The Savory Collection are recordings from a series of 1930s-era radio broadcasts by an audio engineer named William Savory. Live performances given by some of the biggest names in jazz—including Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Billy Holiday—are the foundation of this massive compilation, a collection of nearly 1,000 discs.
These legendary concerts will receive thrillingly new and varied interpretations during an imaginative evening of music featuring two greats—violinist Matt Glaser, artistic director of Berklee's American Roots Music Program; and Trinidad-born trumpeter Etienne Charles, award-winning recording artist/assistant professor of jazz trumpet at the Michigan State University College of Music. Glaser and Charles are taking the classic sounds of Ellington, Basie, Waller, Goodman, Reinhardt, and others, and refracting them through their individual perspectives. Students from the American Roots Music Program will join some of Boston’s best players and National Jazz Museum in Harlem artistic director Loren Schoenberg.
Students, faculty, and recent alumni of the American Roots Music Program play blues, early gospel, spirituals, Celtic, old-time, bluegrass, and Western swing as well as contemporary music inspired by these genres. The concert will also celebrate the birth of J.S. Bach.
Berklee has become the epicenter of an amazing scene of virtuosic young players in these folk idioms, and this will be the first Berklee Performance Center show to celebrate them and the American Roots Music Program since its inception. The performance will also include a tribute to the great singer Jo Stafford featuring selections from her seminal album, American Folk Songs.
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission
First Night Boston, Berklee, and WUMB-FM 91.9 present 2011 Berklee graduate Sierra Hull in a New Year’s Eve concert. Hull is a bluegrass vocalist, mandolinist, and songwriter who is featured on Country Music Television (CMT). Matt Glaser, director of Berklee’s American Roots Music Program says that Hull “has no limitations as a musician.”
Watch the music video for Hull’s “Daybreak” here:
The New Year’s concert will be broadcast live on WUMB-FM. New Year's Eve 2013 marks the third consecutive year that First Night Boston, WUMB-FM, and Berklee have collaborated on a live folk/roots concert broadcast.
A smorgasbord of fantastic performances from students in the newly created American Roots Music program. The artistic validity of a wide range of American roots styles—including blues, gospel, folk, early country music, bluegrass, old-time, Western swing, polka, and Tex-Mex—is beyond dispute. This music is the lifeblood of America's cultural heritage. The expressive urgency and depth of these styles is supported by strong fundamental musical values, and it is in recognition of the richness of these idioms, and of the ways that they fuse with contemporary elements, that Berklee has created the American Roots Music Program.
Jen Starsinic is an old-time fiddler, singer, and award-winning songwriter who won second place in the 2011 BMI John Lennon Scholarship Award for her song “It Fell.” Starsinic was born and raised in Pennsylvania but currently makes her home in Boston’s thriving roots music scene. Her voice has been described as “beautifully human” and her fiddle playing has been lauded as “driving, charismatic, and elegantly focused.”
Acclaimed songwriter and Berklee College of Music assistant professor Mark Simos says that Starsinic’s songs “reveal the emergence of an intelligent and insightful songwriter of note.” In addition to her solo pursuits, Starsinic tours as the fiddler for the David Mayfield Parade; contributes original material, vocals, fiddle, and guitar for the band Lookout Mountain; and has appeared on stage with such luminaries as Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Matt Glaser, Kathy Mattea, and Ivan Lins.
Catie Offerman is a talented singer and fiddle player from New Braunfels, Texas. At 19 years old, Offerman has already accomplished many great things and is starting to look forward to her bright future. Currently a senior at Berklee College of Music, she will be graduating this summer and then returning back home. However, she won't be waiting for graduation to begin her dream of starting her own music career. While finishing college, she will release her first single in Texas and will go back home as often as possible to play gigs and promote her music.
Offerman has had the honor of playing fiddle with artists such as Bobby Flores, Robert Earl Keen, Brave Combo, Livingston Taylor, Julian Lage, Josh Abbott, Matt Glaser, Joe Walsh (of the Gibson Brothers), Mark McKinney, Grammy nominee Alex Meixner, The Hot Texas Swing Band, and a number of others. She has played shows in venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; the House of Blues in Boston; Tootsies Orchid Lounge in Nashville, Tennessee; and Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth, Texas, just to name a few.