Concert

Gregorio Uribe Big Band

Wednesday / July 18, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn
NY
United States
11238
Gregorio Uribe

When he was 17 years old, Gregorio Uribe decided to learn about different music techniques and genres by backpacking and performing in streets, buses, and beaches around South America. After this experience, Uribe earned his bachelor's degree at Berklee College of Music, where he was influenced by jazz arranging, which induced him to create a very unique project: the Gregorio Uribe Big Band. 

The Gregorio Uribe Big Band is a 16-piece musical experience that blends Afro-Colombian rhythms with funk grooves and powerful big band arranging. This music machine brings together musicians from many countries around the world who, under Gregorio Uribe's leadership and vision, create a masterpiece of Latin rhythms. 

This energetic and modern approach to the music of his country has led him to share the stage with such renowned artists as Grammy-winners Rubén Blades and Carlos Vives and to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Uribe has been interviewed on CNN, NY1 News, and New York Daily News, as well as in some of the most prestigious press in Colombia, such as El Tiempo (Colombia's largest newspaper) and Jet Set magazine. 

The band constantly performs in some of New York's most renowned venues, including the Highline Ballroom, SOB's, Iridium Jazz Club, and the Prospect Park Bandshell, and they currently perform once a month at one of the city's most "happening" music venues: Zinc Bar. The band has also performed at the Rhode Island State House, Gloria Estefan's Bongos Café in Miami, Regattarbar in Boston, and, most recently, at Carlos Vives' Gaira Cumbia House in Bogotá, Colombia.

Their first single "Caribe Contigo" was featured for four week on MTV Tr3s, giving them tremendous exposure among their followers.

Admission: 
Free

Lee Dynes

Thursday / June 28, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Atlantic Avenue and Congress Stree
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Lee Dynes

Berklee College of Music alumni Amanda Addleman and Lee Dynes have joined forces and are embarking on a summer tour of the country. With Addleman's refined vocal and piano stylings and Dynes's acrobatic guitar playing, these two come together to create a performance that is a striking combination of lovely melodies and virtuosic improvisation. They will be drawing on the jazz standards of the Great American Songbook as well as a selection of pop and original music. The audience is promised an evening of music that is fresh, beautiful, and full of passion.

Ohio native Lee Dynes has continued to achieve major musical milestones since moving to Boston to study guitar performance and composition on a full scholarship from Berklee College of Music. He quickly became noted for his unique and passionate guitar style and had opportunities to perform at premier jazz venues across the country with great reviews: "Dynes's guitar work roars across traditional jazz guidelines. You can hear the Metallica he listened to during his boyhood in the way he makes his hollowbody electric sound like an entire band." (Isthmus Daily, Madison WI). Recently, Dynes signed with Jazz Revelation Records to record his original tune for the compilation CD Octave, presenting the finest jazz composers at Berklee.

Amanda Addleman's interest in voice and piano started at a very young age, and now she is an established artist in the San Francisco area. She received her bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Berklee College of Music after four years of total immersion in jazz and vocal practice. Upon completion of her degree, she began working in the Bay Area as a singer, pianist, arranger, composer, and educator. Addleman continues to expand her increasingly impressive list of venues, including a long residency at the historic Palace Hotel. In addition to her live performances, Addleman is currently working on her first studio record, Aglow, scheduled for release this year.

For this concert at the Atlantic Wharf, the duo will be joined by fellow Berklee alumnus Martin Fowler on acoustic bass. Martin is a bassist, producer, and electronic composer residing in New York. He is currently working with several prominent NYC songwriters as well as on many production and composition projects.

Admission: 
Free

The Be-Bop Guitars Meet Maggie Scott

Monday / May 21, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
The Be-Bop Guitars

The Be-Bop Guitars is an all-Berklee-faculty guitar ensemble featuring five of Berklee's long-time guitar teachers. The group consists of five guitars, trumpet, vibes, bass, and drums. It plays arrangements of standards and original compositions. For this concert, the band is joined by faculty vocalist Maggie Scott. The Be-Bop Guitars have released two CDs: The Be-Bop Guitars and More and Freshly Painted Blues. Visit them at bebopguitars.com.

Admission: 
$18, $15 students/seniors/Arsenal members

John Fullbright / Madi Wolf

Wednesday / May 16, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
John Fullbright

Firmly rooted in a variety of musical styles, John Fullbright draws on what has come before but without imitation. Forget labels—he is not folk, not Americana, and not pop, but possibly the best definition of them all. With the release of From the Ground Up, Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Fullbright is certain to join any conversation about the best new artists in music today.

