Concert

Jaime Woods and Nick Hakim

Sunday / September 9, 2012 / 4:15 p.m.
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
296 State Street
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Jaime Woods

To Jaime Woods, music is storytelling. It connects us all through common experiences, and relatable issues. Music has the power to manipulate our emotions, evoke us to action, it facilitates healing, and causes us to think and see things differently.  

Jaime began music in Chicago at 15, and sang with numerous choirs and local groups. She's performed and recorded with musicians who've played with artists from Yolanda Adams to D'Angelo. In 2010, she was accepted to Berklee College of Music. She made enough noise in Chicago to raise half of her tuition money through her debut concert, themed "Lifespeak" in November 2010. Now as a student, she's focused on songwriting and production. Since she's been at Berklee, Jaime has performed at the Beantown Jazz Fest, Sculler's, Johnny D's, and other local shows and open mics. She became part of an ensemble that performed with Neo-Soul artist Bilal, and will be performing with Lalah Hathaway in February 2012.  She has collaborated with many fellow Berklee students, and is a member of an a cappella group that will tour Europe in the winter. She is also preparing an EP for summer 2012.

Jaime is inspired by the writings of Lauryn Hill, Emily King, Smokie Robinson, and Stevie Wonder. Jaime appreciates the natural and experimental sounds from artists across the music spectrum like Gretchen Parlato, Bobby McFerrin, and Mushinah, and also gleans from the oldies of jazz and soul, from Ella Fitzgerald to Sam Cooke.

Admission: 
Free

Cosmodrome

Thursday / August 23, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Cosmodrome

Cosmodrome is a four-piece band whose style is a forward thinking and eclectic blend of soul, funk, and hip-hop. The enchanting lead vocals of Madison McFerrin intertwine and lock with guitar, bass, and drums to create a sound and live show that is captivating and always groove heavy.

Cosmodrome is based out of Boston, where all of the members are currently studying at Berklee College of Music. Although the core band consists of only four members, Cosmodrome is often accompanied by a horn section with the occasional addition of special guests.

From a wide range of musical backgrounds, the members of Cosmodrome quickly became best friends during their freshman year in college. Fueled by their passion for creation and love of all music "stank face inspiring," the four began to write their own original songs and in the late spring of 2011, Cosmodrome was born. The band has recently finished recording their first official EP and continues to write original music and perform in the Northeast. Cosmodrome is excited to share its constantly evolving and unique musical vision with all who will listen.

Admission: 
Free

Nick Hakim

Sunday / September 9, 2012 / 12:30 p.m.
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
296 State Street
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Nick Hakim

Nick Hakim is a singer-songwriter from Washington D.C. He and his band have been playing venues around Boston and New York, cultivating a new sound in preparation for his record that will be released in the summer of 2012. Some of his influences include Jimi Hendrix, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, and the Beatles. 

 

Admission: 
Free

Vanisha Gould

Monday / September 3, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Vanisha Gould

Vocalist Vanisha Gould was raised in a household where jazz was the music of choice. Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae have all influenced her, as well as Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. She wants her music to inspire her audience and unite people of all walks of life.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

Saturday / September 29, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Beantown Jazz Festival
6 Blocks, Starting at Columbus and Mass. Avenues
Boston
MA
United States
The crowd at the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth

The annual influx of music lovers from near and far is expected to once again crowd Boston's historic South End this fall to celebrate with a mix of jazz, Latin, blues, and soul acts. Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), one of the world's leading asset managers, is the presenting sponsor of Berklee's 2012 Beantown Jazz Festival, scheduled for September 27–30. Past festivals have drawn as many as 80,000 music fans.

"This landmark Boston event is an extraordinary and meaningful opportunity to hear free world-class concerts in a family-friendly environment," said John Hailer, president and chief executive officer, Natixis Global Asset Management—the Americas and Asia. "Music inspires. It fosters creativity, discipline, and commitment, and that's a winning combination that few would dispute. To support the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival is to help support an incredible environment where families from Boston's diverse neighborhoods can be introduced to top-notch artists who may serve as role models for the music world's future stars."

The festival opens September 27 at 8:00 p.m. with singer-songwriter Melody Gardot. On September 28 at 7:30 p.m., the festival continues with jazz pianists Geri Allen and Joanne Brackeen with special guests. The celebrations close on September 30 at 7:30 p.m. with banjo master Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts trio. All three concerts are ticketed events at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC). Tickets for the concerts are available at berkleebpc.com or at the Berklee Performance Center box office.

