Concert

Nicky Egan

Saturday / August 20, 2011 / 1:30 p.m.
Salem Jazz and Soul Festival
157 Fort Avenue
Salem
MA
United States
01970
Nicky Egan

Nicky Egan, originally from Philadelphia, spreads her love for music through a sound that blends elements of soul, R&B, and rock. With her influences ranging from Etta James, Sarah Vaughan, and Janis Joplin to the Beatles, James Brown, and Joe Cocker, Egan drives her performances with memorable songs, young energy, and a positive message. Since Egan formed her band in 2007, they've played throughout the East Coast and have played shows from L.A. to Santa Cruz. They've shared a bill with Boston's Eli "Paperboy" Reed and London's Sam Bradley.

Currently residing in Philadelphia, Egan recently graduated from Berklee with a bachelor's degree in contemporary writing and production. Her band is entertaining crowds between Philadelphia and Boston in venues such as World Cafe Live, the Tin Angel, NYC's S.O.B.'s, Le Poisson Rouge, the Lizard Lounge, and House of Blues Boston. Egan released her debut album, a 12-song LP produced by Egan and bandmate Johnny Simon Jr., January 7, 2011. The album, Good People, embraces a collection of soul, pop, and R&B.

Admission: 
Free

Mario Castro Quintet

Friday / August 12, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Deon's
158 Circuit Avenue
Oak Bluffs
MA
United States
02557
Mario Castro Quintet

Before Mario Castro even discovered his passion for music he was a shy little boy who loved to see his father perform and rehearse with his band. Although it was his mother who took him to his first saxophone lesson, he originally started playing music with the intentions of creating a better relationship with his father. He attended the famed Escuela Libre de Musica in Puerto Rico.

His first exposure to jazz came two years after he started taking lessons, when he first laid ears on Dexter Gordon's huge and soulful sound; later he got the opportunity to perform in the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival with the Berklee in Puerto Rico student big band. His performance earned him a full scholarship to attend Berklee's 2005 Five-Week Summer Performance Program. Today he attends Berklee, where he has the honor of studying with Jeff Stout, Greg Badolato, George Garzone, Tony Germain, Shannon Leclair, Greg Hopkins, Phil Wilson, Dave Santoro, and more.

Although Castro's primary interest is jazz, that has not stopped him from learning his Afro-Caribbean roots and how to play various styles of music. This attitude led him to perform with a great variety of artists and gain a reputation among the veteran musicians in the Puerto Rican music scene. He has played in Puerto Rico's most important theaters and stages, including with the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra.

Admission: 
$20

Women of the World

Wednesday / July 20, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Mothers Rest Playground
Back Bay Fens
Boston
MA
United States
Women of the World

Women of the World is an international vocal ensemble currently based in Boston. What started out as a dream three years ago has become a real musical force. Ayumi Ueda, a Berklee student from Japan sought to create an eclectic ensemble of women from all over the globe in order to create music for peace. In 2008, Ueda joined forces with other Berklee students Ali Rapetti from the United States, Katerina Polemi from Greece/Brazil, Giorgia Renosto from Italy, and Annette Philip from India in order to manifest this vision.

From the group's very beginning, the five core women delighted in sharing the beauty of different cultures and what that cross-pollination sounded like in music. Each of the five women has a strong artistic identity shaped by the culture in which she grew up, and each finds endless excitement in learning and exploring the many cultures of the world. The unique music that stems forth from this mixture of artistry has created for a sound that is all its own—borderless, spirited, and carrying the undeniable message of unity.

The Women of the World repertoire is thus vast and varied. Constantly searching for new genres to explore, the group has performed in over a dozen of the world's languages. From Bulgarian, Cuban, Ladino, Brazilian, African, Indian, and Japanese music to spontaneous improvisation and a cappella interludes, the sound created by this unique group has grown to have a power that moves not only the members, but larger and larger audiences, as it spreads awareness of different cultures, music, and philosophies.

Through their work, Women of the World has created a stir in the community, receiving support from renowned artists such as Grammy Award–winning maestro Bobby McFerrin. In 2010 they shared the stage with iconic African vocalist, Angelique Kidjo. The group has also supported various causes, including fundraisers for victims of natural disasters in Haiti, Pakistan, and, most recently, Japan.

Following their recent New York debut concert at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the five lead singers and their 11-piece band are now in the process of recording their debut album to help spread their message of cultural awareness and peace to be released later this year.

Admission: 
Free

The Larry Baione Quartet

Monday / May 23, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Larry Baione

The Larry Baione Quartet features Baione, chair of the Berklee Guitar Department, on guitar; Bill Pierce, chair of the Berklee Woodwind Department, on sax; John Repucci, assistant chair of the Berklee Bass Deparment, on bass; and Jon Hazilla, associate professor in the Percussion Department, on drums.

Baione has been a Berklee faculty member since 1974 and chair of the Guitar Department since 1990. He has studied with Lenzy Wallace, Mick Goodrick, Bill Harris, William Leavitt, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Jim Hall. He received his bachelor's degree in music from Berklee and his master's degree in music from New England Conservatory. While attending Berklee, he received the DownBeat Hall of Fame Scholarship.

After graduating from Berklee, Baione was principal guitarist in the Army Band, stationed in Washington DC. He performed in the White House and throughout the United States with the Army Blues. In 1996, Baione toured South America for the State Department as one of the inaugural Jazz Ambassadors representing the unique American art form.

Baione is author of Berklee Practice Method: Guitar. He performs in numerous jazz, concert, and recording ensembles, in settings that range from solo guitar to big band. He continues to perform and give clinics throughout the world. His recent recording Playing Time consists of original compositions and standards in a trio setting.

