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.

 

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Past Events

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

Maria Suetina and Sergio Aldana

Tuesday / May 6, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Maria Suetina is a Russian singer-songwriter who studied jazz at the Moscow Conservatory. Sergio Aldana is a Colombian guitarist experienced in rock and pop. They influence each other, performing unexpected repertoire influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, Thom Yorke, and Juanes.

Admission: Free

Maria Suetina and Sergio Aldana

Thursday / May 8, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Maria Suetina is a Russian singer-songwriter who studied jazz at the Moscow Conservatory. Sergio Aldana is a Colombian guitarist experienced in rock and pop. They influence each other, performing unexpected repertoire influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, Thom Yorke, and Juanes.

Admission: Free

Kel Do Nascimento

Saturday / May 10, 2014 / 3:00 p.m.

Market Street

The colorful sound of KeL combines elements of jazz and pop with Brazilian melodies.

Admission: Free

Latimbop

Saturday / May 10, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Derby Square, Salem

Latimbop is an explosive contemporary Cuban jazz and dance music group composed of Berklee students and led by Cuban pianist Issac Delgado Jr. and Colombian bassist Esther Rojas.

Admission: Free

Luis D'Elias Trio

Thursday / May 15, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Luis D'Elias is a Venezuelan composer, guitarist, arranger, and producer who creates and shares original music influenced by his home country. Luis has worked in areas as diverse as musical theater, pop, film scoring, and Latin jazz. 

Admission: Free

Pepe Portilla

Tuesday / May 20, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Pepe Portilla is a Mexican-born pop singer, songwriter, and producer. In his first concert as a solo artist, he opened for Latin Grammy winners Jesse & Joy, performing for an audience of 40,000.
 

Admission: Free

Donald Harrison’s Berklee Quintet

Tuesday / May 20, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

Alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, a 1981 Berklee alumnus, is a New Orleans-born traditionalist, a modern jazz trendsetter, a former Jazz Messenger, a nurturer of young talent, a composer, and a bandleader. 

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Donald Harrison’s Berklee Quintet

Wednesday / May 21, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.

The Falcon

Alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, a 1981 Berklee alumnus, is a New Orleans-born traditionalist, a modern jazz trendsetter, a former Jazz Messenger, a nurturer of young talent, a composer, and a bandleader. 

Admission: Free

Pepe Portilla

Thursday / May 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Pepe Portilla is a Mexican-born pop singer, songwriter, and producer. His first concert as a solo artist was opening for the Latin Grammy winners Jesse & Joy for an audience of 40,000.

Admission: Free

Donald Harrison’s Berklee Quintet

Thursday / May 22, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.

The Side Door

Alto saxophonist Donald Harrison '81 is a New Orleans-born traditionalist, a modern jazz trendsetter, a former Jazz Messenger, a nurturer of young talent, a composer, and a bandleader. 

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Henry Castro

Tuesday / May 27, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Henry Castro is a writer, producer, sound editor, recording and mixing engineer, pianist, and percussionist. Today he will be performing an acoustic set.  

Admission: Free

Henry Castro

Thursday / May 29, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Henry Castro is a writer, producer, sound editor, recording and mixing engineer, pianist, and percussionist. Today he will be performing an acoustic set.  

Admission: Free

Daniel Rotem Trio with Erin Bentlage

Saturday / May 31, 2014 / 6:45 p.m.

Discover Jazz Festival

The Daniel Rotem Trio featuring Erin Bentlage will perform original compositions integrating world influences with improvisation and the jazz tradition. Working as a group for almost three years, the trio has developed a fresh sound exploring the balance between listening and playing while continually looking to expand the boundries of the genre. 

Admission: Free

Cole Schuster Trio

Sunday / June 1, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

A versatile guitar player with virtuosic technique, Cole Schuster has shared the stage with jazz greats including Wycliffe Gordon, the Clayton Brothers, Jeff Hamilton, and Wynton Marsalis. 

Admission: Free

Matthew Azrieli

Tuesday / June 3, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Prudential Center

Originally from Montreal, Matthew Azrieli was first inspired by Elliott Smith and Nick Drake and taught himself the guitar by writing his own songs. His voice has been described as “a buttery, low register that cradles the songs as it paints his original words.”
 

Admission: Free

CANCELED: Nella and Edu

Tuesday / June 3, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

CANCELED: This event has been canceled.
Nella and Edu, a duo formed by Eduardo Mercuri on guitar and Marianella Rojas on voice and percussion, create a fusion of music from Brazil and Venezuela with jazz and pop, among other genres.
 

Admission: Free

Daniel Rotem Trio

Wednesday / June 4, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Boston Public Library

The Daniel Rotem Trio will perform original compositions integrating world influences with improvisation and the jazz tradition.

Admission: Free

CANCELED: Nella and Edu

Thursday / June 5, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

CANCELED: This event has been canceled.
Nella and Edu, a duo formed by Eduardo Mercuri on guitar and Marianella Rojas on voice and percussion, create a fusion of music from Brazil and Venezuela with jazz and pop, among other genres.

Admission: Free

CANCELED: Lizje in Blue

Thursday / June 5, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Atlantic Wharf

CANCELED: This event has been canceled.
Lizje Sarria was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Colombia. Her soulful sound is influenced by jazz, blues, Latin, and soul music.

Admission: Free

Amethyst

Thursday / June 5, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Kendall Plaza

CANCELED: This event has been canceled or postponed. The members of Amethyst have joined their love of contemporary jazz, acoustic pop, and various Latin genres with skill and taste. Each unique voice enriches improvisational arcs throughout every performance. Featuring Raquel Rivera’s originals as well as collaborative cover arrangements, this group delivers accessible interpretations of human feeling.

Admission: Free

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