Concert

Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir

Sunday / July 26, 2015 / 11:30 a.m.
Newport Folk Festival
Harrison Avenue
Newport
RI
United States
02840
Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir

The Newport Folk Festival understands the value of a good palate cleanser—not to mention the way folk's and gospel's roots intertwine—so this year's lineup taps the rich vein of talent at Berklee College of Music to bring fans the Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir. The ensemble is led by Nedelka Prescod, an assistant professor in the Ensemble Department since 2013. Berklee has gospel choirs but not a group quite like this, with the melding of gospel, roots, and blues plus jazz improvisation.

Watch the Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir perform:

Eastern Breeze Concert

Friday / July 24, 2015 / 5:30 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street, Room 1A
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Support a new student club, Asiacoustics, and connect with faculty, staff, and students over food and music in celebration of Asian culture. The concert will feature alumni, Yun Huang (New Definition) and Utako Toyama (Skybridge).

A reception will begin at 5:30pm in the Steve Heck room, followed by a concert at 7:00pm in recital hall 1A.

Friends and family are invited to attend. All are welcome! 

Eastern Breeze concert flyer 7.24.15
Eastern Breeze concert flyer 7.24.15

Admission: 
Free

Official Blues Brothers Revue: Grey Season

Friday / July 31, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell
MA
United States
01852
Grey Season
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Grey Season is a five-piece folk rock band based out of Boston. The members met in 2011 and began crafting their music by busking on the streets of Boston and Cambridge, learning how to please and cultivate an audience in the process. Their debut EP, Troilus, was released in May 2013, and since then they have performed at a variety of venues throughout the Northeast, from radio stations, basements, pop-up markets, and conventions to galleries, bars, colleges, and concert venues. They have appeared as a spotlight artist at one of the secret shows organized by the Boston branch of Sofar Sounds, an organization that showcases emerging independent artists from around the world. 
 
In January 2014 after a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign, Grey Season recorded their first full-length LP with Grammy-winning engineer Justin Guip and Boston Music Awards producer of the year Benny Grotto in Levon Helm Studios. Released in April 2014, the album exemplifies their constantly evolving sound and has already been garnering attention among their expanding local listenership. Time Will Tell You Well has received critical and popular acclaim in the Boston community, and the band has been playing across the Northeast in support of its release.
Admission: 
$29 in advance / $35 day of show

Joe Santerre: Jazz Fusion Trio

Monday / July 20, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Henrique De Almeida, Joe Santerre, Sal DiFusco

Joe Santerre, a professor in the Bass Department, presents an evening of original jazz/fusion music with funky grooves and deep melodies containing elements of jazz, funk, and odd-time genres. The trio will feature Henrique De Almeida, an associate professor in the Percussion Department,  and  Sal DiFusco, an associate professor in the Guitar Department. 

Admission: 
Free

The George Garzone and Teros String Quartets Pay Tribute to Stan Getz

Saturday / September 26, 2015 / 5:00 p.m.
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Berklee Stage
Columbus Avenue and Northampton Street
Boston
MA
United States
02118
George Garzone

At the age of 10, George Garzone listened to Stan Getz's Reflections for the first time, and Getz's playing combined with the string section made a huge impact. Now, with the remarkable combination of Argentinian wonder Leo Genovese on piano, John Lockwood on bass, Bob Gullotti on drums, and the Teros String Quartet, Garzone is chasing this musical dream as a tribute to the great master.

Garzone has spent most of his musical life dedicated to the study and sound of John Coltrane and Stan Getz, and has established a solid reputation as one of the most influential saxophonists of our time. Since 1971, he has been a member of the Fringe along with Lockwood and Gullotti. Each member of the group is in great demand as session players and all have played with many of the greats of contemporary jazz, in addition to being well-respected educators who inspire the jazz musicians of tomorrow. 

Listen to Garzone, Lockwood, and Gullotti perform Garzone's "Central Park West" here:

For this concert, Genovese, who has
 established 
himself as an instrumentalist and composer of great importance in less than a decade, joins the group on piano. The string section for the performance will be provided by the interesting Teros String Quartet, which has a true passion for contemporary and jazz styles. The Teros String Quartet is comprised of Peder Barratt and Tim Reynolds on violin and Dan Lay and arranger Roman Soto on cello.

