Performance

Alexander Anderson

Monday / September 15, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Alexander Andersonage 20, was a composer and performer in San Diego before coming to Berklee College of Music. Anderson has studied with and performed at master classes with Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Danilo Perez, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, George Duke, Dave Liebman, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, and Benny Green. With his jazz fusion band, Unidentified Fusion Orangement, Anderson has developed original compositions and played at various public and private venues. He was the house pianist in the historic Coronado Big Band at age 18, working with Sammy Nestico. 

Anderson was recently appointed an international ambassador of jazz from the American Funk n' Brass Foundation. 

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Zoe Brush

Friday / September 12, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Zoe Brush is a singer-songwriter from Colorado. She began learning piano at age 4 and composed her first piece when she was 9. Since then she has been writing songs and growing as a pianist. She studies Contemporary Writing and Production at Berklee College of Music and hopes to develop her career as a singer-songwriter by performing and producing her own music. Her goal is to inspire and positively influence people with the music she writes.

Admission: 
Free

Vivienne Aerts

Thursday / September 11, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Originally from the Netherlands, Vivienne Aerts lives in Boston and studies at Berklee College of Music. Her teachers include renowned jazz artists such as Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, and Ed Saindon. Her music takes influence from Ella, Duke, and Miles. 

Being occasionally uncategorizable, Aerts is more than a composer and singer. The flow of her music creates an intimate connection with the audience. She has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Lee Konitz, Joe Cohn, and Florian Weber. In 2009 she released her first album, Roofgarden, and in 2012, Polaroid, a snappy jazz a cappella EP recorded with Australian electronic producer Geoff Baker.

Admission: 
Free

Daniel Hines

Wednesday / September 3, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Daniel Hines, 24, is a British pianist, keyboardist, and composer. He was classically trained from the age of 6 and began to compose around the age of 15. His key musical inspirations include Beethoven, Chopin, and Debussy, and progressive rock— most of all Pink Floyd, Camel, and Dream Theater.

For the past nine years, he has been working on an instrumental progressive rock project consisting of 12 interlinked albums, each with its own musical sound, storyline, and art style. He hopes to begin recording each album one by one in the near future.
Admission: 
Free

Daniel Hines

Tuesday / September 2, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Daniel Hines, 24, is a British pianist, keyboardist, and composer. He was classically trained from the age of 6 and began to compose around the age of 15. His key musical inspirations include Beethoven, Chopin, and Debussy, and progressive rock— most of all Pink Floyd, Camel, and Dream Theater.

For the past nine years, he has been working on an instrumental progressive rock project consisting of 12 interlinked albums, each with its own musical sound, storyline, and art style. He hopes to begin recording each album one by one in the near future.
 
Admission: 
Free

Jesse Taitt

Friday / August 29, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston
MA
02111

Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston Conservatory professor Harriet Lundberg and jazz with Hey Rim Jeon via the Berklee City Music Program.

As a student at the Academy and later at Berklee College of Music, Jesse played and attended master classes with Phillip Bailey, Seymour Bernstein, Dr. Billy Taylor, Regina Carter, George Duke, Walter Beasley, Doug Johnson, Laszlo Gardony, Joanne Brackeen, Patrice Rushen, Geri Allen, Gavin Degraw, Hugh Masakela, and Mike Tucker.

 

At Berklee, Jesse served as the music director for Boston based group Jazz Urbane, which is led/produced by Dr. William Banfield. His band, the Jesse Taitt Trio, performed at Boston restaurants and nightspots.

During the summer of 2013, Jesse was an International Guest Artist of the U.S. Ambassador in Rwanda. There he led and co-led master classes with Joey Blake (Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra) and headlined both nights in the Rwanda’s annual Kigali UP Festival.

Having recently received a dual degree in Jazz Composition and Professional Music from Berklee, Jesse continues to be an active pianist in the Boston music scene. He is also an AmeriCorp Community Leader, Public Allies Leader and an Artist-Educator in Boston Arts Academy’s Alumni Creative Core program.

