Performance

Jesse Taitt Trio

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston Conservatory professor Harriet Lundberg and jazz with Hey Rim Jeon via the Berklee City Music Program.

As a student at the Academy and later at Berklee College of Music, Jesse played and attended master classes with Phillip Bailey, Seymour Bernstein, Dr. Billy Taylor, Regina Carter, George Duke, Walter Beasley, Doug Johnson, Laszlo Gardony, Joanne Brackeen, Patrice Rushen, Geri Allen, Gavin Degraw, Hugh Masakela and Mike Tucker.

 

At Berklee, Jesse served as the music director for Boston based group Jazz Urbane, which is led/produced by Dr. William Banfield. His band, the Jesse Taitt Trio, performed at Boston restaurants and nightspots.

During the summer of 2013, Jesse was an International Guest Artist of the U.S. Ambassador in Rwanda. There he led and co-led master classes with Joey Blake (Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra) and headlined both nights in the Rwanda’s annual Kigali UP Festival.

Having recently received a dual degree in Jazz Composition and Professional Music from Berklee, Jesse continues to be an active pianist in the Boston music scene. He is also an AmeriCorp Community Leader, Public Allies Leader and an Artist-Educator in Boston Arts Academy’s Alumni Creative Core program.

Jesse’s work can be found on Jeff Perry Quartet, Sarpay Ozcatagay’s Unexpectable and most recently on Dr. William Banfield’s album “Playing with Other People’s Heads.” There, Jesse shares album credits with the late George Duke as well as Terri Lyne Carrington, Stokely Williams and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah.

As he continues to explore music and the world, Jesse’s dedication to excellence drives his creativity.

Jesse Taitt is an accomplished pianist and composer who is constantly seeking new musical areas to explore. He is currently working as a sideman on numerous projects, is a regular pianist at Empowerment Christian Church in Boston and is a gigging musician in Boston and New York.

Admission: 
Free

Jesse Taitt

Wednesday / August 27, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston Conservatory professor Harriet Lundberg and jazz with Hey Rim Jeon via the Berklee City Music Program.

As a student at the Academy and later at Berklee College of Music, Jesse played and attended master classes with Phillip Bailey, Seymour Bernstein, Dr. Billy Taylor, Regina Carter, George Duke, Walter Beasley, Doug Johnson, Laszlo Gardony, Joanne Brackeen, Patrice Rushen, Geri Allen, Gavin Degraw, Hugh Masakela and Mike Tucker.

At Berklee, Jesse served as the music director for Boston based group Jazz Urbane, which is led/produced by Dr. William Banfield. His band, the Jesse Taitt Trio, performed at Boston restaurants and nightspots.

During the summer of 2013, Jesse was an International Guest Artist of the U.S. Ambassador in Rwanda. There he led and co-led master classes with Joey Blake (Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra) and headlined both nights in the Rwanda’s annual Kigali UP Festival.

Having recently received a dual degree in Jazz Composition and Professional Music from Berklee, Jesse continues to be an active pianist in the Boston music scene. He is also an AmeriCorp Community Leader, Public Allies Leader and an Artist-Educator in Boston Arts Academy’s Alumni Creative Core program.

Jesse’s work can be found on Jeff Perry Quartet, Sarpay Ozcatagay’s Unexpectable and most recently on Dr. William Banfield’s album “Playing with Other People’s Heads.” There, Jesse shares album credits with the late George Duke as well as Terri Lyne Carrington, Stokely Williams and Christian Scott.

As he continues to explore music and the world, Jesse’s dedication to excellence drives his creativity.

Jesse Taitt is an accomplished pianist and composer who is constantly seeking new musical areas to explore. He is currently working as a sideman on numerous projects, is a regular pianist at Empowerment Christian Church in Boston and is a gigging musician in Boston and New York.

 

Admission: 
Free

Jesse Taitt

Tuesday / August 26, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston Conservatory professor Harriet Lundberg and jazz with Hey Rim Jeon via the Berklee City Music Program.

As a student at the Academy and later at Berklee College of Music, Jesse played and attended master classes with Phillip Bailey, Seymour Bernstein, Dr. Billy Taylor, Regina Carter, George Duke, Walter Beasley, Doug Johnson, Laszlo Gardony, Joanne Brackeen, Patrice Rushen, Geri Allen, Gavin Degraw, Hugh Masakela, and Mike Tucker.

