Concert

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Concert Series and Jam Sessions

Tuesday / March 1, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
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Zero Gravity Room
1260 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) will feature an original repertoire as well as arranged standards in this concert. This particular performance will feature the Orange and Blue Ensembles.

The BGJI is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Concert Series and Jam Sessions

Tuesday / February 23, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
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Zero Gravity Room
1260 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) will feature an original repertoire as well as arranged standards in this concert. This particular performance will feature the Green and Red Ensembles.

The BGJI is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Concert Series and Jam Sessions

Tuesday / February 9, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
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Zero Gravity Room
1260 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) will feature an original repertoire as well as arranged standards in this concert. This particular performance will feature the Amber, Silver, and Purple Ensembles.
 
The BGJI is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.
Admission: 
Free

KING

Tuesday / February 2, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In a concert presented by Africana Studies, KING (twins Paris and Amber Strother and musical sister Anita Bias) performs. KING's eclectic sound is relatable yet not simply defined. Though the band members play with the boundaries of their many influences, throughout each song is the common thread of a certain soulful authenticity.

Admission: 
Free

Rising Appalachia

Friday / April 1, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Leah Song and Chloe Smith of Rising Appalachia
Rising Appalachia, including band members Biko Casini and David Brown.
Rising Appalachia
Rising Appalachia

Sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith of Rising Appalachia create beautiful sounds for banjo, fiddle duets, and poetic harmonies like only sisters can. Their prolific, self-sculpted career has included five independently released, full-length albums. Joined full time by their beloved band, which includes Biko Casini on percussion and David Brown on stand-up bass and baritone guitar, the sisters perform everything from folk standards to jazz, from New Orleans soul to old mountain traditionals and activist anthems. Their style redefines folk music as a truly living art, using sound as a tool to spark a cultural revolution and birth a new movement. They have won accolades from the Huffington Post and Creative Loafing, and been written up in Paste Magazine, the New York Times, and The Performer Magazine, among others. Rising Appalachia has toured extensively throughout the United States and worldwide, playing everywhere from community-run venues to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. They are creatively committed to keeping their work accessible at the local street level as well as expanding to larger audiences abroad, and they maintain their autonomy by self-managing, recording, producing, creating, and directing their work.

Admission: 
$17 in advance / $20 day of show

A&R Showcase

Thursday / February 25, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Red Room

The A&R/Artist Development Group presents their February artist showcase. They help connect Berklee artists and bands to major labels and A&R executives through their club and the showcases they put on. Come hear and see a wide range of the exceptional talent Berklee has to offer, and get a glimpse of how acts are discovered in the music industry.

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Free

Gaz Coombes / Piney Gir

Saturday / March 26, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Gaz Coombes
Piney Gir
Gaz Coombes
Piney Gir

Gaz Coombes is widely known as the exuberant frontman for the imaginative Brit-pop group Supergrass. He released his solo debut, Here Come the Bombs, in 2012, just two years after the disbandment of his band. He had eased into the role of a pop songwriter who was ready to explore new territory without swearing off his allegiance to melody. Melody always was Coombes's specialty, even when he was the lead singer of the Jennifers at the age of 16. After the Jennifers fell apart in 1993, Coombes and drummer Goffey formed Supergrass with bassist Mick Quinn. In the aftermath of that band's split, Coombes and Goffey bashed out cover versions in the 2010 one-off the Hotrats, and then Coombes got down to business for his solo career, recording Here Come the Bombs in his home studio. The album was greeted by generally positive reviews. For his second, self-produced album, Matador (January 2015), Coombes played the majority of the instruments, assisted on occasion by his brother Charly and the drummer of Ride, Loz Colbert.

Piney Gir presents her sixth album, mR hYDE’S wILD rIDE, released in June 2015 via Damaged Goods. The album collates 12 pop stories about a young woman coming to terms with the hope and regret that accompanies love and loss. Her easy way with melody creates an album of new and different shades. Album opener "Gold Rules" is a finely honed, heavenly tune even as the song celebrates unreachable riches and glibly states, “You can’t take it with you anyway.” "Keep It Together" deftly channels '60s beat pop and Stereolab all at the same time.

Admission: 
$25 general public

Jazz at the Arsenal: The Patrice Williamson Group

Monday / February 15, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
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Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Patrice Williamson

It's no wonder that Patrice Williamson has been compared to Ella Fitzgerald, because ever since hearing Fitzgerald sing "A Tisket, A Tasket," she's been a lifelong devotee. To celebrate Fitzgerald's enduring legacy as a jazz vocalist, Williamson will perform in an evening that will include many love songs and jazz standards such as "My Funny Valentine," "I Thought about You," and "Take Love Easy." Joining her are celebrated guitarist Jon Wheatley, reflecting shades of Fitzgerald's notable collaborations with Joe Pass, and distinguished Boston musicians Mark Shilansky on piano and Keala Kaumeheiwa on bass. This performance is a continuation of Williamson's brainchild, Celebrating Ella, a concert series leading up to Fitzgerald's 100th birthday on April 25, 2017.

Williamson grew up in Memphis, Tennessee in a home filled with song. Her late father, choir director of their local church's music ministry, introduced her and her sister to both sacred music and the secular styles of greats like Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, and Lena Horne. With her mother's encouragement, Williamson took up the violin and made her musical debut at age four, playing a duet with her sister in front of the St. Stephen's congregation. From then on, she was hooked on music and performing, adding piano and flute to her repertoire by age 11. She enrolled at the University of Tennessee and studied music. Encouraged by faculty jazz pianist Donald Brown, she headed to New England Conservatory to focus on her voice under the guidance of award-winning RCA recording artist Dominique Eade. Since then, Williamson has found her musical home in Boston where's she's a favorite fixture of the live music scene. Her sensitive interpretations and fluent scat style have earned her a coveted Best of Boston accolade and several Boston Music award nominations. Both of her independent recordings, My Shining Hour and Free to Dream, received high praise from critics across the country. She is currently an associate professor in the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music and an applied faculty member at Tufts University.

Admission: 
$20 / $18 for Arsenal members/ $15 for students

BITR: Berklee in the Round

Tuesday / March 8, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Red Room

Berklee in the Round (BITR) occurs on the second Tuesday of every month. Each month a different faculty member selects four to five students and, if possible, one special guest (a visiting artist, touring songwriter, or another musician), and hosts a concert. The event, based on in-the-round performances at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee, seats songwriters in a circle where they take turns playing their songs with the audience seated around them, lending a more intimate feel to the show. This month's BITR will feature Phoenix Emery, Remy Felsch, Kathryn Halberg, Christine Lodder, and Thomas Martin, and is hosted by Bonnie Hayes.

If you're interested in playing at BITR, you may submit two mp3's and corresponding lyric sheets to the Songwriting Department faculty member who is hosting the night you want to play, or to songwriting@berklee.edu. For information on who's playing, go visit the BITR Facebook page.

Admission: 
Free

Cabaret

Monday / March 7, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Red Room

Cabaret is a night showcasing students who have interests in musical theater. It is a night dedicated solely to Broadway, Cabaret, new musicals, and all of the students at Berklee who love them. Bring your friends, and enjoy a night of musical theater.

Admission: 
Free

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