Common Rotation is a folk/power-pop/indie band with members Adam Busch, Eric Kufs, and Jordan Katz. The band is currently based out of Los Angeles, California. Lindi Ortega is a singer/songwriter hailing from Toronto.
Through his innovative work as a solo artist and his contributions as a sideman to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, Stuart Hamm has firmly established himself as one of the most influential electric bassists of the past half-century. Extending the nontraditional function of the electric bass, Hamm helped to reshape the contemporary concept of the bass guitar as an unaccompanied instrument. Come enjoy Stu in the intimate setting of the Red Room at Cafe 939.
$30, general admission; student discount available at Berklee Performance Center box office
Marc's group will be playing music from their critically acclaimed 2008 release Hidden Mandala, as well as new compositions. The music style is original progressive jazz with Indian, Latin, and world influences.
The Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band (BBEBB) has evolved from the desire of many talented jazz composer/instrumentalists from the Berklee community to initiate a forum that allows for the sharing of musical ideas, stimulating the creative process and fostering the creation of new music. This collective is composed of faculty members, staff members, alumni, and students who all share a vision of the ever-evolving world of jazz music, the positive opportunities provided by working within the jazz orchestra setting and the importance of the role played by the jazz orchestra in this music's evolution.
The BBEBB offers open rehearsal sessions and live performances of its resident and guest composers' music. Through these sessions and performances composer/writers and audience members can share in the guided and organic artistic process of creating and performing challenging new music.
The Norm Zocher Quartet will perform original guitar oriented jazz fusion. A critically acclaimed composer and guitarist, Zocher’s long form compositions are inspired as much by rock as by the modern jazz orchestra for which he composes.
Paul Potts has come a long way since March 17, 2007, when he awkwardly shuffled onto the audition stage and performed his spine-tingling rendition of "Nessum Dorma." His second album, Passione, will be released in Europe and the U.S. in April and the U.K. in June. Overflowing with his passionate, inimitable style combined with impeccable technique, Paul is set to touch more hearts with his enchanting, classical voice.
Paul's dream of singing began as a child growing up in Bristol with his parents and three siblings. "At 6 years old I wanted to be a vicar, I thought they had the best job in the world, being able to sing every Sunday to the congregation. I didn't know about all the other work they did." Bullied and taunted at school, he joined his local church choir and continued to fulfill his passion for singing as an escape from the playground abuse. Then, aged 16, he bought his first opera record. He fell in love instantly and to this day La Boheme is still his favourite. In 2000, Paul used his savings and winnings from a quiz show to spend three months in Italy, learning opera and the language and realizing a lifelong dream, to sing in front of his idol, Luciano Pavarotti.