Concert

Berklee@midem

Sunday / January 29, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Morrison's Irish Pub
10 rue Teisseire
Cannes, France
FR
United States
06400
Julia Easterlin

Berklee College of Music comes to Midem to present an array of musical talents as rich and varied as the college's history as the world's largest school for contemporary music. Versatile singer-songwriter, vocalist, music technologist, and recent Berklee alumna Julia Easterlin will present her definitively unique style with a loop machine. Noted composer, producer, and Berklee visiting professor Javier Limón, a Grammy Award– and seven-time Latin Grammy Award–winner, will represent Berklee's Mediterranean Music Institute with flamenco pianist and recent Berklee alumna Ariadna Castellanos and vocalist Tamara. And Mercury-prize nominee Zoe Rahman brings her trio for a set that promises what one jazz reviewer referred to as "all the punch, pith and sheer verve of the Rahman live act" to Cannes for this exclusive live show.

The music starts at 8:00 p.m., with a special Berklee alumni pre-party at 6:30. p.m.

Admission: 

Javier Colón: Come Through for You Tour

Friday / February 3, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Javier Colón

Javier Colón is best known for winning NBC's The Voice. Featuring Ernie Halter.

Due to recent promotional commitments and responsibilities, Javier Colón is forced to move his headline tour to February 2012. Tickets for the original show date will be honored for the new show date on Feb 3, 2012.

If you are unable to attend the performance on the rescheduled date, please contact the Berklee Performance Center Box Office during business hours.

Admission: 
$75 (includes meet and greet and signed CD), $39.50, $29.50, reserved seating

BGJI Jazz Masters Series featuring John Patitucci

Tuesday / January 31, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
John Patitucci, performing at the RegattaBar on January 31, with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is proud to present this series of concerts featuring some of world's most talented emerging artists. Each of these concerts will be dedicated to the music of the artist in residence the group is working with at that time. Tonight's program will feature John Patitucci and his music.

Acoustic bassist John Patitucci has performed throughout the world and as a studio musician with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Wynton Marsalis, Astrud and Joao Gilberto, Joao Bosco, and Dori Caymmi. Since 1985, his many recordings with Chick Corea, Aeos Elektric Band, and Akoustic Band, his six solo recordings for GRP Records, and his subsequent recordings have put him at the forefront of the jazz world and brought him worldwide acclaim, as well as two Grammy Awards and over fifteen Grammy nominations. Patitucci is professor of jazz studies at the City College of New York and a frequent clinician and guest lecturer at schools around the world. He is currently touring with his trio in support of his latest recording, Remembrance, which features saxophone genius Joe Lovano and drum virtuoso Brian Blade.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.

Admission: 
$20

Close Encounters Helsinki & St. Petersburg

Monday / January 30, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Helsinki Pop and Jazz Conservatory
Arabiiankatu 2
Helsinki
United States
00560

Berklee students perform in Helsinki and St. Petersburg as part of the Close Encounters Festival.

The Samantha Schultz Trio, composed of current Berklee students Samantha Schultz (vocals/guitar), Trey Macias (hand percussion), and Alexander Toth (bass) will be performing at venues in Helsinki, Finland and St. Petersburg, Russia as part of the Close Encounters festival the week of January 30. This opportunity is in collaboration with bands from the Berklee International Network partners the Pop & Jazz Conservatory, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences - Degree Program in Pop and Jazz Music, and Music Academy International, as well as institutions elsewhere in Helsinki and St. Petersburg.

Close Encounters Helsinki & St. Petersburg is a new music festival that offers a multicultural venue for ambitious young musicians and their fresh ideas—breaking boundaries between musical genres and nations. The festival takes place simultaneously at prominent venues in Helsinki and St. Petersburg with participants from Finland, Russia, the United States, France, Canada, and Germany. Close Encounters is a statement against strict borders both in music and in life, gathering people and music together in an open, creative environment.

In addition to their own shows the musicians will create new music together in international groups during the festival, with performances on Thursday and Friday. The festival program is as diverse as its participants and includes gypsy jazz, experimental electronica, melancholic rock, folk-pop, singer-songwriter material, soul, and R&B.

The whole program, time tables, and information on the performers and venues can be found at closeencounters.fi/en/festival.

Admission: 
5–10 Euros

Shannon Allen / Christina Brehm / Mike Hubbard

Thursday / January 26, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Shannon Allen came to Berklee College of Music in 2009 from Cleveland, Ohio to become a songwriter and realized that she already had the skills, but that she just needed to find her voice. Her version of pop/rock is catchy hooks coupled with energetic and engaging shows. Having just finished her first album, Crazy, in December, she is excited to perform her new tracks at the show.   

