Concert

Marcus Santos and Bloco AfroBrazil

Saturday / September 24, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Beantown Jazz Festival
6 Blocks, Starting at Columbus and Mass. Avenues
Boston
United States
Bloco AfroBrazil

 

Bloco AfroBrazil's goal is to preserve, promote, and spread the Afro-Brazilian culture, in all its aspects: music, dance, religion, and culinary arts. Their primary focus is on music and dance, through different music entities: BatukAxé drum and dance ensemble playing samba reggae and other batucada style grooves. Banda Jiló playing Forro music from northeastern Brazil. Aguidá plays Axé music, the most contemporary music style from Salvador. Mangalô a modern interpretation of traditional Brazilian grooves. Our goals are to create an annual event fully dedicated to the Afro-Brazilian culture and to organize an annual trip to Bahia to spread the knowledge of Afro-Brazilian culture in the U.S. by exposing people to the lifestyle of Bahia.

Admission: 
Free admission

Berklee Beantown Traditional Jazz Band

Saturday / September 24, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Columbus Avenue (Street Performance)
688 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States

The Berklee BeanTown Traditional Jazz Band, is a dixieland style octet comprised mostly Berklee College of Music Faculty Members.  Of the eight of them, Charlie Lewis, Harry Skoler, John Pierce, Bill Thompson, John Marasco, Jon Hazilla, and Bob Tamagni all currently teach at Berklee and are known for their prestige in the U.S. music scene.

This year Stu Gunn will be joining the group on tuba. The Berklee BeanTown Traditional Jazz Band will be seen throughout the day all over Columbus Avenue, giving Dixieland-style small band performances.

Admission: 
Free

Nadia Washington Quartet

Monday / August 15, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Nadia Washington

Often compared to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, Nadia Washington's style incorporates a fusion of different musical avenues. Her smooth, velvet-cloaked vocals draw in an audience, leaving many feeling quite misty.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Washington was surrounded by some of the premier musicians of the area. Of course one in particular would be her mother, Nelda Washington, who took the hotel bar and lounge circuit by storm in the late '80s and early '90s. Being a single parent, Nelda would bring her daughter to studio sessions and some hotel gigs. This was the beginning of her education.

At the age of 5, Washington had her first performance at a church that seated five thousand. This was the start of her passion for performing. As she began to really get serious about her craft, her mother would invite her to sing along with on some gigs. Eventually, Washington began singing with her in studio sessions for clients such as Frito-Lay and McDonald's. She has also been involved in numerous studio sessions with various major recording artists, including David and Tamela Mann of the new television sitcom Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns.

By the time she hit her teenage years, Washington found a new passion: jazz music. At the age of 15, she was accepted to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where could learn more about the music that mesmerized her. Attending this school led her to many more opportunities that gave her national recognition: two DownBeat Student Music Awards and an honor from the National Foundation of the Advancement of the Arts. In 2006, she received the Monterey Jazz Festival Outstanding Jazz Vocalist award and participated in the Grammy Jazz Ensemble. She was also accepted to Berklee on the Bill Cosby Presidential Scholarship.

While studying at Berklee, Washington has made a mark on both coasts, playing at the Blue Note in New York as well as at Vibrato in Bel Air, California. She was an affiliate of many ensembles, most notably those led by Terri Lyne Carrington, Greg Osby, and Ralph Peterson, touring the East Coast.

Washington has appeared as a guest vocalist for many occasions, including a musical tribute to Dave Brubeck in 2007, and she was a featured performing artist in the Trinidad and Tobago Steelpan and Jazz Festival in 2008. Shortly thereafter, she played the role of Billie Holiday in the musical Love and Hunger. Most recently, Washington had the opportunity to sing with legendary jazz pianist Kenny Barron in the 2010 commencement ceremony at Berklee.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Stage at Boston Book Festival

Saturday / October 15, 2011 / 11:00 a.m.
Copley Square
206 Clarendon Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116
Yesberger Band

Berklee presents seven groups on the main stage at Copley Square during the Boston Book Festival, a free event open to the public with over 100 authors and presenters. Performances include folk, poetry, jazz, and pop.

Christa Gniadek
11:00 a.m.–11:25 a.m.

Christa Gniadek is a prolifically talented singer-songwriter, performer, and businesswoman—all at 21 years old. At first glance, she seems like another pretty face with a guitar, but behind that also lies poignancy, grace, and tenaciously driven character that everyone can appreciate and love. To date, she has released an EP, Alone or Lying (2009), a full-length album, No One's Dolly (2010), and a two-track single, Hello June (2010). While promoting her second full-length album, Get Me (2011), Gniadek is pursuing her passion as a full-time student at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston as a guitar principal.

Ken Yates
11:30 a.m.–11:55 a.m.

