Berklee Summer in the City

The Berklee Sumer in the City concert series, sponsored by Natixis Global Asset Management, presents more than 200 free performances throughout the Greater Boston area from May through September. Bringing neighborhoods alive with free programs of pop, rock, jazz, Latin, and more, some of Berklee’s most promising young artists are poised to share the skills they hone on campus with the local community. The Boston-area concerts take place in vibrant destinations throughout the city, from the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Georges Island, and Atlantic Wharf to communities with strong cultural identities ranging from Jamaica Plain and Roxbury to East Boston and the South End. Just outside of Boston, audiences can take in free Summer in the City shows in places like Harvard Square’s Longfellow House and Club Passim, Salem’s Derby Square, the Charlestown Navy Yard, and more.

 

Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors with David Sanchez

Friday / August 1, 2014 / 11:30 a.m.
Newport Jazz Festival
The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, the premier music ensemble of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), will perform at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival, joined by special guest saxophonist...
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Jake Sherman

Friday / August 1, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Jake Sherman began taking piano lessons at age 5 and fell in love with ragtime, learning many Scott Joplin classics and composing rags. At age 12 he started studying jazz piano and was soon...
Admission: Free

Steph Sloan

Friday / August 1, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
Born in Los Angeles, raised in Idaho, and fortified in New England, Steph Sloan is a charismatic force to reckon with. In addition to her award-winning songwriting and soulful voice, Steph’s stage...
Admission: Free

Laney Jones

Saturday / August 2, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Carson Beach
Laney Jones’s songwriting is as quirky and charming as her upbringing in rural Mount Dora, Florida. Raised on an exotic animal farm surrounded by an alligator-infested lake, she artfully spins tall...
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Alex Gasser

Sunday / August 3, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
The Street
Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Alex Gasser grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico and began to play the upright bass after studying classical guitar. He received a full scholarship to Berklee, and has...
Admission: Free

Oyinda

Sunday / August 3, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.
Grant Park
There is something alluring about Oyinda, the 22-year-old singer, songwriter, and producer. Depicted as a whirlwind of hair on her debut EP cover, the London raised Nigerian songstress has a unique...
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Brian D Plautz

Sunday / August 3, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Brian Plautz has developed a reputation as a dynamic saxophonist, composer, and educator with a modern and accessible sound. He grew up outside of Cleveland and performed at the Quicken Loans Arena (...
Admission: FREE

Lonely Heartstring Band

Sunday / August 3, 2014 / 3:00 p.m.
Longfellow House
The Lonely Heartstring band is a five-peice bluegrass instrumentation band from Boston that plays original acoustic music ,traditional bluegrass and, as the name suggests, a swath of Beatles covers....
Admission: Free

Jazz at the Fort with the Jaleel Shaw Quartet

Sunday / August 3, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Highland Park
This year’s Jazz at the Fort concert features Berklee alumnus Jaleel Shaw.    Alto and soprano saxophonist Jaleel Shaw is presently a member of the Roy Haynes Quartet, Tom Harrell’s “...
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Davis Whitfield

Monday / August 4, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Davis Whitfield performs solo piano. As the son of two musicians, Whitfield's early years were filled with music. Davis performed at the 2013 Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival in Nancy, France, with...
Admission: Free

Song Yi Jeon Quintet

Monday / August 4, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar Courtyard Series
Hailing from South Korea, composer and singer Song Yi Jeon combines modern jazz harmony and odd time signatures with singable melodies that catch the ear of the listener. Heavily influenced...
Admission: Free

Davis Whitfield

Tuesday / August 5, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Davis Whitfield performs solo piano. As the son of two musicians, Whitfield's early years were filled with music. Davis performed at the 2013 Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival in Nancy, France, with...
Admission: Free

Kathryn Hallberg

Tuesday / August 5, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Summer Street
Emotional, evocative, warm, and natural, rooted in Americana with pop and country stylings lightly layered on top: This describes Kathryn Hallberg's music. Her second EP, Nocturnal,...
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Davis Whitfield: To the Fourth Dimension!

