The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, sponsored by the Monterey Jazz Festival, is comprised of top-level high school jazz players in the U.S. Featuring award-winning instrumentalists and a vocalist in a jazz big band setting, the ensemble performs classic songs as well as the most cutting-edge contemporary pieces currently being written for jazz orchestras by the finest composers and arrangers.
Berklee community: Free in advance, $4 day-of concert; General public: $12
Jim Brickman brings the spirit of the season to life once again with The Magic of Christmas—and you’re invited! Brickman, along with special guests, delivers the perfect blend of music and entertainment in a show that combines intimacy, warmth, and humor. He will perform holiday favorites along with the hits that have made him the best-selling solo pianist of our time. A 17-year tradition, The Magic of Christmas is the must-see concert of the holiday season.
Five-week students who have made it through a couple of rounds of auditions will play their original songs backed by an all-star Berklee house band. From pop to punk to jazz and folk, it will be a great night of original music!
Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists today. Featuring Redman on sax, Aaron Goldberg on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Gregory Hutchinson on drums, the quartet will perform new, original songs composed by Redman specifically for this group of musicians, and pieces from Redman’s recently released recording, Walking Shadows.
Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler came to the world's attention with his 2005 Oscar for the song "Al Otro Lado del Rio" from the acclaimed movie The Motorcycle Diaries. Born in Montevideo, Drexler is the son of German Jews who immigrated to South America just before World War II. His music is a combination of Uruguayan traditional music (candombe, murga, milonga, tango), bossa nova, pop, and jazz. The result is an assortment of very personal compositions with original arrangements that reflect on love, identity, race, and religion.
“Amjad Ali Khan—improvising furiously around the melody line with repeated, rapid-fire playing and then letting his equally frantic tabla player take over—it was easy to see why great Indian music can be as exciting as classic blues and rock.”—The Guardian
In a career spanning 50 years, Amjad Ali Khan has single-handedly elevated the sarod to one of the most popular instruments in the Northern Indian tradition. Trained by his father, the legendary Haafiz Ali Khan, Amjad Ali Khan is the sixth in an uninterrupted line of music masters. Joining him are his sons, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, who are already beloved as the next generation of masters of this ancient instrument. Two tabla virtuosi will add percussive richness to the ensemble sound.
Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, J.D. Blair, and Derico Watson perform in conjunction with the Victor Wooten/Berklee College of Music Summer Bass Program. The evening's repertoire will include a demonstration of bass extremes, Wooten's solo material, and jazz classics. Students participating in the program may take the stage to show off their skills alongside the bass masters.
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission