Concert

Faculty Singers Night

Thursday / October 3, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jeannie Gagne

Voice faculty members come together to perform original and classic songs in styles ranging from jazz to R&B to pop rock to Broadway. This is a rare opportunity to hear Berklee faculty singing in concert. Led by associate professor and singer-songwriter Jeannie Gagne, the concert also features the talents of a world-class student and faculty ensemble.

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

Tiembla Tierra

Tuesday / October 1, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Henry Castro
Luis D'Elias and band

Henry Castro and Luis D'Elias, from Venezuela, present a concert of jazz and modern rhythms with strong influences from South America and the Caribbean. Be ready for a musical journey through the music of the world like no other, with Venezuela being the point of departure.

Can't make the show? Watch it live on Concert Window!

Admission: 
Free

Lawrence "Larry" Watson and the Workforce

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Capital One Stage
600 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
02118
Larry Watson

Larry Watson is regarded as an outstanding educator and civil rights activist.  He uses the classroom, the stage, and the electronic media as platforms for social and political change in America, as effective vehicles for facilitating healthy dialogue on issues of race and class.  He writes the kind of socially significant lyrics that chronicle and document the social history of the post-'60s era in America and their relevance to today's youth culture. 

Admission: 
Free

Meshell Ndegeocello

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 3:30 p.m.
Capital One Stage
600 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
02118

Meshell Ndegeocello is an American rapper, bassist, vocalist, and singer-songwriter. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including hip-hop, soul, reggae, R&B, rock, and jazz. Ndegeocello has received significant critical acclaim throughout her career, and has earned 10 Grammy Award nominations.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee P-Funk Ensemble

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 2:15 p.m.
Capital One Stage
600 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Lenny Stallworth

Lenny "the Groove Master" Stallworth, was born and raised in the "dirty south," in a small town called Moss Point on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He started playing the electric bass at age 11, and at 12 joined his first funk and soul band, called the Super Soul Movement. In 1973, the group recorded their first vinyl single, called “Bad, Bad, Bad, Ain't That Something.”  

At 18, Stallworth's first big break came when he was recruited to go on the road with the legendary show band Poo Nanny. Touring "the chittlin circuit," Stallworth earned the nickname "Liquicklenny The Groove Master."

In 1985, he chose to explore different genres of music and came to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. Through both personal work and his studies at the school, Stallworth quickly became well-known in the local and regional circuit, and this word of mouth directly translated into countless future opportunities.

Stallworth is the bassist for RH Factor, the band of famous trumpeter Roy Hargrove. He has toured the world with both this group and other various artists, such as smooth jazz saxophonist Najee, funk legend and saxophonist Maceo Parker, and jazz saxophonist Kenny Garrett, to name a few

Currently, Stallworth is an associate professor at Berklee, where he teaches in the Performance division and the Bass Department.

Admission: 
Free

Matt Jenson and the Liquid Revolution

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Capital One Stage
600 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Matt Jenson & the Liquid Revolution

Matt Jenson and the Liquid Revolution is a powerful seven-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 poetically insightful songs 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 multigenre keyboardist, singer, arranger, composer, and gifted educator who is currently on the piano faculty at Berklee College of Music, where, among his other teaching duties, he is well-known for his smash-hit class The Music and Life of Bob Marley.

This year saw the release of the group’s groundbreaking debut album, Dragonfly Taxi, and Jenson is very pleased to have the absolutely killer rhythm section players who recorded the album performing: Sean Skeete (assistant chair of the ensemble department) on drums and Winston Maccow (associate professor at Berklee) on bass. Also appearing will be Angel Gittens on backing vocals.

