Performance

Lizje Sarria

Tuesday / June 27, 2017 / 6:30 p.m.
B3 Restaurant
160 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Lizje Sarria
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Colombian performer Lizje Sarria is a versatile composer, arranger, and solo artist of soulful music. Her journey into music began at the age of three when she started singing.

Enriched by the voices she heard while growing up, Lizje learned to love music from the voices of Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and all kinds of soulful music. Her first piano lesson came at the age of 10. As the young girl became a young woman, the music she heard expanded to include samples from all over the world. Colombian folklore, bands like Ascend the Hill, Delirious, and the voices of Mahaila Jackson, Lauren Hill, Dianne Reves, Mercedes Sosa, Concha Buika, and others enriched her voice and her knowledge. They inspired her to continue learning and training her instrument to perfection, and allowed her music to blossom.

Listen to Sarria perform "Vida Campesina" with Isaac Matus:  

 
Her focus in the past years has been to develop a profound artistic venture, both in her personal and professional life. This includes a deep sensitivity and special sentiment for service that she has devoted to social work, as well as the collaboration in the Haiti relief effort by composing a song titled “Believe.”
 
To become a well-rounded artist, she has also arranged, coproduced, and sang vocal arrangement with nationally recognized composer and bassist Natalie Gampert (of Switzerland) for a documentary of the Embera indigenous community, which won the prize at Barcelona’s International Documentary Festival of Human Rights in June 2012.
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Live music is provided for patrons of the B3 restaurant and bar.

Renato Milone's Quartet

Thursday / July 13, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty member Renato Milone presents his first jazz project, a quartet, in which he will play a series of jazz standards rearranged to emphasize the rhythmic elements. 

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir

Sunday / July 30, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
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Fort Adams State Park
One Lincoln Drive
Newport
RI
United States
02840
The Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir

For the fifth year in a row, the Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir will perform at the Newport Folk Festival. 

In 2014, Hozier, one of the festival headliners, invited the group to perform “Work Song” with him on stage. The performance was lauded by Grass Clippings as a favorite moment from the 2014 festival as well as one of Hozier’s performances that “takes the taco.” Amazon Front Row placed the impromptu on-stage collaboration on its 10 Most Memorable Moments list as “one of the most celebrated sets of the weekend” and a “stunning performance.”

Watch the Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir perform with Hozier:

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Nick Sanchez

Friday / July 21, 2017 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Nick Sanchez
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Originally from Seattle, Washington, Nick Sanchez began playing drums at age 13, playing a mix of the rock music he grew up on with the jazz music his teachers showed him. He honed his craft, and had the pleasure of working with Jeff Hamilton to become the best jazz drummer he could be. He continued his hard work, and eventually got accepted to Berklee College of Music, where he has studied with musicians such as Dave DiCenso, Terri-Lyne Carrington, Ralph Peterson, and many more.

Since attending Berklee, Sanchez has taken up the mantle of bandleader, creating his band the Nick Sanchez Prophecy. The Prophecy blends the musical stylings of the Middle East with progressive rock and modern jazz to create a truly unique and exhilarating experience. Driving rhythms with beautiful melodies and harmonies make the band's music both heartfelt and intense. Using the piano, bass, and drums with the more atypical instruments of marimba and oud, his music is unique and exciting. Sanchez intends on pushing this band onward, while also composing music for television and other media, most notably for video games. 

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Free

Mauricio Morales

Monday / July 10, 2017 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Mauricio Morales
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Mauricio Morales is a bass player and composer from Mexico City, Mexico. He began playing the electric bass at the age of 14. He started his professional career mainly by playing for local bands. When he was 19, his father bought him his first upright bass, and it was love at first sight. In Mexico, Morales studied under the direction of the renowned bass player Agustín Bernal and played among artists from the Mexican jazz scene.

