Concert

Jake Sherman

Tuesday / May 28, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Jake Sherman

Jake Sherman was playing music before he could tie his shoes. He began taking Suzuki piano lessons at age 5 but soon fell in love with ragtime, learning many Scott Joplin classics and even composing some original rags. It wasn’t until Sherman was 12 that he began studying jazz piano. He learned very quickly and was soon playing in ensembles. At 14, Jake discovered the Hammond organ. He received his first Hammond from the Brookline Music School and taught himself how to play it by listening to records and reading countless posts on Hammond organ listservs and websites.

Sherman has moved into the top tier of young musicians in the Boston and New York areas. He has appeared with Ralph Peterson, Gretchen Parlato, Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, Casey Benjamin, Jamire Williams, and Dave Fiuczynski, among others. In addition to jazz, he has become passionate about a variety of other styles of music. He plays gospel organ every Sunday at Eliot Church in Roxbury and often performs with other up-and-coming artists such as Nick Hakim, Jesse Scheinin, Sid Sriram, and Margaret Glaspy. He recently released his first solo album, which is available via his website.

Admission: 
Free

Jake Sherman

Wednesday / May 29, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Jake Sherman

Jake Sherman was playing music before he could tie his shoes. He began taking Suzuki piano lessons at age 5 but soon fell in love with ragtime, learning many Scott Joplin classics and even composing some original rags. It wasn’t until Sherman was 12 that he began studying jazz piano. He learned very quickly and was soon playing in ensembles. At 14, Jake discovered the Hammond organ. He received his first Hammond from the Brookline Music School and taught himself how to play it by listening to records and reading countless posts on Hammond organ listservs and websites.

Sherman has moved into the top tier of young musicians in the Boston and New York areas. He has appeared with Ralph Peterson, Gretchen Parlato, Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, Casey Benjamin, Jamire Williams, and Dave Fiuczynski, among others. In addition to jazz, he has become passionate about a variety of other styles of music. He plays gospel organ every Sunday at Eliot Church in Roxbury and often performs with other up-and-coming artists such as Nick Hakim, Jesse Scheinin, Sid Sriram, and Margaret Glaspy. He recently released his first solo album, which is available via his website.

Admission: 
Free

Jake Sherman

Friday / May 31, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Jake Sherman

Jake Sherman was playing music before he could tie his shoes. He began taking Suzuki piano lessons at age 5 but soon fell in love with ragtime, learning many Scott Joplin classics and even composing some original rags. It wasn’t until Sherman was 12 that he began studying jazz piano. He learned very quickly and was soon playing in ensembles. At 14, Jake discovered the Hammond organ. He received his first Hammond from the Brookline Music School and taught himself how to play it by listening to records and reading countless posts on Hammond organ listservs and websites.

Sherman has moved into the top tier of young musicians in the Boston and New York areas. He has appeared with Ralph Peterson, Gretchen Parlato, Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, Casey Benjamin, Jamire Williams, and Dave Fiuczynski, among others. In addition to jazz, he has become passionate about a variety of other styles of music. He plays gospel organ every Sunday at Eliot Church in Roxbury and often performs with other up-and-coming artists such as Nick Hakim, Jesse Scheinin, Sid Sriram, and Margaret Glaspy. He recently released his first solo album, which is available via his website.

Admission: 
Free

Davis Whitfield

Monday / June 17, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Davis Whitfield

As the son of two musicians, Davis Whitfield's early years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana were filled with music. He began playing guitar at age five and moved to Jersey City, New Jersey at eight, where he began studying piano. While attending high school, Whitfield was accepted by the Jersey City University Visual and Performing Arts Program and served as the principal pianist in its jazz ensemble for four years. In 2008, Whitfield became the assistant director for the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, writing arrangements and performing weekly at the Jazz Standard in New York City.

Whitfield received a scholarship from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts and attended the 2011 YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida. He also received full scholarships to attend the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop in 2009–2010 and a presidential scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music for his undergraduate degree.

Admission: 
Free

Davis Whitfield

Thursday / June 20, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Davis Whitfield

As the son of two musicians, Davis Whitfield's early years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were filled with music. He began playing guitar at age five and moved to Jersey City, New Jersey, at eight, where he began studying piano. While attending high school, Whitfield was accepted by the Jersey City University Visual and Performing Arts Program and served as the principal pianist in its jazz ensemble for four years. In 2008, Whitfield became the assistant director for the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, writing arrangements and performing weekly at the Jazz Standard in New York City.

Whitfield received a scholarship from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts and attended the 2011 YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida. He also received full scholarships to attend the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop in 2009–2010 and a presidential scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music for his undergraduate degree.

Admission: 
Free

Davis Whitfield

Wednesday / June 19, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Davis Whitfield

As the son of two musicians, Davis Whitfield's early years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were filled with music. He began playing guitar at age five and moved to Jersey City, New Jersey, at eight, where he began studying piano. While attending high school, Whitfield was accepted by the Jersey City University Visual and Performing Arts Program and served as the principal pianist in its jazz ensemble for four years. In 2008, Whitfield became the assistant director for the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, writing arrangements and performing weekly at the Jazz Standard in New York City.

Whitfield received a scholarship from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts and attended the 2011 YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida. He also received full scholarships to attend the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop in 2009–2010 and a presidential scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music for his undergraduate degree.

Admission: 
Free

Davis Whitfield

Tuesday / June 18, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Davis Whitfield

As the son of two musicians, Davis Whitfield's early years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were filled with music. He began playing guitar at age five and moved to Jersey City, New Jersey, at eight, where he began studying piano. While attending high school, Whitfield was accepted by the Jersey City University Visual and Performing Arts Program and served as the principal pianist in its jazz ensemble for four years. In 2008, Whitfield became the assistant director for the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, writing arrangements and performing weekly at the Jazz Standard in New York City.