Admission: 
Free

Robin McKelle and the Flytones

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Berklee Stage
435 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118 ‎
Robin McKelle

Not since Dusty Springfield invaded Memphis has a white female singer dished up so flavorful a bucket of soul. Robin McKelle’s passion for classic American R&B—not the pasteurized pop produced by Motown, but the raw stuff that poured forth from Stax and Atlantic—was first exercised two years ago when she swung away from big band swing to deliver the down-and-dirty Mess Around. Now she performs alongside the hard-partying Flytones. Led by bassist and co-producer Derek Nievergelt.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors Featuring Adam Cruz

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 3:45 p.m.
Berklee Stage
435 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118 ‎

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through interconnective teaching and thinking, with Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI students produce original music and social projects in the pursuit of peace, intercultural dialogue, social change, and democracy. This specially selected group of young musicians travels and performs internationally, representing the core values and teachings of the BGJI.  

For this concert, the institute's ensemble will be joined by special guest drummer Adam Cruz. A creative force on the international jazz scene for the last two decades, drummer and composer Cruz is best known for his work with Pérez, Steve Wilson, David Sanchez, and Edward Simon. In recent years, Cruz has forged a steady musical relationship with pianist Pérez and is a member of the Danilo Pérez Trio, which also features bassist Ben Street. Cruz's remarkable musicianship has made him one of the most in-demand drummers of today.

In 2010, he was awarded a grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music to record his much-anticipated debut solo recording as a composer and bandleader, entitled Milestone. The album was released in 2011 on Sunnyside Records and received great critical acclaim by the Los Angeles TimesDownBeat magazine, and Jazz Times. The New York Times describes the album as "informed by several strains of Latin music but just as meaningfully by brisk post-bop and lyrically minded free jazz."  

Listen to a podcast featuring the BGJI Green Ensemble.

Admission: 
Free

Mike Tucker Trio +1 Featuring Warren Wolf

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 2:30 p.m.
Berklee Stage
435 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118 ‎
Mike Tucker Trio
Mike Tucker has performed as a leader and a sideman all over the world.  In 2002, he competed as a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Washington, D.C., and soon after he attended Berklee College of Music, where his career got a jump start, on a full-tuition scholarship.
 
Tucker's most recent project, the Mike Tucker Organ Trio + 1 Featuring Warren Wolf, is a live recording that has an updated sound while still being rooted in the traditions of jazz. The disc features arrangments of standards, as well as several of Tucker's original compositions. Although it's a new group, the Mike Tucker Organ Trio has already performed in France at the Toulouse Jazz Festival and has a busy schedule ahead for 2013-2014.
 
As a leader in past projects, Tucker has been invited to perform at jazz festivals around the world, including the Phoenix Jazz Festival in Nagoya, Japan; the Nancy Jazz Festival in Lorraine, France; the Emerging Artists of the 21st Century concert series in San Jose, Costa Rica; and, closer to home, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the JVC Jazz Festival in New York City.
 
Tucker has also appeared on several nationally syndicated radio shows, including Toast of the Nation on NPR, Voice of America, and XM Satellite Radio's Jazz and Beyond. Besides many engagements with his own group, Tucker is currently a  member of Sony recording artist Robin McKelle's group and has performed or recorded with  Esperanza Spalding, Tiger Okoshi, David Gilmore,  George Garzone,  Joe Lovano, Melvin Sparks, George Duke, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Fred Wesley, Eric Reed, and Carl Allen,  among many others.
 
Tucker is also a sought-after clinician and educator. He has been invited to give master classes at the University of Minnesota; the Hokaido Groove Camp in Sapporo, Japan; MAI in Nancy, France; and at his alma mater, Berklee College of Music.
Admission: 
Free

The Bell Affair Featuring Karen Bell

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 1:15 p.m.
Berklee Stage
435 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118 ‎
Karen Bell

The Bell Affair featuring Karen Bell is an exhilarating elixir of funk punch poured from a diamond ladle. The music is a mixture of soulful, funky favorites served up by some of the finest musicians in New England. Karen Bell, founder and lead singer for the Bell Affair, has thrilled fans for more than 20 years with her southern charm and heartfelt, powerful vocals. Standing at the helm, Bell has concocted a heady brew of all-star talent in the Bell Affair, a delicate blend of precision, raw passion and that old-school flavor sure to quench an audience's thirst for a great time.

Admission: 
Free

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