Concert

MIXCLA

Thursday / June 23, 2016 / 5:30 p.m.
Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston
MA
United States
02108

Pulling from 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, which, driven by the fires of Cuba, achieves 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.

 
Admission: 
Free

The Layth Sidiq Sextet

Saturday / July 9, 2016 / 5:00 p.m.
Club Jazz Casino de Montréal à la place SNC-Lavalin
455 Boulevard René-Levesque O
Montréal
Québec
Canada

The Layth Sidiq Sextet unites musicians from around the globe with the message that music is one language, despite the different musical dialects we all speak. This performance will feature compositions by Layth as well as compositions by members of the band. The performance will culminate in the world premiere of the "Son of Tigris," a musical suite that highlights Layth’s personal journey to his Iraqi roots, as well as discussing universal topics of love, loss, and hope. By using elements of Iraqi music in a jazz setting, Layth hopes that his music will build a bridge between cultures and create a human understanding that is very much needed these days.

Admission: 
Free

Cory Henry Presents: The Revival

Sunday / July 31, 2016 / 9:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Cory Henry

Cory Henry is a multi-instrumentalist and producer with a catalog worthy of a man twice his age. His primary instrument is the organ, which he began playing at the age of two. In 2010, he co-produced Jay White's Larger Than Life, and later that year he released his first album, Christmas with You, which featured his lively renditions of Christmas classics and prominently showcased his skill as an improvisor. Henry wrote and produced several tracks on Kim Burrell's Grammy-nominated and Stellar Award-winning Love album, released in 2011.

Henry captures the breadth of jazz and gospel idioms and produces something new through his unique blending of the two genres. At 19, he began traveling with the jazz legend Kenny Garrett as his organist in a stint that lasted for three years. Henry has done television work playing on the third season of Sunday's Best for BET and on the Jimmy Fallon Show. He has worked with Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, P. Diddy, Kirk Franklin, Robert Glasper, Ron Grant, Lalah Hathway, and many others. Henry's awe-inspiring, impromptu YouTube performances have gained him a loyal and sizable following. His latest release, First Steps, went to no.1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart.

Admission: 
$15 in advance / $18 general admission / $10 with student ID (standing room only)

The Deslondes

Tuesday / September 20, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

The Deslondes are a New Orleans-based band whose raw, stripped-down sound brings to mind a country-meets-R&B hybrid rooted partly in the Texas singer-songwriter tradition, partly on the weathered floor of a Louisiana dance hall. The band released its debut album, The Deslondes, in 2015 on New West Records, which was praised by NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and the New York Times, among others. 

But the band’s history starts well before that. This fall, The Deslondes will reissue their debut album’s predecessor, Holy Cross Blues, and will tour with original band member Matt Bell on lap steel and electric guitar. The Holy Cross Blues reissue will feature a new cover design, and will be available digitally and on CD via The Deslondes’s online shop, as well as on fall tour dates.  

Holy Cross Blues reaches a bit further back into American roots history than The Deslondes’s modern country-soul sound. The album features call-and-response gospel-blues (“I Got Found”), classic cowboy songs (“Throw Another Cap on the Fire”) and ’60s doo-wop (“Depression Blues”).

The Deslondes are currently at work on their sophomore album, to be released by New West in 2017.

Admission: 
$15 general public (standing room only)

Reeve Carney

Friday / August 12, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Reeve Carney

Reeve Carney will next be seen as "Riff Raff" in the upcoming remake of the Rocky Horror Picture Show on FOX. He can currently be seen in Showtime’s series Penny Dreadful as Dorian Gray.

He originated the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the smash Broadway production Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Handpicked by director Julie Taymor, with the chance to perform music by U2’s Bono and The Edge, Reeve found himself with a mentorship any young singer would cut a deal with the devil to get. “Reeve was everything we could have hoped for: an amazing voice, and a truly charismatic presence,” says Bono. Reeve also fronts the rock band Carney, whose debut album Mr. Green Vol. 1 is out on DAS Label/Interscope. To call the band “new artists” would betray the full-stride breadth of their abilities as songwriters and performers. Carney's debut solo album will be released in October 2016.

Admission: 
$12 Advance / $14 Day of Show (Standing Room Only)

Cory Henry Presents: The Revival

Sunday / July 31, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Cory Henry
Cory Henry

Cory Henry is a multi-instrumentalist and producer with a catalog worthy of a man twice his age. His primary instrument is the organ, which he began playing at the age of two. In 2010, he co-produced Jay White's Larger than Life, and later that year he released his first album, Christmas With You, which featured his lively renditions of Christmas classics and prominently showcased his skill as an improvisor. Henry wrote and produced several tracks on Kim Burrell's Grammy-nominated and Stellar Award-winning Love album, released in 2011.

Henry captures the breadth of jazz and gospel idioms and produces something new through his unique blending of the two genres. At 19, he began traveling with the jazz legend Kenny Garrett as his organist in a stint that lasted for three years. Henry has done television work playing on the third season of Sunday's Best for BET and on the Jimmy Fallon Show. He has worked with Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, P. Diddy, Kirk Franklin, Robert Glasper, Ron Grant, Lalah Hathway, and many others. Henry's awe-inspiring, impromptu YouTube performances have gained him a loyal and sizable following. His latest release, First Steps, went to no.1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart.

Admission: 
$15 in advance / $18 general admission / $10 with student ID (standing room only)

Yazhi Guo

Monday / July 25, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Yazhi Guo

Award-winning, multi-woodwind player Yazhi Guo returns to Berklee with a fresh and fashionable program of a dozen newly written pieces. The mainstream pop/world-music sound this program offers will be an exciting experiment of traditional Chinese music culture mixed with Western contemporary music. The songs from this program will also be featured in Guo's next solo album. The concert will feature internationally acclaimed artists Yun Huang, Utar Artun, and more.