Admission: 
$18, $15 students/seniors/Arsenal members

Fresh Prospects: Will Wells and Molly Blythe

Friday / July 22, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Red Room at Cafe 939 presents Fresh Prospects, a showcase of the best emerging Berklee artists reworking their favorite songs into intimate acoustic performances. This installment features Will Wells and Molly Blythe. 

Will Wells is a songwriter, composer, arranger, producer, engineer, and music enthusiast. He makes it a point in his writing to venture into as many different styles as he can, and learn more about the world around him. From musical theater to electric rock to R&B and pop, he loves to immerse himself in a diverse musical environment to bring a unique touch to every one of his songs. He plays the guitar, the piano, the tuba, and, well, whatever else he can get his hands on. Wells is the leader of a five-piece band called Dynamic Sound, which provides just that—a sound that is not genre-specific, and meets the need of any musical situation.

Molly Blythe's hallmark stage presence combined with her meticulous attention to musicality allow her to speak straight to the heart of her audience. Bringing to life a range of styles from straight-ahead jazz to Latin to singer-songwriter pop, Blythe uses the music as a vehicle for the soul.

Fascinated by human behavior, thoughts, and feelings, Blythe grew up the family "peacemaker" and perpetual people-watcher. When it came time to choose a career, she pursued a degree in psychology with hopes of being a marriage and family counselor. Her career in music began to quietly blossom, however, when she found herself singing jazz and pop songs in the Central College Jazz Combo and Jazz Band. Insistent on the impracticality of a music career, she fought her desire to pursue music at a professional level. But after graduating, her ambitions continued to grow, bringing her to the realization that music was simply the only way to go.

While applying to music schools, Blythe played with Latin jazz quintet Ashanti, singing a variety of Latin and Brazilian music. In 2009, Blythe moved to Boston to attend Berklee. At this legendary school, she was mentored by icons and leaders of the music industry while studying performance and arranging. Her natural gift of relating to others combined with her creativity as an artist to make her a unique musician, full of passion to give her audience.

Admission: 
Free

Songwriters in the Round

Thursday / July 21, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Four successful songwriters and recording artists—Kristin Cifelli, Melissa Ferrick, Sally Taylor, and Darcel Wilson—will share their original songs in an intimate in-the-round setting.

Admission: 

Julia Easterlin

Thursday / August 18, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Julia Easterlin

Julia Easterlin is a vocalist, songwriter, and performer from Augusta, Georgia. As a secondary student, Easterlin attended Davidson Fine Arts School where she received training in dance, classical piano, acting, and visual arts, until commiting to studies as a vocalist and performing musician in 2005.

Since then, Easterlin's talents as a performer and songwriter have been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensembles, DownBeat, the John Lennon Foundation, and the New York Songwriters Circle.

In 2007, Easterlin was awarded a full-tuition merit scholarship to attend Berklee, where she has been a featured performer on the student-run Heavy Rotation Records record label for two consecutive years and served as the vocalist for the InterArts Ensemble's pioneer project in Havana, Cuba in 2010. This is Easterlin's second year representing Berklee in the Summer Concert Series.

 

Admission: 
Free

Julia Easterlin

Saturday / June 25, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Julia Easterlin

Julia Easterlin is a vocalist, songwriter, and performer from Augusta, Georgia. As a secondary student, Easterlin attended Davidson Fine Arts School where she received training in dance, classical piano, acting, and visual arts, until commiting to studies as a vocalist and performing musician in 2005.

Since then, Easterlin's talents as a performer and songwriter have been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensembles, DownBeat, the John Lennon Foundation, and the New York Songwriters Circle.

In 2007, Easterlin was awarded a full-tuition merit scholarship to attend Berklee, where she has been a featured performer on the student-run Heavy Rotation Records record label for two consecutive years and served as the vocalist for the InterArts Ensemble's pioneer project in Havana, Cuba in 2010. This is Easterlin's second year representing Berklee in the Summer Concert Series.

Admission: 
Free

Julia Easterlin

Saturday / August 6, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
Grant Park
55 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago
IL
United States
60601
Julia Easterlin

Julia Easterlin is a vocalist, songwriter, and performer from Augusta, Georgia. As a secondary student, Easterlin attended Davidson Fine Arts School where she received training in dance, classical piano, acting, and visual arts, until commiting to studies as a vocalist and performing musician in 2005.

Since then, Easterlin's talents as a performer and songwriter have been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensembles, DownBeat, the John Lennon Foundation, and the New York Songwriters Circle.

In 2007, Easterlin was awarded a full-tuition merit scholarship to attend Berklee, where she has been a featured performer on the student-run Heavy Rotation Records record label for two consecutive years and served as the vocalist for the InterArts Ensemble's pioneer project in Havana, Cuba in 2010. This is Easterlin's second year representing Berklee in the Summer Concert Series.

 

Admission: 
$215

Julia Easterlin

Thursday / August 18, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Julia Easterlin

Julia Easterlin is a vocalist, songwriter, and performer from Augusta, Georgia. As a secondary student, Easterlin attended Davidson Fine Arts School where she received training in dance, classical piano, acting, and visual arts, until commiting to studies as a vocalist and performing musician in 2005.

Since then, Easterlin's talents as a performer and songwriter have been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensembles, DownBeat, the John Lennon Foundation, and the New York Songwriters Circle.

In 2007, Easterlin was awarded a full-tuition merit scholarship to attend Berklee, where she has been a featured performer on the student-run Heavy Rotation Records record label for two consecutive years and served as the vocalist for the InterArts Ensemble's pioneer project in Havana, Cuba in 2010. This is Easterlin's second year representing Berklee in the Summer Concert Series.

 

Admission: 
Free

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