Boston's biggest block party takes place on Saturday, September 29, from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street in Boston's South End. This year, the festival celebrates women in jazz, featuring free performances by some of the genre's most acclaimed female artists. A festival highlight will be a performance by Boston native and festival artistic director Terri Lyne Carrington's The Mosaic Project, featuring Geri Allen, Lizz Wright, Tia Fuller, Ingrid Jensen, Helen Sung, and Nir Felder. Carrington won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album for The Mosaic Project. Additional performers on the three outdoor stages include Best New Artist Grammy Award winner Paula Cole, Lalah Hathaway, Hey Rim Jeon, and Hailey Niswanger.

The outdoor celebration also features an intriguing variety of family activities at the Natixis Family Park and vendor booths offering foods and crafts from all over the world. The Natixis Family Park will transform Carter Playground on Columbus Avenue into a hub of activity including inflatables, face painting, and an instrument petting zoo staffed by Berklee professionals.

Students and faculty play a major role in the festival with performances from faculty member Mark Walker and the Rhythm of the Americas Nonet, Summer in the City concert series standout artists, and current Berklee students Lihi Haruvi and Caili O'Doherty, the Neo Soul Ensemble, and the Berklee City Music All Stars.

Additional ticketed events will soon be announced. Stay updated by checking beantownjazz.org/schedule.html.

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a grant to Berklee College of Music to support the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival for the third year in a row. Subaru of New England is also a festival sponsor.

In a recent announcement, NGAM was also named as the presenting sponsor of the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival®.

Admission: 
Free

Ali Amr

Friday / August 17, 2012 / 12:30 p.m.
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116
Ali Amr

Ali Amr is a vocalist and qanun performer. His work incorporates and reflects a legacy of Arabic music while it forges ahead to new frontiers, embracing many different styles in the process. Amr was honored with three advanced Marcel Khalife Competition prizes as the Best Arabic Music Performer, 2004-2007. Amr dazzles his audience as he smoothly leaps from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and other contemporary styles. His soaring technique, melodic ingenuity, and unparalleled grace have earned him acclaim as a virtuoso on the qanun.

Moroccan born in the Rabat, Amr's childhood was steeped in music. His mother, Najat Brigui, is a professional singer. Amr began playing qanun at the age of six at the Edward Said National Conservatory.

Watch Ali Amr and his band perform at the Newport Jazz Festival here:

Amr has performed in countless cultural events throughout Palestine and worldwide in countries such as Sweden, United Arab Emirates, Norway, Germany, Holland, Spain, and Turkey. In 2002, he was invited to Simon Shaheen's acclaimed Arabic Music Retreat in Massachusetts, where he earned praise from leading musicians and Arabic music specialists. In 2006, he completed a two-month tour of the United States with a dancing group, starting at the United Nations in New York and ending with an audience of 85,000 at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas. Amr has performed in world-renowned venues such as the Boston Symphony Hall (Boston), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Auditorio Nacional (Spain), Berklee Performance Center (Boston), and many others.

His most recent appearances includes the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival (Indiana); Monterey Jazz Festival (California); North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands); Istanbul Jazz Festival (Turkey); and BeanTown Jazz Festival (Massachusetts), where he played with world-renowned drummer Jack Dejohnette; the 23rd annual International Folk Festival at the Berklee Performance Center; and the Middle Eastern Festival at Berklee College of Music with Bassam Saba, in addition to other performances with artists such as Alejandro Sanz, Javier Limon, Simon Shaheen, Husnu Senlendirici, Joel Smirnoff, Concha Buika, Quiny Jones, Carmen Linares, Aynur Dogan, Esparanza Spalding, Glykeria, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Dhafer Youssef, Rita, La Shica, Leo Blanco, Robin Eubanks, Glen Velez, Eggie Castrillo, Sandra Carrasco, and many others. Amr also worked with very important artist managers in the music industry, such as Mariana Gyalui, EMI, and Universal Studios.

Amr had the honor of performing for the princess of Jordan (2005) and the president of Palestine (2008), Paco de Lucía (2010), Lang Lang (2011), and Ed O'Neil (2012). Amr is a scholarship student at Berklee College of Music and a touring musician worldwide.

