Berklee Summer Concert SeriesCaili O'Doherty Trio
Pianist Caili O'Doherty, 19, is currently a sophomore at Berklee College, studying jazz performance on a full scholarship. She began studying classical piano at age 5 and discovered her love for jazz at 11, when she transferred to an arts school in Beaverton, Oregon, called ACMA. As part of the school's award-winning jazz band, she played twice at the Monterey jazz festival and at Jazz at Lincoln Center while still in middle school. In addition to festival soloist awards and All-State jazz band awards, O'Doherty has won two Down Beat Student Music Awards for jazz piano performance and composition.
In 2008, she was a Grammy band finalist and was selected for the Berklee Five-Week Summer Jazz Workshop band led by Terri Lyne Carrington and Rick DiMuzio. She was honored to receive a 2009 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award for her song "Padme." During the summer, in addition to gigs and private piano lessons, O'Doherty taught piano to 8–17 year olds at Willowbrook Arts Camp. Last May, she was selected as one of five female jazz pianists to participate in the inaugural 2010 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artists Workshop held at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and to perform at a showcase concert at the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival.