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
A self-proclaimed visitor from Saturn, as well as a composer and keyboardist, the visionary Sun Ra was the most eclectic and electric jazz musician and bandleader of the 20th century. His music ranged from keyboard solos to extravagant multimedia performances with his large Arkestra and touched on nearly the entire history of jazz. This concert, celebrating Sun Ra's 100th anniversary, features Arkestra members Marshall Allen, Charles Davis, and Danny Ray Thompson.
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, reserved seating