Concert

Jazz Revelation All-Stars

Saturday / June 21, 2008 / 8:00 pm
Symphony Hall, Boston
310 Massachusetts Ave
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jazz Revelation Records 2008 CD Cover, Common Ground.

The Jazz Revelation Records All-Stars—Edouard Brenneisen on guitar, Pat Carroll on alto sax, Jeff Fajardo on drums, Bulut Gren on trombone, Yuki Ito on acoustic bass, and Manami Morita on piano—are six of the best jazz musicians at Berklee. Bringing together sounds and ideas from Japan, France, Turkey, and the United States, these musicians were featured this spring at the Regattabar and the Berklee Performance Center for the party for the latest Jazz Revelation Records release, Common Ground.

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Manami Morita

Thursday / September 4, 2008 / 12:00 pm
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

A native of Saitama, Japan, Manami Morita started playing classical piano at 4—and hated her lessons. But once she discovered jazz at age 13, she was hooked. Later, when Morita received a scholarship to study at Berklee, she put aside thoughts of doing anything other than following her dream of playing jazz. Morita appears on the Jazz Revelation Records album Common Ground, with the track “Going Home.” This expressive and energetic pianist recently won the Mary Jane Earnhart Endowed Scholarship.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Pat Carroll

Thursday / August 21, 2008 / 12:00 pm
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

Pat Carroll, a saxophonist from 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 won 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 Ravi Coltrane, Vijay Iyer, Maria Schneider, and Miguel Zenón. At Berklee, Carroll has studied with Hal Crook, Joe Lovano, and Ralph Peterson. His composition “Mighty Aphrodite” appears on the new Jazz Revelation Records release Common Ground.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Cole DeGenova

Thursday / August 14, 2008 / 12:00 pm
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

Cole DeGenova is a pianist, vocalist, songwriter, percussionist, and poet from Chicago. He began studying music at 4 and was working as a professional musician by 15. He studied classical, jazz, blues, Cuban, and Brazilian percussion, but was also influenced by neo-soul and hip-hop. He has performed with or opened for some of Chicago's top artists, including Patricia Barber, Kurt Elling, Jon Faddis, and Corey Wilkes. DeGenova was chosen by the Jazz Institute of Chicago to perform at the world-famous Auditorium Theatre, and in 2005 performed with the Illinois Music Educators' Association’s All-State Honors Jazz Band. Now attending Berklee, DeGenova is spreading his music to a wider audience. He toured the midwest with Hal Reed and the Mob, and Switzerland with his original funk/r&b band Apollo Jones. His latest project is a funk, neo-soul, blues, and jazz group called the People's Republic. The band plans to release its debut EP this summer.

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Free Admission

Manami Morita

Saturday / August 9, 2008 / 5:00 pm
Derby Square, Salem
Front Street
Salem
MA
United States
01970

A native of Saitama, Japan, Morita started playing classical piano at 4—and hated her lessons. But once she discovered jazz, she was hooked. Later, when Morita received a scholarship to study at Berklee, she put aside thoughts of doing anything other than following her dream of playing jazz. This expressive and energetic pianist recently won the Mary Jane Earnhart Endowed Scholarship.

Admission: 
Free

Zach Hillyard Band

Thursday / August 7, 2008 / 12:00 pm
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 pm
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.

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Free Admission

The Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Jazz Orchestra

Tuesday / July 15, 2008 / 8:15 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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.

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Free Admission

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