 

At Berklee, Jesse served as the music director for Boston based group Jazz Urbane, which is led/produced by Dr. William Banfield. His band, the Jesse Taitt Trio, performed at Boston restaurants and nightspots.

During the summer of 2013, Jesse was an International Guest Artist of the U.S. Ambassador in Rwanda. There he led and co-led master classes with Joey Blake (Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra) and headlined both nights in the Rwanda’s annual Kigali UP Festival.

Having recently received a dual degree in Jazz Composition and Professional Music from Berklee, Jesse continues to be an active pianist in the Boston music scene. He is also an AmeriCorp Community Leader, Public Allies Leader and an Artist-Educator in Boston Arts Academy’s Alumni Creative Core program.

Jesse’s work can be found on Jeff Perry Quartet, Sarpay Ozcatagay’s Unexpectable and most recently on Dr. William Banfield’s album “Playing with Other People’s Heads.” There, Jesse shares album credits with the late George Duke as well as Terri Lyne Carrington, Stokely Williams and Christian Scott.

As he continues to explore music and the world, Jesse’s dedication to excellence drives his creativity.

Jesse Taitt is an accomplished pianist and composer who is constantly seeking new musical areas to explore. He is currently working as a sideman on numerous projects, is a regular pianist at Empowerment Christian Church in Boston and is a gigging musician in Boston and New York.

Admission: 
Free

Witness Matlou

Friday / August 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou is studying at Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He's also studying in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, founded by Grammy-winning pianist and composer Danilo Perez. Witness has learned and, in many cases, performed with some of the big names in the jazz scene, including Joe Lovano, David Liebman, Perez, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marco Pignataro, Ben Street, Adam Cruz and others. 

 
 

From learning to play music in church, Witness found himself in a long journey of evaluating the nature of music, purpose and role it plays in our lives. Influenced by the piano sound of Abdullah Ibrahim, Bheki Mseleku and other great South African musicians. Witness went to study music at the University of Kwazulu- Natal- Durban, along the South east coast of South Africa. Following a scholarship to study in the US, he spent a year at Drake University in Des Moines Iowa, then a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music.

Witness is also a composer and bandleader. He has toured and played professionally in Europe. Appeared with his trio at the Des Moines Arts Festival. He appeared with his trio at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in 2012. Appearing at the Jazz in July festival in Des Moines- IA. Toured Costa Rica with his trio in 2012. Played in Paris with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in 2013. Witness has appeared in many of the local jazz clubs in Boston and has shared the stage with some of the great musicians in Boston. September 2013, an appearance at Dizzy’s Jazz Club at Lincoln Center, at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, featuring a Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano.

 

Admission: 
Free

Witness Matlou Trio

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston
MA
02111

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou is studying at Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He's also studying in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, founded by Grammy-winning pianist and composer Danilo Perez. Witness has learned and, in many cases, performed with some of the big names in the jazz scene, including Perez, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marco Pignataro, Ben Street, Adam Cruz, and others. 

 

From learning to play music in church, Witness found himself in a long journey of evaluating the nature of music, purpose and role it plays in our lives. Influenced by the piano sound of Abdullah Ibrahim, Bheki Mseleku and other great South African musicians. Witness went to study music at the University of Kwazulu- Natal- Durban, along the South east coast of South Africa. Following a scholarship to study in the US, he spent a year at Drake University in Des Moines Iowa, then a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music.

Witness is also a composer and bandleader. He has toured and played professionally in Europe. Appeared with his trio at the Des Moines Arts Festival. He appeared with his trio at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in 2012. Appearing at the Jazz in July festival in Des Moines- IA. Toured Costa Rica with his trio in 2012. Played in Paris with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in 2013. Witness has appeared in many of the local jazz clubs in Boston and has shared the stage with some of the great musicians in Boston. September 2013, an appearance at Dizzy’s Jazz Club at Lincoln Center, at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, featuring a Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano.

 

Admission: 
Free

Witness Matlou

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou is studying at Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He's also studying in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, founded by Grammy-winning pianist and composer Danilo Perez. Witness has learned and, in many cases, performed with some of the big names in the jazz scene, including Perez, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marco Pignataro, Ben Street, Adam Cruz, and others. 

 

From learning to play music in church, Witness found himself in a long journey of evaluating the nature of music, purpose and role it plays in our lives. Influenced by the piano sound of Abdullah Ibrahim, Bheki Mseleku and other great South African musicians. Witness went to study music at the University of Kwazulu- Natal- Durban, along the South east coast of South Africa. Following a scholarship to study in the US, he spent a year at Drake University in Des Moines Iowa, then a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music.