Tuesday / August 5, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
Pianist Davis Whitfield and band perform original compositions and covers. As the son of musicians, Davis Whitfield's early years were filled with music. While at Berklee, Davis performed at the...
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Davis Whitfield

Wednesday / August 6, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Davis Whitfield performs solo piano. As the son of two musicians, Whitfield's early years were filled with music. Davis performed at the 2013 Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival in Nancy, France, with...
Admission: Free

Bobby Wesley

Wednesday / August 6, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
Bobby Wesley is an up and coming guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist from Detroit, now based in Boston. His compositions are a timeless mixture of contemporary jazz and neo-soul. He is in the...
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Sarah McKenzie

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
Sarah McKenzie, a pianist, vocalist, and composer "already in full possession of an individualistic voice,'' according to DownBeat magazine, will perform. McKenzie's second...
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Luis D’Elias Ensemble

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Using Venezuela as a point of departure, the Luis D'Elias Ensemble blends traditional South American music with contemporary jazz, rock, and classical music. Formed in 2012, the group has been...
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Davis Whitfield

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Davis Whitfield plays solo piano. As the son of two musicians, Whitfield's early years were filled with music. Davis performed at the 2013 Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival in Nancy, France,...
Admission: Free

Kathryn Hallberg

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Summer Street
Emotional, evocative, warm, and natural, rooted in Americana with pop and country stylings lightly layered on top: This describes Kathryn Hallberg's music. Her second EP, Nocturnal,...
Admission: Free

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Past Concerts

Check out some of the great shows that have been part of the Summer in the City series in prior years.

The Pedrito Martinez Group

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
The Pedrito Martinez Group has its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria. Ben Ratliff summed it up aptly...
Admission: Free

Kina Zoré

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Charlestown Navy Yard
  Epic horns, organic vocals, and swirling polyrhythms make Kina Zoré a force of hypnotic beauty. Fronted by soft-spoken and charismatic Mozambican songwriter Helder Tsinine, the six-piece...
Admission: Free

Davis Whitfield

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Wakefield Library
As the son of musicians, Davis Whitfield's early years were filled with music. While at Berklee, Davis performed at the 2013 Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival in Nancy, France, with Inna Dudukina....
Admission: Free

Latimbop

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Latimbop is an explosive contemporary Cuban jazz and dance music group co-led by Colombian bassist Esther Rojas and Cuban pianist Issac Delgado Jr. Latimbop embraces various genres of Latin American...
Admission: FREE

Josh Shpak

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
“I love connecting with people,” says trumpeter Josh Shpak.  “Whether they be teenagers or your grandma, if I can see that they’re feeling the music, I’m happy.” With a...
Admission: Free

Jake Sherman Trio

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Jake Sherman began taking piano lessons at age 5 and fell in love with ragtime, learning many Scott Joplin classics and composing rags. At age 12 he started studying jazz piano and was soon...
Admission: Free

Ellie Buckland and Isa Burke

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
Ellie Buckland and Isa Burke are fiddlers and singer-songwriters who love traditional music and close harmonies. With two fiddles, two guitars, and two intertwining voices, they perform old folk...
Admission: free

Son d’ LePua

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Son d’ LePua was formed from a mix of Latin and European sounds. Centered on jazz, its members experiment and explore the richness of both cultures.
Admission: Free

Jake Sherman

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Jake Sherman began taking piano lessons at age 5 and fell in love with ragtime, learning many Scott Joplin classics and composing rags. At age 12 he started studying jazz piano and was soon...
Admission: Free

Luke Niccoli

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Summer Street
Luke Niccoli is a 20-year-old recording artist and songwriter making his mark in the music industry both as a performer and as a writer. In the past year he has opened for Martina McBride and Chris...
Admission: Free