“I love connecting with people,” says trumpeter Josh Shpak. “Whether they be teenagers or your grandma, if I can see that they’re feeling the music, I’m happy.” With a rich style evident of influences from classic jazz to electronica, Shpak has made himself a commodity in the music world. This cross-generational quality has launched a career playing with jazz heavyweights such as Cedar Walton and Jimmy Heath, soul legends Tower of Power, and young crossover innovators like Esperanza Spalding, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, and John Daversa.
The Maniacs of the 4th Dimension, led by Davis Whitfield on piano, is a collective of creative individuals who share an interest in the Fourth Dimension. In trio, quartet, quintet, and sextet formats, the Maniacs offer a unique presentation of timeless standards and original jazz compositions. The group began with two musicians who met while attending Berklee College of Music: Jared Mulcahy on bass and Oscar Suchanek on drums. They have performed at the Fat Cat in New York, The City's Dream Art Gallery in New Jersey, and the Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge. Don't miss an opportunity to travel to the Fourth Dimension with the Maniacs.
Hailing from Valencia, Venezuela, Rojas began his musical studies with drums at the age of 13. By 19, he was playing with the most acclaimed and recognized jazz musicians in Venezuela, such as Pablo Gil, Diego Alvarez, and Gonzalo Mico. Rojas has performed at numerous venues and events since coming to Boston, including Symphony Hall, TEDx Boston, the Berklee Middle Eastern Festival, and the Esplanade.
Tomas Latorre Quartet started playing together in fall 2013. With Josh Plotner on sax and flute, Evan Waarama on piano, and Tiago Michelin on drums, the group is led by Tomas Latorre on bass. They play an array of Latin music, mostly Latorre's original compositions blended with jazz and modern sounds.
The Jan Esbra Quartet plays original compositions of all the band members. Originating in the fall of 2011, the Jan Esbra Quartet has recorded in the Berklee studios and performed in and around Boston. Personnel changes, depending on the season or event, provide fresh takes on the music composed by Jan and the band.
This jazz-rock group, based in Boston and founded San Diego, plays jazz arrangements and compositions with electric vibrations, creating infinite forms that express themselves through improvised sound.
Simon Moullier Triois centered on jazz but uses it only as a color in the sound via acoustic instruments. The group is sometimes sullied by effects on the vibraphone or by the mad itching rhythms of Simon’s main influences: Thom York, Steve Reich, Tigran Hamasyan, John Coltrane, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kenny Garrett, Robert Glasper, Archive, and Pink Floyd. Simon's group performed at the 2013 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival.
CANCELED: This event has been canceled or postponed. Created in the fall of 2012 by vocalist and composer Raquel Rivera, Amethyst has brought together six of Boston’s up-and-coming young musicians for a unique project. The members of Amethyst have joined their love of contemporary jazz, acoustic pop, and various Latin genres with skill and taste. Each unique voice enriches improvisational arcs throughout every performance. Featuring Rivera’s originals as well as collaborative cover arrangements, this group delivers accessible interpretations of human feeling.
Satarra, a singer-songwriter from Atlanta, is rooted in R&B, indie rock, and world music. She focuses on bringing a fresh sound to the forefront of the music scene and will move you with stunning, potent lyrics and an authentic sound.
Apoena’s music is a concise mixture of the many types he heard throughout childhood. Coming from a family of actors, musicians, acrobats, and variety performers, his influences range from Brazilian folk and pop to contemporary indie rock and world jazz.