Admission: 
Free

David Gilmore: Energies of Change

Saturday / September 26, 2015 / 3:45 p.m.
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Berklee Stage
Columbus Avenue and Northampton Street
Boston
MA
United States
02118
David Gilmore

David Gilmore, an associate professor in the Guitar Department, has recorded and performed with multiple influential modern artists including Wayne Shorter, Dave Douglas, Sam Rivers, Steve Coleman, and Cassandra Wilson, among many others. He has also made notable contributions to such pop acts as Melissa Etheridge, Joan Osbourne, Mavis Staples, Issac Hayes, and Boz Scaggs, to name a few, and toured with Joss Stone. His playing has been compared to guitarists as diverse as George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, and Leo Nocentelli, and he's committed to an improvisational approach that reflects a global awareness.

Gilmore's debut recording as a leader, Ritualism (Kashka Records), received international critical praise and was nominated in 2002 for debut CD of the year by the Jazz Journalists Association. His sophomore release in 2006, Unified Presence (RKM Music), features jazz heavies Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and Ravi Coltrane. His 2012 recording, Numerology: Live at Jazz Standard (Evolutionary Music), features musicians Claudia Acuna, Miguel Zenon, Luis Perdomo, Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and Mino Cinelu. His latest project, Energies of Change, is due for fall release and refers to "the phenomena of an ever-changing and unpredictable world that continues to defy mankind's attempts to make it more understandable and manageable."

Listen to a track from Gilmore, "Ritualism," here:

Admission: 
Free

Felix Peikli and the Royal Flush Quintet

Saturday / September 26, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
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Berklee Stage
Columbus Avenue and Northampton Street
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Felix Peikli and the Royal Flush Quintet

Felix Peikli and the Royal Flush Quintet are a unique and unparalleled group of artists under the direction of Peikli, an internationally acclaimed clarinet virtuoso, artist, and entertainer. The combination of young, talented artists honing their skills and the inspiration and influence from their various cultural backgrounds results in a never-before-seen band that breathes new life into the international music scene. The band's ability to draw from the technical aspects of other giants in music history remains clear in their approach, and they are capable of integrating these influences with their own creative sense to assimilate musical concepts to astounding effect.

The Royal Flush Quintet shows brilliance, sensitivity, and creativity in fresh interplay with world-renowned bass player Marcus Miller and trumpeter Lee Hogans, both of whom are featured artists on Peikli’s highly anticipated debut album, Royal Flush. With band members hailing from Norway, Japan, the United States, and Canada, Felix Peikli and the Royal Flush Quintet are representing and promoting global diversity through their music and camaraderie, on a mission to inspire and spread joy around the world. 

Watch Felix Peikli perform at the Kavli Prize Awards in this video:

Admission: 
Free

Carlos Averhoff Jr. and iRESI

Saturday / September 26, 2015 / 12:45 p.m.
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Natixis Global Asset Management Stage
640 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Carlos Averhoff Jr.

iRESI is a jazz quartet led by Carlos Averhoff Jr. featuring jazz luminaries Francisco Mela on drums, John Lockwood on bass, and Aruan Ortiz on piano. The music weaves hard-hitting jazz compositions with infectious Cuban rhythms, creating an amalgam of polyrhythms and melodies that are rich with cultural influences and rooted in tradition. iRESI is a Nigerian Yoruba word that means “the light of your soul,” or “your lucky star.”

Watch a video about the making of Averhoff's 2015 album:

Admission: 
Free

ChoroBop

Saturday / September 26, 2015 / 2:30 p.m.
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Capital One Stage
Columbus Ave. and Massachusetts Ave.
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02118
ChoroBop

Hailing from many different places in the world, the music that ChoroBop performs is a melting pot of good influences. Featuring the nuances of jazz, particularly bebop, mixed with a good dose of choro, this group's energy and finesse will have you dancing and singing. Having performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Blue Note, among many others, ChoroBop is one of the most sought-after trios in the Northeast right now.

ChoroBop is Eduardo Mercuri (mandolin/guitar), Flavio Lira (seven-string guitar/bass), and Anne Nêgah Santos (percussion).

Watch ChoroBop perform "Vou Vivendo" live here:

Admission: 
Free

Marco Mares

Friday / July 24, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
Sam Adams Park
1163 Congress Street
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Marco Mares

Marco Mares is a singer-songwriter from Mexico City, Mexico. He has toured all over his country with his band, Ocean’s Acoustic, playing in some of the best venues in Mexico. He also participated in the important Latin American festival, Festival Iberoamericano de Cultura Musical Vive Latino 2013. 

Mares successfully takes various resources from different genres and manages to combine them in his music to create his own style. By breaking pre-established pop templates, he brings a fresh Latin pop/R&B breeze to the music scene. He defines his debut album, Para Ella (2014), as the result of a lot of good people in the right circumstances at the right time, making music for love.

Watch Mares perform his original song, “Isla”:

Admission: 
Free

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