The Marine Corps Music Program consists of 10 Marine bands located throughout the world. This particular ensemble is comprised of Marines stationed all over the nation that are coming together for a one-time tour of the Northeast United States to perform the American art form of jazz. The group will perform some jazz standards, original compositions, and a chart commissioned for this band that was written by award-winning jazz composer Anita Brown.
After performing in the Beantown Jazz Festival in September 2013 with his quartet, vibraphonist Simon Moullier formed his new quintet in spring 2014. This concert will feature original compositions and arrangements.
The sixth series of Jazz at the Arsenal, featuring Berklee faculty artists, continues on St. Patrick's Day with the Jim Kelly Quartet in an evening of original tunes drawing on jazz, blues, Latin, and folk traditions. Led by Jim Kelly on guitar, the band members are Jim Odgren on alto sax, Fernando Huergo on electric bass, and Casey Scheuerell on drums.
A versatile musician and teacher, Kelly has performed with Gary Burton, Jim Odgren, Duke Robillard, and others. Performance highlights include a long string in the orchestra for the original Boston run of the musical Rent, a recording on Duke Robillard's Swing album, and a recording with the Berklee All-Stars. His own compositions are featured on The Sled Dogs: The Music of Jim Kelly and his solo acoustic guitar CD Would Be Soundtracks. A master teacher, Kelly is the author of the book/CD/DVD Guitar Workshop with Jim Kelly.
Powers Hall, Needham Town Hall, 1471 Highland Avenue
The BCJO is composed of 19 young talents at the college. In addition to playing music by great jazz masters like Duke Ellington, Bob Brookmeyer, and McCoy Tyner, each semester the group debuts a brand new repertoire of original student compositions that bend the jazz canon and utilize the many colors of a big band in new ways.
Director Greg Hopkins, a professor of jazz composition and a jazz trumpeter with Buddy Rich and Dizzy Gillespie, will lead this amazing ensemble. Like Berklee itself, the band represents a true melting pot of rich musical talent from around the world, fusing international and regional musical styles. The Great Hall concert will also feature a leading jazz soloist drawn from the ranks of Berklee's distinguished list of alumni.