Concert

Marcus Santos' Brazilian Drum Group

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Beantown Jazz Festival
Six blocks, starting at Columbus and Massachusetts Avenues
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02120
Marcus Santos' Brazilian Drum Group

Marcus Santos’ Brazilian Drum Group melds Afro, funk, hip-hop, samba, and taiko drumming into one electric and very interactive performance. Montreal Drum Fest says, "You are about to witness a performance applauded by audiences worldwide."  

Admission: 
Free

Behind These Eyes Plays the Music of Hal Crook

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 5:00 p.m.
Berklee Stage
Columbus Avenue (between Massachusetts Avenue and Northampton Street)
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Behind These Eyes (B.T.E.) is a contemporary pop jazz music ensemble featuring the original songs, lyrics, and arrangements of Hal Crook, sung by acclaimed vocalist Debo Ray and performed by some of the finest musical talent in the world. Their musical style is in the literary pop tradition of Steely Dan, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, and Joni Mitchell. They'll get you dancing, singing, rocking, and rolling, and keep you there.
Admission: 
Free

The Ricardo Monzon Orchestra

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
Beantown Stage
Columbus Avenue and Burke Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
The Ricardo Monzon Orchestra

The Ricardo Monzon Orchestra performs, featuring authentic Latin American styles such as salsa, merengue, cumbia, and bachata. 

Admission: 
Free

The Mark Zaleski Band

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 2:45 p.m.
Berklee Stage
Columbus Avenue (between Massachusetts Avenue and Northampton Street)
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Mark Zaleski

Fronted by two fiery saxophones, the Mark Zaleski Band blurs the line between jazz and modern rock with infectious groove, dynamic compositions, high energy, and powerful melodies. 

The band is Mark Zaleski on alto and soprano saxophones, Jon Bean on tenor saxophone, Glenn Zaleski on piano/keyboards, Mark Cocheo on guitar, Danny Weller on bass, and Oscar Suchanek on drums.

Admission: 
Free

Billy Hart Trio

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 1:45 p.m.
Berklee Stage
Columbus Avenue (between Massachusetts Avenue and Northampton Street)
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Billy Hart Trio

Billy Hart, one of the most beloved drummers in jazz history, leads his regular rhythm section in a set of material he has recorded as a leader for ECM records. The band members and instrumentation is Hart on drums, Ethan Iverson on piano, and Ben Street on bass.

Admission: 
Free

The Laszlo Gardony Sextet

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 12:45 p.m.
Berklee Stage
Columbus Avenue (between Massachusetts Avenue and Northampton Street)
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Laszlo Gardony

With an all-star lineup including pianist Laszlo Gardony '85; saxophonist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Stan Strickland; saxophonists Bill Pierce and Lance Bryant; bassist John Lockwood; and drummer Yoron Israel, the Laszlo Gardony Sextet features extraordinarily rich musicianship, strong grooves, and a thrilling live performance. They perform Gardony’s originals and arrangements of jazz and folk standards. Their 2015 live album, Life In Real Time, was selected by the Boston Globe as one of the top 10 jazz CDs of 2015. The album also received a four-star review in DownBeat magazine. The sextet's repertoire is especially tailored to showcase the formidable talents of its members, and it highlights a spirited interaction between band members and the harmony of the group as a whole.

Gardony formed his trio with Lockwood and Israel over 10 years ago, and together they created a dynamic, united sound. The connection between the three is rare on today's jazz scene. By augmenting his trio into this stellar sextet, Gardony extended his vision of close musical interplay to a six-member band of extraordinary musicians whose artistry he respects and feels akin to. The lively and deep conversation within this group, taking place over Gardony's soulful, thoughtful arrangements, always makes their concerts a special experience.

Admission: 
Free

Kaovanny and Vibe Collective

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Stage
Columbus Avenue (between Massachusetts Avenue and Northampton Street)
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Kaovanny

The Berklee City Music All-Stars band comprises current and alumni City Music students with featured performers Kaovanny and Vibe Collective, who recently completed their first international tour in Colombia. 

Admission: 
Free

A Tribute to Al Jarreau

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 5:00 p.m.
Capital One Stage
Family Park Field
Boston
Massachusetts
02118
Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau's innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically acclaimed performers of our time, with seven Grammy Awards, scores of international music awards, and popular accolades worldwide. Berklee faculty member Jeff Ramsay and an all-star Berklee student group will pay tribute to Al Jarreau, performing his songbook.

We regret that Al Jarreau will not be performing at the festival this year. He is recovering from a hernia in his abdomen and has not yet been cleared for travel. He sends his regrets, and wishes he could have been here to perform and to work with the faculty and students in the band he was to perform with at the festival.  

 
Admission: 
Free

Pitch Slapped

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
Capital One Stage
Family Park Field
Boston
Massachusetts
02118
Pitch Slapped

Pitch Slapped is one of the world's premier co-ed a cappella groups. Representing Berklee, the group's repertoire spans a range of genres from pop and R&B to rock. Since its founding in 2006, Pitch Slapped has enjoyed a rapid rise to fame. Named one of the top five a cappella groups in the country by USA Today, the group has won two International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella competitions in 2011 and 2014. In 2010, the group appeared on NBC's The Sing Off, and it was featured on America's Got Talent in 2015. Most recently, Pitch Slapped traveled to California for a two-week tour through various parts of the state, and during this time, a video of one of their arrangements went viral, hitting 4 million views in just four days. They will be traveling to China to tour in September. 

Admission: 
Free

Lenny Stallworth and Black Steel

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 3:00 p.m.
Capital One Stage
Family Park Field
Boston
Massachusetts
02118
Lenny Stallworth

Lenny Stallworth and Black Steel present cutting-edge funk mixed with jazz and R&B. The band comprises Lenny Stallworth on bass, Sonny Barbato and Frank Wilkens on keyboard, Jeff Lockhart on guitar, and Sergio Ballotti on drums. 

Admission: 
Free

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