Concert

Alex Olsen

Thursday / August 25, 2016 / 5:00 p.m.
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Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
United States
02108
Alex Olsen

Since before the age of 10, Maximalist Quartet leader Alex Olsen has proven himself to be an innovative, masterful pianist and composer. He has performed in world-renowned venues including Rose Hall, Symphony Hall, and Lincoln Center alongside genre-defining artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Walter Blanding, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Olsen is known for his inventive compositions and improvisation, drawing inspiration from his studies in jazz, classic orchestral music, and hip-hop. The recipient of several awards from international jazz competitions including Essentially Ellington, Olsen graduated from the New England Conservatory Prep School with high honors and now frequently plays on the Boston jazz scene.

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Free

James Fernando

Friday / August 26, 2016 / 12:00 p.m.
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Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
United States
02108
James Fernando

James Fernando is a 20-year-old pianist from Needham, Massachusetts, who frequently performs and teaches around the Boston area. He began playing piano at age five and studied classically until age 13, when he discovered jazz by playing in his middle school jazz band. When Fernando began to study jazz and improvisation, he quickly became very committed. He studied at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and won several student awards including awards from the National Young Arts Foundation and DownBeat magazine. Fernando was a member of the 2013 Jazz Band of America and attended Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program in 2013 on a Jazz Workshop Scholarship. After receiving another scholarship during the Berklee summer program, he began studying performance at Berklee in the fall of 2014.

Watch Fernando perform "Misty":

 

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Free

James Fernando

Thursday / August 25, 2016 / 12:00 p.m.
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Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
United States
02108
James Fernando

James Fernando is a 20-year-old pianist from Needham, Massachusetts, who frequently performs and teaches around the Boston area. He began playing piano at age five and studied classically until age 13, when he discovered jazz by playing in his middle school jazz band. When Fernando began to study jazz and improvisation, he quickly became very committed. He studied at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and won several student awards including awards from the National Young Arts Foundation and DownBeat magazine. Fernando was a member of the 2013 Jazz Band of America and attended Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program in 2013 on a Jazz Workshop Scholarship. After receiving another scholarship during the Berklee summer program, he began studying performance at Berklee in the fall of 2014.

Watch Fernando perform "Misty":

 

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Free

James Fernando

Wednesday / August 24, 2016 / 12:00 p.m.
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Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
United States
02108
James Fernando

James Fernando is a 20-year-old pianist from Needham, Massachusetts, who frequently performs and teaches around the Boston area. He began playing piano at age five and studied classically until age 13, when he discovered jazz by playing in his middle school jazz band. When Fernando began to study jazz and improvisation, he quickly became very committed. He studied at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and won several student awards including awards from the National Young Arts Foundation and DownBeat magazine. Fernando was a member of the 2013 Jazz Band of America and attended Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program in 2013 on a Jazz Workshop Scholarship. After receiving another scholarship during the Berklee summer program, he began studying performance at Berklee in the fall of 2014.

Watch Fernando perform "Misty":

 

Admission: 
Free

James Fernando

Tuesday / August 23, 2016 / 12:00 p.m.
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Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
United States
02108
James Fernando

James Fernando is a 20-year-old pianist from Needham, Massachusetts, who frequently performs and teaches around the Boston area. He began playing piano at age five and studied classically until age 13, when he discovered jazz by playing in his middle school jazz band. When Fernando began to study jazz and improvisation, he quickly became very committed. He studied at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and won several student awards including awards from the National Young Arts Foundation and DownBeat magazine. Fernando was a member of the 2013 Jazz Band of America and attended Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program in 2013 on a Jazz Workshop Scholarship. After receiving another scholarship during the Berklee summer program, he began studying performance at Berklee in the fall of 2014.

Watch Fernando perform "Misty":

 

Admission: 
Free

James Fernando

Monday / August 22, 2016 / 12:00 p.m.
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Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
United States
02108
James Fernando

James Fernando is a 20-year-old pianist from Needham, Massachusetts, who frequently performs and teaches around the Boston area. He began playing piano at age five and studied classically until age 13, when he discovered jazz by playing in his middle school jazz band. When Fernando began to study jazz and improvisation, he quickly became very committed. He studied at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and won several student awards including awards from the National Young Arts Foundation and DownBeat magazine. Fernando was a member of the 2013 Jazz Band of America and attended Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program in 2013 on a Jazz Workshop Scholarship. After receiving another scholarship during the Berklee summer program, he began studying performance at Berklee in the fall of 2014.

Watch Fernando perform "Misty":

 

Admission: 
Free

MIXCLA

Thursday / August 18, 2016 / 5:00 p.m.
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Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
United States
02108
MIXCLA

Pulling from the three dynamic spirits of the Zahili Gonzalez Zamora Project, a new mixture of sonic masterpieces is born. MIXCLA is a play on words between mezcla and mix. It is also a merging of cultures hailing from the mountains of Chile to the traditions of Japan and driven by the fires of Cuba to achieve a truly unique Latin jazz experience. MIXCLA is led by composer, pianist, and singer Zahili Gonzalez Zamora with Gerson Esteban Lazo Quiroga on bass and backing vocals and Takafumi Nikaido on percussion. This mixture of cultural spices makes the perfect recipe for a one-of-a-kind musical experience.

Watch MIXCLA perform "MIXCLA":

 

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Free

Zahili Gonzalez Zamora

Friday / August 19, 2016 / 12:00 p.m.
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Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
United States
02108
Zahili Gonzalez Zamora

Zahili Gonzalez Zamora’s music is a fusion of different genres that sets its foundation in the deep traditions of Cuban music, bebop, funk, and soul while giving a nod to more current artists such as Michel Petrucciani and Erykah Badu. Although her heart resides in the smoky parlor of 1940s Minton's alongside giants of American music such as Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis, Zamora's ensemble nevertheless dances with D'Angelo and Paquito D'Rivera in the clubs of modern Los Angeles, embodying the new vision of a global music community.

Watch the Zahili Gonzalez Zamora Project perform "Oye Como Va (Mango Pa' Goza')":

 

Admission: 
Free

Zahili Gonzalez Zamora

Thursday / August 18, 2016 / 12:00 p.m.
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Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
United States
02108
Zahili Gonzalez Zamora

Zahili Gonzalez Zamora’s music is a fusion of different genres that sets its foundation in the deep traditions of Cuban music, bebop, funk, and soul while giving a nod to more current artists such as Michel Petrucciani and Erykah Badu. Although her heart resides in the smoky parlor of 1940s Minton's alongside giants of American music such as Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis, Zamora's ensemble nevertheless dances with D'Angelo and Paquito D'Rivera in the clubs of modern Los Angeles, embodying the new vision of a global music community.

Watch the Zahili Gonzalez Zamora Project perform "Oye Como Va (Mango Pa' Goza')":

Admission: 
Free

Zahili Gonzalez Zamora

Wednesday / August 17, 2016 / 12:00 p.m.
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Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
United States
02108
Zahili Gonzalez Zamora

Zahili Gonzalez Zamora’s music is a fusion of different genres that sets its foundation in the deep traditions of Cuban music, bebop, funk, and soul while giving a nod to more current artists such as Michel Petrucciani and Erykah Badu. Although her heart resides in the smoky parlor of 1940s Minton's alongside giants of American music such as Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis, Zamora's ensemble nevertheless dances with D'Angelo and Paquito D'Rivera in the clubs of modern Los Angeles, embodying the new vision of a global music community.

Watch the Zahili Gonzalez Zamora Project perform "Oye Como Va (Mango Pa' Goza')":

Admission: 
Free

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