Madi Wolf has become one of the fastest-rising young singers in the Virginia area. Wolf generates energy and excitement everywhere she performs. This dynamic singer is a very talented musician and vocalist with a playlist that entertains every generation.

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

Admission: 
$10 General Public

Ryan's Smashing Life Presents: Runaway Dorothy / Gus + Scout / Beautiful Small Machines

Friday / May 18, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Springing from the creative mind of music blogger Ryan Spaulding (founder and editor of the acclaimed Ryan's Smashing Life and brought to life on the stage of the Red Room at Cafe 939, this very special evening offers Boston audiences three talented acts on the rise. This night offers elements of singer-songwriter folk, Americana, Southern rock, blues, country, and pop.

It took a journey of 500 miles to unite the members of Runaway Dorothy. All hailing from the South, Dave, Brett, Evan, and Sammy did not come together as Runaway Dorothy until mutual friends and good fortune brought the foursome together in New York City’s outer borough of Brooklyn. It wasn’t until Runaway Dorothy's Dave Parnell met North Carolina’s own Ryan Adams of Whiskeytown by chance, that he garnered the confidence to pursue his own music. The band has stirrings of Americana, Southern rock, and country in its veins. Coming off an epic 12-show run this year at SXSW, including a spot on Ryan's showcase with Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz, Runaway Dorothy is set to release its sophomore album, The Wait, in June. 

Bluesy rock outfit Gus + Scout formed and began making its guitar-driven roots music about a year ago while attending Brown University. Members Gus Wenner and Scout Willis have known each other since childhood, when they were neighbors growing up in Idaho.

Also featuring performances by Beautiful Small Machines.

This show will steam live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$10 advance, $12 day of

Amelia Ali

Friday / July 27, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
South Shore Conservatory
1 Conservatory Drive
Hingham
MA
United States
02043
Amelia Ali

Amelia Sophia Ali has a multicultural heritage with ancestry in Trinidad, Tobago, Syria, and India. A multi-lingual singer-songwriter, her voice and her songs translate the impassioned state of a true artist of the ages.

The early life of this young songstress has lead her around the world, touring in Hong Kong, Beijing, France, London, Brazil, and Ireland before the age of 21. In the summer of 2007, Amelia graduated from Pace University, and simultaneously landed the opening act for the hip hop mogul Ludacris' bicentennial performance in Pleasantville. For some, sharing the stage with Ludacris would represent their career height, for Ali, this was a mere stepping stone.

She moves quietly and confidently through her career at Berklee, now delving deeply into composition and arrangement, intending to graduate in 2013 with worldly and diverse plans as a musical artist, activist, community organizer, and entrepreneur. 

In January 2012, future congresswoman Karla Romero contracted Ali as the musical director for the Karla Romero for U.S Congress campaign. This excellent feat has allowed Amelia, a student activist and humanitarian in her own right, to truly flex her intellect and deep involvement in political and sociocultural climates of the world. Using her original compositions, she has captured the essence of this campaign and the spirit of unity.

Ali's original work and cover music is intended to send a message to the warring nations of the world, to the suffering civilians that hope is alive and peace is upon us for those who believe in it. This young freedom fighter writes and sings to inspire unity and action against common threat; whether it is disaster relief, warfare, poverty or violence. Amelia's Sophia Ali music as she describes is only the vessel for more to come. 

 

Admission: 
$10

Mike Hubbard

Tuesday / May 8, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street
Boston
MA
United States
02114

Mike Hubbard is a singer-songwriter from Reading, Pennsylvania and a recent graduate of Berklee with a degree in songwriting. He has just released his much-anticipated EP featuring six of his most highly praised songs. He is also a current member of the renowned professional a cappella group the Hyannis Sound.

Hubbard's playing experience ranges from large venues like the Berklee Performance Center to much more intimate spaces like the Red Room at Cafe 939, the Middle East Upstairs, private parties, and churches all over Cape Cod. Although pop-rock music is his passion, Hubbard was a winner of Berklee's Curtain Up musical theater writing contest for his song "Unforgettable Night," cowritten by Nicky Roode. His versatile playing style on multiple instruments and personal, emotionally charged lyrics have garnered praise from Berklee professors and students alike. Hubbard will be performing with his band throughout the next year to promote his new record.