Christina Brehm is a singer-songwriter from Texas whose catchy melodies and biting lyrics are written with undeniable conviction. She's got a gift for pop writing, a knack for country, and a passion for blues. Her songwriting skills, paired with a powerfully unique voice, are simply a force to be reckoned with.

Mike Hubbard is a singer-songwriter from Reading, PA. A recent magna cum laude graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in songwriting, Hubbard 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 restaurants in the city of Boston, private parties, and churches all over Cape Cod. Although pop-rock music is his passion, while at Berklee Hubbard was a winner of the 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. With his band, Hubbard will be performing throughout the next year in Boston and the surrounding areas to promote his new record.

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The Ambassadors Jazztet of the United States Army Field Band

Thursday / February 9, 2012 / 3:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Ambassadors Jazztet of the United States Army Field Band will present a free public concert for your listening pleasure. An open jam session with the players will follow on Saturday, February 11, 2012, in 150 Mass. Ave., room 114 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. for any musicians who would like to sit in. The army band will also be conducting auditions on Sunday, February 12, 2012, through Berklee's Career Development Center.

The Ambassadors Jazztet of the United States Army Field Band was developed in the legendary style of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. It is composed of members of the Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army Field Band, the Army's premier touring jazz orchestra. Though the jazztet performs traditional jazz standards, its primary focus is on new compositions by members of the group. The compositions vary greatly, sometimes paying homage to older styles and sometimes developing an entirely new sound, but always creating a vehicle for improvised solos. The Ambassadors Jazztet has presented clinics at colleges and high schools throughout the United States, addressing such subjects as improvisation, arranging, composition, jazz theory, and practice and performance techniques. Notable performances include the Midwest Clinic, Aspen Summer Music Festival, Iowa Bandmasters Conference, and jazz festivals in Toronto, Victoria, and Vancouver, Canada.

Sergeant First Class Andrew Layton, alto saxophone, was raised in Kent, Washington. In high school, he was a member of the nationally acclaimed Kentridge High School Jazz Ensemble. He studied at Berklee College of Music and then received his bachelor of music education degree from the University of North Texas. While attending UNT, he recorded with the One O'Clock and Two O'Clock Lab Bands, and performed with Joe Lovano, Tim Hagans, Jim McNeely, Bill Watrous, and Bob Mintzer. SFC Layton is a former member of Pete Peterson's Collection Jazz Orchestra, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, and has performed as a freelance artist with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the Temptations, Alan Vizzutti, and Ernie Watts.

Sergeant First Class Patrick Shook, tenor saxophone, hails from Colbert, Washington and plays tenor saxophone with the Jazz Ambassadors. He holds a B.M. from the University of Idaho and a M.M. from the University of North Texas. He joined the Jazz Ambassadors in 2004, and is also a member of the Dixieland Band.

Sergeant Major Kevin Watt, trumpet, has been a member of the Jazz Ambassadors since 1991. He has performed with jazz greats Joe Williams, Art Farmer, Toots Thielemans, Arturo Sandoval, Butch Miles, and Bobby McFerrin. In addition to his recent recording with the Jerry Ascione Big Band featuring Marvin Stamm, he was a soloist on several University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band CDs, including the Grammy-nominated CD Best of One O'Clock. SGM Watt's degrees include a master of music in jazz studies from the University of North Texas and a bachelor of arts in business administration from Hope College. He is the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the jazztet.

Sergeant First Class Timothy L. Young, piano, joined the Jazz Ambassadors in 1998 and has been a member of the Jazztet since its inception in 1999. He received his bachelor of arts in jazz studies at Shenandoah University, and toured Japan, China, and Germany with the Shenandoah University Jazz Orchestra. SFC Young earned a master of music in jazz studies from the University of North Texas in 1997. He has performed and done clinics with Lou Marini, Charles MacPherson, Steve Swallow, Ray Anderson, "Doc" Cheatham, Mark Tamaro, Vince DiMartino, Clint Strong, Joe La Barbera, and Rebecca Parris.

Master Sergeant Jeff Lopez, bass, recently released his debut recording, The Sun and the Rain. Many of his compositions are well known in and around his native New York, where he has been leading groups since 1985, and also at Berklee College of Music, where Lopez graduated with his bachelor of music. He earned his master of music at the Manhattan School of Music. MSG Lopez has studied with Jaco Pastorius, Anthony Jackson, John Patitucci, Cecil McBee, Jeff Andrews, Mark Egan, and has performed Dave Douglas, Kenny Werner, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Drew Jr., Harold Danko, Dick Oatts, Bernard Purdie, Rick Margitza, Craig Handy, and Uri Caine. MSG Lopez has been with the Jazz Ambassadors since 1995.

