Concert

Danny Mo's Family Reunion

Monday / October 21, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
Kira Small (left) and Danny "Mo" Morris (right)

Berklee bass professor Danny "Mo" Morris presents his annual fete, jamming with students and celebrating music and life. This year, Morris will pay tribute to the life of Berklee alumnus Gabe Jones, who was the drummer for this event for many years. Additionally, the 2013 Wes Wehmiller Scholarship recipient will be introduced.

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

Fall Together

Thursday / October 24, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center

Berklee Jazz Composition Department faculty present a concert of original music. Composers include Scott Free, Eric Gould, Greg Hopkins, Bob Pilkington, Marc Rossi, and Bruce Thomas. This is the 29th annual fall concert.

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

Celebrating Blakey: The Messenger Legacy

Thursday / October 10, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Messenger Legacy is an elite lineup of former members of one of jazz’s most influential bands, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. This configuration features bassist Reggie Workman, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, trumpeter Brian Lynch, tenor saxophonist Billy Pierce, pianist Donald Brown, and drummer Ralph Peterson.

This group of musicians wishes to preserve, protect, and honor the legacy of a man who was much more than a bandleader to all of them. This group has the potential of launching renewed appreciation for one of the most important institutions of apprenticeship in American music history.

About forming the group, Peterson said, “Every time I play the drums it is in tribute to Art, but I wanted to do something that goes beyond me, beyond any individual. I wanted to pay tribute in a way that was authentic, genuine, and meaningful not just to a few, but to every person he touched through his music.” 

In an age when cover bands and tribute acts are commonplace and contrived, this band proves to be the exception. “Having multiple generations of Messengers represented in this band, this is the closest you can get to the source,” Peterson said through his raspy chuckle. "This is the real deal."

Admission: 
$20 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $25 day of show, reserved seating

Kitanodai Gagaku Ensemble

Tuesday / October 15, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Kitanodai Gagaku Ensemble
Tiger Okoshi

Kitanodai Gagaku Ensemble presents traditional Japanese gagaku music, which was born in the fourth century as imperial court music. The music and dancing has remained unchanged and is still performed in its original form. The instrumentation of this ensemble is comprised of three wind instruments, three percussion instruments, two string instruments, and two to four dancers. Berklee Brass department professor Tiger Okoshi will perform with the ensemble for the "Etenraku" piece. The concept of blending traditional sounds with the modern tones of the trumpet will be a premier in the history of this ancient style. For many listeners, the gagaku experience is one of spirituality, purity, and a tranquility unlike anything they have previously known.

This event is made possible from with support by the consulate general of Japan in Boston, Japan Society of Boston, and Japanese Association of Greater Boston.

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

Tim Ray / Laszlo Gardony

Monday / October 7, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tim Ray
Laszlo Gardony

Piano faculty Tim Ray presents a concert of jazz standards, Brazilian favorites, and original music from his recent solo piano recording, On My Own Vol. 1 - New Works. And…he’s taking requests! Email Tim with suggestions of tunes you’d like to hear him play. Listen to samples of Ray's music here. Pianist and composer Laszlo Gardony will perform solo, celebrating his new album, Clarity (Sunnyside Records). Listen to samples of Laszlo's music here.

 

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

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

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