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Admission: 
Free

A Tribute to Mike Bloomfield Featuring Al Kooper and Jimmy Vivino

Thursday / May 31, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Al Kooper and Jimmy Vivino

American music impresario and blues legend Al Kooper joins forces with guitarist Jimmy Vivino, the leader of Conan O'Brien's house band, to pay tribute to the iconic blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield, known for his work with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kooper, and so much more.

A legendary keyboardist, songwriter, and producer, Al Kooper appeared on Bob Dylan's classic albums Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde, and he produced New Morning for Dylan. He also toured as a member of Dylan's band. He was a member of the influential group the Blues Project from 1965 to 1967, and he formed Blood, Sweat, and Tears in 1967, remaining with the group for its debut album Child is Father to the Man. Kooper was also the principal songwriter for both bands. As if all of that weren't enough, he also appeared on and produced 1968's platinum-selling Super Session album with guitarist Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills. His association and friendship with Bloomfield lasted until the guitarist's untimely death in 1981, spawning the highly regarded album Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper.

In addition to his legendary work in the 1960s, Kooper has recorded and released over 10 solo albums over the last 40 years, including his latest release, White Chocolate. He has played as a sideman on albums by George Harrison, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, the Who, Cream, and many more. He also discovered Lynyrd Skynyrd and produced the band's first three albums, which include the iconic tracks "Sweet Home Alabama," "Free Bird," and "Saturday Night Special." Over 50 years into his professional career, he continues performing across the world with numerous groups, including the Rekooperators, with which he has performed numerous Bloomfield tributes.

Jimmmy Vivino has enjoyed a high-profile gig in recent years as the leader of Conan O'Brien's house band, but the guitarist, keyboardist, singer, and songwriter has been making great music as a sideman for a long time. First inspired to learn organ after hearing Al Kooper in Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Vivino soon picked up the guitar as well and developed a particular affinity for the music of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, with guitarist Michael Bloomfield. 

In addition to working with musicians like Phoebe Snow, Felix Cavaliere, Dion, Steve Holly, Laura Nyro, and Chuck Berry pianist Johnnie Johnson, Vivino soon began backing Kooper at his New York performances, recording with him on albums like Rekooperation and Soul of a Man and becoming a regular member of the Rekooperators. In the late '90s, he finally got the chance to record his own album, Do What Now?, and fittingly produced by Kooper. When he's not on tap for O'Brien's show, he remains a staple of the New York blues scene.

Admission: 
$16, $21, reserved seating

Sergio Martinez Collective

Saturday / May 12, 2012 / 10:00 a.m.
Back Bay Fens
Back Bay Fens
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Sergio Martinez

Sergio Martinez was born in Madrid, Spain, he grew up in a very musical family and started playing percussion at age 15, studied with Paco de Lucia's percussionist Rubem Dantas, and afrolatin percussion with Rogerio da Souza and Luisito Dulzaides. Soon after, he added courses in Hindu percussion with Ramesh Sotham and studied percussion and drumset in el Taller de Musicos becoming part of the Latin Jazz Big Band conducted by Cuban guitarist Kotan. He soon developed an interest in Flamenco music and started his professional career at age 19 accompanying top Flamenco artist touring and playing in some of the most important theatres: Paris Opera, Sydney Opera House, or Teatro de Real Madrid to name a few.

Combining a flamenco music dedication with learning other styles of music and its rhythms and percussions, Martinez started becoming a very versatile percussionist who developed his voice as a sideman for many bands, as a studio recording musician and also as a leader.

During this process Martinez has recorded for artists such as Enrique Morente, Jose Merce, Diego el CIgala, Jorge Pardo among many others; accompanying some of the most important dancers like Joaquin Cortes, Antonio Canales, or Rocio Molina in flamenco; participating in some of the most important flamenco, jazz, and world music festivals; and touring all around the world in places like Montreal Jazz, Monterey Jazz, Panama Jazz, and Womad in Adelaide.

He decided to audition for and won a scholarship to Berklee and in September 2010, he began studies with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, whose artistic director is the celebrated Panamanian jazz pianist and composer Danilo Perez.

Martinez's knowledge in flamenco tradition has taken him to record for singers like Paul Simon, and has played and recorded with some important jazz musicians like Dave Liebman, Jeff Ballard, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Terri Lyne Carrinton, and Jamey Haddad.

Admission: 
Free

Storytellers Unplugged

Thursday / November 15, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The 16th annual presentation of Berklee's Storytellers Concert, presented for the first time in an unplugged format.

Admission: 

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