Concert

Michael Whalen Collective Project

Wednesday / October 14, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
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Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Michael Whalen Collective Project is based around the vibraphone as a compositional tool and features original compositions and arrangements. 

Admission: 
Free

Mavis Staples and Joan Osborne: Solid Soul

Saturday / November 7, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Mavis Staples

From her early days with the iconic Staple Singers, when she was on top of the charts with songs like the 1972 no. 1 hit “I’ll Take You There,” to her recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples has been a leader in American music for six decades. The Current has said, “Mavis Staples will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the greatest gospel singers of all time.” The Solid Soul tour marks her first tour collaboration with multi-platinum recording artist Joan Osborne, the widely celebrated singer-songwriter who dominated Top 40 radio with her hit song “One of Us” and whose albums have garnered seven Grammy nominations. American Songwriter has said, "Osborne's compositional, arranging, and vocal talents take the listener on a classy, beautiful realized music journey.”  

Admission: 
$55 / $70 / $80

New Sounds: Music by Berklee Faculty Composers

Wednesday / October 28, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
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Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

New Sounds is a presentation of newly composed works written by Berklee faculty composers Panos Liaropoulos, Andrew List, Paolo Marchettini, and Gabriele Vanoni. Guest performers will include George Lopez on piano, Barbara La Fitte on oboe, Margaret Phillips on bassoon and Jesse Rosinski on flute, among others. Performances will include two solo works, one trio, and a piece for nine players.

Admission: 
Free

Convocation Concert

Sunday / August 30, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join us as we welcome Berklee's newest entering class. This welcome concert and presentation features talented Berklee students and alumni as well as other guests, and it's free for students and their families.

Admission: 
Free

Convocation Concert

Sunday / August 30, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join us as we welcome Berklee's newest entering class. This welcome concert and presentation features talented Berklee students and alumni as well as other guests, and it's free for students and their families.

Admission: 
Free

Yellow Dog Music Fest

Saturday / September 12, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
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Craigville Beach
Barnstable/Centerville
Massachusetts
02632
Kyle Thornton
Ghost Pepper
The House on Cliff
The Interlopers
Jacob McCaslin
Rodolfo Arteaga
Will Jackson
Kyle Thornton & the Company
Ghost Pepper
The House on Cliff
The Interlopers
Jacob McCaslin and the Jaywalkers
Rodolfo Arteaga
Will Jackson
Photo by Dave Green

In a benefit concert supporting the environmental conservation work of the Barnstable Land Trust, seven Berklee bands take the stage on Cape Cod's Craigville Beach for a day packed with great music.

The lineup includes soul-hop group Kyle Thornton & the Company; Ghost Pepper, delivering rock, funk, blues, pop, and folk; high-energy rock from the House on Cliff; feel-good soul/pop/R&B/rock from the Interlopers; funk- and R&B-inflected blues and pop from Jacob McCaslin and the Jaywalkers; and singer-songwriters Rodolfo Arteaga and Will Jackson with their respective bands.

More information about tickets, rain venue, and festival policies is available here.

Admission: 
$35 advance / $45 at door

Multicultural Welcome Concert featuring BIGYUKI

Thursday / September 3, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join us in welcoming new students at our Multicultural Welcome Concert featuring NYC'S musical secret weapon, BIGYUKI.

"Supported by Grammy Award winning drummer Daru Jones (Jack White, Talib Kweli, Kim Burrell, Esperanza Spalding) and emerging guitarist Randy Runyon (The Karma Exchange, Bilal, Jennah Bell), it is hard to believe that music this big is created by a trio. 

BigYuki's extensive vocabulary fuels his ability to create hit sounds, attracting the attention of so many artists including several Grammy Award-winning and nominated personalities including QTip, Bilal, Talib Kweli, Harvey Mason, Marcus Strickland, Mark Giuliana, and Me'Shell Ndegeocello. 

This is a new sound. Infusing elements of Jazz, Classical, HipHop, Soul, Rock, Dance, and Electronica into his compositions, BigYuki's highly-anticipated debut EP promises to be a blood-pumping excursion into the infinite soundscapes of this virtuosic mind."

Presented by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Student Activities Center.

Admission: 
Free. Berklee ID required for entry.

Christian Scott

Friday / September 25, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Christian Scott
Christian Scott '05

Trumpeter, composer, and Berklee alumnus Christian Scott '05 will perform—with audio and video to be recorded for a subsequent NPR Jazz Night in America broadcast—in debut of his new album, Stretch Music (Ropeadope Records), joined by a full crew of nine of his favorite musicians: Isadora Mendez Scott (vocals), fellow Berklee alumnus Lawrence Fields (piano), Warren Wolf (vibraphone), Joe Dyson (drums), Braxton Cook (alto saxophone), Kris Funn (bass), Corey Fonville (drums), Elena Pinderhughes (flute, vocals), and Dominic Minix (guitar).

Born in New Orleans, Scott began his musical tutelage with his uncle, legendary sax man and jazz innovator Donald Harrison Jr. '81. Scott has released seven critically acclaimed studio recordings and two live albums, and is known for developing the harmonic convention labeled the "forecasting cell" and for his use of an unvoiced tone in his playing, emphasizing breath over vibration at the mouthpiece—often referred to as the “whisper technique.” With Stretch Music, Scott explores a jazz-rooted yet genre-blind musical form, stretching the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic conventions of jazz to encompass as many other musical forms, languages, and cultures as possible. The album, some of which was recored in Berklee's new Shames Family Scoring Stage earlier this year, features four new instruments designed exclusively for the group—three horns (the siren, sirenette, and reverse flugel) and the pan-African drum kit—as well as traditional jazz instrumentation and Eastern and electronic instruments.

There will be one show only, and seating is extremely limited.

Watch Christian Scott perform at the 2013 Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival:

Admission: 
$20 (Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. ET.)

Ann Hampton Callaway

Friday / September 25, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
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Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Ann Hampton Callaway
Ann Hampton Callaway

Ann Hampton Callaway will offer two performances at Scullers Jazz Club: one at 8:00 p.m. and one at 10:00 p.m.

Ann Hampton Callaway, the only composer to have officially collaborated with Cole Porter, is a leading voice of the Great American Songbook. As a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, and arranger, Callaway is also and actress best known for her Tony-nominated performance in Swing!, as well as a producer, educator, and TV host. Her songs are featured on several of Barbara Streisand’s recent albums, and she wrote and sang the theme to the hit TV series The Nanny. She has also written songs with Carole King, Rolf Lovland, and Barbara Carroll, to name a few.

As a cabaret performer and jazz vocalist, she delivers standards, jazz classics, and originals with charm, grace, wit, and an unforgettable voice.

Watch Ann Hampton Callaway performances in this video playlist:

Admission: 
$40 (or $80 with dinner included)

Never Broken: An Evening with Jewel

Monday / September 21, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jewel
Kurt Markus

Jewel will share her rags-to-riches life story through an intimate evening of story and song. A copy of her new memoir, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story, is included in the ticket price, and copies of her new CD, Picking up the Pieces, will be available for purchase.

Admission: 
$28

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