| September 2006

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September 2006

  Branford Marsalis, speaking at Berklee on September 8.
Photo by Phil Farnsworth

Branford Marsalis helped ring in the new year at Berklee last week by participating in a public interview, speaking to entering students, and accepting an honorary doctorate, all during convocation and Berklee's first-ever Opening Day on September 8. For members of the general public who didn't get to see him at Berklee, you still have a chance to hear the saxophonist perform. Read on to learn about that show and the rest of the concerts coming up in September and beyond, including two of the college's biggest annual events, the BeanTown Jazz Festival and the Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee.

Other news items below include a hip-hop event hosted by Berklee, the college's continuing effort to aid Darfur, and a profile of a young New Orleans-based saxophonist one year after Katrina.

Top Tunes

Branford Marsalis Quartet, September 12

Marsalis, an innovative saxophonist and one of the college's most celebrated alumni, performs an intimate concert as he releases his new disc, Braggtown. Read more...

Berklee, Darfur, and Central Park, September 17

A Berklee student group travels to New York to perform in Central Park, East Meadow, at an afternoon rally for Darfur. Next month, the college will release a fundraising disc, We A
re All Connected, for the crisis-torn region.

Jazzy Jay will appear at Milestones 2006.

Berklee's Monterey Jazz Quartet Turns Ten, September 17

If you're in California, you'll get to hear this year's group play at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Read more...

Milestones 2006, September 22

Heroes of hip-hop, rock, jazz, and beyond fill the Berklee Performance Center for a night to celebrate musical innovators. Go to the show to hear the music and support City Music scholarships. Read more...

BeanTown Jazz Festival, September 29–October 1

Highlighted by a series of free outdoor concerts in Boston's South End, this event will feature McCoy Tyner, Christian McBride, Carmen Lundy, and many others. And if you like to mix music and food, don't hesitate to pick up tickets for the Gospel Jazz Brunch, the weekend's concluding event. Read more about BeanTown Jazz...

Learn more on the Events section of our web site.

The Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee

The college's annual live music series returns, with lead sponsorship from Sovereign Bank. The 2006–07 series promises to be the most eclectic and innovative yet.

September 29, 2006 McCoy Tyner Septet and the Story of Impulse! Records

The legendary pianist performs with an all-star group, including trumpeter Wallace Roney, saxophonist Donald Harrison, and trombonist Steve Turre.

Tickets are $37.50–$55.00. Purchase tickets at the Berklee Performance Center box office or online through Ticketmaster.

October 26, 2006 Derek Trucks Band and Susan Tedeschi Band
November 9, 2006 Eguie Castrillo and Friends: Latin Meets Jazz
December 8, 2006 The Music of Marcus Miller

For more information, see the Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee home page.

Top Stories

Berklee Offers $1 Million in Scholarships to Inner-City Students

Ten gifted urban youths receive full-tuition scholarships.

Post-Katrina Kid

A year after Hurricane Katrina hit, a teen from New Orleans spends five weeks at Berklee. Read more...

All That Jazz a Welcoming Sound

The Boston Globe reports that Boston residents are happy to hear the sound of Berklee students practicing their instruments. Read more...

More Big Names Join Faculty
Berklee welcomes 13 new faculty members, including engineer "Prince Charles" Alexander, jazz vocalist Carolyn Leonhart, and engineer Alejandro Rodriguez.

Get Certified

Beginning this month, you can take one of four new accredited certificate programs based on Reason's award-winning software. The coursework is a collaboration between Berkleemusic and Propellerhead Software. Read more...

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

Live at the BPC

Latin music influences, hip-hop, jazz, and a musical wizard who found fame in the 1980s all head to the Berklee Performance Center this month. Mark your calendars for Pink Martini (Sept. 17), Milestones 2006 (Sept. 22; see above), Cassandra Wilson (Sept. 23), and Thomas Dolby (Sept. 28).

The box office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston.

For a full schedule of events and information on how to buy tickets, go to the Berklee Performance Center web site or


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