Jesse’s work can be found on Jeff Perry Quartet, Sarpay Ozcatagay’s Unexpectable and most recently on Dr. William Banfield’s album “Playing with Other People’s Heads.” There, Jesse shares album credits with the late George Duke as well as Terri Lyne Carrington, Stokely Williams and Christian Scott.

As he continues to explore music and the world, Jesse’s dedication to excellence drives his creativity.

Jesse Taitt is an accomplished pianist and composer who is constantly seeking new musical areas to explore. He is currently working as a sideman on numerous projects, is a regular pianist at Empowerment Christian Church in Boston and is a gigging musician in Boston and New York.

Admission: 
Free

Jesse Taitt Trio

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston Conservatory professor Harriet Lundberg and jazz with Hey Rim Jeon via the Berklee City Music Program.

As a student at the Academy and later at Berklee College of Music, Jesse played and attended master classes with Phillip Bailey, Seymour Bernstein, Dr. Billy Taylor, Regina Carter, George Duke, Walter Beasley, Doug Johnson, Laszlo Gardony, Joanne Brackeen, Patrice Rushen, Geri Allen, Gavin Degraw, Hugh Masakela and Mike Tucker.

 

At Berklee, Jesse served as the music director for Boston based group Jazz Urbane, which is led/produced by Dr. William Banfield. His band, the Jesse Taitt Trio, performed at Boston restaurants and nightspots.

During the summer of 2013, Jesse was an International Guest Artist of the U.S. Ambassador in Rwanda. There he led and co-led master classes with Joey Blake (Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra) and headlined both nights in the Rwanda’s annual Kigali UP Festival.

Having recently received a dual degree in Jazz Composition and Professional Music from Berklee, Jesse continues to be an active pianist in the Boston music scene. He is also an AmeriCorp Community Leader, Public Allies Leader and an Artist-Educator in Boston Arts Academy’s Alumni Creative Core program.

Jesse’s work can be found on Jeff Perry Quartet, Sarpay Ozcatagay’s Unexpectable and most recently on Dr. William Banfield’s album “Playing with Other People’s Heads.” There, Jesse shares album credits with the late George Duke as well as Terri Lyne Carrington, Stokely Williams and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah.

As he continues to explore music and the world, Jesse’s dedication to excellence drives his creativity.

Jesse Taitt is an accomplished pianist and composer who is constantly seeking new musical areas to explore. He is currently working as a sideman on numerous projects, is a regular pianist at Empowerment Christian Church in Boston and is a gigging musician in Boston and New York.

Admission: 
Free

Jesse Taitt

Wednesday / August 27, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston Conservatory professor Harriet Lundberg and jazz with Hey Rim Jeon via the Berklee City Music Program.

As a student at the Academy and later at Berklee College of Music, Jesse played and attended master classes with Phillip Bailey, Seymour Bernstein, Dr. Billy Taylor, Regina Carter, George Duke, Walter Beasley, Doug Johnson, Laszlo Gardony, Joanne Brackeen, Patrice Rushen, Geri Allen, Gavin Degraw, Hugh Masakela and Mike Tucker.

At Berklee, Jesse served as the music director for Boston based group Jazz Urbane, which is led/produced by Dr. William Banfield. His band, the Jesse Taitt Trio, performed at Boston restaurants and nightspots.

During the summer of 2013, Jesse was an International Guest Artist of the U.S. Ambassador in Rwanda. There he led and co-led master classes with Joey Blake (Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra) and headlined both nights in the Rwanda’s annual Kigali UP Festival.

Having recently received a dual degree in Jazz Composition and Professional Music from Berklee, Jesse continues to be an active pianist in the Boston music scene. He is also an AmeriCorp Community Leader, Public Allies Leader and an Artist-Educator in Boston Arts Academy’s Alumni Creative Core program.

