Concert

Jesca Hoop / Cocoa Jackson Lane

Thursday / October 17, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Jesca Hoop
Cocoa Jackson Lane

Jesca Hoop’s eclectic songwriting and music has drawn praise from Tom Waits, who describes Hoop’s sound as being "like a four-sided coin." 

Cocoa Jackson Lane combines gritty soul with roots and reggae. A fresh collaboration between vocalist Jess Harlen and Camilla 'Bass Killa' Charlesworth, Cocoa Jackson Lane seamlessly ranges from heart-wrenching delicacy to hard-hitting dancehall.

Admission: 
$5 with Berklee I.D, $8 in advance, $10 day of show, general admission

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Saturday / April 26, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Maria Schneider
Maria Schneider

Maria Schneider and her orchestra have enjoyed a distinguished recording career, including earning nine Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards. Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.”

She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. With that recording, Schneider began to develop her unique writing style for her 17-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today.

Today, Schneider’s compositions continue to highlight the distinct creative voices of the group.

Admission: 
$60, $52, $44, reserved seating

Jason Moran: Fats Waller Dance Party

Friday / April 4, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Jason Moran
Fats Waller

Jason Moran has been called "the most provocative thinker in current jazz" by Rolling Stone. The Los Angeles Times lauds Moran as "a startlingly gifted pianist with a relentless thirst for experimentation." In this program, Moran once again challenges the status quo by rethinking the work of the prolific jazz pianist and composer Fats Waller. Moran views Waller's music through two lenses: as music for a jazz piano trio and as contemporary dance music. Don’t miss this exhilarating evening!

Admission: 
$60, $52, $44, reserved seating

Newport Jazz Festival: NOW 60

Thursday / February 13, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Karrin Allyson, vocalist
Randy Brecker, trumpet
Anat Cohen, clarinet
Larry Grenadier, bass
Peter Martin, piano
Clarence Penn, drums
Mark Whitfield, guitar

Fireworks are sure to fly when some of the most ferociously talented musicians to perform at the Newport Jazz Festival share the stage. The lineup includes Anat Cohen (clarinet), Karrin Allyson (voice), Randy Brecker (trumpet), Mark Whitfield (guitar), Peter Martin (piano), Larry Grenadier (bass), and Clarence Penn (drums).

Admission: 
$60, $52, $44, reserved seating

The Spinners / Tavares

Saturday / November 16, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
The Spinners

The timeless appeal of the Spinners remains strong several decades after this soulful R&B powerhouse scored hits like “I’ll Be Around,” “Rubberband Man,” and “One of a Kind (Love Affair).” Over the years, the Spinners have acquired six Grammy nominations and have performed twice during the awards ceremony. They have also performed for presidents and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Tavares, another long-running R&B group that delivered a string of hits in the ‘70s (“Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel,” “That’s the Sound That Lonely Makes,” and others), will open. Tavares scored its first hit with “Check It Out” in 1973 and soon began appearing regularly on the R&B and pop charts. Tavares continues to bring an incredible energy to its performances. Don’t miss this this soul-powered show!

VIP tickets include an exclusive meet-and-greet with the artists from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Admission: 
$85 VIP, $65, $55, $50, reserved seating

3 K!NGZ / JScott Martin / William Gittens / Shano Wilson

Monday / October 28, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
3 K!NGZ
Enjoy a night of original R&B and soul music from 3 K!NGZ, Shano Wilson, Jscott Martin, and William Gittens.
 

William Gittens is a soulful singer-songwriter from Triniadad and Tobago who draws on a wide array of influences.

Shano Wilson presents creative vocal acrobatics and a timeless sound that crosses genres, generations, and cultures.

JScott Martin is a soulful singer and bassist with roots in Nashville and California.

Watch JScott Martin perform live at Berklee here:

Admission: 
Free

Vocal Jazz Festival

Thursday / November 21, 2013 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Vocal jazz ensembles perform a variety of songs in the tradition of groups such as the Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, VOX ONE, The Real Group, The Swingle Singers, and more. The performances, directed by Ned Rosenblatt, David Scott, and Jeremy Ragsdale, will feature some original arrangements by Berklee faculty and students.

Admission: 
Free

Vocal Jazz Festival

Friday / November 22, 2013 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Vocal jazz ensembles perform a variety of songs in the tradition of groups such as the Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, VOX ONE, The Real Group, The Swingle Singers, and more. The performances, directed by Ned Rosenblatt, David Scott, and Jeremy Ragsdale, will feature some original arrangements by Berklee faculty and students.

Admission: 
Free

Todd Carey / Curtis Peoples

Wednesday / October 30, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Todd Carey
Curtis Peoples

New York-based pop singer-songwriter Todd Carey tours in support of his new album, Future Throwback. “I fought for this record,” Carey says of the album, which took three years of painstaking work. “I sleep well at night because I made this record.” Carey hit the iTunes Top 40 in 2010 with his After the Morning After EP.

Curtis Peoples has recently released an album, The Fight, which puts this pop singer-songwriter’s ability to deliver catchy songs on display. Watch the Curtis Peoples music video for “Made for Me (Forever)” here:

 

Admission: 
$12 in advance, $14 day of show, general admission

Hot Mess Loves You / Jake Clemons / Tom McBride

Wednesday / October 23, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Hot Mess Loves You / Jake Clemons

Hot Mess Loves You, a Nashville-based pop rock band, showcases lead singer Storey Condos’ engaging songwriting as well as Marc Anderson’s unique lap steel guitar style. The group is rounded out by Ryan Maker (guitar), Hypatia Runcie (bass), and Tom Myers (drums). Hot Mess Loves You’s new EP, Waiting to Burn, was produced by two-time Grammy Award-winner Chad Carlson and offers traces of everything from P!nk and Blondie to Muse and Queen.

There's the hair, then there are the glasses, but ultimately there is a person who is a magnet for positive energy, emotion, and creating stories. While he feels a deep connection to his past, Jake Clemons continues to make a deep connection in the present by living life to its fullest through a musical journey. If you take the mysterious, rugged side of Johnny Cash and mix it with the soulful, down-to-earth love child of Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons—shaken, not stirred, of course—you end up with the unique and talented Clemons. He plays the guitar, saxophone, piano, and drums. He writes music, he sings, he loves rock 'n' roll!

On Tom McBride’s award-winning third album, Morning in Glen Burnie, the Boston-born, and now Nashville-based, songwriter weaves stories about love and loss, commitment, and the circle of fatherhood through a gorgeously laid-back, 12-song Americana-inspired album. Backed by some of Boston's finest musicians, McBride's vocal talents are in full display as he eases between the soaring melodies of blue-eyed soul in "Julia" to the more restrained folk-country ballads "Take Her Somewhere" and "She Knows."

Watch Hot Mess Loves You perform "You Need Me" here:

Admission: 
$10 in advance, $12 day of show, general admission

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