The Jazz Urbane, an evolving and multi-generational group of artists comprised of Berklee students, faculty, and alumni, will debut work from its new album, Playing with Other People’s Heads. At Scullers Jazz Club, the group, established by Berklee Africana Studies leader Bill Banfield, will be joined by special guest Tia Fuller for the performance of songs from the new album, which was guided by the late Grammy Award-winning executive producer George Duke.
Duke mentored Banfield and the Jazz Urbane prior to passing away in 2013. Playing with Other People’s Heads took seven years to complete and features more than 30 Berklee faculty, students, and alumni, including Terri Lyne Carrington, Christian Scott, Greg Osby, and Grace Kelly, among many others.
Visiting artist Vanessa Rubin, an acclaimed vocalist and actress, will deliver a workshop on jazz composition with Eric Gould, the chair of Berklee's Jazz Composition Department. Rubin's career has included tours with Herbie Hancock, the Woody Herman Orchestra, and the Jazz Crusaders and a portrayal of Billie Holiday in Yesterdays: An Evening with Billie Holiday.
A selection of some of the best works by students in the gateway class to the jazz composition major, Chord Scales. These compositions are arranged for a six-horn band, and feature a variety of approaches.
Terence Blanchard is a celebrated composer whose work spans numerous genres, from jazz to film and beyond. In this culminating concert of the State of Jazz Composition symposium, Blanchard will perform with the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Greg Hopkins.
$16, $8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $20, $12 day of show, reserved seating