Born and raised in London, Ontario, Ken Yates holds true to his roots as a Canadian singer-songwriter by following the influence of such folk stars as Neil Young by crafting rhythmic guitar arrangements blended seamlessly with melodies that transport his listeners into the world of his lyrics. The recent Berklee graduate's debut EP has been grabbing the attention of listeners worldwide, most notably from John Mayer who recently blogged about Yates's song "I Don't Wanna Fall in Love."

Berklee Poetry Slam
12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.

No costumes, no props—just raw creativity and a courageous soul. Performance poetry sweeps across all genres, spanning hip-hop, stand-up, comedy, theater, social commentary, bittersweet love ballads, and personal evolution. The end result is an electric event that inspires, transforms, entertains, and liberates.

Caili O'Doherty Trio
1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.

Pianist Caili O'Doherty, 19, is currently a sophomore at Berklee College, studying jazz performance on a full scholarship. She began studying classical piano at age 5 and discovered her love for jazz at 11, when she transferred to an arts school in Beaverton, Oregon. As part of the school's award-winning jazz band, she played twice at the Monterey Jazz Festival and at Jazz at Lincoln Center while still in middle school. O'Doherty went on to win two DownBeat Student Music Awards for jazz piano performance and composition. She was honored to receive a 2009 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award for her song "Padme." Last May, she was selected as one of five female jazz pianists to participate in the inaugural Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artist Workshop and to perform at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.

The Daydream
2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.

The Daydream is a dynamic blend of the energy and drive of improvisation, mixed with the sound effects and experimentation of modern music. Under the direction of bassist Justin Richey, the band is comprised of Berklee alumnus and Julliard grad student Alex Wintz on guitar, keyboardist Zach Tenorio, and Berklee alumnus Vishal Nayak on drums. The group now plays regularly with local up-and-coming visual artists from schools located in and around Boston, taking musical improvisation in a new artistic direction.

Ada Pasternak Featuring the Fourth Floor Band
3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.

Ada Pasternak was born in Moscow and immigrated to the United States at the age of 6 where she began taking violin lessons. A year later, she was accepted into Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student. Pasternak continued with her training in classical music for 10 years, winning numerous competitions and awards. However, she always had an interest in improvising and other styles of music besides classical. In 2007, Pasternak was awarded Berklee's Presidential Scholarship. She now also plays mandolin and piano, and composes and writes music, often accompanying herself on the violin while singing.

Yesberger Band
4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m.

This young trio from the Berklee College of Music, has opened for the Temptations, Bobby McFerrin, and the Yellowjackets, and is committed to providing entertaining and inspiring performances that will groove you and move you. Be sure not to miss out on this exciting collaboration between Devon Yesberger (keys/vox), Spencer Stewart (bass), and Gabriel Smith (drums) as they combine their jazz roots with pop sensibilities and stretch these sonic means towards a worldly end.

Admission: 
Free

Jazz Vocal Series

Wednesday / November 9, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jazz vocalists perform standards accompanied by a faculty trio.

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Roots Music Roadshow

Wednesday / October 19, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join the students and faculty of the American Roots Music Program as they perform blues, country, and other rural sounds, led by Matt Glaser.

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John Funkhouser Trio

Monday / October 17, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The John Funkhouser Trio, with Greg Loughman on bass and Mike Connors on drums, will be playing Funkhouser's compositions. Together for five years, the trio seamlessly weaves a tapestry of progressive modern jazz, influenced by funk, classical music, etc. Don't miss it!

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Winnie Dahlgren: Real Danish

Tuesday / September 13, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Winnie Dahlgren Group is playing original compositions from a contemporary harmonic universe marked with jazz, Latin, and world music influences. All music is written by faculty member Winnie Dahlgren. Pieces run the gamut of playful and energetic to sweet and endearing with thoughtful melodies. A special treat will be served at the concert!

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Guitar Sessions: Joe Stump

Thursday / August 18, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty member Joe Stump presents a metal guitar concert as part of Guitar Sessions.

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Patty Larkin Concert

Thursday / August 18, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Patty Larkin has been redefining the boundaries of folk/pop for 25 years with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Acoustic Guitar hails her "soundscape experiments" while Rolling Stone praises her "evocative and subtle sonic shading." She has been described as "riveting" (Chicago Tribune), "hypnotic" (Entertainment Weekly) and a "drop-dead brilliant" performer (Performing Songwriter).

In 2010, Larkin celebrated a quarter of a century of music-making with 25, a recording of 25 love songs reworked with voice and guitar and 25 friends along the way. 25 is the unplugged version of classic Patty Larkin love songs, created with a dream team of some of acoustic music's heroes, including Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Bruce Cockburn, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and others. It is her first project since her New York Times critic's choice Watch the Sky and ground-breaking La Guitara, a compilation of international women guitarists. Larkin is currently writing material for her next project.

 

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