Concert

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.

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Free

Triple Threat

Friday / March 4, 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 faculty Michael Wartofsky, Jeri Sykes, and Rene Pfister will perform an intimate evening of original work, sharing stories and playing songs from their original shows as well as instrumental compositions.

Admission: 
Free

BOOM: Berklee Original Open Mic

Tuesday / March 1, 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

In conjunction with the Red Room at Cafe 939, the Songwriting Department is proud to present their monthly open mic event for Berklee songwriters. All current Berklee students are welcome to play one original song under five minutes in length. If you are interested, please arrive at Cafe 939 any time after 6:00 p.m. for sign-ups. They will accept 25 writers and as many as 10 alternates who will play in place of anybody who cancels at the last minute. Artists are allowed one song each, and no covers or drum kits are allowed. There will be opportunities for a second round of performances should there be a low number of sign-ups.

For more information, please email Songwriting@berklee.edu.

Admission: 
Free

Clarinets and Friends

Monday / February 22, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Don't miss this performance by the Berklee Clarinet Choir with eight players performing a wide range of music from classic to modern swing pieces. Performers will play the following clarinets: piccolo, soprano, alto, bass, and contra-alto. Wendy Rolfe, a professor in the Woodwind Department, will join in on the flute.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Original Band Showcase

Thursday / February 18, 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

The Berklee Original Band Showcase features five Berklee bands playing 30-minute sets of all-original music of various genres. This show will feature the music of Zxari, Dear June, Lady Pills, Harrison Brady, and Eli Gauden. 

If you are interested in playing at the Berklee Original Band Showcase, please submit a link to two songs, preferably including one live performance, and your artist Facebook page or YouTube channel to songwriting@berklee.edu. These shows are a great way to see the band talent at the college and network with other bands. 

Admission: 
Free

Dead Poet Society / Daephne

Thursday / February 4, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Daephne
Dead Poet Society
Daephne

Dead Poet Society is an indie/hard rock band based out of Boston. The band's latest EP, AXIOM, is a perfect example of the diverse yet seamless sound that they’re capable of creating. Coming from very different backgrounds musically, the members' influences range from Rage against the Machine to Imagine Dragons to Led Zeppelin to Coldplay, and more. Their sound was recently compared to that of Tom Morello but with anthemic, stadium-rock chants in the chorus.

Dæphne is a three-piece bummer rock band from Boston. After their first EP release through Funeral Sounds, the band has now released their first full-length album, offering a sound rooted in grunge.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors Featuring Joe Lovano

Wednesday / February 3, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Joe Lovano

The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors comprises six students from Berklee’s prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI): tenor saxophonist Paul Melhus, alto saxophonist Samuel Batista, trumpeter Cosimo Boni, pianist Ga Young Bae, bassist Seungho Jang, and drummer Kesivan Naidoo. Led by Grammy-winning pianist Danilo Pérez, the BGJI represents the next generation of jazz stars. Pérez, the institute's artistic director, designed the program to combine musical humanitarianism with radical new ways to incite musical creativity. 

This performance will also feature Joe Lovano, a Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer, and arranger. Lovano was named jazz artist of the year in both 1995 and 1996 by DownBeat, and he scored a prestigious trifecta in 1998: musician of the year, improviser of the year, and best tenor saxophonist in the New York Jazz Awards. He also topped both the DownBeat Readers Poll and Critics Poll as tenor player of the year in 2000. Lovano attended Berklee College of Music in the early 1970s and received an honorary doctorate of music from the college in 1998. In the fall of 2001, he began a prestigious teaching residency in the Berklee Ensemble Department called the Gary Burton Chair in Jazz Performance. Since joining the Berklee faculty, the Blue Note artist has released eight albums as a leader and appeared on dozens of other recordings. He has collaborated with many legendary musicians including McCoy Tyner, Hank Jones, Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, and Branford Marsalis. 

Admission: 
$10 general admission

BOOM: Berklee Original Open Mic

Monday / January 25, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Red Room

In conjunction with the Red Room at Cafe 939, the Songwriting Department is proud to present their monthly open mic event for Berklee songwriters. All current Berklee students are welcome to play one original song under five minutes in length. If you are interested, please arrive at Cafe 939 any time after 6:00 p.m. for sign-ups. They will accept 25 writers and as many as 10 alternates who will play in place of anybody who cancels at the last minute. Artists are allowed one song each, and no covers or drum kits are allowed. There will be opportunities for a second round of performances should there be a low number of sign-ups. This event is held on the last Monday of every month. 

For more information, please email Songwriting@berklee.edu.

Admission: 
Free

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