Concert

Pete and J/Jonah Smith

Saturday / October 11, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Pete Harper and Jason Blynn are known to themselves, and in turn by others, affectionately but usually appropriately as "Pete and J." Pete and J tour nationally and occasionally in the U.K. Most of the time, Pete and J are a band consisting of four people (a bassist and drummer in addition to the Pete and the J).

Based in New York, where they flourish in the sweet exhaust and excitement of city life, they tour much of the year, so occasionally see both grass and trees. A few albums are out there, including Without a Band and Dressed for Conversation. A new album is forthcoming.

Jonah Smith and his band have been touring and recording together for over five years. For being cramped into a tiny van together for so long, they get along pretty well. In 2005, Jonah signed a record deal with Relix Records (as in the magazine) and entered the studio with producer Lee Townsend. The album, which took over a year to complete, is considered to be a personal statement by Jonah. No studio trickery, just a band playing music in a really nice room captured for your enjoyment. Tthe record does have some special guests including the Mason Brothers on horns, the legendary Garth Hudson on accordion, Bill Frisell on guitar, and Carrie Rodriguez on vocals and fiddle.

Admission: 
$15 general admission, student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office

Tips for Singers Book Release Concert

Thursday / October 2, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Singer/songwriter Carolyn Wilkins will present a concert to celebrate the release of her new book, Tips for Singers. Published by Berklee Press, Carolyn's new book is the perfect complement to books about singing technique. Designed to assist singers in any style of music, Tips for Singers offers advice on developing stage presence, choosing songs, understanding musical notation, finding the best key for your voice, choosing microphones and PA systems, overcoming stage fright, doing your best at auditions, and many other topics. Assisted by an all-star cast of Berklee faculty, Wilkins will perform an eclectic mix of original compositions, jazz standards, and African American spirituals. In addition, she will demonstrate some of the techniques described in Tips for Singers and answer questions from the audience.

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Rachael Yamagata

Monday / September 29, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rachael Yamagata

A few rounds of heartbreak … a broken wrist … eight stitches … a blown-out eardrum … and label realignment.

It wasn’t easy getting here for Rachael Yamagata. Three years after she began to appear on the public’s radar with her self-titled debut EP and full-length album Happenstance, Yamagata will release Elephants…Teeth Sinking into Heart, a single record in two parts, on October 7, 2008.

The nine tracks on Elephants are darker and more vulnerable than the five gritty, defiant rock songs on Teeth Sinking into Heart. Taken together, the two halves present a complete timeline of the emotions that revolve around complicated relationships and the accompanying fallout.

Yamagata sometimes worries that her need to analyze heartache in her songwriting is too often mistaken as depressed obsession. After all, her songs are famously populated by breakups. “I see it more as a fascination with human relationships and behavior,” she says, “the struggles we create and the strength we gain.” Her lyrics display an ability to draw new wisdom and confidence from every devastating experience in the hope that the next time will be different. Elephants…Teeth Sinking into Heart, reveal a woman not only undaunted by such losses, but smart enough to know she deserves a lot more than she’s been asking for.

Admission: 
$25 general admission

The Sal DiFusco Project

Wednesday / September 17, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Original jazz-rock fusion compositions with saxophone, keyboards, guitar, bass, and drums will be performed under the direction of faculty guitarist Sal DiFusco.

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Fourth Annual String Department Faculty Concert

Tuesday / September 16, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's string department is the most diverse in the world, and the annual "welcome back" concert, coordinated by faculty violinist Mimi Rabson, reflects that diversity. Selections will come from many genres, including classical, jazz, traditional, and several unusual combinations. Come delight in the familiar and explore the unexpected.

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Scots At Berklee

Monday / September 15, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student, alumni and faculty led by faculty member saxophonist Gail McArthur straight ahead jazz and fusion originals. This show also introduces the sax quartet formed from the members of Scots at Berklee. The concert will feature soloists Leah Gough-Cooper, Anna Hoffman, Alan Benzie, Patrick Kunka, Diana Leverinton, and special guests.

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Paul Weller

Tuesday / September 9, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Paul Weller

Paul Weller tours in support of his ninth solo album 22 Dreams, which was released this June. "After As Is Now, I thought the time was right to make the sort of record I wanted to make," says Weller of the creative process which led to his extraordinary album. It's a kaleidoscopic tour de force incorporating rock, funk, soul, free jazz, krautrock, classical, spoken word, electronica, and all stops in between. A 70-minute odyssey delivered with a verve and ambition to shame musicians half his age, Weller's latest album is sure to please.

Admission: 
$39.50, reserved seating

The Ferrous Wheel Project / The Soulive Tribute Band

Saturday / September 6, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Ferrous Wheel is a funk band formed by Berklee students, looking to play music that is fun to listen and dance to. Groovy drum and bass, funky keys and guitars, powerful horns and soulful vocals make up the group's unique sound. There is more coming from this band in the future so keep your eyes and ears open if you like to get funky!

Admission: 
Free

Martin Sexton

Friday / December 12, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Singer/songwriter Martin Sexton has been hailed by Billboard as "the finest new male singer/songwriter of recent memory," as well as "a vocalist of amazing proficiency and sensual conviction." Sexton tours in support of his seventh record, Seeds.

Admission: 
$32, $26, reserved seating

Wayne Shorter 75th Birthday Celebration

Wednesday / December 3, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The saxophone legend and NEA jazz master Wayne Shorter celebrates his 75th birthday year with his first concert in Boston in more than five years, featuring his quartet with Brian Blade, John Patitucci, and Danilo Perez.

Admission: 
$66, $46, reserved seating

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