| December 2006

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December 2006

Chuck D spoke to students at the Berklee Performance Center.
Photo by Bill Gallery

If you're looking for musical holiday presents, you're in luck. Now you can purchase two new Berklee-related CDs online. Universidad Navideña is a collection of Christmas and holiday songs performed by music students from across the country, and We Are All Connected is a collaboration of Berklee students, faculty, alumni, and staff to aid the women and children of Darfur.

Other news stories you'll learn about below are recent clinics by Chuck D, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, and Bill Frisell; and faculty members featured on the reality show circuit and on the road with Lou Reed.

For those of you in Boston, give yourself the gift of live music and check out some Berklee performances this month. From Marcus Miller to Singers Showcase to dozens of student ensembles, December is a great month to hear the range of music you can only catch at Berklee.

The Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee

The college's annual live music series returns, with lead sponsorship from Sovereign Bank. The 2006–2007 series promises to be the most eclectic and innovative yet.

December 8, 2006 The Music of Marcus Miller
Grammy-winning bassist, producer, band leader, and film composer Marcus Miller and two Berklee student groups will perform music associated with his extraordinary career.

Miller will be in residency at Berklee during the week before the concert, giving master classes during the day and spending his evenings rehearsing student ensembles that he'll play with at the week's culminating concert. Miller has more than 400 recording credits to his name, including sessions with Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, LL Cool J, Donald Fagen '66, and Meshell Ndegeocello.

General admission tickets are $25; seniors $18.75. Purchase tickets at the Berklee Performance Center box office or online through Ticketmaster.

February 1, 2007 Black Music Matters, with Sweet Honey in the Rock and Cornel West
February 25, 2007 The Great American Songbook: The Music of Stevie Wonder
March 29, 2007 International Night
April 26, 2007 Singers Showcase

For more information, see the series home page.

Top Tunes

Singers Showcase, December 7

Berklee's premier vocal event will feature a host of talented lead singers performing the music of Chaka Khan, Maroon 5, Dianne Reeves, Alicia Keys, and others. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center.

Berklee at Bob's Southern Bistro, December 11

Berklee's Bill Banfield and his band have been holding court in the South End every Monday this fall. The last date in this free concert series is next week, featuring faculty guitarist David Fiuczynski. 7:00 p.m., Bob's Southern Bistro, Boston. Read more...

New Year's Eve Show

Berklee String Orchestra, December 11

Improvisation, eclecticism, and compositions from Columbia, Venezuela, and Brazil will be on the bill when our BSO plays the BPC. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. Read more...

New Year's Eve Radio Concert
This New Year’s Eve, Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra will be heard live, coast to coast and around the world, as part of NPR's Toast of the Nation live jazz broadcast. 8:00 p.m., at the David Friend Recital Hall, on NPR stations, and online.

Student Ensembles

As the semester comes to an end, students take what they've learned to the stage. Many styles and genres are represented, including bluegrass (December 1), Celtic (December 1), Caribbean (December 5), contemporary Christian (December 6), hip-hop (December 8), Afro-pop (December 8), and soul/Motown (December 13).

Learn more on the Events section of our web site.

Top Stories

Public Enemy's Number One

Rap legend Chuck D addresses students in a two-hour talk entitled "Race, Rap, Reality, and Technology." Read more...

We Are All Connected on Amazon

We Are All Connected, Berklee's benefit CD for the women and children affected by the conflict in Darfur, is now available at and elsewhere. Read more...

Universidad Navideña

Universidad Navideña—a collection of traditional Christmas and holiday songs performed by student jazz and choral ensembles from the nation's premier collegiate music programs—is now on sale at the iTunes Music Store and elsewhere. Read more...

A Family Affair

Husband and wife Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi '91 tour together for the first time, and take some time before their Boston show to perform for and talk to students. Read more...

Trial by Choir

In a new reality show, faculty vocalist Jerome Kyles strives to train 24 Boston teenagers how to be part of a traditional choral ensemble. Read more...

Beyond Words

Grammy-winning guitarist Bill Frisell '77 talks to students about finding his own style. Read more...

Faculty Drummer Tours with Lou Reed

Associate Professor of Percussion Tony "Thunder" Smith prepares to hit the road with rock legend Lou Reed for the live debut of Reed's Berlin. Read more...

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

Live at the BPC

This month the Berklee Performance Center hosts holiday concerts from Rockapella (December 1) and Ronan Tynan (December 16). Also check out Lura (December 9), Maria Desimone (December 15), and Aimee Mann '80 (December 17).

On Sale
You can buy tickets this week to hear Berklee alumna and Grammy–winning singer/songwriter Paula Cole '90 in her first concert at the BPC in seven years. As Cole embarks on a new phase of her career, she returns to her alma mater for a February show that kicks off a much-anticipated year of touring and new music.

  • Paula Cole — Tickets go on sale December 7 for a February 16 show.

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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