| September 2008

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September 2008

  Crowds throng Columbus Avenue at the 2007 BeanTown Jazz Festival.
  Photo by Phil Farnsworth

Berklee finishes its outdoor concert series with a bang with the BeanTown Jazz Festival on September 27. The six-hour free festival will stretch over six blocks of Columbus Avenue, with three stages and the popular Target Family Park. More than 60 vendor booths will offer arts, crafts, accessories, and great food representing a variety of countries. Enter to win VIP passes to the festival and tickets to the pre-festival drum summit at the Berklee Performance Center. Catch a preview by listening to Fernando Brandão's "Samba Pra Juju" in this month's podcast.

The beginning of the school year means a fresh start for many things, including the Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee. Come hear singer/songwriter Melissa Ferrick on September 13, and check out the series' other offerings, from soul to lando to jazz.

Read on to find out about other Berklee events going on around town, as well as what My Morning Jacket singer Jim James had to say at a Berklee clinic and how two students found their way to Berklee. And don't forget to sign up for's fall term, starting September 29.

Win a BeanTown VIP Prize Pack

Don't miss your chance to win an opening night VIP experience at the 8th annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival.

  • 2 VIP tickets to the opening night all-star drum summit reception and concert on Friday, September 26 at 8:15 p.m.
  • 2 VIP passes to the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

To enter, email with your name, email address, and the name of your favorite jazz artist. Winners will be identified by email before the concert date. All email addresses are for contact purposes only, and will be kept confidential.

The Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee

Pop music chases fads; great music surprises us. The Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee presents great music from Peru to Nashville; from soul to lando to jazz. Eight shows. No boundaries. Full of surprises. Read more...

  September 13, 2008


Melissa Ferrick

Singer/songwriter Melissa Ferrick has the kind of relationship with her audience that few artists are blessed with.

Her live performance is fierce and funny, outspoken and vulnerable, passionate and real. Read more...

November 6, 2008

Eva Ayllón

November 16, 2008

Daniel Lanois

December 3, 2008 Wayner Shorter Quartet 75th Birthday Celebration
February 5, 2009 Jazz as Condition: Mint Condition
March 1, 2009

The Great American Songbook: The Music of Burt Bacharach

March 7, 2009 Shining Stars: The Music of Earth, Wind & Fire
April 16, 2009

Singers Showcase: The 25th Anniversary

All concerts begin at 8:15 p.m., except where noted, at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. For ticket information, call 617 747-2261 or visit


Manami Morita, September 4

Jazz pianist Manami Morita performs as part of Berklee's free summer concert series. 12:00 p.m., Kendall Square; 6:00 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art. Free and open to the public. Read more...

Katie Thiroux, September 11

Jazz bassist/vocalist Katie Thiroux performs as part of Berklee's free summer concert series. 12:00 p.m., Kendall Square; 6:00 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art. Free and open to the public. Read more...

Open Mic Night, September 17

All styles are welcome. 8:00 p.m., Cafe 939. Free and open to the public.

Keppie Coutts, September 18

Australian-born funk-folkstress Keppie Coutts performs as part of Berklee's free summer concert series. 12:00 p.m., Kendall Square. Free and open to the public. Read more...

Dr. Magpie, September 18

Berklee student supergroup Dr. Magpie plays the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. This will be the string jazz sextet's Boston premiere, after their debut this past May at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. 7:00 p.m., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Read more...

For those unable to attend the Gardner performance, the group can also be heard live on WGBH 89.7 FM, on Wednesday, September 10, at 9:00 p.m.

Be-Bop Guitars, September 22

As part of a new collaboration between Berklee the Arsenal Center for the Arts, five Berklee guitar faculty will perform a repertoire that showcases the diversity of the guitar as well as the performers. 7:30 p.m., Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown. Read more...

Hard Times, September 25

Bluegrass band Hard Times performs as part of Berklee's free summer concert series. 12:00 p.m., Kendall Square. Free and open to the public. Read more...

Tips for Singers, October 2

Singer/songwriter Carolyn Wilkins presents a concert to celebrate the release of her new book, Tips for Singers. 7:30 p.m., David Friend Recital Hall.

The Fab Faux, October 4

The Fab Faux celebrates its 10th anniversary with PSYCHEDELIA!—a performance of the Beatles' Psychedelic Years. 8:00 p.m., Berklee Performance Center.

Learn more on the Events section of our website.

  My Morning Jacket's Jim James
  Photo by Phil Farnsworth


My Morning Jacket Frontman Speaks to Students

Jim James offers his opinion on everything from soundscapes to stealing. Read more...

Christian Scott Breaks Convention

The Berklee alumnus encourages budding musicians to think for themselves. Read more...

Ten Scholarships Awarded at Berklee City Music Blowout

Ten young musicians from urban Boston neighborhoods accepted full scholarships to Berklee at an emotional presentation on Tuesday, August 12. Read more...

She's Not an Island

St. John native Evanna Chinnery made it to Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program thanks to a lot of support from friends and family. Read more...

Behind the Scenes

Composition and film scoring major Steven Mills moonlights as a stage crew supervisor for the Office of Concert Operations. Read more...

Five New Online Courses for's Fall Term
Guitar Chords 201, Jazz Bass, Vocal Techniques 101, Jazz Guitar 201, and Arranging: Woodwinds and Strings all begin on September 29. Read more...

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

Sounds of Berklee Podcast

This month, listen to "Samba Pra Juju," written and performed by flutist and faculty member Fernando Brandão. He'll be among the more than 120 musicians performing at the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, September 25–27.

Subscribe to the Sounds of Berklee podcast.


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