Sergeant First Class Todd Harrison, drums, started his professional music career at the age of 14 in Houston, Texas. He quickly became known for his ability to excel at any style of drumming, including all Latin styles, rock, R&B, Broadway shows, country and western, funk, and even Middle Eastern music. After high school, SFC Harrison studied jazz under Shelly Berg at San Jacinto Junior College and classical percussion at Houston Baptist University. He has performed with Paul Gilbert, Clark Terry, Russell Malone, Kirk Whalum, Grupo Mazz, Joel Frahm, Rob Levit, and Unified Jazz Ensemble. SFC Harrison became a member of the Jazz Ambassadors in 1996.

Admission: 

New Musical Theater Excerpts

Thursday / February 2, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

With a cast of student talent, faculty composer/lyricist Michael Wartofsky presents a read-through of scenes and songs from four original musicals he is cowriting: Cupcake, Running Back, Donny Appleseed, and Car Talk: The Musical. The latter two are cowritten and directed by Wesley Savick. Full productions of Cupcake and Car Talk will be presented in May and June at Club Cafe and Central Square Theater, respectively. 

 

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Fresh Prospects: Joint Chiefs / Organic Sound Project / No Soap Radio

Friday / February 3, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

The Fresh Prospect series offers a unique audience listening and viewing experience. This event features performances by the artists Joint Chiefs, Organic Sound Project and No Soap Radio.  The three acts will culminate in an unexpected combination of genres fused together to create an evening of fun for music-lovers of all types.

No Soap Radio is a band that presents careful and rigorous ingenuity in song writing but at the same time brings pure fun and playfulness to the table time and time again. Based in Boston, MA, the band integrates the genres of alternative/indie rock and jazz/R&B to produce a distinct new sound; between incredible instrumentals, powerful vocals, and catchy lyrics, No Soap Radio is emerging as one of Boston's sharpest new bands with a strong local following.

Boston-based musicians, Organic Sound Project have a broad range of influences—rock, jazz, latin, and hip-hop—which combine to create a unique blend of groove tones and pop melodies. The band operates under the credo that, "it is human nature to make art and when individuals put their minds together to create, truly amazing work can emerge." As such, OSP frequently collaborates with other musicians and artists, and at every show it hosts a collective art project to engage the audience that includes an open canvas and paint, face-painting, photography, hoola-hoops, and glow sticks.

Also featuring performances by Joint Chiefs.

 

Admission: 
FREE

Chamberlin / Tall Heights / The Milkman’s Union

Friday / February 10, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Chamberlin

Last fall Roll Call Records' Chamberlin unveiled its five track covers EP, aptly titled Chamberlin Cabin Covers EP. The group's latest effort finds the band adding its recognizably laidback flair to some of today's most popular songs by Passion Pit, the Cults, Vampire Weekend, Kanye West/Bon Iver, and Foster the People. Recorded this past summer in its cabin tucked away in Vermont, Chamberlin chose which songs to cover based on fan voting through its official website. 

 

In the summer of 2010, this Boston-based duo, Tall Heights, was playing for spare change in Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In the year since, Tall Heights has performed alongside national acts like David Wilcox, Barefoot Truth, and Andrew Belle, and headlined packed houses across New England. They have independently sold over 2,000 copies of their debut album.

 

Also playing is The Milkman's Union.

 

 

Admission: 
$10 General Admission, $12 Day Of

Jazz at the Arsenal: George W. Russell Jr. and Lynette Gittens

Monday / February 6, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
George W. Russell Jr.

Inspirational jazz pianist George W. Russell Jr.'s performances range from a solo piano, to a groove-oriented jazz trio, to a soulful, fresh-sounding ensemble that arouses the listener's intellect and touches the soul. As a composer his music and his harmonic approach to improvisation has jazz enthusiasts everywhere tilting an ear. Russell has shared the stage with a number of legendary jazz artists including George Duke, Bob Moses, Billy Pierce, Stan Strickland, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, and many more. His latest self-titled CD places Russell firmly on the radar and solidifies him as a fresh voice for inspirational jazz.

Lynette Gittens is a professional singer and actress with an extensive background in live and recorded performances, community organizing, and outreach via the arts. She has been affiliated with the American Federation for Television and Radio Artists and can be seen in commercials for radio and television. Gittens has performed with local and national theater companies such as North Country Theater, Our Place Theater Project, and City Players. Her work includes voice-overs, commercials, demo recordings, and jingles. She has performed with Michael Buble, John Robinson, Jetro DaSilva, and Elizabeth Withers of Color Purple fame, to name a few. Lead vocalist with Soul of Boston, Gittens has traveled extensively nationally and internationally performing various styles from jazz to gospel as she continues her work in the community as an artists advocate.   


 

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

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