Concert

Faculty Blowout Concert Hosted by Dave Samuels

Friday / June 22, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Dave Samuels is one of today’s most established mallet players. A pro on both vibraphone and marimba, he has performed and recorded with Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Chick Correa, and more. He has received numerous Grammy nominations, and was voted Best Vibes Player by multiple magazines.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Dave Samuels and Friends

Friday / June 22, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Dave Samuels has distinguished himself as one of the most versatile and innovative vibraphonists in contemporary jazz over the past three decades. Since first gaining international regard in 1974 as a member of the Gerry Mulligan Sextet, he has performed and recorded with such musicians as Chet Baker, Double Image, Paquito D'Rivera, Bruce Hornsby, Pat Metheny, Oscar Peterson, Spyro Gyra, and Frank Zappa. In 1993, he founded his own band, the Caribbean Jazz Project, which has recorded five albums: Caribbean Jazz Project, Island Stories, New Horizons, Paraiso, and the 2003 Grammy Award–winning The Gathering. His four solo recordings—Living Colors, Ten Degrees North, Natural Selection, and Del Sol—further demonstrate Samuels’s talent as a composer, performer, and producer.

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Gato Preto and Jerry Leake

Thursday / June 21, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jerry Leake

Gato Preto's primary focus is on the research and study of a traditional repertoire of choro music. Berklee graduate Jerry Leake is a master of hand percussion and jazz vibraphone, a solo instrument, which, as far as we know, has never been used before in such musical style in a systematic way. The group relies on the already granted formation of tambourine, cavaquinho, and the seven-string guitar as well.

The band performs in theaters, nightclubs, restaurants, radio and TV programs, parks, and other public areas. It is currently formed by Euclides Marques (seven-string guitar), Léo Rodrigues (tambourine), Henrique Araújo (cavaquinho), and André Juarez (vibraphone).  Gato Preto has recently been on TV Cultura broadcasting appearance with a participation in a program called Ensaio, which has brought positive feedback from the audience and critic reviews.  In 2010, Gato Preto won the award PREMIO SESI OF MUSIC and traveled around several cities in the countryside of São Paulo. In that same year, they were nominated for the award PREMIO APCA (São Paulo Art Reviwers Association), under the instrumental music category.  The group's first CD will be released on June 21, during the Berklee Percussion Festival, which is sponsored by Berklee College of Music.

Jerry Leake Solo and Duo
Jerry Leake is cofounder of the acclaimed world music ensemble Natraj, whose four recordings feature his diverse percussion talents. He also cofounded and performs with Club d'Elf, R.A.R.E, Moksha, BodyGrooves, Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, and the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society. He is featured on dozens of CDs and has released several CDs of his own music. On tabla, he has accompanied Ali Akbar Khan, Steve Gorn, Sharafat Ali Khan, Kumkum Sanyal, Chitravena Ravikiran, Peter Row, Purnima Sen, Shyamdas, and kathak dancer Gretchen Hayden. He has toured with Persian masters, Shahram and Hafez Nazeri, with features on CNN Live; and has ongoing performances and tours with flamenco virtuoso Juanito Pascual. Leake graduated from Berklee, where he studied jazz vibraphone with Gary Burton and hand percussion with Pablo Landrum. He studied tabla in Pune, India with Rajiv Devasthali, and studies in Boston with Todd Nardin and Koashal Anand. In Chennai, India, Leake studied Carnatic rhythm theory and mridangam with T. K. Ramakrishnan. He continues to study African music with Dolsi-Naa Abubakari Luna of the Dagomba tradition (northern Ghana) and has studied Ewe music (southern Ghana) with Godwin Agbeli and David Locke, and balafon/djembe with the Coulibaly family in Burkina Faso. He has written eight widely used texts on North Indian, West African, Latin American percussion, and rhythm theory. Leake is former president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and has been a composer and member of the Portland Symphony Kinder Koncert percussion ensemble since 1984. 

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Fidel Morales and Eguie Castrillo and Friends

Wednesday / June 20, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Fidel Morales

Fidel Morales is a Cuban drummer, percussionist, arranger, and composer. He has composed many Cuban dance classics, and performed as a percussionist with the Panama National Conservatory for over 10 years.

Morales began his formal music education at the age of 12, having previously studied music reading and theory with the great Cuban clarinetist Amado Valdés. He graduated in 1981 from the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory, Cuba.

