Concert

Guillermo Klein Quintet with Berklee Ensemble

Wednesday / January 29, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Guillermo Klein

New York’s WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM and NPR Music proudly present year three of The Checkout—Live at Berklee, a concert series in which critically acclaimed, New York-based performers return to their Berklee roots and perform for the world from Boston’s Cafe 939. Tonight’s concert features Argentinian composer and pianist Guillermo Klein ‘94. See the action in person as it is streamed live worldwide at 8:00 p.m. EST on NPRmusic.org.

According to the New York Times, Klein is “rightly heralded in postmodern jazz circles for the flexibility, urgency, and otherworldly vision of his music.” At this concert, he will perform with Bill McHenry (saxophone), Richard Nant (trumpet), Jeff Ballard (drums), and a Berklee student ensemble section.

In addition to live streaming on NPRmusic.org, you can also hear this concert in New York on WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM or wbgo.org. You can also listen to every show anytime after its airdate at Checkoutjazz.org and NPRmusic.org.

Admission: 
$10, $5 with college I.D., general admission

Matt Stevens Quintet

Wednesday / April 2, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Matt Stevens

New York’s WBGO-FM and NPR Music proudly present “The Checkout: Live at Berklee,” a concert series that brings critically acclaimed New York-based performers back to their Berklee roots for a performance at Boston’s Cafe 939. This concert features  Matt Stevens (guitar), Gerald Clayton (piano), Vincente Archer (bass), Paulo Stagnaro (percussion) and Eric Doob (drums). The show will stream live worldwide on NPRmusic.org.

Matthew Stevens is one of his generation’s preeminent guitarists. Since graduating from Berklee, where he was awarded the Guitar Department’s highest honor, the Jimi Hendrix Award, Stevens' incendiary playing has earned him regular action with such bandleaders as Terri Lyne Carrington, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and Dr. Lonnie Smith. He has written songs with soul singer Chris Turner, collaborated with producers Gavin Brown and Glen Ballard, and is a member of genre-bending groups NEXT Collective and ERIMAJ. Stevens continues to expand his boundaries this year. In addition to new recordings with saxophonist Walter Smith III and legendary drummer Harvey Mason, he will release his debut as a leader supported by Vicente Archer, Gerald Clayton, Eric Doob and Paulo Stagnaro. 

In addition to live streaming on NPRmusic.org, this concert will also be heard on New York's jazz station, WBGO-FM and wbgo.org. You can also listen to every show anytime after its airdate at Checkoutjazz.org and NPRmusic.org.

Admission: 
$10, $5 with college I.D., general admission

Berklee in the Round

Tuesday / May 6, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Berklee in the Round Tuesdays are free acoustic performances showcasing Berklee students, faculty, and alumni, plus special guests. Inspired by the world-famous Bluebird Café rounds in Nashville, Tennessee, Berklee in the Round Tuesdays are held on the last Tuesday of each month, during the semester. The writers are seated in the center of the room and perform their original songs in a circle, creating an intimate listening room vibe, as if the audience was joining the writers in their living room.  

A special chair is reserved in the round for a mystery guest. This person could be an established artist visiting the college or touring in the area, a hit songwriter, etc. You never know who may show up for a few songs or join in for the whole round.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee in the Round: Roots Songwriter Night

Tuesday / April 8, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Berklee in the Round Tuesdays are free acoustic performances showcasing Berklee students, faculty, and alumni, plus special guests. Inspired by the world-famous Bluebird Café rounds in Nashville, Tennessee, Berklee in the Round Tuesdays are held on the first Tuesday of each month during the semester. The writers are seated in the center of the room and perform their original songs in a circle, creating an intimate listening room vibe, as if the audience was joining the writers in their living room.  

A special chair is reserved in the round for a mystery guest. This person could be an established artist who is visiting the college or touring in the area, or a hit songwriter. You never know who might show up for a few songs or join in for the whole round.

 

Admission: 
Free

Berklee in the Round: Pop Night with Anna Nalick

Tuesday / March 11, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Berklee in the Round Tuesdays are free acoustic performances showcasing Berklee students, faculty, and alumni, plus special guests. Inspired by the world-famous Bluebird Café rounds in Nashville, Tennessee, Berklee in the Round Tuesdays are held on the last Tuesday of each month during the semester. The writers are seated in the center of the room and perform their original songs in a circle, creating an intimate listening room vibe, as if the audience were joining the writers in their living rooms.  

This event's special guest is Anna Nalick. This southern California native first broke onto the music scene in April 2006 with the release of her Sony debut platinum album Wreck of the Day. The album entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 20. The single “Breathe (2AM)” has sold nearly 3 million copies and was featured prominently on Grey’s Anatomy and other television and film soundtracks.

Nalick began writing music as a hobby at a very young age and continued to write for local rock, punk, and ska bands through her teens. In high school she performed as lead singer in her own rock and goth rock bands as well as in a Rush cover band. She began performing and showcasing her writing as a solo artist when she was 18. 

In her first year of college, Nalick’s lo-fi home-recorded demo wound up in the hands of Christopher Thorn, Brad Smith, and Eric Rosse. Thorn and Smith founded the band Blind Melon and were operating as a production team. Rosse has produced Tori Amos and Sara Bareilles. The producers were impressed by Nalick’s writing and agreed to help her record a professional demo. Nalick was signed was signed by Sony in 2004. In 2008, she released The Shine EP that included the single “Shine” and a cover of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' “Breaking The Girl.” In 2009, Nalick left Sony and released the independent album Broken Doll & Odds & Ends in 2011. She is currently writing her third album.