Admission: 
Free

Caili O'Doherty

Monday / September 10, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Caili O'Doherty

Pianist Caili O'Doherty, 20, is currently a sophomore at Berklee, studying jazz performance on a full scholarship.

Growing up as a classical pianist, O'Doherty was exposed to a variety of musical styles before discovering her love for jazz at age eleven when she transferred to an arts school in Portland, Oregon. Since that time, she has focused on developing a career as a jazz pianist.

In high school, O'Doherty began receiving national recognition for her compositions and performance. She received an ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award as well as two Downbeat Student Music Awards for jazz piano performance and composition, and was selected for the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop band led by Terri Lyne Carrington. In 2010, Caili was one of five female jazz pianists invited to participate in the inaugural Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artists Workshop held at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and to perform at a showcase concert. O'Doherty was chosen to become a member of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), an intensive performance program headed by highly acclaimed pianist Danilo Perez.

O'Doherty  has recently performed with the BGJI at the Toronto Jazz Festival and at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, opening for French pianist Martial Solal. She has studied with Dr. Billy Taylor, Danilo Perez, Joanne Brackeen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Hal Crook, and Greg Osby. She has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Portland Jazz Festival, and the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival (as pianist for Terrell Stafford).

 

Admission: 
Free

Joanna Teters

Friday / August 3, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
South Shore Conservatory
1 Conservatory Drive
Hingham
MA
United States
02043
Joanna Teters

With a grace and depth of soul beyond her years, and roots deep in reggae, hip-hop, jazz, and funk, Joanna Teters turns heads whenever she starts to sing. Her abilities were recognized early on when, as a first year student at Berklee College of Music, she performed in 2010 as a featured soloist at Boston Symphony Hall with the internationally renowned Rhythm of the Universe project. The spring 2011 release of her debut album with the jazz/R&B group the Joanna Teters Experiment was received with great enthusiasm, and earned her the privilege of opening for top jazz vocalist Gretchen Parlato at the Falcon. She played to packed houses this winter in Puerto Rico as lead vocalist with the reggae/soul/jazz band Da Bone, and her tribute to Erykah Badu launched her following there. She is honored to represent Berklee this summer at the South Shore Summer Series, where she will be joined by her soul/jazz/R&B group Mad Satta, previously known as the Joanna Teters Experiment.

Admission: 
$10

The Checkout - Live at Berklee: Seamus Blake

Wednesday / December 7, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Famed New York area NPR jazz station WGBO Jazz 88.3 FM/wbgo.org and Berklee College of Music are teaming up to present the first ever NPR concert series showcasing Berklee alumni. The Checkout - Live at Berklee, broadcast live from Berklee's Red Room @ Cafe 939, will bring critically acclaimed, New York-based performers back to Berklee for performances broadcast live in New York to WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM/wbgo.org's 350,000 listeners and streamed worldwide on NPRmusic.org. The shows will also be audio podcast from Checkoutjazz.org and from NPRmusic.org. 

New York-based tenor saxophonist and composer Seamus Blake is widely recognized as one of the finest exponents of contemporary jazz. Born in England and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Blake is a Berklee graduate. In 2002, he took the first prize in the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. His recent album, Live in Italy, described as "one of the elute albums of the year," earned a 4.5/5 stars rating in Down Beat. A longstanding member of the acclaimed Mingus Big Bands, he continues to work with this group and a host of others. John Scofield, in whose Quiet Band Blake appears, has called him, "extraordinary, a total saxophonist." 

Watch Seamus Blake perform at Berklee in this video:

Admission: 
$10 General Admission, $5 w/ Berklee ID

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

Saturday / September 24, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Beantown Jazz Festival
6 Blocks, Starting at Columbus and Mass. Avenues
Boston
United States

Berklee Summer in the City culminates with Boston's biggest and best block party, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival. Launched in 2000, BeanTown has delighted tens of thousands with a mix of jazz, Latin, blues, and groove acts. Berklee students and faculty have shared the stage with such jazz greats as Herbie Hancock, Claudia Acuña, Mike Stern, Donald Harrison, Kenny Garrett, Delfeayo Marsalis, Bobby Hutcherson, and Geri Allen. The city comes out in force—more than 70,000 strong in 2010—to enjoy world-class music on three stages, great food, and good times stretching six blocks in Boston's historic South End. It is a family-friendly affair with face painting, inflatable rides, and an educational instrument petting zoo. For the full schedule of events, check out beantownjazz.org/schedule.html.

Admission: 
Free

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