| April 2008

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April 2008

  The Miguel Zenón Quartet will play at Berklee's Cafe 939.
  Photo provided by the artist

Berklee's newest venue opens with an exciting lineup for April. A state-of-the-art, all-ages, student-run music venue and coffee house, Cafe 939 will showcase Berklee's emerging student talent, local artists, and national acts. First up: the Miguel Zenón Quartet will launch a series featuring Marsalis Music recording artists.

In addition to all that's going on at Cafe 939 this month, Berklee is hosting a musical memorial for faculty favorite Herb Pomeroy, a symposium with Diet for a Small Planet author Frances Moore Lappé, a CD release concert from student-run Jazz Revelation Records, and much more.

The range of luminaries on campus last month mirrored Berklee students' wide variety of interests, with a hip-hop symposium, a panel on video game music, and visits by former Warner CEO Richard Blackstone and vocalist Bobby McFerrin, among others. Read on to find out what advice they had to share.

The Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee

  April 17, 2008   Singers Showcase
Berklee's finest emerging vocalists take center stage for a night of pop, r&b, jazz, Latin, folk, blues, and more. The outstanding lead singers will be chosen from more than 100 students who audition for a spot in this immensely popular concert.

Purchase tickets at the Berklee Performance Center box office or online through Ticketmaster. For more information, check back later at the series home page.


Herb Pomeroy Tribute Concert, April 1

The musical tribute will feature Joe Lovano, Hal Galper, Jack Walrath, Greg Hopkins, and the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, with proceeds to benefit the Herb Pomeroy Scholarship Fund. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. Read more...

Miguel Zenón Quartet, April 2–3
Marsalis Berklee Jams will launch with the Miguel Zenón Quartet at Berklee's new Cafe 939. 8:00 p.m., Cafe 939. Read more...

Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars, April 4

The Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars, winners of the 2008 Down Beat Student Music Award for Best Jazz Band, will perform as part of the Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Festival.

10:00 p.m., Monterey Live Nightclub.

Zili Misik, April 12

Powerful Haitian, Brazilian, and West African rhythms infuse Zili Misik's original creations and traditional folk songs. 8:00 p.m., Cafe 939.

The Super Group, with Special Guest Chuck Berry, April 13

This Artists in Recovery benefit concert will feature Chuck Berry, Chuck Leavell, Simon Kirke, and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, as well as Ernie and the Automatics. 7:00 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. Read more...

Jazz Revelation Records CD Release Concert, April 15
Ten artists from eight countries find a "universal voice" on the student-run label's fifth compilation. 7:00 p.m., Regattabar, One Bennett Street, Cambridge. Read more...

Envisioning 21st-Century Music Business Models: The Impact of Copyright on Digital Licensing of Music, April 17

This panel discussion will include a keynote address by Marybeth Peters, U.S. Register of Copyrights. 7:00 p.m., David Friend Recital Hall. Read more...

Frances Moore Lappé: Creativity and Courage, Making a Difference in a World Gone Mad, April 25
As part of Berklee's Liberal Arts Symposium, Frances Moore Lappé, author of the bestseller Diet for a Small Planet, will lead a discussion and hold a book signing. 9:30 a.m., Boston Architectural College. Read more...

April showers us with even more great concerts, with Songwriters Night (April 7), the Guitar Department Student Showcase: Rock and Pop (April 24), an Evening of Gospel (April 28), and the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra (April 29).

On Sale Announcements

  • My Brightest Diamond — Tickets go on sale April 4 for a June 20 show.

Learn more on the Events section of our website.

  Fred Wesley
  Photo by Phil Farnsworth


An Eye on the Industry
The Business of Hip-Hop Symposium resonates with an audience hungry for insight about what it takes to succeed in the genre. Read more...

64-Bit Symphonies

Video game composers share their expertise with the next generation. Read more...

One-Man Band

Bobby McFerrin thrills students with his vocal prowess.

Southbound Again

Bluegrass was the focus during the 2008 Nashville trip, with mandolin master Ricky Skaggs providing some of the best moments. Read more...

So I Have the Degree—Now What?

Voice Department faculty member Marlon Saunders helps students survive life after Berklee. Read more...

True Believer

Industry tumult excites 2008 Zafris lecturer Richard Blackstone.

A Sideman Takes Center Stage

James Brown trombonist Fred Wesley muses on the enduring mystery of funk. Read more...

Student Profile

Singer/songwriter Keppie Coutts marries her love of music with her drive for social justice. Read more...

For all the latest news, go to the Berklee News home.

Sounds of Berklee Podcast

Heavy Rotation Records artists Annie Lynch and the Beekeepers present this month's podcast, "Dirty Laundry." Lynch has performed twice at Berklee's newest music venue, Cafe 939.

Subscribe to the Sounds of Berklee podcast.


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