Voice students from first to eighth semester are selected to perform an array of rock, r&b, gospel, folk, and original compositions under the direction of faculty member Joey Blake and the Singers Night Team.
Mark Shilansky is a multi-faceted keyboardist, composer, vocalist, and producer, but he is most often featured as an accompanist and arranger for vocalists. Tonight he and his band demonstrate why that is, with original compositions and arrangements featuring some of the finest vocalists in jazz (and beyond) today. Featuring vocalists David Thorne Scott (Berklee Voice Department faculty) and Julie Hardy (award-winning jazz singer and Down Beat magazine contributor), and singer/songwriter Kate Schutt (Berklee alumna and Berkleemusic poster child).
At the ripe old age of 4, Roots Nation is making remarkable strides and grabbing a rapidly growing fan base throughout New England. The band formed in November 2003 when a group of seven seasoned musicians of varying musical backgrounds and interests came together to forward the one style of music they all shared a common love and vision of—Roots Reggae.
In the winter of 2007, the group first got together to record one of Ryan Nava's demo's for a studio project but soon after continued to play regularly at this underground practice studio. It was there that 6th Degree members began really locking in with each other and feeling that the sounds the band was producing were something they wanted to pursue. Soon they began gigging regularly with laid-back beats and thoughtful lyrics while trying to bring integrity back into the forefront of the modern day industry. The talent and versatility of each 6thdegree player leads to a tight sound with influences spanning funk, hip-hop, reggae, dub, and many others.
6th Degree's ongoing goals of creating new music, evolving its sound, and performing as much as possible have kept the band popular in the music scene.
Faculty jazz guitarist Sheryl Bailey will be joined by fellow Berklee Guitar faculty members Jack Pezanelli and Garison Fewell to perform an evening of standards and original compositions. The jazz guitar duo provides a very intimate setting for improvisation and exciting interplay. All three of these guitarists are accomplished in their own right and will come together for this special presentation in this up close and personal format of the guitar duo.
"There are singers who sing and there are singers whose sheer power of expression can knock you off your feet. Eli 'Paperboy' Reed falls firmly into the latter category ... [he] threatens to be one of the defining voices of the year"—MOJO magazine
"Mr. Reed invokes the stylish and muscular r&b of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke with convincing suavity."—New York Times
Cory Chisel forged his first connection to the power of song through the music he heard—and made—in church. His father was a Baptist minister, his mother played piano during services, and an upbringing surrounded by sermons and spirituals instilled in Cory the passion and portent of language and melody, and a fluency in the gospel’s rich vernacular of loss and redemption.
$15 General Admission, Student Discount available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office