Witness is also a composer and bandleader. He has toured and played professionally in Europe. Appeared with his trio at the Des Moines Arts Festival. He appeared with his trio at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in 2012. Appearing at the Jazz in July festival in Des Moines- IA. Toured Costa Rica with his trio in 2012. Played in Paris with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in 2013. Witness has appeared in many of the local jazz clubs in Boston and has shared the stage with some of the great musicians in Boston. September 2013, an appearance at Dizzy’s Jazz Club at Lincoln Center, at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, featuring a Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano.

Admission: 
Free

Witness Matlou

Tuesday / August 19, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou is studying at Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He's also studying in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, founded by Grammy-winning pianist and composer Danilo Perez. Witness has learned and, in many cases, performed with some of the big names in the jazz scene, including Perez, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marco Pignataro, Ben Street, Adam Cruz, and others. 

 

From learning to play music in church, Witness found himself in a long journey of evaluating the nature of music, purpose and role it plays in our lives. Influenced by the piano sound of Abdullah Ibrahim, Bheki Mseleku and other great South African musicians. Witness went to study music at the University of Kwazulu- Natal- Durban, along the South east coast of South Africa. Following a scholarship to study in the US, he spent a year at Drake University in Des Moines Iowa, then a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music.

Witness is also a composer and bandleader. He has toured and played professionally in Europe. Appeared with his trio at the Des Moines Arts Festival. He appeared with his trio at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in 2012. Appearing at the Jazz in July festival in Des Moines- IA. Toured Costa Rica with his trio in 2012. Played in Paris with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in 2013. Witness has appeared in many of the local jazz clubs in Boston and has shared the stage with some of the great musicians in Boston. September 2013, an appearance at Dizzy’s Jazz Club at Lincoln Center, at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, featuring a Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano.

 

Admission: 
Free

Witness Matlou

Monday / August 18, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou is studying at Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He's also studying in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, founded by Grammy-winning pianist and composer Danilo Perez. Witness has learned and, in many cases, performed with some of the big names in the jazz scene, including Perez, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marco Pignataro, Ben Street, Adam Cruz, and others. 

 

From learning to play music in church, Witness found himself in a long journey of evaluating the nature of music, purpose and role it plays in our lives. Influenced by the piano sound of Abdullah Ibrahim, Bheki Mseleku and other great South African musicians. Witness went to study music at the University of Kwazulu- Natal- Durban, along the South east coast of South Africa. Following a scholarship to study in the US, he spent a year at Drake University in Des Moines Iowa, then a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music.

Witness is also a composer and bandleader. He has toured and played professionally in Europe. Appeared with his trio at the Des Moines Arts Festival. He appeared with his trio at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in 2012. Appearing at the Jazz in July festival in Des Moines- IA. Toured Costa Rica with his trio in 2012. Played in Paris with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in 2013. Witness has appeared in many of the local jazz clubs in Boston and has shared the stage with some of the great musicians in Boston. September 2013, an appearance at Dizzy’s Jazz Club at Lincoln Center, at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, featuring a Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano.

Admission: 
Free

The Band of Heathens

Friday / June 20, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Band of Heathens

Since emerging out of Austin, Texas in the late 2000s, the Band of Heathens has toured relentlessly, building a devoted following and bringing its blend of Americana with a jam-tastic dash of psychedelia to some of the finest stages in music. After performing hundreds of shows each year and releasing four studio albums in addition to several live albums, the group’s sound has evolved and broadened to incorporate rich and righteous vocal harmonies. The band’s potent live shows continue to get better and better.

Watch the Band of Heathens perform “Walking and Talking” in this video:

Ben Ottewell

Tuesday / June 17, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

As a singer and lead guitarist in the rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. As Rolling Stone put it, "Gomez's not-so-secret weapon is Ben Ottewell.” And as GQ once wrote (and anyone listening can attest), "[his] voice is not of this world.”

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Buddy’s past releases include a self-titled EP plus the full-length Alterations and Repairs,  featured in iTunes’ New and Noteworthy section and film and TV shows. Buddy also contributed a version of the Cure’s “Sugar Girl” to the double CD Perfect as Cats, a tribute compilation. The bands follow-up to Alterations & Repairs is entitled Last Call for the Quiet Life, mixed by Phil Ek (Modest Mouse, Shins, Father John Misty) and is due out later this year. 

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