Tickets are free and can be picked up from the Berklee Performance Center Box Office or reserved online here.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee in the Round

Tuesday / February 11, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Berklee in the Round Tuesdays are free acoustic performances showcasing Berklee students, faculty, and alumni, plus special guests. Inspired by the world-famous Bluebird Café rounds in Nashville, Tennessee, Berklee in the Round Tuesdays are held on the last Tuesday of each month, during the semester. The writers are seated in the center of the room and perform their original songs in a circle, creating an intimate listening room vibe, as if the audience was joining the writers in their living room.  

A special chair is reserved in the round for a mystery guest. This person could be an established artist visiting the college or touring in the area, a hit songwriter, etc. You never know who may show up for a few songs or join in for the whole round.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee in the Round

Tuesday / January 21, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Berklee in the Round Tuesdays are free acoustic performances showcasing Berklee students, faculty, and alumni, plus special guests. Inspired by the world-famous Bluebird Café rounds in Nashville, Tennessee, Berklee in the Round Tuesdays are held on the first Tuesday of each month during the semester. The writers are seated in the center of the room and perform their original songs in a circle, creating an intimate listening room vibe, as if the audience was joining the writers in their living room.  

A special chair is reserved in the round for a mystery guest. This person could be an established artist who is visiting the college or touring in the area, a hit songwriter, etc. You never know who may show up for a few songs or join in for the whole round.

This show will feature Leah Grams-Johnson, Max Capistran, Honor Witke, Duncan Johnson, and Julia Hoffman.

Admission: 
Free

Patrick Cornelius and Friends

Wednesday / December 11, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Patrick Cornelius

New York’s WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM and NPRmusic proudly present year three of The Checkout—Live at Berklee, a concert series in which critically acclaimed, New York-based performers return to their Berklee roots and perform for the world from Boston’s Cafe 939. This concert features alto saxophonist and jazz composer Patrick Cornelius along with Gerald Clayton (piano), Jason Palmer (trumpet), John Ellis (saxophone), Miles Okazaki (guitar), Nick Vayenas (trombone), Peter Slavov (bass), and Kendrick Scott (drums). See the action in person as it is streamed live worldwide at 8:00 p.m. EST on NPRmusic.org.

Cornelius has emerged as a dynamic new voice on the New York jazz scene today. AllAboutJazz.com lauded his 2011 release, Maybe Steps, for “reveal(ing) more treasures and pleasures with repeated listening.” In 2011, he was identified in the Players section of DownBeat magazine as a rising young talent on the scene, and the following year he was awarded a new jazz works commission by Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation. With the recent release of Infinite Blue, his most accomplished work to date, Cornelius shows growth and maturation as both a player and composer. 

The show is made possible with support from the Chamber Music America's 2012 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  The concert will feature Patrick Cornelius '00 and a song cycle he wrote based on "When We Were Very Young" for octet. A recent story in the Boston Globe highlights the inspiration for this composition.  

In addition to live streaming on NPRmusic.org, you can also hear this concert in New York on WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM or wbgo.org. You can also listen to every show anytime after its airdate at Checkoutjazz.org and NPRmusic.org.

Admission: 
$10, $5 with college I.D., general admission

Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio

Wednesday / October 9, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Melissa Aldana

New York’s WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM and NPR Music proudly present year three of The Checkout: Live at Berklee—a concert at which critically acclaimed, New York-based performers return to their Berklee roots and perform for the world from Boston’s Cafe 939. Tonight’s concert features Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio with Melissa Aldana on tenor sax, Pablo Menares on bass, and Francisco Mela on drums. See the action in person as it is streamed live worldwide at 8:00 p.m. EST on NPRmusic.org.

A former recipient of Berklee’s Presidential Scholarship, Aldana was encouraged to apply to Berklee by Danilo Perez, who also invited her and her father to perform at the Panama Jazz Festival. At Berklee, Aldana studied with Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Frank Tiberi, Greg Osby, and Hal Crook, just to name a few. She also benefitted from private master classes under legendary bop saxophonist George Coleman, who continues to guide her progress and helps her sharpen her musicality.

Aldana graduated from Berklee in 2009 and currently lives in Manhattan, where she performs at the city’s best clubs, such as Blue Note, Iridium, Lincoln Center, Smalls, and Jazz Gallery, sharing the stage with contemporary jazz greats like Benny Golson, Greg Osby, George Garzone, Francisco Mela, and Antonio Sanchez. Aldana released her first album, Free Fall, in 2010, and followed that up with Second Cycle in 2012. Both albums were released on the Inner Circle Music label.

In addition to live streaming on NPRmusic.org, you can also hear this concert in New York on WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM or wbgo.org. In addition, you can also listen to every show anytime after its airdate at Checkoutjazz.org and NPRmusic.org.

Admission: 
$10, $5 with college I.D., general admission

Artists for Social Action: Matt Jenson and the Liquid Revolution

Tuesday / October 15, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Matt Jenson and the Liquid Revolution

Matt Jenson and the Liquid Revolution is a powerful six-piece band built on a foundation of rock-solid reggae groove with tight vocal harmonies and inspired blues-rock soloing. Joining reggae’s long mission of revolutionary consciousness-raising, the Liquid Revolution expresses the cry of alternative global thinking in this era of climate change and extreme economic injustice. Not only do Jenson’s insightful lyrics strike at the heart of these issues, but his tunes about joyful expressions of love, spirituality, and the lessons to be learned from simple stories of everyday life all offer a vision of a bright future.

Jenson is a multi-genre keyboardist, singer, arranger, composer, and gifted educator who is currently an assistant professor of piano at Berklee College of Music, where, among his other teaching duties, he is well known for his course, “The Music and Life of Bob Marley.” This year saw the release of the group’s groundbreaking debut album, Dragonfly Taxi, and the band will be performing selections from the album along with a full multimedia production including many visual effects and creative video augmentation.

Listen to songs from Dragonfly Taxi here.

Admission: 
Free

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