As a drummer, he has played with musicians such as Danilo Pérez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Giovanni Hidalgo, Nicolás Reynoso, Eddie Gómez, John Faddis, Mark Kramer, Mike Orta, Gary Campbell, Gary Keller, Vic Juris, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Eddie "Guagua" Rivera, Carlos Garnett, Carli Muñoz, Charlie Sepúlveda, Víctor Boa, Mauricio Smith, and the Hologram Quartet, among others. He has also accompanied soloists such as Omara Portuondo, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Elena Burke, Malena, Celeste Mendoza, Bárbara Wilson, Roberto Roena, Albita, María Martha Serra Lima, Basilio, Chichí Peralta, and Noriko.  He has toured extensively around the world, having traveled on music engagements through Austria, Hungary, Canada, Brazil, México, Guatemala, El Salvador, Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the United States.

In 1990, he directed the salsa and timba group Orquesta Layé, creating the music and appearing in public performances with important Cuban choreographers such as Tomás Morales, Alberto Concepción and Andrés Gutiérrez, from the famous nightclubs Tropicana and Parisién. He is considered one of the creators of the timba genre in Cuba. Morales is the composer of Cuban dance classics "La Expresiva" and "Mamina," among others. Artists from Cuba, the United States, and Puerto Rico have recorded his compositions. He contributed as well in the CD Bajando Gervasio, by Amadito Valdés, nominated for 2004 Grammy Awards. The documentary Seguir a Través de los Años (To Follow Through the Years), by Daniel Diez, is inspired in his music. His album Salsa Son Timba was released in 2005, and reissued in 2010.  He performed as percussionist with the Panama Symphonic Orchestra for 10 years. On several occasions he recorded with the Cuban Radio Television and the Symphonic Orchestras of Cuba and Panama.  Fidel has worked as Lecturer of Percussion in Panama's National Conservatory. He has taught drum clinics and workshops in Europe, Panama, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Chile, and the United States, for students from Berklee, the New England Conservatory, the Drummers Collective, the University of Miami, the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, and the University of Puerto Rico.

At present, Morales is professor of drum set for the Jazz and Afro-Caribbean Music Department at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. He also offers private lessons, and is, as well, an active clinician. Morales is director of his own bands: Proyecto Nega, the Fidel Morales Trio, and Fidel Morales and the Modern Latin Quartet. He also performs with José Ramírez's Tambores Batá.  He endorses the companies Vic Firth, Latin Percussion (LP), and Paiste. Morales resides in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with his wife Rosalía and his son Julio.

Eguie Castrillo is a Latin percussion professor at Berklee. He has an impressive career in Latin music, including performances with Tito Puente, Steve Winwood, KC and the Sunshine Band, and tours with the Arturo Sandoval Band.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Modern Impressionism: The Ron Savage Trio

Tuesday / June 19, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Chair of the Ensemble Department, Ron Savage, has been drumming in funk and R&B bands since his teenage years. He is an alumnus of Berklee who has performed with jazz legends Johnny Griffin, Joe Zawinul, Albert King, and many more. He has recorded with Christopher Hollyday, Cecilia Smith, and Patrice Williamson; appearances with Gary Bartz, Don Braden, Don Byron, Cyrus Chestnut, Kurt Elling, Jon Faddis, Art Farmer, Nnenna Freelon, Christian McBride, Marian McPartland, Mulgrew Miller, Bill Pierce, Vanessa Rubin, Mark Whitfield, James Williams, Phil Woods, and Joe Zawinul and the Czech State Philharmonic Orchestra Brno; toured with Mulgrew Miller and Gary Bartz; and performances with Johnny Griffin, Joe Zawinul, Albert King, Art Farmer, Nnenna Freelon, James Williams, Bill Pierce, James Moody, and many other contemporaries.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Caribbean Jazz Opening Concert Ron Reid and Band

Monday / June 18, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Ron Reid and Band with an introduction by John Ramsay and Yoron Israel. Ron Reid is multi-instrumental artist with an overwhelming passion for creating music, especially music that celebrates his rich Caribbean heritage.

 This Trinidadian-born bassist, steel drummer, and composer/educator has for the past 30 years has been a standard-bearer for improvisational Caribbean music. 

Reid began his career as a bassist in the late Lord Kitchener’s Calypso Revue Tent in 1978 and has recorded and performed with an honor roll of calypso and soca artists, including the Mighty Sparrow, Shadow, Lord Relator, Ella Andall, and David Rudder. He has also composed music for several television programs in Trinidad and Tobago including Who the Cap Fits, Morral, Caribbean Eye, The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, and most notably the theme for Gayelle TV. He has also been musical director for the Trinidad Theatre Workshop’s productions of Derek Walcott’s Joker of Seville, and Dream on Monkey Mountain as well as a performer for the production premiere of Steel at Boston’s Hasty Pudding Theatre.

