Concert

The Armand Zildjian Artist-in-Residence Featuring Peter Erskine

Wednesday / September 28, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

As part of the annual Armand Zildjian Artist-in-Residence program, legendary drummer Peter Erskine will perform with big band and small group.

Erskine has played drums since the age of 4 and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on over 500 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards plus an honorary doctorate from the Berklee School of Music (1992).

In his career to date, Erskine has released 30 albums under his own name or as co-leader. He has played with Weather Report, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, the Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny and Gary Burton, John Scofield, et al., and has appeared as a soloist with the London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Frankfurt Radio, Scottish Chamber, Royal Opera House, BBC Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras. The readers of Modern Drummer magazine have voted him Best Jazz Drummer of the Year 10 times.

After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Erskine studied at Indiana University under George Gaber. In 1972 he commenced his pro career playing with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Four years later, he joined Maynard Ferguson before working with Jaco Pastorius in Weather Report and recording five albums with the band, one of which gave him his first Grammy. He won his second Grammy Award as the drummer of the WDR Big Band. Films where Erskine's drumming can be heard include Memoirs of a Geisha, the new Pink Panther films and all three of the Austin Powers movies.

Erskine produces jazz recordings for his record label, Fuzzy Music, and is an active author with several books to his credit. The latest titles include Time Awareness for All Musicians and Essential Drum Fills. He is currently professor of practice and director of drumset studies at the University of Southern California. His latest album, Joy Luck, is available from Fuzzy Music, featuring two Berklee alumni, Vardan Ovsepian and Damian Erskine, in his New Trio. His latest educational effort is timeawareness.com, an online educational resource for all musicians.

Tickets are on sale now. Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, reserved seating

Joe Brooks / Chelsea Lee / Alexis Babini

Thursday / September 29, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Starting out as a 16-year-old guitarist recording music in his bedroom, Joe Brooks went on to become an online sensation. He received nearly 20 million plays on Myspace and spent one year as the U.K.'s No. 1 unsigned artist on the network. After selling out two U.K. tours on his own, Brooks made a video for his first single, "Superman" which has received almost 5 million plays on YouTube.  Called the "next John Mayer" by Seventeen/CosmoGirl magazine and enjoying synchs on shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Brooks's star is clearly on the rise.

For a while, the only place Chelsea Lee was comfortable singing was in the shower. But at 15, the aspiring singer tried her hand at a local open mic—and her attempt was received with praise. "I'm downstairs running the club, selling beer, and she's soundchecking, and instantly I was blown away," says her manager, Daniel Brindley, who owns the suburban-D.C. music club Jammin Java. Brindley began inviting Lee to open for his acts, and in a few months she was headlining shows. Armed with an alarmingly pure voice, down-to-earth charm, and a songwriting maturity that's rare for her age, Lee appears to have the entire package.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Daphne Willis / Madi Diaz / Megan McCormick

Wednesday / September 28, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Daphne Willis

Everything Daphne Willis has done up to now in both her music and her life has led to this moment. Her latest album, Because I Can, marks the 23-year-old writer/singer/guitarist's artistic coming of age in thrilling—and at times heart-wrenching—fashion. This captivating LP represents an exponential leap, as she grows into her enormous talent and puts it to powerful and relatable use via her singular sensibility. Because I Can sounds very much like the defining work of a young artist who matters.

Also featuring performances by Madi Diaz and Megan McCormick.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

The New Gary Burton Quartet

Sunday / September 25, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The New Gary Burton Quartet

Gary Burton's debut release on Mack Avenue Records, Common Ground, is Burton's first studio album since 2005, and introduces his latest band, the New Gary Burton Quartet, featuring guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Antonio Sanchez. The group performs during the closing night concert of the 2011 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival.

Burton, the Grammy-winning pioneer of the four-mallet vibraphone technique, has been well-known throughout his five-decade career for his quartets (beginning with his 1967 group featuring Larry Coryell, Roy Haynes, and Steve Swallow). "Whenever I start a new group, I often wonder how things will work, to see if the musicians will enjoy playing together and are ready to take the music to a higher level," says Burton. "With the new band, I'm thrilled. It's proving to be one of the standout bands of my career and has already quickly developed its own identity."

Watch a video to learn more about the New Gary Burton Quartet and its new disc.

Listen to the New Gary Burton Quartet on the Sounds of Berklee podcast. 

Admission: 
$35, $25, reserved seating

Rebecca Loebe / Tom Bianchi

Wednesday / October 5, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In 2010, Rebecca Loebe's full-length album Mystery Prize spent over two months on both the United States and European Americana charts. In the UK, Mystery Prize received a four-star review from Maverick Magazine, whose critic reported, “[the] sophomore album sparkles and bubbles.”

Admission: 
$10 general admission, $8 student

Those Who Can Teach, Perform!

Monday / November 21, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Each semester, faculty and students of the Music Education Department perform to demonstrate the unique and exciting music-making that goes on in the department.

Admission: 

Autumn Winds

Friday / November 18, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Lively and lyrical originals and new arrangements performed by the Berklee Flute Choir and the Autumn Wind Ensemble, including flute, clarinet, bassoon, and piano. Directed by professor Wendy Rolfe.

Admission: 

Singers Night

Tuesday / November 15, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Enjoy a global music experience, featuring a diverse program of multiple styles with emphasis on original compositions, all performed by Berklee's best. This concert is sponsored by the Singers Night Team and the Voice Department. Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Endangered Speeches

Thursday / June 30, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Endangered Speeches

Endangered Speeches, the creative brainchild of Greek MC/composer Mariletta Konstrantara, aims to restore a meaningful message and forward direction to hip-hop music. Founded in 2008, Endangered Speeches’s eclectic members hail from around the world, bringing with them their uniquely vast musical experiences. Now, with the release of the debut album, The City is Rough, the band moves determinedly forward, poised to bring the music to the corners of the globe they call "home."

Admission: 
Free

Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra

Thursday / September 22, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The show features the 19-piece Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra playing music by faculty member Darrell Katz and JCA composers. Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

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