Widely known as the best suona player in Asia, Guo was the winner of the 1998 International Pro Musicis Award, and the 2012 Hong Kong Award for Best Artist. A graduate of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Guo invented the “Flexible Core of Suona” that solved the problem of suona playing complicated modulations and temporary inflexions, allowing it to play in orchestras, and significantly broadening the expressive force of the instrument. Guo performed at the official State Banquet in Beijing for visiting President Clinton in 1998, as well as on CCTV, and at several large-scale solo concerts titled Guo Yazhi’s Wind Music World: Legend of Suona to a sold-out audience at prestigious venues in China.

In 2012, Guo embarked upon a new journey to continue his musical career. He is studying jazz at Berklee. Since his arrival, Guo has performed with the Planet MicroJam Institute at the Berklee Performance Center for the Frank Withey Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

Admission: 
$10 general admission (standing room only)

Michael McDermott and Matthew Ryan

Tuesday / October 4, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Michael McDermott
Matthew Ryan
Michael McDermott
Matthew Ryan

Michael McDermott’s brand of rock 'n’ roll brims with the kind of well-honed style and wisdom that can only come from a career on the road and a pedigree in the studio. Effortlessly blending natural folk sensibility, pop hooks, and honest rock, McDermott’s music is as much for the outcast as it is for the congregation. If you are a fan of Springsteen, Van Morrison, John Steinbeck, or Patti Smith, McDermott’s inspirational rock is in your wheelhouse, with a guitar, spare smokes, and stories of the American heart.

With a career that spans nearly two decades, Matthew Ryan has refined the poetry of his songwriting, creating his own aesthetic where beauty and darkness often trade punches from line to line. Along the way, he has built a group of ardent supporters, including the American treasure Lucinda Williams as well as authors Michael Koryta and Jim Shepard, to name a few. Last winter, Ryan set up shop at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, New York, with a small team of friends: producer and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Salem, The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon on guitar, longtime Ryan collaborator Brian Bequette on bass, Joe Magistro (The Black Crowes) on drums, Tracy Bonham on violin, and Ryan himself on vocals and guitars. They hunkered down to do the work of making a loud and beautiful rock 'n' roll album. From the silvery burst of feedback that opens the album, to the dissolving vérité of the last notes of the closing track, BOXERS offers a rare rock 'n' roll that never relents. 

Admission: 
$15 general admission (standing room only)

Owen Danoff / Mike Squillante

Thursday / September 15, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Owen Danoff
Mike Squillante
Owen Danoff '11
Mike Squillante '11

Washington, D.C. native Owen Danoff '11 wrote and recorded his first song, complete with drums, bass, guitar, and piano, at age 15. Now an award-winning songwriter with a degree in film scoring from Berklee College of Music, he has emerged as a multi-talented musician and folk/rock solo artist. His music has been compared to that of Paul Simon, James Taylor, John Mayer, and the Wallflowers, among others, and combines a clear lyrical emphasis with a love for memorable hooks and the energy of rock 'n' roll. Danoff’s first full-length album, Twelve Stories, is a testament to both his songwriting and instrumental abilities. Released in May 2014, Twelve Stories features Danoff on both bass and guitar alongside a band that includes guest musicians such as Rami Jaffee and Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters). In August 2015, Danoff released his award-winning song "No Such Thing" as a single on iTunes. He was also a contestant on season 10 of The Voice and reached the top 11. While on the show, he worked with Adam Levine, Tori Kelly, and Miley Cyrus.

Mike Squillante '11 is a songwriter and pop-rock artist who has been writing and recording original songs since the age of 12. He released his self-produced debut LP, Backward Glances, Second Chances, in November 2010 and performed for Grammy-winning artist John Mayer after being selected by Berklee's Songwriting Department staff. After graduating with a degree in songwriting, Squillante moved to New York and now gigs regularly on the club scene. He also maintains a thriving YouTube channel with more than 2,000,000 total views and more than 20,000 subscribers. This is where he showcases his talents as a multi-instrumentalist, producer, filmmaker, and songwriter. He has twice won Perez Hilton's Can YOU Sing? contest and had a brief stint on The Voice. Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, he was able to fund his next release by raising $12,000 from fans worldwide. He has toured extensively with Atlantic Records recording artist Melanie Martinez as both a member of her band and an opening act, and with Capitol Records artist Marc Scibilia. His most recent projects include writing and composing the new musical Lucifer for an off-Broadway stage, and building momentum with his new band, the Running Lights.

Admission: 
$12 in advance / $15 day of show (standing room only)

American Opera

Tuesday / July 19, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
John Bee

American Opera is the product of John Bee, a born and raised Michigander currently residing in New York City. With a unique vocal range that effortlessly moves from whisper-soft to singing at the top of his lungs, Bee's one-of-a-kind vocal delivery and brutally honest lyrics make an instant connection to anyone within earshot.

American Opera's high energy live show is both unpredictable and interactive, with spur-of-the-moment improvisation and audience interaction galore. A true entertainer, Bee plays with effortless precision and sings every song as if it is his last.

Recording recently wrapped on the American Opera debut full-length album. Small Victories is an expertly produced powerhouse that features everything from horn and string arrangements, quietly picked guitars, full-fledged rockers, and even an a cappella performance. The album chronicles the past three years of John's life and begins with his move to New York City, just hours after Hurricane Sandy ripped through the bustling metropolis.

Admission: 
Free (standing room only)

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