Concert

Bass Department Faculty Concert: Danny Morris

Monday / November 26, 2007 / 6:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A performance by Bass Department faculty members Danny Morris and Anthony Vitti. Morris will play blues in D, B, and G with faculty drummer Mike Ringquist and guitarist Mark Endresen.

Catch the Latin Feeling

Thursday / December 6, 2007 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An assortment of Latin and Brazilian jazz for four horns and four rhythm performed by a student ensemble under the direction of faculty member Dan Moretti.

Singers' Night

Tuesday / November 20, 2007 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Twelve of Berklee's finest will perform in a variety of styles from blues, pop, and jazz to folk and r&b. Performers this semester include Alessandro Bellino, Llindsey Blount, Jonathan Carr, Latoya Devonish, Julia Easterlin, Matthew Finley, Tara Keith, Maarja-Liis Ilus, Sentirenla Lucia, Nija Morrow, Chloe Pappas, and Kyrie Stern. They will be backed by a seven-piece rhythm section, a five-piece horn section, and dancers, all under the direction of Jeff Ramsey and the Singers Night Team.

Guitar Night Student Showcase Concert: Jazz and Blues

Tuesday / November 13, 2007 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitar faculty members Garrison Fewell and Curt Shumate host a student concert featuring some of Berklee's best student guitarists and their bands in jazz and blues styles. Student leaders are Robert Mulyarahardja, Ivan Chopik, Adam Tressler, Matthew Berger, Eddie Rickert, and Edouard Brenneisen.

Maria Schneider: Coming About with the BCJO

Friday / November 16, 2007 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Maria studied at the University of Minnesota, University of Miami, and the Eastman School of Music. She also studied composition with Bob Brookmeyer and served as an assistant to Gil Evans. The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra started in 1993 and has played all over the world. She has received numerous commissions and has guest-conducted extensively in Europe, the United States, and many other locations including South America. Her first three albums were all nominated for Grammys and in 2005. Concert in the Garden won a Grammy for the Best Large Ensemble Album. It also received the Jazz album of the Year in the Jazz Journalists Awards and Downbeat Critics Poll. Both organizations also awarded her Composer of the Year and Arranger of the Year. Sky Blue, released through her website in July 2007, had the recording process documented on her website (a most innovative gesture). As Downbeat has reported, “She has been entrenched among the ranks of America’s leading composers.”

Singers Showcase

Thursday / December 6, 2007 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Singers Showcase features lead vocalists Jennifer Hirsh, Rebecca Muir, Grace Taylor, Phillip Ferrell, Amy Heidemann, Jenn Bostic, Tania Jones, and Merrliy Scruggs-James. They will be performing the music of Aretha Franklin, Eric Benet, Maroon 5, Reba McEntire, Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones, and some original songs, as well.

Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds

Saturday / December 8, 2007 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Presented by HT Productions. Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds is truly an icon of popular music, with his contribution attributed to over 125 top 10 hits on pop and r&b charts. His first studio album release in two years, Playlist, is a collection of covers and original material. Tickets: $68, $54, $44, reserved seating.

The multi-instrumentalist's live show is a passionate and world-renowned concert that will feature selections from the upcoming album along with Babyface hits from the past. Opening for Babyface is AYO, a German-born artist, the offspring of a Nigerian father who had come to Germany to study in the 1970s (and sometimes worked as a DJ) and a mother who is a gypsy. Her rich cultural background is also reflected in her musical influences. She grew up amidst Pink Floyd and Fela Kuti, the Soul Children and Bob Marley, and many others. Tickets: $68, $54, $44, reserved seating.

Berklee Faculty Celebrate Latin Culture: Dedicated to the Memory of Natatcha Estébanez

Tuesday / November 6, 2007 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee Latin faculty members and guests will perform music from several South American and Caribbean countries. The concert will also feature a tribute to the work and life of producer/writer/director Natatcha Estébanez.

Among the highlights of her career, Estébanez was the producer of La Plaza, a WGBH-TV series about Latino culture, for which she won four New England Emmy awards. She was also the producer of the movie The Blue Dinner, the series Postcards from Buster, and dozens of documentaries and cultural programs about the Latino communities.

Performers will include Leo Blanco, Jamey Haddad, Rick DiMuzio, Gilson Schachnik, Fernando Brandão, Bertram Lehman, Alex Alvear, Consuelo Candelaria, Victor Mendoza, Dave Samuels, Oscar Stagnaro, Mark Walker, Eugene Friesen, Mili Bermejo, Dan Greenspan, Alon Yavnai, Claudio Ragazzi, Rebecca Cline, Manolo, Ernesto Diaz, and Daryl Lowery.

Winds Day Concert: Berklee Rainbow Band

Monday / November 5, 2007 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Rainbow Big Band, directed by Phil Wilson, will feature special faculty guest soloists Frank Tiberi and Dino Govoni on saxophone and Ken Cervenka on trumpet.

The New World Ensemble

Tuesday / November 6, 2007 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Dave Weigert presents the New World Ensemble, featuring student pianist/composer Miguel Tejada. This group is inspired by Tejada's unique approach of mixing jazz music with Caribbean, South American, Spanish, and African influences. Additional influences include not only the music but also the arts, history, folklore, and legends of the Americas, thus the name the New World Ensemble. Their goal in performing is "to bring the conscience of cultural diversity through our music."

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