His steelpan infused sextet Sunsteel performs an eclectic mix of Trinidadian folk, afro-Caribbean, and jazz compositions and includes some of Boston’s finest musicians. Reid shares his pan playing talents with David Williams’ J’ouvert and Calabash of Toronto, Canada, and as a steel drummer has recorded with diverse artists as Myanna, Grace Kelly, and Bill Harley. As a jazz bassist, Reid has performed with Randy Weston, Carmen Lundy, Lenora Helm, and Antonio Hart.

An associate professor of contemporary writing and production at Berklee, Reid teaches several arranging classes as well as steelpan and Afro-pop ensembles.

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Henrique de Almeida

Monday / June 18, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Henrique de Almeida graduated from Berklee with a degree in jazz composition, and is now an associate professor. He is a published author, composer, and producer who has worked with legends such as Gloria Etefan, Stanton Moore, Bill Cosby, and more. 

Henrique De Almeida, an associate professor at Berklee College of Music, holds a master's degree in music performance from the University of Southern Mississippi and is also a Berklee alumnus who studied jazz composition.

He is the leader of his own group, the Brazilian Jazz Project. He is a clinician for Yamaha Drums, LP Percussion, Vic Firth Sticks, Paiste Cymbals, HQ Pads, Evans Drumheads, and Earthworks Microphones. A published author and producer, he has educational materials available on Carl Fischer Publishing. He works with some of the biggest names in the TV industry, including HBO and writing original music for TV campaigns with companies such as Victoria Secret and Australian David Jones Department stores.  

He performed with the Grammy-nominated Jazz Big Band the Falconaires, (USAFA Band) and is recording and touring nationally and internationally. He has performed several times at the prestigious Carnegie Hall. He writes articles for Modern Drummer Magazine, and has performed at the PASIC convention and numerous jazz festivals around the world. He has also performed for the president of the United States, vice president, and secretary of defense. He has toured, recorded, and worked with: Nat Adderley, Bill Cosby, Antonio Hart, Christopher Holliday, Donny McCaslin, Chris Speed, Igor Butman, Dave Valentin, Scotty Barnhart, Tiger Okoshi, Larry Coryell, Jeff Berlin, Stanton Moore, Billy Cobham, Nelson Rangell, Jeff Narell, Ira Sullivan, Victor Mendoza, Danilo Perez, Phil Wilson, Baron Brown, Matt Garrison, Bill Summers, Hilton Ruiz, Betty Carter, Willie Williams, Nando Lauria, Alceu Valenca, Gilberto Gill, Raul de Souza, Luiz Gonzaga, Hermeto Pascoal, Brian Lynch, Ronnie Matthews, David Williams, Luciana Souza, Katy Webster, and Oscar Kartaia, among others.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Anthony Steele & Friends

Friday / June 22, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Anthony Steele's professional education comes from the Community Music Center of Boston, the Boston Arts Academy High School, and a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he received his bachelor’s degree in performance in 2006. He is recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including being named the “Best of Boston” in 2002. His passion and skill for the drum set have opened many doors for him to perform all over the world—from California to Austria, Prague, Germany, to Madison Square Garden, and to the islands. He has played with the best of the best singers and musicians this world has to offer, including Wynton Marsalis, Walter Beasley, George Duke, the Yellowjackets, Johnathan Dubose, Mary-Mary, Donald Lawrence, Twinkie Clark, Ruben Studdard, Bobby Jones, Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Miller, Kierra "kiki" Sheard, Warren Hill, Noel Gourdin, Velveteen Playboys, Tony Terry, the Gershwin Orchestra, and Brian Mcknight. Steele was in the Top 5 out of NY for MTV's Making His Band. He is one of the bright stars in an amazingly talented group of young drummers on the scene today. He remains a first call for positions because of his humbleness, and creativity.

Steele's other passion is his musicians clothing line, "Steele Collections: and he continues to share his gift of music through playing, educating, touring, and mentoring young musicians.

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Cristina Vaira

Monday / June 18, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Cristina Vaira will perform some of her original tunes in a pop, R&B, and soul style, with great musicians like Marco Longo at piano, Greg Feingold at bass, Andres Fonseca at drums, and two fantastic singers as background vocals: Monica Cialona and Maria Marta Rainoldi.

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Caili O'Doherty Trio

Thursday / June 14, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
United States
02108
Caili O'Doherty

Pianist Caili O'Doherty, 20, is 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 11 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, O'Doherty 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

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