Whitfield received a scholarship from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts and attended the 2011 YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida. He also received full scholarships to attend the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop in 2009–2010 and a presidential scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music for his undergraduate degree.

Admission: 
Free

Davis Whitfield

Friday / June 21, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Davis Whitfield

As the son of two musicians, Davis Whitfield's early years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were filled with music. He began playing guitar at age five and moved to Jersey City, New Jersey, at eight, where he began studying piano. While attending high school, Whitfield was accepted by the Jersey City University Visual and Performing Arts Program and served as the principal pianist in its jazz ensemble for four years. In 2008, Whitfield became the assistant director for the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, writing arrangements and performing weekly at the Jazz Standard in New York City.

Whitfield received a scholarship from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts and attended the 2011 YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida. He also received full scholarships to attend the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop in 2009–2010 and a presidential scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music for his undergraduate degree.

Admission: 
Free

Giorgi Mikadze

Friday / May 24, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Giorgi Mikadze

Giorgi Mikadze was born on May 20, 1989, in Tbilisi, Georgia, and began playing piano at the age of five. Discovered as an outstanding musical talent at the age of one, Mikadze performed a piano concerto with a symphony orchestra for the first time when he was 12. Mikadze absorbed his classical music studies and began composing at 14. While attending high school, he discovered Oscar Peterson and quickly fell in love with jazz.

In 2006, Mikadze entered V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire. After founding a quartet, his career took off quickly. He performed at various Jazz Festivals, including Modern Music Evenings (2008), Art-Gene (2008), Kavkaz Jazz Festival, Black Sea Jazz Festival and Berklee High School Jazz Festival (2012-13).

He graduated from V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire in 2010, after which he entered Berklee College of Music, earning a full-tuition scholarship.

Noted for his skills as a fantastic pianist and composer in all styles, Mikadze has performed with the Tbilisi and Berklee Symphony Orchestras, composed for plays at the Rustaveli National Theatre in Georgia (including Biedermann and the Fire Raisers), and was musical director for Berklee’s tribute to Qunicy Jones. He has also played in jazz settings with renowned artists such as Roy Hargrove, Patti Austin, Justin Dicioccio, Mike Stern, Renee Neufville, Siedah Garrett, Rain Sultanov, Lenny Stallworth, Amen Saleem, Phil Wilson, David Fiuczynski, Mulatu Astatke, and Kirill Gerstein.

Mikadze was recently selected for the highly competitive Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center (directed by Jason Moran), where he performed for three nights. Mikadze won prizes in many international competitions, including : 2nd Prize, N. Gabunia National Piano Competition (Tbilisi, Georgia, 2002); 2nd Prize, Tbilisi International Young Pianists’ Competition (Tbilisi, Georgia, 2005); and Special Prize and Diploma, 6th V. Horowitz International Piano Competition (Kiev, Ukraine, 2005). He was awarded a full-tuition scholarship at the International Festival-Institute in Round Top, Texas (2009), and won scholarships from the president of Georgia (2003), Eteri Andjapharidze (2007), Giya Kancheli (2009) and Emmanuel Zambelli (2013).

Admission: 
Free

Giorgi Mikadze

Wednesday / May 22, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Giorgi Mikadze

Giorgi Mikadze was born on May 20, 1989, in Tbilisi, Georgia, and began playing piano at the age of five. Discovered as an outstanding musical talent at the age of one, Mikadze performed a piano concerto with a symphony orchestra for the first time when he was 12. Mikadze absorbed his classical music studies and began composing at 14. While attending high school, he discovered Oscar Peterson and quickly fell in love with jazz.

In 2006, Mikadze entered V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire. After founding a quartet, his career took off quickly. He performed at various Jazz Festivals, including Modern Music Evenings (2008), Art-Gene (2008), Kavkaz Jazz Festival, Black Sea Jazz Festival and Berklee High School Jazz Festival (2012-13).

He graduated from V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire in 2010, after which he entered Berklee College of Music, earning a full-tuition scholarship.

Noted for his skills as a fantastic pianist and composer in all styles, Mikadze has performed with the Tbilisi and Berklee Symphony Orchestras, composed for plays at the Rustaveli National Theatre in Georgia (including Biedermann and the Fire Raisers), and was musical director for Berklee’s tribute to Qunicy Jones. He has also played in jazz settings with renowned artists such as Roy Hargrove, Patti Austin, Justin Dicioccio, Mike Stern, Renee Neufville, Siedah Garrett, Rain Sultanov, Lenny Stallworth, Amen Saleem, Phil Wilson, David Fiuczynski, Mulatu Astatke, and Kirill Gerstein.

Mikadze was recently selected for the highly competitive Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center (directed by Jason Moran), where he performed for three nights. Mikadze won prizes in many international competitions, including : 2nd Prize, N. Gabunia National Piano Competition (Tbilisi, Georgia, 2002); 2nd Prize, Tbilisi International Young Pianists’ Competition (Tbilisi, Georgia, 2005); and Special Prize and Diploma, 6th V. Horowitz International Piano Competition (Kiev, Ukraine, 2005). He was awarded a full-tuition scholarship at the International Festival-Institute in Round Top, Texas (2009), and won scholarships from the president of Georgia (2003), Eteri Andjapharidze (2007), Giya Kancheli (2009) and Emmanuel Zambelli (2013).

 

Admission: 
Free

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