Jesse’s work can be found on Jeff Perry Quartet, Sarpay Ozcatagay’s Unexpectable and most recently on Dr. William Banfield’s album “Playing with Other People’s Heads.” There, Jesse shares album credits with the late George Duke as well as Terri Lyne Carrington, Stokely Williams and Christian Scott.

As he continues to explore music and the world, Jesse’s dedication to excellence drives his creativity.

Jesse Taitt is an accomplished pianist and composer who is constantly seeking new musical areas to explore. He is currently working as a sideman on numerous projects, is a regular pianist at Empowerment Christian Church in Boston and is a gigging musician in Boston and New York.

 

Admission: 
Free

Jesse Taitt

Tuesday / August 26, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston Conservatory professor Harriet Lundberg and jazz with Hey Rim Jeon via the Berklee City Music Program.

As a student at the Academy and later at Berklee College of Music, Jesse played and attended master classes with Phillip Bailey, Seymour Bernstein, Dr. Billy Taylor, Regina Carter, George Duke, Walter Beasley, Doug Johnson, Laszlo Gardony, Joanne Brackeen, Patrice Rushen, Geri Allen, Gavin Degraw, Hugh Masakela, and Mike Tucker.

 

At Berklee, Jesse served as the music director for Boston based group Jazz Urbane, which is led/produced by Dr. William Banfield. His band, the Jesse Taitt Trio, performed at Boston restaurants and nightspots.

During the summer of 2013, Jesse was an International Guest Artist of the U.S. Ambassador in Rwanda. There he led and co-led master classes with Joey Blake (Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra) and headlined both nights in the Rwanda’s annual Kigali UP Festival.

Having recently received a dual degree in Jazz Composition and Professional Music from Berklee, Jesse continues to be an active pianist in the Boston music scene. He is also an AmeriCorp Community Leader, Public Allies Leader and an Artist-Educator in Boston Arts Academy’s Alumni Creative Core program.

Jesse’s work can be found on Jeff Perry Quartet, Sarpay Ozcatagay’s Unexpectable and most recently on Dr. William Banfield’s album “Playing with Other People’s Heads.” There, Jesse shares album credits with the late George Duke as well as Terri Lyne Carrington, Stokely Williams and Christian Scott.

As he continues to explore music and the world, Jesse’s dedication to excellence drives his creativity.

Jesse Taitt is an accomplished pianist and composer who is constantly seeking new musical areas to explore. He is currently working as a sideman on numerous projects, is a regular pianist at Empowerment Christian Church in Boston and is a gigging musician in Boston and New York.

Admission: 
Free

Witness Matlou

Friday / August 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou is studying at Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He's also studying in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, founded by Grammy-winning pianist and composer Danilo Perez. Witness has learned and, in many cases, performed with some of the big names in the jazz scene, including Joe Lovano, David Liebman, Perez, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marco Pignataro, Ben Street, Adam Cruz and others. 

 
 

From learning to play music in church, Witness found himself in a long journey of evaluating the nature of music, purpose and role it plays in our lives. Influenced by the piano sound of Abdullah Ibrahim, Bheki Mseleku and other great South African musicians. Witness went to study music at the University of Kwazulu- Natal- Durban, along the South east coast of South Africa. Following a scholarship to study in the US, he spent a year at Drake University in Des Moines Iowa, then a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music.

Witness is also a composer and bandleader. He has toured and played professionally in Europe. Appeared with his trio at the Des Moines Arts Festival. He appeared with his trio at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in 2012. Appearing at the Jazz in July festival in Des Moines- IA. Toured Costa Rica with his trio in 2012. Played in Paris with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in 2013. Witness has appeared in many of the local jazz clubs in Boston and has shared the stage with some of the great musicians in Boston. September 2013, an appearance at Dizzy’s Jazz Club at Lincoln Center, at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, featuring a Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano.

 

Admission: 
Free

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