After earning a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, Morales arrived in Boston in the summer of 2012. There he has studied under the direction of musicians like John Patitucci, Eddie Gomez, John Lockwood, Lincoln Goines, and many others, and he has received several awards. Currently, Morales is mainly writing, playing, and recording with his colleagues around the Boston area. He has had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Rudresh Mahanthappa, Robin Eubanks, and many more. It is Morales's dream to make a living out of his music and to be capable of sharing it with his friends and the rest of the world.

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Free

Gregory Groover Jr.

Monday / July 3, 2017 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Gregory George Groover Jr.
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Born into a musical family, Gregory George Groover Jr., is a 23-year-old tenor saxophonist who has possessed a passion for music since age 10. In the fall of 2011 Groover began his studies at Berklee College of Music on a full-tuition scholarship. During his studies there, he was selected to perform at many of the concert series at the college in addition to festivals such as the Heineken Jazz Festival, the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, and the Panama Jazz Festival. One of his proudest achievements was being accepted into Berklee’s Global Jazz Institute.

In 2015, Groover earned his bachelor of music degree from Berklee and he is currently pursuing his master's degree at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. At this performance, the Gregory Groover Jr. Quintet will present their most recent project featuring Groover's arrangements of negro spirituals and original compositions. The ensemble recently recorded a new EP that will feature these arrangements and originals and plans on a public release in early 2018.

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Free

Darren Barrett

Sunday / August 6, 2017 / 5:00 p.m.
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Jazz at the Fort
Highland Park(20 Fort Ave.)
Roxbury
Massachusetts
United States
02119
Darren Barrett
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As part of Jazz at the Fort, critically acclaimed master American jazz trumpeter and bandleader Darren Barrett, also an educator and recording artist, will perform. From Toronto, Canada, Barrett continues to awe and energize audiences with his authoritative execution, infectious music compositions, and unpredictable band formations. Barrett is committed to using his technical prowess and improvisational excellence as a platform to sustain jazz’s rich cultural legacy while instilling a sense of discipline, excellence, and purpose into the next generation of young, great musicians. Barrett continues in the teaching tradition of Art Blakey by affording young and talented musicians an opportunity to share the bandstand with him on stages around the world.
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Free

Tim Ray Trio

Wednesday / July 12, 2017 / 6:30 p.m.
Ramler Park
130 Peterborough Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Tim Ray
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Perhaps best known as the longtime pianist for Lyle Lovett, Tim Ray’s wide-ranging skills as a soloist and accompanist have afforded him the opportunity to perform with legendary performers from all walks of music. Appearing on more 70 recordings to date, Ray has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop music icons, notably Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Jane Siberry, and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Phil Woods, Scott Hamilton, Dave Douglas, among others, and his classical credits include solo performances and concerts with Gunther Schuller, the Boston Pops, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Classical Orchestra.

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Free

Los Hacheros

Thursday / August 10, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
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LoPresti Park
Sumner Street
East Boston
MA
United States
02128
Los Hacheros
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A band of only five musicians, Los Hacheros can sound like a conjunto of 12. Eddie Venegas (Marc Anthony, Orchestra Broadway), who plays violin and sings chorus, improvises mambos on the trombone; Itai Kriss (Edmar Castaneda, Grupo Latin Vibe) sings, plays flute, campana, and güiro, while Papote Jimenez is in charge of lead vocals, soulful soneos (improvised verses) and congas. William Ash (Alfredo de la Fe, Brenda K Starr) holds down the tumbaos on baby bass while Jacob Plasse plays the tres, a guitar-like instrument originating from the Oriente Province in Cuba.

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Free

Conjunto Barrio

Thursday / August 3, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
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O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Conjunto Barrio
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Part of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series, Conjunto Barrio's music plays all over the world and has placed on the top ten best Latin songs charts on different playlists. Conjunto Barrio has also backed up some of the best solo Latin jazz artists, including Eguie Castrillo, Richie Bastar, and Endel Dueno, among others. Conjunto Barrio has performed in some of the very best Latin and jazz festivals and has also been awarded with three mentions on the 2014 Latin Grammy Awards for their album Ya Llego Conjunto Barrio: Somos Del Barrio.

Admission: 
Free

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