Concert

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

Mare Duo (Annika & Fabian Hinsche) with August Watters

Wednesday / September 25, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
Mare Duo

Mandolinist Annika Luckebergfeld Hinsche and guitarist Fabian Hinsche, two of Germany's most successful young musicians, will present a concert of contemporary classical music with Berklee faculty mandolinist August Watters.

Annika and Fabian Hinsche, performing together as Mare Duo, have won more than 20 prizes in international competitions across Europe. More than two dozen new compositions have been composed for and are dedicated to Mare Duo, including works by Berklee faculty member Allen LeVines and the late John McGann, a former Berklee faculty member. Both Annika Luckebergfeld Hinsche and Fabian Hinsche are, independently, prize-winning soloists, and assistant professors at the Cologne University of Music in Wuppertal, Germany. Annika also directs the prestigious orchestra Jugendzüpforchester NorthRhine Westfalia.

August Watters is a multi-stylistic, improvising mandolinist and international clinician who has performed and taught extensively in the U.S. and across Europe. He is the founder of New England Mandolin Ensemble, Boston Mandolins, and the Festival of Mandolin Chamber Music. He is also an Emmy-award winning arranger/conductor/composer with extensive studio credits. He has been on the Berklee faculty for 15 years and earned his current rank of associate professor by developing and teaching new curricula designed for the needs of improvising string players.

Admission: 
Free

Gary Burton

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 10:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
02134
The New Gary Burton Quartet

Vibraphonist Gary Burton has won seven Grammy Awards, most recently for his work on Hot House with Chick Corea. Burton taught at Berklee for 33 years, served as the college’s executive vice president, and continues to teach for Berklee Online. Burton was recently profiled by the New York Times, which noted that Burton “played a pioneering role in the birth of jazz-rock” and “helped change the game for jazz education, which has in turn transformed the broader landscape of music.” The Times concludes that “the sound of jazz’s ascendant mainstream” now “bears Mr. Burton’s influence.”

The New Gary Burton Quartet recently released a new album, Guided Tour, and is currently touring the U.S. and Europe. The quartet also includes guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Antonio Sanchez. In the video below, Burton discusses the course of his illustrious career to date:

Admission: 
Show: $30 Dinner & Show: $70

Gary Burton

Friday / September 27, 2013 / 10:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
02134
The New Gary Burton Quartet

Vibraphonist Gary Burton has won seven Grammy Awards, most recently for his 2012 work on Hot House with Chick Corea. Burton taught at Berklee for 33 years, served as the college’s executive vice president, and continues to teach for Berklee Online. He was recently profiled by the New York Times, which noted that Burton “played a pioneering role in the birth of jazz-rock” and “helped change the game for jazz education, which has in turn transformed the broader landscape of music.” The Times adds that “the sound of jazz’s ascendant mainstream” now “bears Mr. Burton’s influence.”

The New Gary Burton Quartet recently released a new album, Guided Tour, and is currently touring the U.S. and Europe. The quartet also includes guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Antonio Sanchez. In the video below, Burton discusses the course of his illustrious career to date:

Admission: 
Show: $30 Dinner & Show: $70

Madeleine Peyroux

Sunday / October 27, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Madeleine Peyroux

 “The only thing that matters is the song,” says singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux. That conviction, along with a  “one of a kind” voice, has carried this jazz artist from busking on the streets of Paris all the way to mainstream recognition. Through distinctive renditions of classics and modern tunes by the likes of Leonard Cohen and the Beatles, Peyroux has proved to be an uncannily insightful interpreter with a consistently impeccable choice of material. Peyroux will bring her band and string section to present an electric mix of jazz, blues, country, and pop -- much of it from her latest album, The Blue Room. Come down and experience it!

Watch a video for Peyroux's single,  “Changing All Those Changes,” below:

Admission: 
$65, $45, $35, reserved seating

Family Weekend Concert

Friday / October 4, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Family Weekend Concert features multiple Berklee student groups, including the Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Chaka Khan ensembles. Berklee's premier coed a cappella group and contestant on NBC's Sing Off, Pitch Slapped, will also be performing. 

Admission: 
free

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